Established: 08/89
Revised: 01/93, 12/07
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 1



Under administrative direction, to plan, organize, direct and manage the administrative and program activities of the Children and Families Division; and to do other work as required.


The Office for Children and Families, within the Department of Human Services, works in conjunction with the Clackamas County Commission on Children and Families the Clackamas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council and the Clackamas County Diversity Leadership Council, appointed by and advisory to the Board of County Commissioners. The Office for Children and Families utilizes individual and organizational input to advise the Board of County Commissioners regarding system wide policies affecting children, youth and their families, diverse populations and general community safety. The Office of Children and Families develops and implements a comprehensive plan by providing funds and technical assistance to service providers to carry out effective programs. Other services include systems integration, community assessment, program development and evaluation, technical assistance and prevention advocacy.

The Children, Youth and Families Director is responsible for planning, coordinating, evaluating and administering all services provided by the division in accordance with County, State and Federal law. The Children, Youth and Families Director reports to the Director, Department of Human Services.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Directs the division in the recommendation and implementation of new and revised policies to respond to the service needs of the County; establishes division goals and objectives; supervises the preparation of the Division's annual program plan; provides direction to staff in program planning and development and in response to sensitive issues; ensures services are in compliance with Federal and State statutes, rules and regulations.
  2. Represents the County in regional and state organizations, commissions, task forces and groups to promote and coordinate the work of the Office of Children and Families and its associated Commissions and Councils; represents the County in drafting, introducing, advocating and testifying on related legislation; promotes citizen and key stakeholder involvement in setting priorities, assessing needs and reviewing policies and program operations.
  3. Oversees the development of division's annual and supplemental budgets; presents budget proposals to department director and County budget committee; oversees the monitoring of revenues and expenditures; researches alternative funding sources, including preparing and/or approving grant proposals.
  4. Hires and directs professional, paraprofessional and other staff to provide quality services to citizens and County staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts amongst staff and with other County departments.
  5. Develops and maintains relationships with service providers; directs the review and analysis of proposals of potential service providers to make recommendations based on program priorities and fiscal impact; directs, oversees and participates in the development and monitoring of contracts for services and grants; monitors and ensures program, projects and contractor compliance with regulations; interprets and clarifies federal regulations.


Thorough knowledge of: Principles and practices of public administration and budget/grant administration; Federal, State and County initiatives related to children and youth services; techniques of negotiation and public relations.

Working knowledge of: Principles and practices of contract preparation, negotiation, evaluation and administration; community assessment and techniques of gathering, analyzing and evaluating data; prevention practices and techniques related to behavior and adjustment problems of children and youth; theories and practices of community engagement to ensure citizen participation in local government; personnel management; participative management theories.

Skill to: Develop and implement operational and administrative policies; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and deliver oral presentations to public and private groups; interpret and apply Federal, State and local statutes, rules and regulations; develop and implement operational and administrative policies; develop and administer budgets and grant proposals; organize, direct, train, evaluate, supervise and discipline supervisory, professional, and administrative staff; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizen groups, volunteers, other agency personnel and County employees.


Work requires attendance at frequent meetings beyond the usual working hours and occasional overnight travel.

Must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.