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The Department of Human Services (DHS) / Division of Disability Services (DDS) Commissioner is responsible for the overall development and guidance of the state’s

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Defines goals and objectives of the division, as directed by the Board of DDS and the Director of the Department of Human Services, and establishes broad policies. Interprets applicable state and federal laws, reviews and evaluates the effectiveness of activities and services, and insures implementation of procedures and objectives. Interviews and selects staff, including Assistant Directors, provides employee training and development, establishes work priorities, and evaluates staff performance. Serves as final authority in grievance issues, makes various public appearances, and provides presentations to various groups. Serves as the division’s primary point of contact for local, state, and federal government officials and staff. Provides information and responds to all inquires from all segments of the news media, provides input into policy development and legislation, delegates special projects, and reviews, analyzes, and approves contracts and program reports. Provides guidance and technical assistance to staff providing client services, resolves problems presented by staff and public, and attends budget meetings with the DHS Director and Legislature. Serves as liaison for the Division with Board of DDS and DHS Director, keeps abreast of and reviews section programs, and provides leadership on new projects. Reviews input from managers on program expenditures, projects budgetary needs and discusses with Board of DDS, as appropriate, and oversees development of agency budget. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of principles and practices of personnel and financial management. Knowledge of principles and practices of DD (Developmental Disabilities) treatment theories, program development, and training. Knowledge of federal and state laws/regulations dealing with persons with developmental disabilities in institutions, community programs, and employment practices. Ability to evaluate effectiveness of client and employee service delivery programs. Ability to establish an effective communication system, in order to interact with the public, state officials, news media, parent groups, peers and subordinates. Ability to organize, coordinate, and supervise work of others. Ability to plan and budget for future need of institutions and related community service programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a master’s degree in psychology, education, special education, social services or a related human services field; plus seven years of progressively more responsible experience in service delivery for the developmentally disabled community, including four years in a professional managerial capacity

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