MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOVERNMENT Class Code 7813
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND (Non-Merit/Appointed)
CHIEF, SPECIAL NEEDS HOUSING,
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
DEFINITION OF CLASS:
This is senior level policy and administrative work developing and directing the planning, funding and implementation of special needs housing within the Department of Health and Human Services. The employee in this position will be appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. This is a non-merit position within the Montgomery County Government. The position reports directly to the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services. Key responsibilities of the position include providing oversight and leadership to the County's efforts to develop new and innovative housing models to serve special needs populations; membership on the Department's management team, which oversees and ensures a fully integrated public health and human services system which is customer friendly, and fiscally and programmatically effective. The Chief, Special Needs Housing promotes collaboration with and among public and private agencies in order to address the County's plan to remedy and prevent homelessness and increase the development of supportive and affordable housing for special populations.
The work requires expert application of advanced professional human services principles and theories combined with advanced management principles and practices to determine the nature, scope, and resolution of long-standing, intractable problems related to homelessness and supportive housing; to develop and gain intra-departmental approval of major, innovative policy initiatives; and, to conduct visionary, long range, inter- and intra-departmental planning to secure funding and develop alternative housing options. The position carries significant authority to make decisions and commitments on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services that support implementation of major policy initiatives and plans. The incumbent works closely with a broad range of individuals including elected and appointed officials, State and Federal Government officials, executives of public and private organizations, and representatives of housing and homeless advocacy groups.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: (Illustrative Only)
Plans, leads, and/or oversees the integration of multiple programmatic
elements and human and financial resources throughout HHS and partner
agencies, private sector organizations, community groups, and other stakeholders
to effectively address all housing options for special populations.
Promotes and fosters partnerships with public and private agencies in order to assure a well coordinated system of supportive housing for special populations.
Assures the effectiveness of supportive and special needs housing programs and policies through conducting evaluations and customer feedback.
Ensures the provision of adequate and relevant staff training.
Assists the Director in the development and implementation of an integrated health and human services system.
Maintains high visibility of the special needs housing crisis through continuing interaction and coordination with political leaders, senior-policy makers, Federal, State, and local officials.
Ensures that employees at all levels are encouraged to participate in program and policy development.
Performs other related duties as required.
Experience: Seven years of progressively responsible professional experience
in organizational management or in housing and supportive services for
special populations, four years of which were in a supervisory or executive
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in a public health, human services, or public administration field.
Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Expert knowledge of advanced planning and management principles in order to conduct strategic, visionary, long-range County policy formulation regarding housing and supportive services for special populations.
Extensive knowledge of the organizational structure and the financial and human resource sources and allocations of the County and pertinent public/private sector agencies and how to
channel these resources to meet the objectives for providing sufficient housing and supportive services for special populations.
Extensive knowledge of the needs, requirements, and unique issues associated with providing housing and supportive services for special populations.
Thorough knowledge of, and commitment to customer services and client focused service delivery.
Ability to lead, plan, implement, and evaluate special needs housing and supportive service programs.
Ability to establish collaborative and cooperative approaches to achieving goals.
Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with management staff, interdisciplinary team members, representatives of public/private and community groups, elected officials, and the general public.
Ability to attend meetings or perform other assignments at locations outside the office.
MEDICAL PROTOCOL: Medical History Review.
Class Established: February, 2004