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Child & Family Social Services Manager at MINNESOTA PRAIRIE COUNTY ALLIANCE

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Owatonna, Minnesota

Job Description:

Duties include but are not limited to:

Managing human services programs, approximately 40 staff, and associated systems with a primary orientation to engaging families and their support networks into partnerships to help ensure that children are more likely to be safe, have permanency and be well.

Collaborating with internal and external partners in administration of programs and in continuously improving the delivery system.
Measuring performance and outcomes of program or business activities.
Managing program or business area budgets in transparent manner assuring good stewardship of the resources available by getting the best value possible. Participating in preparation of agency budget for applicable program or business area. Monitoring program area revenues and expenditures.
Planning for the future to best position MNPrairie and program or business area to achieve desired outcomes as client populations, programs, community standards, and resources change. Developing and managing long-range and strategic plans in alignment with executive director, management team, and board direction.
Fostering environment of innovation and continuous improvement.

Successful candidate:

In addition to the requirements below, a successful candidate will have the following attributes:

Emotional intelligence, including self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.
Experience with or a desire to transform human services systems to achieve better outcomes, along with an understanding of adaptive change.
Critical, systems, and strategic thinking that informs thoughtful decision-making.
Inspiringly and authentically caring about the people we serve and the staff we support.
Curious learner who seeks to understand.


Comprehensive knowledge of principles and methods of social service and public administration
Comprehensive knowledge of human behavior essential to working effectively with individuals and groups
Comprehensive knowledge of current social & economic conditions
Comprehensive knowledge of federal, state and local human services policies and programs, and the laws on which they are based
Comprehensive knowledge of social determinants of health and their impact
Thorough knowledge of advanced principles of social work practice, including structured decision-making, extended family engagement strategies, person-centered thinking, trauma-informed practice, advanced and evidence-based best child welfare practices, Signs of Safety, and emerging best practices
Thorough knowledge of human growth and development
Thorough knowledge of state computer systems associated with program areas, and ability to extract data as necessary to monitor and manage agency and staff performance
Demonstrated leadership ability
Ability to plan, organize and direct a large staff of professional and administrative employees
Ability to formulate methods and procedures, evaluate performance, and stimulate professional growth
Ability to work within a team environment
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county officials and associates, community agency officials, and other human services professionals
Ability to effectively communicate complex information both orally and in writing with clients, general public, other professionals, and elected officials; this includes public speaking and complex information related to child welfare practice and research
Ability to analyze complex data and develop comprehensive courses of action