County of Imperial

El Centro , CA

Director of Social Services

County of Imperial
El Centro, CA Full-time
Posted on March 1, 2019



Imperial County is located in the Imperial Valley,

bordering both Arizona and Mexico. The County is home

to approximately 180,000 residents who live and work

within its seven cities (Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, El

Centro, Holtville, Imperial, and Westmorland) and eight

unincorporated communities (Bombay Beach, Heber,

Niland, Ocotillo, Palo Verde, Salton City, Seeley, and

Winterhaven). The County seat is the city of El Centro.

This vast terrain varies from 235 feet below sea level

at the Salton Sea to 4,548 feet above sea level at Blue

Angel Peak. Established in 1907, it was the last county

to be established in California. Although this region is a

desert, with high temperatures and low average rainfall

of three inches (seventy-five mm) per year, the economy

is heavily based on agriculture due to irrigation, supplied

wholly from the Colorado River via the All-American


Imperial Valley has a variety of attractions for visitors

and residents. Fort Yuma is located on the banks of the

Colorado River. NAF El Centro is the winter home of

the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue

Angels. Imperial Valley Expo & Fairgrounds is home to

the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta which is the

local county fair, held in late February to early March and

known throughout North America. It is also home to the

Imperial Valley Speedway. Recreational opportunities are

abundant in the area with water sports at the Colorado

River; hunting, camping, and off-road activities in theN T

rugged mountains and desert sand dunes. The Anza-

Borrego Desert State Park, California’s largest state park,

the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, Algodones Sand

Dunes, Fossil Canyon, Painted Gorge, and Salvation

Mountain are just a few of the unique parks in the

region. The border city of Mexicali, Baja California,

Mexico offers big city amenities like museums, a zoo,

a sports convention center, several restaurants, and an

international airport. Visitors cross by foot or car from

Calexico in the United States every day.

Imperial High School, located in Imperial, was

designated a California Distinguished High School

in 2003 and 2007 by the CA State Department of

Education. Opportunities to attend college are

available through Imperial Valley College, San Diego

State-Imperial Valley and Brawley Campuses, and the

University of Phoenix.



The County of Imperial Department of Social Services

has a 2018-2019 total budget of $134,589,927 and

employs approximately 536 staff members, who work

to serve and enhance the community’s quality of life.

The County is divided in five supervisorial districts. Each

district elects a member to the Board of Supervisors for a

term of four years.

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Under the direction of the Board of Supervisors,

plan, organize, coordinate and control the eligibility,

administrative and social services sections of the

department; formulate and develop policies and

procedures in conformance with State and federal

regulations, legislation and directives; supervise and

evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.

The Director of Social Services will need knowledge of:

  • Federal, State and local welfare programs and

supporting legislation

  • Budget and fiscal management, cost accounting

and public funding

  • Community socioeconomic and human behavioral


  • Current sociological trends
  • Social planning and utilization of resources
  • Principles of social work including group work and

community organization

  • Public relations and communication skills
  • Principles and practices of administration,

supervision and training

  • Laws, rules and regulations related to assigned


  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
  • Public speaking techniques


The ideal candidate for the Director of Social Services

will be a strong leader capable of communicating

a vision, gaining buy-in from staff, and ensuring

execution of key goals and initiatives. The Director will

be a unifier within the Department – a team player

and team builder. The successful candidate will be

approachable, emanating a positive presence. Creative

thinking will be a necessary trait in this role. Superior

communication skills are required. The Director will

practice active listening, display an openness to

suggestions, have excellent writing skills and exhibit

confidence while speaking. The Director will be an

energetic, goal-oriented achiever, willing to tackle new

strategic projects such as the continuum of care for

homeless services.


  • Plan, organize, coordinate and control the activities,

services and operations of the department; allocate

personnel and resources to optimize departmental

efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned

personnel; assign and delegate work; establish

goals, objectives and departmental priorities; resolve

issues regarding hiring, disciplinary action and other

employee-related issues.

  • Plan, organize and coordinate departmental

activities to assure that entitlements are properly

disbursed and social services are effectively provided

to the public in accordance with established

eligibility requirements.

  • Assure compliance with a variety of local, State

and federal laws and regulations; analyze new

and pending legislation to determine impact and

required action.

  • Prepare, develop, analyze and control the

departmental budget; prioritize budget needs and

prepare the State cost control plan.

  • Communicate with other County departments to

coordinate activities, resolve issues and implement

new programs and procedural changes.

  • Interact with State agencies, community

organizations, educational institutions, media

representatives and others regarding departmental

programs, services and activities.

  • Formulate and develop departmental policies

and procedures in accordance with the mandated

mission and goals of the department.

  • Attend, chair and conduct a variety of staff and

administrative meetings; prepare oral and written

reports for the Board as requested.

  • Direct the preparation and maintenance of

comprehensive records and reports related to

departmental operations and activities; assure the

timely submission of materials to County and State



A bachelor’s degree in social science, public

administration or related field and five years of

increasingly responsible experience in a large

social service organization including two years in a

management capacity.


The salary range for the Director of Social Services is

$122,196 - $148,548

The County of Imperial offers an excellent benefit

package that includes:

  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation 457 Plan
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • HRA
  • Life Insurance
  • Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Sick Leave Buy-Back
  • Vacation
  • Vacation Buy-Back
  • Administrative Leave
  • Car Allowance
  • Tuition Reimbursement