Ehs Deputy Director, Community Services Bureau

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Contra Costa County, California
  • Sep 23, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Community and Economic Development Public Health
  • Salary: $123,091.56 - $149,618.64 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

Contra Costa County’s Employment and Human Services Department is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as the new Deputy Bureau Director for the County’s Community Services Bureau (CSB). This is an extremely rewarding position for an experienced professional who feels passionate about alleviating the causes and results of poverty for families while ensuring school readiness for children so that they are able to learn to the best of their ability.

Contra Costa County has one of the fastest growing work forces among Bay Area Counties. It is one of the State’s most ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse populations. The County provides a full range of services through 27 County departments including the Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD), which is the second largest department. Its Bureaus include Administrative Services, Aging & Adult Services, Children & Family Services, Community Services, Workforce Development Board, and Workforce Services.

About the Community Services Bureau

Head Start, Early Head Start and Community Action are the core components of the Bureau’s mission. With over 300 full-time, part-time, and temporary staff, the Bureau offers services in the areas of early learning, school readiness, nutrition and health, mental health, disability, energy assistance and family support. CSB’s goal is to eliminate poverty and empower people and families. The Community Services Bureau is part of a national network of Community Action Agencies and is the largest childcare provider in Contra Costa County. CSB is the Community Action agency for Contra Costa County and provides direct assistance with home energy costs, weatherization, and funding for community-based organizations to assist the low-income population move out of poverty.

The Position and Ideal Candidate

The Deputy Bureau Director for CSB is a full time, exempt, hands-on management and operations position reporting to the Community Services Bureau Director and supporting the Bureau Director and staff. The ideal candidate will be an effective leader who has government and early childhood education experience as well as the ability to manage the day-to-day functions of the Bureau. This position assists the Bureau Director with developing, implementing and evaluating objectives, goals, policies, and procedures to ensure effective delivery of services.

Primary responsibilities of this position include:
  • Participating in the formulation of the Bureau’s short and long-term strategic plans, policies, procedures, directives and work standards
  • In collaboration with the Bureau Director, supervising the day-to-day delivery of a broad scope of anti-poverty and Community Services programs, including, but not limited to, Head Start, Child Development, and Community Action
  • Leading the effort to recruit and retain staff/teachers
  • Assisting with the oversight of all of Community Services' field operations at Child Development sites
  • Working with, and monitoring, community-based organizations with which the bureau contracts
  • Creating and developing written operational policies and procedures
  • Assisting with the tracking and monitoring of positions, as well as interfacing with personnel and facilities on various support issues to the Bureau
  • Interviewing, selecting, supervising and reviewing the performance of assigned personnel
  • Conferring with the Bureau Director on sensitive casework problems and/or program management, personnel and administrative matters
  • Coordinating and assisting in the development and management of program budgets and closely monitoring ongoing fiscal reports to ensure annual goals are met
  • Suggesting and initiating changes in program expenditure activities as required
  • Negotiating and monitoring contracts and service plans with other agencies
  • Assisting with grant proposal writing and processes to develop funding for programs and services
  • Reviewing the progress of department programs and activities in meeting established goals and objectives and conferring with Bureau Director on corrective action measures, as appropriate
  • Producing clear, accurate, and timely reports to assist in executive decision making
  • Preparing and overseeing the preparation of correspondence, statistical data and narrative reports on program activities, work production, caseload trends, etc.
  • May represent the Bureau Director in labor relations, personnel matters, public meetings, and hearings, as well as serve as liaison to other agencies
  • May act in the place of the Bureau Director, when needed
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Minimum Qualifications
License Required: Candidates must possess a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out of state valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License will be accepted during the application process.

Education: Possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Gerontology, Counseling, Social Work, Social or Behavioral or Health Sciences, Business or Public Administration, or a closely related field.

Substitution of Education: Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Business or Public Administration, Social or Behavioral Sciences, or a closely related field and (1 ) additional year of the required listed experience.

Experience: Four (4) years full-time (or the equivalent of full-time) public administration experience which included responsibilities for supervision, program services operations, service delivery evaluation and regulatory compliance. Two (2) year of the above experience must have been at a managerial level.

Desirable Qualifications
  • Experience managing or administering programs related to Head Start, early childhood education, child development, childcare needs, or a related area
  • Knowledgeable about federal and state laws, rules and regulations pertaining to social services programs and delivery of services
  • Strong operations background and government contract experience
  • Experience with labor relations and union negotiations
  • Skilled at developing workflows and processes
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and comfortable with making presentations to a variety of stakeholders
  • Flexible, organized, collaborative team-oriented leader that engenders trust and confidence while maintaining a commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion

Selection Process

If you are interested in pursuing this desirable career opportunity, please send an electronic version of your cover letter, resume, and contact information to by November 5, 2021. Be sure to include CSB Deputy Director Applicant in the subject line.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please feel free to contact:
Janette Gitler | Janette Gitler Consulting
Phone: 415.264.7375 | Email:


Please note that as of August 24, 2021, Contra Costa County enacted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for employees. Proof of full vaccination will be required of all employees, including new hires. The policy requirements can be found here:


After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.


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