The County of Los Angeles is recruiting nationally for a highly experienced, innovative, progressive, and collaborative Chief Deputy Director, Public Social Services (DPSS) for Program and Line Operations. The Chief Deputy Director serves as the primary operations executive for DPSS. This role exerts a powerful impact on the region’s economy and the lives of millions of individuals in need. Candidates will have a comprehensive knowledge of eligibility work management and organizational and project management principles, control systems, financial planning, utilization of resources, and a strong record that epitomizes social services’ values.
The overall mission of the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) is to inspire hope by helping people in need. The Department is complex and the largest public services agency in the United States. With a $4 billion budget and 14,000 employees, the Department provides necessary assistance to Los Angeles County’s underserved population. DPSS provides over $2 billion in direct and contracted services to over 3 million individuals. By providing temporary financial assistance, food, shelter, housing, and employment services to low-income County residents, DPSS makes the difference for many in need. DPSS determines eligibility for free or low-cost health care programs and services for families with children, pregnant women, transition-aged youth and aged or disabled adults. The Department continues to develop technological advances to serve customers efficiently and effectively and is recognized for its successes in providing services through state-of-the-art call center technology, mobile applications, and working closely with business partners to link customers to a myriad of services (mental, substance abuse, domestic violence, etc.).
The starting salary will be dependent on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate. In addition to a competitive salary, the County offers a transportation allowance, flexible benefit plans with pre-tax elections that include: medical and dental insurance; retirement plan; deferred compensation plan; long-term disability plan; life insurance; 12 paid holidays per year; vacation. Relocation costs may be negotiable for the right candidate.
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree and five years of progressively responsible executive experience in a large-scale public services organization with a significant client base. This includes directing line operations and strategic planning. Examples of relevant experience include large county or state responsibility for income maintenance, supplemental nutritional assistance, or Medicaid administration at the Secretary, Director, or Deputy level.