Deputy Executive Director of Community Partnerships

State of Colorado Job Opportunities - Denver, CO3.5

Department Information

***This position will remain open until a qualified applicant pool has been identified. You are encouraged to apply sooner rather than later in order to be considered***

About Us
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:
In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401(k) and 457 plans
Medical and dental health plans
Employer supplemented Health Savings Account
Paid life insurance
Short- and long-term disability coverage
10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
Discounted RTD EcoPass (Denver Metro locations)
BenefitHub state employee discount program
CafeWell employee wellness program
Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more
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Our Culture & Environment
Our vision is that the people of Colorado will be safe, healthy, and prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations. Through our core values listed below, CDHS staff are committed to:
Making decisions with, and acting in the best interests of the people we serve, because Colorado's success depends on their well-being
Sharing information, seeking input, and explaining our actions because we value accountability and transparency
Managing our resources efficiently because we value stewardship
Promoting a positive work environment, and supporting and developing employees, because their performance is essential to Colorado's success
Meaningfully engaging our partners and the people we serve because we must work together to achieve the best outcomes
Committing to continuous learning because Coloradans deserve effective solutions today and forward-looking innovation for tomorrow
To provide the overall administration of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) programs, and specifically to manage the Office of the Executive Director (EDO) relative to externally facing programs, divisions, and offices as well as the manager of Client Services/Controlled Correspondence and County Services. This position also Chairs the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) and the Adult and Aging Background Check Committee. It participates in the Early Childhood Leadership Council, Child Welfare Executive Leadership Council, and CDHS Timeliness and Accuracy Workgroup.
Description of Job
Your Opportunity
The Deputy Executive Director of Community Partnerships is a strong leader who has been successful at the executive management level in a large organization and ideally possesses expertise in human services. You understand the importance of public service and community engagement. Your ability to establish and nurture relationships across the state is your greatest asset. Your passion and proven experience is a driving force in strategic partnering and championing CDHS's vision and mission.

This leader provides direction, leadership, and operational oversight of the external entities and agencies with which the Department contracts and partners, as well as oversight of internal programs within the Department. As Deputy to the Executive Director, this position is responsible for implementing the Executive Director's vision, goals, and objectives with regard to CDHS' community partnerships and translating them into outcomes. This position works to ensure fulfillment of the Department's mission and goals to promote the economic and social well-being of Colorado's vulnerable populations by nurturing relationships with the community partners responsible for directly serving those populations and holding them accountable to achieve positive outcomes. This position also provides oversight of the EDO's county liaisons and constituent services coordinator.

Establishes and nurtures highly effective relationships with employees, customers, and stakeholders that support and advance business goals and objectives.
Provide oversight to establish and maintain two-way communication between CDHS and key customers and stakeholders to ensure achievement of Department mission and goals.
Work to remove barriers that hinder communications with county and community partners.
Collaborates with the Division of Performance and Strategic Outcomes to oversee CDHS' performance management of county and community partners.
Addresses performance issues in a timely responsible manner and effectively recognizes high performing partners.
Engages high-level county leadership such as County Commissioners and Directors as needed to improve performance.
Articulate changes in organizational and business priorities to staff in ways that encourage action and support the development of employees that results in improved performance.
Create and maintain a work environment that builds talent to ensure the continuity of leadership for the organization
Oversees contract programs such as community mental health centers, community centered boards, early childhood councils, county human services departments.
Oversees the Department's Child Welfare, Early Childhood, Aging and Adult Services, Community Behavioral Health, Boards and Commissions, Domestic Violence, and Economic Security programs.
Focuses on select major policy, program, or management areas of special priority for the Executive Director
Supervises controlled correspondences and constituent contacts.
Supervises the work of the EDO's county liaisons.
Approves all CDHS' memo series communications to counties.
Oversees the management of contract programs.
Approves major purchasing including Request for Proposals and related activities.
Formulates policy, rule making, and program recommendations that support and enhance CDHS goals and objectives and provide for the appropriate allocation of resources.
Exhibits personal and professional Integrity at all times, consistent with the Department's vision, mission, and values.
Must be able to travel, sometimes over multiple days, to perform job duties.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Your Qualifications (Minimum Qualifications):
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in Human Services, Business or Public Administration, or a closely related field. Equivalent related experience can be substituted for the degree.


Experience: Six (6) years of progressively responsible professional experience leading a large, complex organization that must have included at least:

Two (2) years of experience successfully leading and supervising subordinate managerial staff, and
Two (2) years of professional public or business administration experience that included establishing organization structure, developing strategic work plans, budget development and control, setting goals and objectives to achieve program results, and fostering a team environment.
You must be a knowledgeable, articulate and persuasive leader who can serve as an effective member of the senior management team and be able to communicate human services related concepts to a broad, statewide audience.
Experience with strategic human services programs, partnership development, policy development, and compliance and regulatory activities is preferred.
Qualifications and Qualities That Allow You to Stand Out
The following supplemental experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and may be considered in selecting the successful candidate:
Experience working within rural Colorado and knowledge of the human services issues impacting rural Coloradoans.
Expertise in Child Welfare and/or early childhood education.

Ability to work effectively with key stakeholders, speak and write authoritatively and compellingly, resolve communication problems, negotiate, and manage competing interests.
Ability to work well with constituents regardless of position and authority, contribute to governing boards and committees, and adhere to clear lines of responsibility and accountability.
Proven experience in budget, financial, and contract management.
Proven experience in policy analysis, development, and implementation.
Flexibility in leadership through performing and/or overseeing the analysis of complex human resources, financial, or administrative management, policy, and program issues.
Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment.
Proven ability to provide strategic direction and ensure an effective work structure to maximize productivity and achieve goals.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication and public speaking skills.
Ability to problem solve and execute decisions.
Ability to work in a complex political environment.
Proven experience in overseeing and executing data-driven performance management and outcome-based systems and initiatives.
Conditions of Employment
Must be able to travel, sometimes over multiple days, to perform job duties
Standard Background-Name check, TRAILS, CMS/JBITS
Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.
Supplemental Information

How to apply:
Please attach a cover letter and resume to your application.

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ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact 1-800-929-0791 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.