Social Services Program Manager (Promotional)
|Date Opened||9/6/2012 8:00:00 PM|
|Filing Deadline||10/1/2012 5:00:00 PM|
|Salary||$3,440.00 - $4,187.20/biweekly; $7,453.33 - $9,072.27/month;|
|HR Analyst||Ione Bell|
The Alameda County Social Services Agency is comprised of 2,400 men and women working collectively and in partnership with community-based organizations to serve the needs of the community. Services are provided through five departments: Agency Administration and Finance, Adult, Aging and Medical Services, Children and Family Services, Workforce and Benefit Administration and Policy Office.
The Agency assists approximately 11.3 percent of Alameda County's residents. Benefits programs contribute over $278 million to the local economy through cash assistance and CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps). Every month, more than 52,000 people receive CalWORKs (assistance for families with children), CalFresh and General Assistance. Every month health insurance is made available to more than 78,000 people through the Medi-Cal program. More than 11,000 frail, elderly and disabled individuals receive in-home care, adult protection and support managing their affairs monthly and 16,000 seniors will receive services through the Area Agency on Aging throughout the year. 3,700 children are in foster care. More than 1,600 reports of child abuse or neglect are filed with SSA each month. Emergency shelter is made available to 415 people nightly.
Under general direction, to supervise, plan, staff, organize, and direct the operation of designated social services programs comprised of multiple units within a subdivision of the Social Services Agency; and to perform related work as required.
This is a second-line supervisory class which has responsibility for recommending, planning and implementing policies and procedures necessary for the operation of designated programs. Incumbents also resolve difficult administrative problems and coordinate assigned activities with other divisions, outside agencies and community groups. The class of Social Services Program Manager is distinguished from the next higher one of Division Director in that the latter class has overall administrative responsibility for establishing divisional program policy and setting goals and objectives.
The ideal Social Services Program Manager has thorough knowledge related to social work principles and laws, and clearly understands the mission, values and role of the Agency including: its policies, procedures, programs and services; and can effectively communicate this understanding to staff and the community.
Critical attributes for success in the position include:
Great understanding of local government programs and passion to provide high quality public service.
Proficient collaborator skills; adept in identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships to help achieve business goals.
Ability to identify and understand complex problems and concepts, apply logical thinking and quantitative methods to gathering and analyzing information, make decisions and exercise good judgment based on available data, design solutions to problems and formulate and articulate action plans proactively and collaboratively.
Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and in a variety of contexts.
Ability to actively listen and respond effectively in a changing environment; having a commitment to facilitating the implementation and acceptances of change in the workplace.
Sets high goals for personal and group accomplishment while leading through the Agency’s vision and values; using sound supervision techniques and being a positive role model for change and advancement of the work of the Department and Agency.
Demonstrates interpersonal sensitivity while providing guidance and leadership in a fast paced, high stress environment.
Outstanding organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks effectively and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
The equivalent of four years of full-time experience as a Social Work Supervisor, Supervising Eligibility Technician, or similar first-line supervisory classification in the Social Services Agency (possession of a bachelor’s degree in a social service field may be substituted for two years of the required experience; a master’s degree in a relevant field for three years).
The equivalent of two years of full-time experience as an Administrative Specialist or equal or higher-level administrative class in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)
The equivalent of six years of full-time experience at least at the first-line supervisory level in a human/social services agency (possession of a bachelor’s degree in a social service field may be substituted for three years of the required experience; a master’s degree in a relevant field for four years).
Most positions require possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
• Organization, programs and functions of the various departments of the Alameda County Social Services Agency.
• Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations pertinent to social services, economic opportunity and employment program.
• Principles of supervision, training, and evaluation.
• Community resource development.
• Social work principles and casework techniques.
• Psychological, socioeconomic and the other factors that may affect client and family functioning.
• Client and public relations.
• Automated system capabilities and applications.
• Oral communication.
• Written communication.
• Decision making.
• Analytical and problem solving.
• Planning and organization.
• Management control.
• Interpersonal sensitivity.
Selective Certification Criteria:
When assigned to a Children’s Protective Services Division, incumbents will be required to possess a master’s degree in Social Welfare (MSW) from an accredited school of social work, which included a supervised field placement providing social casework and counseling services to individuals and families; or possess a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Counseling or Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling (MFCC), based on a two-year program (72 quarter or 56 semester units), which included a supervised field placement as part of the course curriculum; or possess an MFCC license.
Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.
To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.
We reserve the right to make changes to the announced selection process.
TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN
Deadline for Filing: 5:00 PM, Monday, October, 1, 2012 (applications will be accepted on-line only)
Application Review for screening for minimum qualifications by Friday, October 5, 2012
Application and supplemental questionnaire review for "Best Qualified" by Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Panel Interviews: The week of October 29, 2012
The Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and Alameda County Resolution No. R-83-773. To request an accommodation due to a disability during this or other phases of the selection process, please contact the Human Resource Services Department at (510) 272-6472 before the final filing deadline. Alameda County Human Resources Services will require documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a permanent disability pursuant to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's statute of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, as amended, and/or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Act.
For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs
ABOUT THE COUNTY
Alameda County, located on the east side of San Francisco Bay, is California's seventh-largest county. The County employs 9,080 full-time employees and operates on an annual budget of $2.39 billion. Oakland, the County seat, is California's eighth largest city. One and a half million people call Alameda County home and live in a variety of incorporated cities, unincorporated communities and rural areas. As a major urban county, Alameda provides a full range of services to its citizens. The County is a blend of culturally and ethnically diverse communities, and its mixture of cosmopolitan and suburban areas provides the perfect environment for families and their active lifestyles. The County offers extensive cultural resources, countless recreational opportunities and an array of fine public and private colleges and universities.
MANAGEMENT EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
The County offers HMO and PPO medical plans. The County has two contributions structures, 1) County contributes 100% of the lowest cost HMO; or 2) County contributes 90% of the HMO plans and 90% of the lowest cost HMO towards the PPO. The County contribution can be prorated based on the number of work hours up to 50% of the standard hours in a pay period. Employees pay any additional premium costs if they chose an alternate HMO or PPO Plan. If an eligible employee waives all medical coverage through the County, a monthly stipend may be provided.
The County offers two Dental Plans: PPO and Dental Maintenance Option (DMO). The County contributes up to 100% of the family coverage for both plans as long as the employee works at least 50% of the standard hours in a pay period. The PPO option plan design is 100% Preventative, 80% Basic Care, 80% Major Care with a $45 per individual deductible and annual maximum up to $1,450 per. The DMO option has an orthodontic benefit for children as well as adults.
The County offers two Voluntary Vision Plans through Vision Service Plan (VSP) for eligible employees. The two plans consist of a low option and a high option that offer annual eye exams and coverage for various frames and lenses. The Voluntary Vision Plan is 100% employee paid and available to employees and their dependents. In addition, an annual eye exam is covered for participants in the HMO Medical Plans with corresponding co-pay.
The County pays for a Basic Life Insurance policy of $25,000. Supplemental Life Insurance for an employee can be purchased in $10,000 increments up $1,000,000. Supplemental Life Insurance can also be purchased for spouse/domestic partner and/or eligible dependent children.
ACCIDENTAL DEATH & DISMEMBERMENT (AD&D) INSURANCE
An employee can purchase either a policy for themselves or a family policy in $25,000 increments up to $500,000.
COUNTY ALLOWANCE DOLLARS
The County provides up to $2900 of flex dollars annually, dependent upon the management employee's represented or unrepresented classification. These flex dollars can be used to pay for medical, Supplemental Life and/or AD&D premiums. The unused portion of these flex dollars are deposited into a Health Flexible Spending Account for the management employee, which can be used for unreimbursed medical expenses.
HEALTH FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT
Employees may opt to salary contribute on a pre-tax basis up to $10,000 for eligible out of pocket medical, dental and vision expenses such as: prescription co-pays, office visit co-pays, prescription eye glasses or contact lenses.
DEPENDENT CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
For employees who have either children under age 13 or dependents (parent, sibling or in-law incapable of self-care) that are dependent upon the employee for care can contribute salary on a pre-tax basis up to $5,000 annually. These pre-tax dollars can be used to pay for day care expenses provided by a licensed facility.
For the 2011 Plan Year, an employee can set aside up to $230 a month in pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified work-related parking and commuting to and from work transit fees.
Eleven paid holidays plus two or four floating holidays depending on the union bargaining unit. Represented management employees are entitled up to three additional days of management paid leave. Unrepresented management employees are entitled up to seven days of management paid leave.
VACATION AND SICK LEAVE WITH PAY
Vacation accrual ranges from two weeks to five weeks depending upon years of service and the union bargaining unit to which the position is assigned. Sick leave accrues at the approximate rate of one-half day per bi-weekly pay period. Exact rate is based on the union bargaining unit and is defined in the corresponding Memorandum of Understanding.
VACATION PURCHASE PROGRAM
The County allows you to purchase one or two additional weeks of vacation through payroll deduction. Exact benefit is based on the union bargaining unit and is defined in the corresponding Memorandum of Understanding.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)
The County has an EAP available for employees, spouses/domestic partners and eligible dependents. This program provides services such as: counseling, financial consulting, child and elder care consulting and some legal counseling.
DISABILITY or INCOME REPLACEMENT
Two voluntary plans are offered: Short-term Disability and Long-term Disability can be purchased through a payroll deduction or with accrued vacation hours depending upon the union bargaining unit.
LONG TERM CARE
This voluntary benefit extends care for yourself and/or your spouse and/or your parents who experience a serious accident, chronic illness or frailties of old age. Places where care can be provided are: in one's home, at a nursing home, at an assisted living facility or adult day care center.
The County retirement program is a Defined Benefit plan and is governed under the provisions of the 1937 Act. The County's retirement is based on one's age upon entrance, compensation, years of service and specific percentage of employee/employer contributions with the County's portion vesting after five years of employment. (With regard to Project positions - Regularly appointed incumbents in full-time, non-project positions in the Alameda County classified service who are current members of the retirement system and who are appointed, without a break in service or status to a project position can elect to remain in the retirement system. Individuals hired into a project position and subsequently appointed to full-time, non-project positions become members of the retirement system at the time of the regular appointment. Computations and determinations of eligibility for retirement shall be based on the date of the regular appointment, with entitlements being prospective from that date.)
The County offers a Deferred Compensation program where an eligible employee can voluntarily contribute on a pre-tax and/or after-tax basis, a minimum of $20 per pay period up to the total annual contribution limit.
Those claiming additional preference points as a VETERAN must submit a copy of the DD214 form on the day of the oral examination. Those claiming additional preference points as a DISABLED VETERAN must submit a copy of the DD214 form and a letter from the Department of Veteran Affairs confirming eligibility for additional points on the day of the oral examination.
The Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disability Act (ADA) of 1990, and Alameda County Resolution No. R-83-773. To request reasonable accommodation, you must notify the Human Resource Representative listed on this bulletin as soon as possible and before the last day to file, in order to make the necessary arrangements during each step of the examination process. (510) 272-3703 (TDD)
DISASTER SERVICE WORKER
All government employees are disaster service workers as defined by California Government Code Section 3100. In addition to everyday duties, employees have the added responsibility of helping throughout any disaster.
DMV EMPLOYER PULL NOTICE PROGRAM
All county employees who drive on county business are required to enroll in the California Department of Motor Vehicles Employer Pull Notice Program in an effort to promote driver safety. Employees’ driver record reports will be released to the County Safety Officer in Risk Management to ensure that employees have valid driver’s licenses and are eligible to drive on county business.
An applicant's previous employment may be investigated. Results of this investigation may be cause for disqualification. Also, all convictions will be reviewed and may result in a request for additional information or termination of employment. A conviction record will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from employment. Each case will be given individual consideration, based on job-relatedness.
All prospective county employees must pass a medical examination before beginning employment. For positions which require a commercial driver's license and the performance of functions defined as "safety sensitive," Federal law and County policy requires that the examination include a drug screening process. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of this examination.
Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, ethnic and racial minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be considered without regard to their race, color, religion, sex national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other non-job-related factor.
All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add @acgov.org and alamedacountyHR@acgov.org as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the "My applications" button on the Current Job Openings page.
Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.
NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box alamedacountyHR@acgov.org are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.
Ione Bell, Human Resources Analyst II
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda