County Social Services Director

County of Surry
May 15, 2023
P.O. Box 1467, Dobson, NC
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P.O. Box 1467 Dobson, NC 27017
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The County of Surry is accepting applications for the position of County Social Services Director.  This position serves as the administrative officer of the Department of Social Services, working in a range of general administrative and management functions to ensure compliance and adherence to all relevant Federal and State laws, regulations and statutes.  The Director manages a staff of 115 employees and is responsible for administering a total budget of approximately $11.6 million.  This employee is responsible for budget planning/preparation and assessment of program needs.  The position is  also responsible for the development and implementation of local agency programs, policies and procedures and evaluating agency's overall efficiency and effectiveness.  An important component of the position is to lead the agency through significant changes in structure and operations through implementation of several new initiatives. The position represents the agency in community planning, working with the media, and directing community relations of the agency.  This position earns hour for hour comp time.


SALARY RANGE:  Grade 84   $82,032 - $141,072   Salary is commensurate with education and experience


JOB REQUIREMENTS:  Master's degree in Social Work and two years of supervisory experience in the delivery of client services; or Bachelor's degree in Social Work and three years of supervisory experience in the delivery of client services, one of which must have been in Social Services; or graduation from a four-year college or university and three years of supervisory experience in the delivery of client services, two of which must have been in Social Services; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.  Preference will be given to individuals possessing the following skills: outstanding management skills, demonstrated leadership ability and strong oral and written communication skills.  Selected candidate must be able to articulate a vision for Social Services, build collaborative community relationships, address needs with innovation, and demonstrate a strong commitment to client service.  Candidate must have the ability to promote and enhance achievement of measurable objectives.  DSS leadership experience is preferred.


Applications will be taken at NC Works Career Center, 541 W. Pine Street, Mount Airy, NC (336-786-4169), by going online to the Surry County Human Resources job posting page, printing the application and e-mailing back to the indicated email, [email protected] or by contacting Surry County Human Resources at 336-401-8221. All applicants must submit a County of Surry application and a resume.  Official transcripts of baccalaureate and graduate degrees will be requested of finalists.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled. All prospective employees must successfully pass a drug screening and criminal background check as a condition of employment.  A complete list of duties and analysis of physical demands will be available upon request.