County of San Mateo


County of San Mateo

$141,544 - $176,966 Annually


The County of San Mateo’s Human Services Agency is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director of Children and Family Services. The Director of Children and Family Services (CFS) is responsible for the administration of Child Welfare within San Mateo County. This includes screening, investigations, out-of-home placement, family maintenance, family reunification, permanent placement, adoptions, resource family licensing, emergency shelter, foster family agency, prevention and early intervention, independent living and non-minor dependents. The Director of Children and Family Services will work closely with community partners to promote and develop services to enhance the well-being of children and families.

The ideal candidate will possess:


  • A Master’s degree in social work from an accredited college or university
  • Five years of experience as a deputy director or upper level manager in a public child welfare agency
  • Be a highly engaging manager and effective communicator to diverse audiences such as community partners, staff members, executive team members and clients
  • Strong business acumen, including performance outcomes, contract monitoring and outcomes, budget development and monitoring
  • Strong personnel and human resources management experience to engage staff, evaluate performance and celebrate staff and program accomplishments
  • Ability to implement and measure the CFS strategic plan
  • Be a strategic thinker that can evaluate systems and processes to streamline services and achieve performance in a collaborative manner
  • Be proficient in applying the principles and practices of child welfare and social services for families and children, including current trends in research, treatment, prevention, education and related issues
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of organization and personnel management, public administration and financial administration, including public budgeting and reporting
  • Ability to plan, organize, direct, review and coordinate programs
  • Ability to develop and maintain successful, cooperative and effective partnerships with other departments, and the officials and employees of other agencies, including Advisory Boards and commissions
  • Knowledgeable of the laws, codes and regulations governing Child Welfare Services
  • Ability to act as a liaison with various private and public agencies, and deal successfully with the public and other interested groups


Final Filing Date:  June 22, 2017


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