Social Service Chief Administrator

Open to State of Delaware DHSS Merit Employees Only

Recruitment #032520-MDDZ54-350700

Summary Statement

The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director and is responsible for assisting in developing new or revising program policies, procedures, regulations, and/or recommending funding and funding levels for Delaware’s cash assistance programs. Duties include participating in developing grant proposals, policies, procedures for contracted services; monitoring the provision of services to clients for conformance to State/Federal regulations; error reduction and corrective action implementation. Work includes serving on committees studying existing or proposed services; addressing community organizations and legislators regarding assigned programs and the preparation of a variety of reports.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Provides interpretation, implementation and communication of state and federal regulations to statewide, regional and administrative staff.
  • Develops and coordinates budget proposals for division's operating budget.
  • Recommend need for policy and procedure revisions in order to accomplish program objectives, meet client's needs.
  • Supervises, reviews, evaluates, coordinates, and prioritizes the work of staff and make recommendations on hiring and disciplinary action.
  • Monitors hearings and grievances to assure client/employee provider complaints are processed in accordance with time standards and decisions are in accordance with policy.
  • Maintains/negotiates contractual agreements, develops proposal requests to implement provisions of state and federal regulations and/or to provide program services.
  • Monitors program service effectiveness through federal/state program reviews, statistical reports, and analyzes and develops corrective action.
  • Assesses current operations and regulation requirements for applicability to computerization and develop maintenance request to instruct programmers on steps needed to offset changes.
  • Chairs statewide committees, task forces, arranges meetings, coordinates interdivisional projects, develops press releases, provides information to media and prepares various analytical and statistical reports.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Social Service Chief Administrator
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Three years experience in health or human services work such as applying theories, principles, laws and practices of health or human services programs and services that assist with and improve life for individuals, families, or communities such as financial support, employment, unemployment, housing, health care, disease prevention, substance abuse, child protective services, physical/mental health treatment and prevention or rehabilitation.
  2. Three years experience in developing policies and procedures.
  3. Six months experience in health or human services program administration such as overseeing and directing the development, implementation and evaluation of health or human services programs and services; planning and establishing short and long range program goals and objectives. Providing advice to other agency organizational units through consultation.
  4. Six months experience in budget management and control which includes managing a budget for the purpose of keeping expenditures within the limitations of available appropriations and available revenue and maintaining, monitoring, projecting and controlling a budget within set policies and procedures.
  5. Six months experience in staff supervision which includes planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others.

Additional Posting Information

Applicants may only apply if they are current permanent employees of the recruiting Department in a position covered by the Merit System who have completed their initial probationary period.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.