Director of Child, Family and Adult Services – Mecklenburg County, NC

County of Mecklenburg, NC

Mecklenburg County, with seven municipalities and anchored by Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina, seeks a visionary, mission-minded professional to serve as its Director of Child, Family and Adult Services (Director). The Director will oversee the operations of the divisions of Youth and Family Services, Adult Services, Operations, Strategy, & Innovation, and Clinical & Contractual Services. The ideal candidate is a highly competent human services professional who can navigate the challenges of recruitment and retention of staff while overseeing daily operations that include service delivery for children, families and adults, adequate foster placements for youth in the County’s custody, guardianship services for adults, transportation, and nutrition services for seniors, among other responsibilities.

The Director will empower and motivate staff to unite around a collective vision to serve the community and cast a vision for the department that ensures the needs of children, families and adult services are met while advocating for policy changes to support quality service delivery. If you are passionate about the well-being of children, families, and adults, see value and opportunity in connection and partnership, and have the proven success of strategically leading a department of similar size, the County invites you to consider this opportunity for your next career move.

About the Department and Position:
The Mecklenburg County Department of Child, Family and Adult Services is committed to strengthening families and communities through a safety-net of services, collaborations, and hope. Reporting to the Deputy County Manager/Consolidated Human Services Agency Director, the Director will manage a budget of $222 million, oversee a department of nearly 700 employees and perform complex professional and administrative work directing social service and public assistance activities and programs for the County. The next Director will demonstrate a commitment to preserving families, promoting self-sufficiency, and meeting basic human needs by expanding program activity and initiatives, identifying public and private grant sources, and working with the community to prepare proposals, assisting in grant writing and oversight of performance under grants.

Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in Human Services, Social Work, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field and a minimum of ten years of experience in public management; including three years of supervisory experience is required. A Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) is preferred. Applicants must have an extensive knowledge of management principles applicable to the operation of a human service/government agency delivery system in a large county like Mecklenburg. Applicants must also have an understanding of the organizational structure of a department of social services and applicable county policy as well as state and federal laws, rules, and regulations. A NC or SC state driver’s license is required.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $169,599 (min) - $211,999 (mid) - $254,398 (max). The hiring salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Mecklenburg County offers a generous benefits package to include medical, dental, vision, life, short- and long-term disability, accident, cancer, critical illness, medical bridge, and pet insurance; paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; NC Local Governmental Retirement Benefit (pension); 401K/457 retirement plans with 5% employer match.

To apply, please visit and click on the Director of Child, Family, Adult Services – Mecklenburg County, NC title. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the County Employment Application portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application. Applicants must apply by May 7th, 2023. Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on June 1 - 2, 2023. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate. All inquiries should be emailed to Mecklenburg County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.

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Job Details

Job Function
Other, Department Head/Director

County of Mecklenburg


600 E 4Th St
Charlotte, NC 28202-2816
United States

Form of Government
County Council-Administrator/Manager


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