The Napa Valley - Internationally known for its fine wines, exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.
Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtu-ally unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.
The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.
Health and Human Services Agency and the County
Napa County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) is the largest department within the County, and is comprised of six program service divisions and several supporting administrative divisions. The program divisions are Mental Health, Child Welfare Services, Comprehensive Services for Older Adults, Self Sufficiency Services, Alcohol and Drug Services and Public Health. The administrative divisions include operations, staff administration, fiscal and quality management. HHSA takes a broad-based public health approach to serving the diverse communities that make up our county with the goal of building healthy, self-sufficient individuals, families and communities.
A general law county, Napa County is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors elected by district for four-year terms. The Board of Supervisors appoints a County Executive Officer who is responsible for providing overall management for the County’s operations, including day-to-day supervision of the County’s appointed department heads.
Napa County is a highly respected employer within the local community as well as throughout the region. We offer rewarding and challenging work, flexible hours, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and tremendous opportunities for career growth. At the County of Napa we truly value our employees and are committed to diversity in our family-oriented environment. This is why we are the Employer of Choice for more than 1,500 employees providing services to the public through 17 departments—5 managed by elected officials and the remainder managed by a department head appointed by the Board of Supervisors based on the recommendation of the County Executive Officer. County services include land use permitting, road maintenance, social services, public safety, elections, public health, behavioral health, environmental management, airport operations, library services, emergency operations and dozens of other programs that benefit County residents.
As an organization, Napa County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation.
The Child Welfare Services Division
CWS staff provides protective and supportive social services in the belief that children and their families deserve stable nurturing homes, a supportive environment, and a sense of personal empowerment and hope. The Division works closely with local community agencies to provide inspiring parent education, child abuse prevention and early intervention services to families. Management responsibilities for the CWS Division include planning and administration, the development and management of division budgets, and the supervision of division staff.
The Deputy Director of HHSA/Child Welfare Services Director directs the activities of the Child Welfare Services (CWS) Division within the HHSA. The size of the Division enables the organization to be nimble, which allows the Director to implement innovative, evidence-based practices in providing child welfare services. This Director should be a forward thinking leader working with stakeholders and the community to lead the Division to become an industry leader and a model organi-zation ensuring the safety and well-being of children under 18.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate should demonstrate significant expertise in:
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including those relating to child welfare and child protective pro-grams.
Collaborative management techniques, and evidence of having practiced those techniques throughout their career.
Supervising a diverse staff, including licensed social workers and office support staff.
Child welfare and child protective social services programs and can lend significant expertise to process improvement, while fo-cusing on moving the Napa County Child Welfare Services Divi-sion into a more progressive area.
Progressive thinking and being on the forefront of changes and advancements in the Child Welfare field.
Management of the Child Welfare Services Division with signifi-cant independence and little need for oversight.
Leading people and creating a positive, meaningful change.
Excellent communication, orally and in writing.
Working with community partners on joint issues of concern relat-ed to Child Welfare Services.
Management Style and Personal Traits
The ideal candidate will be a creative leader and systems thinker who has a collaborative work style and commitment to quality public services.
They should be someone who is able to work under pressure, meet deadlines and adjust to changing priorities; be an active listener and team builder; have strong interpersonal and commu-nication skills; and demonstrate an energetic management style.
This person should also be a leader who embraces challenge, is open minded, thinks collaboratively and is comfortable working in a complex public service organization.
The selected individual must also have a high degree of integrity, be facilitative rather than confrontational in nature, and under-stand the importance of compliance and be an advocate of quali-ty services.
Finally, this person should be able to interact well and comforta-bly with individuals of various ethnic, social, cultural and econom-ic backgrounds and be able to approach challenges with confi-dence.
Experience and Education
The most competitive candidates will possess an advanced (Masters or Doctorate) degree in Social Work, Human Services, Clinical Psy-chology, or a related field.
Six years of increasingly responsible professional program experience in a child welfare, social service, or human services program
including four years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.
First review of submitted applications is February 26, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
If a viable candidate pool is achieved by the first review date, the re-cruitment will be closed and submitted resumes will be screened.
To apply - Please submit a cover letter, addressed to Howard Himes, Director of Health & Human Services, and a resume with a list of five work relate references, via e-mail to email@example.com; or via mail to:
Human Resources Division
c/o Vincent James
1195 Third St., Suite 110
Napa, CA 94559
Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to interview. Inter-views are tentatively scheduled for the week of March 12, 2018. Qualified candidates will be notified if they are selected to move for-ward to the interview process.
The County of Napa is a highly respected employer within the local community as well as throughout the region. We offer rewarding and challenging work, flexible hours, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and tremendous opportunities for career growth. At the County of Napa we truly value our employees and are committed to diversity in our family-oriented environment. This is why we are the Employer of Choice for more than 1,300 employees.
As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community’s values: integrity, accountability, and service.