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December 12, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia
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About the Division of Family and Children Services

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) provides a wide range of human services designed to promote self-sufficiency, safety and we/I-being for all Georgians. The department is one of the largest agencies in state government with an annual budget of $1.8 billion and nearly 9,000 employees. OHS is comprised of three Divisions: The Division of Aging Services, the Division of Child Support Services, and the Division of Family and Children Services.

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), a division of the Georgia Department of Human Services, investigates reports of child abuse; finds foster and adoptive homes for abused and neglected children; issues SNAP, Medicaid, TANF and childcare assistance to low-income families; helps out-of-work parents get back on their feet; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help families in need.

DFCS is working to implement significant child welfare reform through the Blueprint for Change plan, which is the Division's roadmap to improving the lives of the children and families we serve. It is about strong practice, a committed workforce and the authentic internal and external engagement with our staff and the community. The Blueprint for Change has three pillars:

  • Practice Model: Adoption of a practice model that will serve as the foundation to keep kids safe and strengthen families; and inclusion of guiding principles, vision and mission statement.
  • Robust Workforce Development: Increased staffing and expertise for Child Welfare and Family Independence; research-based caseload ratios; mentoring for supervisors; improved compensation based on proven competency; and development of a career path.
  • Constituent Engagement: Creation of advisory boards at state, regional and local levels; organized "roadshows" to engage the public, local stakeholders and media; and build consensus and collaboration among partners, staff, and stakeholders.
Job Description

Pay Grade: O

Division of Family and Children Services is seeking executive leadership level candidates for the position of Director of Federal Planning. This position is located at 2 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Fulton County. This position will report to the Senior Director for Practice and Program Guidance, and will supervise staff.This position will focus on the development, management, and administration of required federal plans.This includes the Child & Family Service Plan (CFSP), Child and Family Services Review (CFSR), Child Abuse Prevention Act (CAPTA), and development of responses to the Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR). This position will also provide strategic guidance and consultative support to extended partners including but not limited to the Office of the Child Advocate, Department of Juvenile Justice, Georgia Department of Education, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia, Georgia Court Improvement Project, Department of Public Health, and Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. This position will also be responsible for the administration of funds provided under the CAPTA and Children's Justice Act (CJA).

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and support the development of agency goals related to federal requirements for child welfare practice.
  • Direct the design, implementation and analysis of the planning process for federally required plans through coordination with various stakeholders including other state agencies, community entities, program sections and field leadership.
  • Direct ongoing analysis of strategies and monitoring and evaluation of programmatic plans to ensure department goals are being met.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact with the Children's Bureau.
  • Engage stakeholders year-round in strategic planning and program improvement.
  • Assist county leadership in developing and monitoring the work of C3 Coordinators.
  • Collaborate with the CAPTA Panel members, leading discussions around agency practice and/or addressing recommendations.
  • Coordinate and prepare the annual report, contracts and three-year application and assessment for continued funding for CJA.
  • Prepare and monitor Program Improvement Plans.
  • Effectively partner with executives and leadership.
  • Submit all required annual reports to the Children's Bureau.
  • Keep abreast of current and emerging trends in Child Welfare.

Core Competencies:

  • Ability to work effectively at multiple levels of the organization and with multiple project teams.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective active listening, critical thinking and group facilitation skills.
  • Experience in building and maintaining strong stakeholder relationships.
  • Expertise in making strategic decisions based on data as well as best practices.
  • Ability to maintain a results-oriented, learning culture.
  • Excellent planning and organizational management skills.
  • Excellent oral, written, presentation and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and/or standard software applications typically used in a corporate office environment.
  • Ability to work in a very fast-paced, stressful environment while effectively and accurately managing multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated evidence of excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to develop and make presentations on behalf of the organization.
  • Ability to work independently with limited direction.
Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related area from an accredited college or university AND Eight years of related experience.
  • Ten years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to candidates who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, demonstrate some or all the following skills/experience:

  • Master's degreein Social Work, Business Administration, Public Administration, Psychology or Public Health from an accredited college or university.
  • 2+ years ofexperience with Federal Regulations: Child & Family Service Plan(CFSP), Child and Family Services Review(CFSR), Annual Progress and Services Report(APSR), Child Abuse Prevention Act(CAPTA) or Program Improvement Plans.
  • Developing or managing Federal Plans.
  • Current or previous Senior Level Leadership role. (Must be shown on application)
Additional Information

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DHS will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

Criminal Background Checks/Applicant Privacy Rights

All applicants may be subject to a drug screen, motor vehicle check, and may be required to submit fingerprints to check for the existence of criminal history information through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Applicants have the right to challenge the contents of any criminal history record obtained for the purpose of employment with DHS. For an explanation of these rights, please read, "Applicant Privacy Rights" at:

As an employee of DHS, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

DHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of DHS to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

In addition to a competitive salary, DHS offers a generous benefits package, which includes employee retirement plan; paid holidays annually; vacation and sick leave; health, dental, vision, legal, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, health and child care spending account. Visit more information.


Health, dental, vision, legal, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, healthcare and childcare spending accounts, and life insurance plans are available.

Health Benefits: 1-800-610-1863State Health Benefit Plan

Flexible Benefits:1-877-342-7339GA Breeze Portal


State employees participate in the Employee's Retirement System. Contributions are based on a percentage of salary and service date entry

Employee Retirement System: 1-800-805-4609ERS Website

Deferred Compensation

Tax shelter plans are available that enable employees to provide for greater retirement security. Fund programs are available in both 457(k) and 401(k) plans.

Peach State Reserves: 1-877-342-7339ERS / Peach State Reserves

Credit Union

Employees are eligible to become members of theAtlanta Postal Credit UnionandGeorgia United Credit Union

The answers you provide to the supplemental questions will be used to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Your responses pertaining to specific work experience and education must be clearly shown in the areas for work history and education on your application. Your application must be completed in full before it is submitted. We do not accept additional information after your application has been received by the Office of Human Resources. Do you accept these conditions?

  • Yes
  • No
What is your highest level of education completed?

  • Master's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Associate's Degree
  • Some College/Tech
  • High School Diploma
  • GED
  • None of the Above
How proficient are you in the use of Microsoft Office Suite?

  • None
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Expert
How many years of experience do you have as an Administrator or have serving in a Senior Level Leadership role in a Child Welfare unit?

  • None
  • Less than 1 Year
  • 1-2 Years
  • 2-3 Years
  • 3-4 Years
  • More than 4 Years
How many years experience do you have collaborating with stakeholders as it relates to conducting forums/ focus groups?

  • None
  • Less than 1 Year
  • 1 Year
  • 1-2 Years
  • 2-3 Years
How many years of experience do you have developing and/ or managing APSR, CFSR, or other Federal Plans?

  • None
  • Less Than 1 Year
  • 1 - 2 Years
  • 2-3 Years
  • 3-4 Years
Are you a current or former State of Georgia employee?

  • Yes
  • No
If yes, please provide your employee ID number

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