Assistant Director of Social Services – Business Operations, Durham County (closes 4/6/21)

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Closing: 4/6/21 5:00pm EST
Salary Range: $69,627 – $125,328 annually

Job Responsibilities:

Provides leadership and oversight for the agency’s Business Operations functions including Finance, Accounting, Budget, Contracts Management, Managing for Results, Child Support Services, Information Technology, Facility and Fleet management.  Serves on agency Leadership Team. This is administrative work as Finance Officer of a large county department of social services. Assists with the formulation and continual improvement of the agency’s mission, vision, policies and practices; implements operational management best practices to facilitate effective accountability for agency financial resources and successful attainment of agency outcomes; disseminates information involving interpretation of policies, laws, and activities of the agency; supervises staff members and reports to the Chief Operations Officer (COO) for the Department of Social Services.

Examples of Work:

  • Development and preparation of a multi-million dollar agency budget.
  • Implementation of the annual budget plan and monitoring expenditures throughout the fiscal year.
  • Monitoring spending patterns and program costs to ensure that they are consistent with the budget plan.
  • Organize and direct the work of unit staff to ensure the gathering, analyzing, editing and reporting of necessary information for financial control and oversight of all agency programs.
  • Recruit, supervise and retain supervisory/management staff providing all unit functions.
  • Provide work direction, develop work plans and conduct performance appraisals, coach, motivate and develop staff.
  • Supervision of information technology, fleet and facilities support.
  • Oversight of agency finance, accounting, audit & compliance functions.
  • Oversight of departmental accounts payable and accounts receivable functions.
  • Oversight of agency purchasing and contracts management functions.
  • Oversight of agency Child Support operations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of finance, accounting and public and business administration.
  • Considerable knowledge of modern office procedures, practices, and equipment.
  • Considerable knowledge of the organization and structure of state and local government.
  • Considerable knowledge of personnel, purchasing, and accounting practices and procedures.
  • Ability to plan and direct fiscal and business services.
  • Ability to select, train, and supervise employees engaged in business operations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, county and state officials, and the general public.
  • Strong communication skills – Oral, Written & Presentations.
  • Strong analytical skills.


Successful candidate must have strong management skills including planning, staff supervision, budgeting and fiscal management, preferably managing federal and state funds to support mandated safety net programs for low income families and individuals. Master’s degree in accounting, finance, business or public administration and five years of relevant experience preferred. Prior experience working within a county or local governmental entity is highly preferred.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements: Graduation from a four‑year college or university, preferably with a major in accounting, finance, business, public, or hospital administration, and five years of administrative experience involving participation in the planning and management of a business or governmental program.

Durham County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer