Want to make a difference for the Hennepin County residents that we serve? As Director of Economic Supports and Well-Being within Human Services and Public Health you will play a critical role in making certain our staff and programs operate smoothly. You will lead a team of professionals to ensure our department has the essential support and tools to achieve Hennepin County's mission and vision.
This position will report to the Assistant County Administrator of Human Services and will oversee economic benefit programs, child support, employment programs, youth education programs, and will lead efforts to reduce racial and other disparities in our systems.
Location and hours: This position is located at the Hennepin County Government Center building in downtown Minneapolis at 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487. Work hours will primarily be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
About the position type: This position is full-time, benefit-earning and unclassified. Unclassified positions are non-permanent (at will) and are not subject to HR law/rules.
In this position, you will:
Lead staff and operations of economic benefit programs, child support, employment programs, youth education programs, family emergency shelter programs, and emergency assistance programs, to ensure that policies, standards, and regulations are followed.
Coordinate and develop economic assistance, child support, employment, and youth programs and services; identify unmet needs, define objectives, policies, or plans to meet those needs, and think systemically when making critical decisions that could impact other areas of the organization.
Work with department leadership to create organizational vision and strategy, leading with purpose.
Ensure a collaborative, diverse, energizing, supportive and nimble work culture and develop future leaders.
Develop and maintain close, cooperative relationships with the community and other public agencies involved in the work with the goal of working across public-private boundaries to improve outcomes for Hennepin County residents. This includes:
Partnering with community organizations, engaging with community members, inspiring others by being an authentic leadership presence.
Ensuring Hennepin County staff and community organizations are knowledgeable about what each other provides and how to leverage those programs and services.
Represent Hennepin County as a media spokesperson to explain the work using plain language.
Work with the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant County Administrators to develop and monitor budgets, revenues, and expenditures.
Work with a data team to analyze data about economic benefit programs, child support, employment programs, and youth education programs, including staffing programs and services, to continually improve the work and meet the needs of Hennepin County residents served.
Work with Contract Management to determine needed contracts and their financing, and set outcomes for them.
Work across Hennepin County to foster alignment, promote cross-disciplinary partnerships within and across departments, and service areas that affect the people served by collaborating and sharing data and co-creating solutions that lead to better outcomes for Hennepin County residents.
Be responsive to requests, specifically the ability to research and compile information for the County Board and department administration.
About the department: Human Services delivers a variety of services to individuals or families that assist with basic needs or encourage client change around specific objectives. We work with individuals as well as systems and communities in order to develop policy and advocate for the people we serve. The people we serve and our communities are connected. By helping one, we help the other.
About Hennepin County: Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.
Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at www.hennepin.us/employees.
Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
Your future. Made here.
NOTE: You must attach a cover letter (PDF or Word) with your application materials to be considered for this position.
Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates may be required to complete a drug test and/or background check.
Need to have:
One of the following:
Bachelor's degree or higher in a field related to the business and seven or more years of management or administrative experience.
Eleven or more years of management or administrative experience.
Nice to have:
Leading and managing staff.
Ensuring budgets and finances to strategically manage and align with department wide fiscal framework and targets.
Working with relevant state and federal laws, statutes, and regulations, including standards of practice and administration of programs.
Knowledge of and ability to successfully apply Diversity, Equity and Inclusion best practices in efforts to reduce racial and other economic disparities.
Working understanding of cultural differences and the impacts of culture on service effectiveness, organizational effectiveness, and effective relationships with staff, partners, and those we serve.
Plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise a large and diverse organization.
Leverage interpersonal and communication skills to engage with multiple groups, from staff to other county leaders, community providers, and state agencies, with the goal of working together to build a system that co-creates solutions for children and families that leads to healthier lives and communities.
Collaborate, inspire, and implement action.
Analyze community needs and develop practical and effective delivery programs, integrating efforts with communities to provide effective, person-centered services.
Coordinate numerous county and other public/private agencies to provide a comprehensive system of service.
Anticipate future trends, assess impact of issues, and demonstrate a systems-thinking approach with a countywide perspective.
Internal Number: 1/14/2020
About Hennepin County Minnesota
Hennepin County is the largest county in the Minnesota employing 8,500 employees. Hennepin County is home to forty-five cities and twenty-two Independent Schools Districts. There have been over five cities in Hennepin County to be voted on the top places to live in the United States.