Adult Services Division Chief (#RM1151)
$55.40-$67.34 Hourly / $9,603.41-$11,673.01 Monthly / $115,240.98-$140,076.14 Yearly


Under general direction, performs managerial and complex administrative work in the planning, development, and implementation of County-wide programs for the care and protection of vulnerable adults and the elderly; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 2 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is a single position class in the Aging and Adult Services Division of the Human Services Agency. The incumbent manages unit chiefs and caseworkers who provide services to vulnerable adults and the elderly. The position is responsible for program development, implementation and administration, including grant preparation and reporting and complex budget administration.


  • Plans, assigns and manages the work of staff engaged in carrying out adult services and programs; selects, trains and supervises staff.
  • Evaluates division and unit performance; participates in external program audits; supervises and conducts internal program audits; oversees research and studies for program evaluation and interpretation.
  • Analyzes policies and procedures that apply to adult programs including grant and funding requirements; plans, develops, and recommends changes to increase program effectiveness and maximize use of funding.
  • Interprets agency policy and procedure to staff, other agencies, and individuals; serves as case consultant; approves complex or unusual case plans and services.
  • Participates in the development and coordination of community resources and services for adults and caregivers; participates in the selection and monitoring of contracted community based organizations and vendors.
  • Represents the Human Services Agency at meetings and conferences; speaks before public and private groups regarding adult programs.
  • Reviews correspondence, reports, and other material; prepares reports and correspondence; prepares grant requests, program budgets and staffing recommendations.



Education:  Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work based on a two-year program which included supervised field placement. 


Education:  Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in counseling with a specialization in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling based on a two year program with coursework sufficient to meet State standards for an M.F.C.C. license which included supervised field placement as part of the course curriculum.


Substitution:  Possession of a current valid license as a Marriage, Family and Children’s Counselor issued by the State of California may substitute for the required education. 


Experience:  Five years post-Master’s level social service experience, including at least two years supervising professional social service staff engaged in providing casework and counseling services.


License:  Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.


Principles of public social service administration; goals of a public social services agency; casework concepts and skills for formulating and carrying out treatment plans; principles of management, supervision and training; methods and techniques of providing casework consultation to staff members; laws, rules and regulations governing the operation of public social services agencies and the various specialized assistance programs; community public and private agency resources; social service research methods and techniques; geriatric health and social issues.


Plan, organize and direct the work of others; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; organize and interpret data pertinent to caseload management; interpret and apply grant and funding requirements; interpret and apply program goals; apply casework skills and knowledge to meet goals; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; write clear, concise reports; interpret laws that apply to program.


Mobility-Ability to sit for long periods, move about an office, reach above and below desk level; Dexterity-Sufficient to operate a key board; handle individual papers; write and take notes; Lifting-Occasional lifting of papers, files, and material weighing up to 25 pounds; Visual Requirements-Ability read case files and computer screens and do close-up work; Hearing/Talking-Ability to hear normal speech, hear on the telephone, talk in person, and talk on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Frequent public contact; ability to make decisions and concentrate, ability to work overtime.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RM1151; EST: 4/11/2001;