In the Department of Children and Families this class is accountable for directing administrative support and/or program services.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
This class is used in one of the following area offices or in the administration of major programs with statewide impact (i.e., multi-cultural diversity, special projects, etc.):
Receives administrative direction from a Children and Families Administrator or other administrative official of higher grade.
Directs staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs staff and operations of the assigned area of responsibility;
Coordinates, plans and manages program activities;
Formulates program goals and objectives;
Develops or assists in development of related policy;
Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
Develops and monitors budgets for specific program or administrative areas;
Maintains contact with individuals and organizations within and outside of agency which impact on area or program activities;
Assists in directing and coordinating allocation of staff and resources to maintain service delivery system or program;
Manages systems and/or programs to ensure compliance with federal, state and department mandates;
Identifies training and development needs of staff;
Speaks before professional and lay groups;
Represents Commissioner in community and public relations activities within area as assigned;
Prepares and/or analyzes management reports including reports detailing area activities, program operations and client statistics;
Evaluates programs and professional social work services provided to children and families;
Identifies needs of children and families for purposes of determining available community resources;
Reviews work of assigned areas for general efficiency and effectiveness with target client populations;
Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
and ability to apply management principles and practices;
standards of practice and administration of programs dealing with children and youth;
impact of cultural issues on service delivery and staff relationships;
oral and written communication skills.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Nine (9) years of professional experience in the field of child welfare programs, children's protective services, foster services, adoption or social and human services.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial or supervisory capacity with responsibility for planning, development, implementation or supervision of administrative or program services in child welfare, children's protective services, children's mental health or juvenile justice.
NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Children and Families Program Supervisor.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College education may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
A Master's degree or other advanced degree in the behavioral sciences, public administration, education, social work or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
NOTE: Closely related fields are child welfare, applied sociology, social and/or human services, clinical psychology, child development, criminal justice, counseling, human development and family relations, human service, marriage and family therapy.
Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(1)-Officials And Administrators
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing title of and specification for the class of Children and Families Program Director in Salary Group MP 66 approved effective October 17, 2022. (Revised to retitle and modify Purpose of Class) Item No. 23-246