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Deputy Director

$110,392.56 - $182,115.36 Annu

Washington, DC, United States

Posted on
Sep 23, 2021

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Are you a transformative servant leader who actively listens to understand and puts the community’s interests first? You are unafraid to focus on Black lives. You seek to understand community assets, and you break down barriers so that communities can thrive. You earn trust and communicate openly and honestly. If this describes you, this job may be right for you.

The Seattle Human Services Department
(HSD) is seeking an experienced executive with a demonstrated commitment to leading with racial equity by using their personal and positional authority to address institutional racism to serve as a Deputy Director.  Reporting to the Acting Department Director, and as a key member of the department’s Senior Leadership Team, this individual will bring a commitment to centering community in their work. This position will provide leadership to ensure the Department has strong public stewardship that supports service delivery, strategy, and policy. The ideal candidate is a person who leverages their expertise and the experience of clients, community partners, and staff in partnership to deliver quality human services.
funds and operates services that meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable people in our community – families and individuals with low incomes; children; domestic violence and sexual assault survivors; older adults; people living with disabilities; people experiencing homelessness; and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. HSD’s mission is “to connect people with resources and solutions for people during times of need so we can all live, learn, work, and take part in strong, healthy communities.” We believe that communities should determine how they are best served. HSD lives out its mission, as one of the largest contributors to Seattle's safety net and as a direct service provider. HSD is responsible for investing more than $170 million in contracts to nearly 150 community-based organizations and programs that support Seattle neighbors and communities each year.  HSD is organized into five key divisions/teams including Leadership and Administration (LAD), Safe and Thriving Communities (STC), Youth and Family Empowerment (YFE), Aging and Disability Services (ADS) and homelessness.  
Job Responsibilities:
HSD has two Deputy Directors who oversee programs and this position will be responsible for Aging and Disabilities Services (ADS) and homelessness-related efforts including the HOPE Team and a small administrative team overseeing the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA) agreement.  The Deputy Director will oversee, direct and coordinate department-wide matters as assigned; play a crucial role advising the Department Director on matters pertaining to ADS, homelessness-related efforts, general staff well-being, leadership development, community alignment, and more. The Deputy Director is expected to assist executive level leadership development, department-wide alignment, as well as developing programmatic and policy recommendations for implementation.  
Specific deliverables and areas of responsibility include:
Provides direct supervision of the ADS Division Director, HOPE Team Manager, and the Regional Homelessness Policy Advisor.   Promotes ADS Division
excellence in its service provision, investments, policy, and advocacy. Ensures the work of the division is aligned with  
the purpose of ADS to develop a community that promotes quality of life, independence and choice for older people and adults with disabilities in King County.  Accountable for ADS internal program outcomes and compliance activities, including improving service delivery, ensuring equity, streamlining reporting, and meaningfully engaging staff and stakeholders to transform the system and improve outcomes.   Supports ADS policymaking by leading the development of proposals for aging and disabilities service programs and investments.  Oversees the on-going evaluation and assessment of divisional service lines, service providers and contracts in achieving policy objectives. Report findings and recommendations to the HSD Director, Mayor’s Office, and City Council as needed. Ensure alignment with HSD values and the work of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority. Accountable for remaining aware, and knowledgeable about, matters related to homelessness within both the City and the KCRHA.  Collaborate with HSD External Affairs, the Mayor's Office and the KCRHA, as needed, on communication related to homelessness.  Participate in annual budget development for the KCRHA. Supports the management team in managing divisional work plans and coordinating operational decisions. Supports HSD's ongoing efforts to create a culture that embraces accountability, healing, collaborative decision making, dismantles racism and delivers desired outcomes with and for the communities we serve. Supports a continuous and consistent flow of communication regarding our work within the department and with stakeholders inspiring a culture of accountability and empowerment.  Seeks to solve problems and create innovative ideas through collaborative teamwork.  Holds regular meetings with staff, managers, and community partners for planning, communication, and other purposes. Creates a learning environment where staff are engaged, flourishing and contributing to the work of HSD. Cultivates leadership and talent through systematic professional development for staff.  Champions racial equity by viewing our work through a race and social justice lens
, engaging in efforts to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity in the delivery of services, City government and the broader community. Facilitate racial justice focused processes that promote capacity building and empowers disenfranchised communities towards self-determination and impactful solutions. Speaks truth to power with self-awareness of personal bias and the divergent interests and experiences of community. Collaborates with diverse communities to ensure that the economic, social, and environmental benefits of our work help build equity within our communities.
A successful candidate will be a compassionate, authentic, strategic, innovative, open, self-aware, and experienced leader with a demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment in which BIPOC and marginalized communities are able to thrive, be vested and have the support to achieve positive outcomes. Their work must be centered in racial, social, economic justice, and an understanding of community safety, human or social services and the issues impacting the communities we serve. Racial and social justice is inherent in their decision-making, they hold an understanding of intersectionality and a commitment to the unique experiences of systemic injustice and violence, in addition to the individual experiences of surviving the trauma associated with the violence. They are committed to undoing institutionalized racism and exercise anti-racist organizing principles and understand how racism and oppression have resulted in the need for the Human Services Department.
The ideal candidate has led and motivated teams to collaborate and support each other in the challenging work of meeting the needs of those we serve. Strategic management, effective communications, relationship building, analytical skills, strong operational ability, and experience in the public and/or private sector will all be required to effectively lead and advocate for HSD and its work. The candidate must have a reputation for exercising a high level of tact, good judgment, discretion, and diplomacy and have cooperative working relationships with diverse groups of people.

A qualified candidate will possess: A work history that demonstrates a commitment to race and social justice. Eight years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the areas of public administration, human services, business and/or non-profit sector. At least four years of supervisory and program management/administrative experience.   Technical expertise in social work, public health, or public or business administration demonstrated through the achievement of a baccalaureate degree.  A commitment to building and cultivating community relationships, proven community experience, and can demonstrate accountability to our community partners.
Education, experience, and training that provides evidence of the ability to perform the job responsibilities set forth in this job announcement will be evaluated for equivalency to the established education and experience qualifications.  Examples what would be evaluated include: employment in a position with similar responsibilities and scope; service as a influencer or thought leader regarding aging and disability services or homelessness through publication, public forums, and/or advocacy; attainment of a graduate degree or professional certification, work experience beyond the required eight years.

As of October 18, 2021, City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your employment start date. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.  
Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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