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Recruitment #21-SP8-02



Berkeley Search Consultants has been retained by the County of Santa Cruz to recruit for their Assistant Director - Human Services. Within a drivable distance of the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey, the County is located on the scenic Central California coastline and encompasses the incorporated cities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, and Capitola. The County’s Human Services Department offers a wide range of programs and services to the community, including but not limited to Family and Children’s Services, Adult and Long-Term Care Services, Employment and Benefit Services, and Housing for Health (Homeless Services). As their motto states, the people of the County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department are truly “dedicated to making a difference” in the community they serve.

Position Profile

Reporting to the Director of Human Services, the Assistant Director assists the Director in administration and management of the social service and human services delivery systems and Department programs including all activities associated with social services programs, employment & training programs, public assistance, and other related programs. The Assistant Director oversees all administrative functions of the department. Responsibilities of the role include but are not limited to:

  • Assists in establishing and carrying out the goals, objectives and plans of the department.
  • Assists in establishing and maintaining appropriate administrative policies and services.
  • Recommends and implements new and revised policies, procedures, best practices, and data analysis to effect maximum operational efficiency and ensure compliance with County, State and Federal requirements.
  • Plans, develops, and coordinates the department programs with the Director and other key management staff.
  • Troubleshoots major system and community problems with Director and other stakeholders and implements remediations plans as necessary with partners.

Required Qualifications  

  • Bachelor’s Degree, major in human services administration, public administration, social work, business administration, psychology, behavioral science, or a closely related field
  • 4 years of extensive budgetary, administrative and management experience
  • Working knowledge of the goals and objectives of social service and income maintenance programs
  • Working knowledge of the goals and objectives of employment and training programs
  • Working knowledge of social planning, basic community needs and public and private community resources.
  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of human and social services budgeting
  • Knowledge of the information systems utilized by the department, confidentiality/privacy issues, and human services laws such as the California Welfare and Institutions Code and the Social Security Act.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is also "dedicated to making a difference” and having an impact on their community. The community is supportive of the Human Services Department and the services they provide.

If you are interested in learning more, would like to be considered for future roles, or know of qualified individuals you would like to refer, please submit your resume and contact Berkeley Search Consultants:


Julia Morse | Director – Recruiting  

Berkeley Search Consultants | www.berkeleysearch.com