Assistant Director/Alexandria Works! (Alexandria)
Dept of Social Services - Local - Alexandria, VA

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The Assistan Director/Alexandria Works! plans, organizes, and directs the City's Alexandria Works! program. This is a professional and administrative work involving planning and evaluating program functions in accordance with State and Federal guidelines under the general direction of the Center of Economic Support Director of the Department of Community and Human Services. The incumbent in this single position class must use initiative and judgment in effectively achieving a program goal of assisting clients in job placement so that they will no longer require State or Federal assistance. Work is performed with considerable independance with latitude for independent judgment. Supervision is exercised over a staff of professional, paraprofessional, and clerical personnel. Examples of work duties are,
*Develops the policies, procedures for conducting the Alexandria Works! Program;
*Assigns work to an Employment and Training Supervisor, the Social Workers I, HS Benefits Technicians, and Employment and Training Specialists and evaluates their work through weekly team meetings and individual supervisory meetings;
*Negotiates contracts with and prepares grant applications for Federal, State, and private funding;
*Coordinates program activities with community groups and City agencies concerned with the issues affecting low income households in Alexandria;
*Prepares the annual program budget submissions and modifications;
*Meets and speaks with community groups and the media and prepares press releases about the Alexandria Works! Program;
*Prepares formal requests for filling vacancies and interviews and selects persons from lists of candidates;
*Evaluates performance effectiveness of subordinates and prepares evaluations, recommends promotions and reassignments, adjusts grievances, and recommends disciplinary action, as required;
*Plans and assigns work and sequences work operations to assure timely completion and expeditious handling of priorities;
*Follows up on assignments to determine work progress and date of completion, considering such factors as numbers of clients served, availability of resources, time required to complete projects, and reports accomplishments to management officials at higher levels;
*Reviews social service plans and guides employees in their implementation;
*Insures the efficacy of training for new and present employees on individual work assignments and identifies pertinent training needs;
*Evaluates new procedures and techniques;
*Encourages employees to develop suggestions for improving methods and procedures;
*Evaluates programs and work products;
*Meets with and speaks to dissatisfied clients and handles difficult case situations;
*Prepares docket memos for City Council review and arranges for docketing of grant applications;
*Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with ancillary agencies;
*Participates in the development of Departmental policies and procedures;
*Performs related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Considerable years of progressively-responsive experience in a human services program area including experience in the social work and employment fields and some supervisory experience in program management and program development; and completion of college-level courses in sociology, psychology, or related social work area of study; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications
Master's degree in social work, a behavioral science, counseling, business or public administration or related field supplemented with considerable years of professional experience in social work or other human services field.

Extensive years of supervisory experience or other management work experience or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Special Requirements
All applicants are subject to a DMV/driving record check, Central Registry (CPS) check, criminal records background check and/or pre-employment drug screen. Driving record must meet agency stardard.
The investigation may include: fingerprint checks (State Police, FBI), local agency checks, employement verification and references, verification of education (relevant to employment), credit checks (relevant to employment) and other checks requested by the hiring authority.