Deputy Principal Assistant

This position is Exempt from the State of Delaware Merit System

Recruitment #080222-MUPA16-350100


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Summary Statement

The Office of the Secretary, Administration Division is searching for a Deputy Director to assist the Division Director in planning, organizing, coordinating and directing administrative operations and to participate in strategic planning and organizational development and may serve as the Acting Director during the Division Director's absence.
Office of the Secretary, Administration Division consists of Business Operations, Grants, Quality Control, Contracting & Procurement, and Facility Operations.  The combined budget for these activities, inclusive of federal funds and for a division staff of over 600 FTE’s, is over $81 million.  The Deputy Director is the second highest executive management position within the division and will report directly to the Division Director. The Deputy Director is responsible for the direct supervision of the Business Office, Contracting & Procurement, and Quality Control.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of every job duty 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.

  • Participates in the development, implementation and oversight of department services.  Develops, implements, and manages initiatives to enhance and ensure the quality of programs operated.

  • Participates in Division-level management planning, policy and decision-making regarding new programs/services and changes to existing programs/services. Develops and implements policy recommendations based on operational needs.

  • Researches, analyzes, recommends and monitors fiscal and contracting activities to ensure high quality and fiscally responsible service delivery.

  • Attends and participates in events and meetings on behalf of the agency and division.

  • Advances an expectation of high quality of services in support of the agency, on-going development of employees, a strong culture of collaboration and a focus on person-centered planning.

  • Handles special assignments at the discretion of the Division Director.

  • May serve as acting director in the absence of the Division Director.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements:

1. Possession of a Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited college or university 

2. Five years of full-time, increasingly responsible administrative experience, three years of which must have 
    been as an administrator or principle assistant administrator of a large and diverse program or organization.

3. Possess strong analytical and critical thinking skills. 

4. Must be able to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills. 

5. Must be mission-driven, strategic, collaborative, and exhibit the ability to actualize goals and achieve results within a complex organization while addressing the demands of varied stakeholders.

Additional Posting Information

Due to a new requirement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) the following mandate is effective January 27, 2022: As a condition of employment, employees providing health care services and/or support services in covered facilities must show proof that they have received the dose of a single J&J dose or the 1st dose of Moderna/Pfizer two-dose vaccine effective date January 27, 2022, and proof of the single J&J dose or the 2nd dose of Moderna/Pfizer two-dose vaccine by February. 28, 2022. Employees may not provide any care, treatment, or other services until proof is provided.  Based on CMS guidance, the date for compliance may extend into March due to the health care facilities high vaccination rate of staff.  If you accept a position with the facility, your Human Resources representative can provide more guidance.  The only exception to these requirements is for those employees granted medical or religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which may require weekly COVID-19 testing. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our Job Seeker Resources.

DHSS does not provide employment-based sponsorship.


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Selection Process

The application and resume 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 Delaware State Jobs.


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 is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.