Job Posting: Deputy County Executive, Health & Human Services

Job Posting: Deputy County Executive, Health & Human Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

Deputy County Executive – Health & Human Services

  • Closing Date/Time: Fri. 11/10/17 5:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Salary: $62.98 – $104.97 Hourly, $5,038.64 – $8,397.74 Biweekly, $131,004.64 – $218,341.14
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Under general direction of the County Executive, the incumbent of this class serves at the pleasure of the County Executive in accordance with the Virginia Code Ann. §15.2-807, 15.2-808, and 15.2-809, and the incumbent’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the County Board of Supervisors.

The incumbent of this class is empowered to act for or on behalf of the County Executive and in the absence of the County Executive is responsible for directing the operations of the government. Supervision is exercised over a large number of department directors.

The Deputy County Executive (DCE) is an executive level position appointed to oversee the administration of the Health and Human Services system (HHS). The HHS system consists of eleven county agencies and offices: Department of Housing and Community Development; Office to Prevent and End Homelessness; Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services; Department of Neighborhood and Community Services; Department of Administration for Human Services; Department of Family Services; Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board; Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court; Department of Health; and two special tax district community centers.

The DCE also works with and builds capacity of non-governmental stakeholders (nonprofits, businesses, faith organizations, community groups) to build, support and deliver critical health and human services. In addition, the DCE coordinates planning and service delivery with Fairfax County Public Schools, Public Safety, and other county agencies.

The DCE is responsible for the general supervision and management of the system of programs, services and business affairs of the organization. Sets and executes the HHS mission as approved by the Board of Supervisors (BOS). Works with the County Executive, BOS, agency directors and stakeholders in creating, resourcing and operationalizing a strategic direction for the HHS system. Provides leadership for the business, system, and service integration work through a person centric framework.

Reviews progress and takes corrective action to maximize efficiencies and effectiveness. Identifies opportunities, risks and areas for improvement within the system. Provides leadership to implement change including the development and implementation of a performance-based approach across programs which builds upon existing efforts and identifies areas for performance monitoring and accountability throughout the system. Identifies and manages system priorities, including the development of the strategic and results accountability framework. Leads staff in special initiatives to foster and cultivate innovative program approaches.


Strategic and Policy Leadership

  • Develops, leads and executes the overall HHS vision and strategic direction for the HHS system; determines needs and priorities; establishes current and long range plans; makes assignments to agency directors and support staff.
  • Conducts regular leadership meetings to discuss system implications of new initiatives, service delivery, and operationalization of business processes.
  • Understands and effectively conveys the concepts, philosophies and strategic direction of the HHS system to the BOS, staff, residents and partners.
  • Directs planning, coordination and evaluation of HHS programs and policies to promote innovation and effective cross system coordination.
  • Establishes and monitors results accountability processes; identifies areas for system improvements; and sponsors initiatives to improve services.
  • Makes major management decisions affecting multi-agency operations, clients, state and federal mandates, and cross-agency resources. Evaluates and responds to proposed federal and state laws changes.
  • Oversees the gathering of information, development of studies, compilation of materials, and writing of reports.

Resource Allocation and Stewardship

  • Determines priority needs, capacity of existing services, and seeks opportunities to resource funding gaps.
  • Determines annual budget priorities for the system and reviews agency budget submissions; makes recommendations to the County Executive as appropriate to meet community needs and priorities of the BOS.
  • Oversees performance and resource utilization data; works with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to determine corrective action if necessary
  • Authorizes, in consultation with the CFO, redistribution of resources to meet changing system and program needs. Negotiates, reviews and makes management decisions regarding budget and staff allocation for the HHS system.
  • Plans and coordinates program and facility expansion to meet the immediate and long-term needs of county residents.

Elected Officials, Partnerships and Community Engagement

  • Creates partnerships with national, state, and community stakeholders to build capacity and meet needs in the community; secures their active participation in planning, service provision, and mobilization of community resources.
  • Communicates policy and program goals, priorities, strategies, and results to the Board of Supervisors; staffs the HHHS Committee of the Board of Supervisors and recommends agenda and policy issues for consideration.
  • Represents the county on various boards, task forces, and committees; provides staff support to the Human Services Council; chairs and sets the agendas for numerous board appointed commissions, councils, and policy teams; and incorporates diverse perspectives in policy and service methods.
  • Provides vision, guidance and direction for identifying and enhancing the linkages between the HHS agencies/programs, community organizations, and county leadership to meet the complex and multi-program needs of clients.
  • Works to create alignment around HHS goals, priorities, strategies and results, championing the HHS vision and direction at every opportunity.
  • Collaborates with the county legislative team to facilitate legislation that is of interest to HHS; coordinates with others on the county executive leadership teams who are also responsible for service delivery to HHS agencies, staff and clients.

Support and Management of HHS Leadership Team and Staff

  • Leads the HHS leadership team by collaborating, directing, motivating and inspiring.
  • Recruits and hires HHS agency and program directors.
  • Provides direction regarding a wide range of personnel matters; assigns tasks and special duties to agency directors and program managers.
  • Oversees implementation of the county’s performance feedback model; provides support for employee development plans; approves agency performance reviews on senior level staff.
  • Conducts organizational climate assessments as needed and takes corrective action.
  • Provides technical assistance to project supervisors to ensure quality work.
  • Other duties as assigned by the County Executive and the Board of Supervisors.


Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, or a closely related field; plus eight years of progressively responsible managerial experience in a large local government or the private sector, to include at least five years of experience at the senior or department director level.


The ideal candidate has knowledge, experience and demonstrable success in the following:

  • Education equivalent to completion of a master’s degree program with major course work in public administration, social services, public health, healthcare administration, or allied health and human services.
  • Extensive health, social service, community services, healthcare administration or public administration experience in an administrative or operational capacity, including 10 years in a senior level or department director position.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the public administration principles and practices commonly employed in the planning, direction and control of an organization providing diverse health and human services.
  • Thorough knowledge of goals, objectives, methods and techniques applicable to the management of health and human services programs.
  • Thorough knowledge of public and private organizations, operations, and functions affecting health and human services regulation, function and service provision at all government levels.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with officials and representatives of other county and government agencies, advisory boards, community organizations, service providers and the public.
  • Ability to express ideas and communicate county policy on health and human services and/or administrative subjects, both orally and in writing.
  • Experience with strategic leadership and working in a large, integrated, multi-agency and multi-disciplinary health and human services system.
  • Ability to create and maintain a work environment that is respectful and accepting of diverse opinions and recognizes leadership from every chair.
  • Leadership characterized by unwavering integrity in the execution of strategic plans that impact health and human services and public policy in an often-challenging political environment.
  • Experience with managing multiple and complex funding streams, budgets and agreements in the public sector.
  • Excellent personnel management and interpersonal skills with the ability to build and lead effective teams.
  • Ability to maintain a separation of personal, public and political positions, and able to ensure they do not interfere with or undermine the priorities of the health and human services system or the county.


Appointee will be required to complete a criminal background investigation and a credit check to the satisfaction of the employer. Willingness to work extended hours to cover evening and weekend committees and events. On-call for emergencies after hours, weekends, and holidays as needed. Must be accessible by email at all times.


This position is primarily sedentary in nature; however, visual acuity to work on electronic equipment such as a computer monitor, typing on a keyboard, and carrying/lifting up to 15 pounds are essential to this position. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.


  • Panel interview; may include an oral/presentation exercise. It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.
  • Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.