Director of Social Services

Avery County Social Services
November 1, 2021
175 Linville Street, Newland, NC
Billing Address
PO Box 640
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Closing Date
November 15, 2021


The Social Services Director is responsible for administering State and Federal Social Services Programs established by Chapter 108A of the North Carolina General Statutes in accordance with applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.  This position directs other managers/supervisors, professional, paraprofessional, and support staff in the delivery of Agency services and provides leadership and direction for program development, establishing program standards and monitoring/evaluating the quality of service-delivery systems.  The Director may maintain direct involvement in conflict/complaint resolution, staffing and personnel issues, and serve as the principal spokesperson for the Agency relative to program issues.   Additional duties include preparing and overseeing the annual budget process.  This position also involves working closely with the County Manager, County Finance Officer, and other human services agencies in the County, with the possibility of serving on numerous community boards.  The Director is appointed by, and reports directly to, a local Board of Social Services.


$73,912-$106,170 (Exempt Position)


A master’s degree in social work and two years of supervisory experience in the delivery of client services; or a 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

Special Requirements

Thorough knowledge of the legal and philosophical basis for public welfare programs.  Considerable knowledge of principles and practice of social work.  Thorough knowledge of management principles, techniques and practices.  Knowledge of the Agency’s organization, operation and objectives and applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations.  Ability to exercise sound judgement in analyzing situations and making decisions; direct employees and programs in the various areas of responsibility; and develop and maintain effective working relationships with the public and with federal, state and local officials.

Must be a resident of Avery County or obtain residency in Avery County within 6 months from date of employment.  Must be available for occasional evening meetings, special events and emergency situations.  A valid driver’s license is also required


Applicants must complete and submit a State Application Form PD-107, along with a resume.  Applications may be obtained at or may be picked up at Avery County Department of Social Services.  An unofficial school transcript of all undergraduate and graduate studies from accredited institutions is acceptable for application; but if selected, an official transcript will be required.  All applicants should submit their application, resume and transcripts to Shannon Singleton, Avery County DSS, 175 Linville St., Newland, NC 28657 or [email protected] .  Applications must be received by 4:30pm on or before the closing date. Resumes will not be accepted in the absence of an application.  The position is subject to employment reference checks and a criminal background check.

Avery County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or genetic information in employment or in the provision of services.