Human Services Department Director

County of Santa Cruz

Annual Salary: $190,891 - $255,732

This career opportunity is the result of a retirement. While it’s hard to lose an amazing person, it does open the door for a new and talented person to join a dedicated and experienced team in beautiful Santa Cruz, California. This vital role is well suited for an experienced human services professional to set policy and provide guidance and leadership to a service-oriented team.

This is a department director position with overall responsibility for the activities of the Human Services Department (HSD). The incumbent is responsible for the resource development and administration of all programs, services and staff of the Human Services Department. The HSD Director manages a budget of approximately $142 million dollars and oversees a staff of 508, serving the community through one of four divisions: Adult and Long-Term Care Services Division; Employment and Benefit Services Division; Family and Children’s Services Division and Administrative Services/Homeless Assistance Division. The Human Services Department is dedicated to making a difference.
  • Ideal Candidate Profile
  • ​Passionate and committed to public service and our community
A thoughtful, strategic and reflective thinker who understands the community-based impacts of various organizational decisions
Adaptable and highly responsive to organizational change
An engaged and progressive leader that thrives in a collaborative and team-oriented environment
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships – works successfully across the organization and community

Has excellent business acumen, with a strong background in budget, finance and administration We offer
Various robust benefit plans with the County contributing generously toward total costs CalPERS retirement and Social Security

Generous administrative, vacation, sick and holiday leave pay

The opportunity to lead a dedicated team in beautiful Santa Cruz!County of Santa Cruz Personnel Mission Statement: In collaboration with our customers, we will recruit, develop, support, and retain an ethical, professional, and diverse workforce dedicated to serving the community.

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