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The work involves responsibility for assisting the Commissioner of Social Services in formulating policies and developing programs to deliver cost effective social services. This is an administrative position in the Department of Social Services that includes directing and coordinating the overall operations of the department and assisting the Commissioner in all administrative and management tasks as needed. The Executive Deputy is responsible for the daily business structure and business management of the department and its programs. In the absence of the Commissioner, a deputy may have complete charge of department operations and direction of personnel. They will act as the Commissioner's representative in public presentations or meetings concerning social service projects or issues. General direction is received from the Commissioner of Social Services. Supervision and/or general direction is exercised over the administrative, professional, technical and support staff. Does related work as required.


Assists the Commissioner of Social Services in identifying social service needs and initiates programs to meet such needs.
Initiates and formulates operating policies, administrative programs and practices for the department and recommends same to the Commissioner for approval.
Oversees the program directors to assure efficient and consistent operation of the department and to effect changes and improvements in the department.
Oversees the program directors in their administration of the division's projects or programs to improve operating efficiency and program effectiveness within the division.
Coordinates and supervises interdepartmental functions and business operations.
Assists in the preparation of the departmental budget and the maintenance of fiscal controls.
Reviews program standards, budgets, contracts and work organization to ensure the cost-effective delivery of services.
Assumes responsibility for the day to day operation of the department and for business and financial operation.
Assists the Commissioner in the public relations aspect of the department and in interpreting the work of the department to the community; makes public appearances to explain departmental actions and address public concerns.


Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of social casework.
Comprehensive knowledge of modern principles and practices of business management and administration.
Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local welfare legislation and programs.
Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of administration.
Thorough knowledge of the methods used in formulating and initiating public programs.
Thorough knowledge of funding arrangements, systems and standards.
Thorough knowledge of management techniques including but not limited to performance measurement, quality assurance, training, project management, program evaluation, personnel evaluation and cost benefit analysis.
Thorough knowledge of the functions of the department divisions and how they are interrelated.
Ability to make decisions quickly and independently.
Ability to coordinate the work of others and to establish effective working relationships.
Ability to plan and direct the activities of subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance.
Ability to plan, direct and evaluate social service programs.
Ability to deal with the public on projects related to social services.
Ability to coordinate staff patterns to carry out program objectives.
Ability to speak in public and communicate effectively with social service related agencies and the County Legislature.
Ability to plan and initiate change in local policies and procedures to further improve and coordinate the administration of a social service program.
Ability to relate social service program goals to community groups and organizations.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.


A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a bachelor's degree and either:
i. five (5) years of satisfactory, full-time paid experience in a health, education or social agency, three (3) years of which must have been in a satisfactory administrative or supervisory capacity; or,
ii. five (5) years of responsible, full-time paid experience in an administrative or management position, where there is responsibility for planning, directing and coordinating the work of a substantial staff working in several units or performing several separate functions.

1. Experience as a local social services commissioner: each year of experience as a chief executive officer of a social services district, within six (6) years immediately preceding the date on which he/she is appointed, shall be the equivalent of two (2) years of the above prescribed experience.
2. Post-graduate training: post-graduate training, at a recognized college or university, in social work, public administration, hospital administration, educational administration or business administration, shall be the equivalent, on a year-for-year basis up to two (2) years, of the above prescribed experience. However, no such post-graduate training shall be the equivalent of the administrative or supervisory experience required.

05/2012 Revised