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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 1844 - Administrator of Family Center

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Exempt
GRADE:    315

Under direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in planning, directing and implementing family and domestic programs involving community and interagency partnerships, performs related work as required.

An employee in this class is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of parent education, mediation, supervised visitation and neutral exchange programs or divisional and interagency programs; supervision is exercised directly and through subordinate personnel.  Manages the operation of work performed under the direction of the Director of Community Services and through recommendations of policy and directives established by governing councils and the civil and criminal justice system. Customarily and regularly directs the work of two or more other employees.  

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

•    Designs and develops goals, objectives and plans pertaining to assigned programs
•    Markets and coordinates activities that will introduce and maintain specialized programs which may include parent education, mediation, supervised visitation, and neutral exchange programs within DuPage County
•    Supervises work of subordinate personnel
•    Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
•    Identifies and resolves employee relations and performance issues
•    Establishes and maintains a professional work environment while providing appropriate leadership and direction
•    Promotes positive morale, creativity and teamwork among staff; evaluates employee performance and sets clear goals and expectations
•    Consults with staff about areas of responsibility; initiates community interventions and organizes team planning
•    Evaluates current Family Center programs and develops new programs
•    Researches grant requirements and guidelines; coordinates grant proposals
•    Meets with constituents of the civil and criminal justice system, community and government agencies
•    Solicits funding sources
•    Conducts research
•    Prepares budgets and monitors expenditures
•    Participates in county wide task force, governing councils and advisory committees
•    Prepares various reports. Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

•    Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
•    Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
•    Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
•    Family dynamics
•    Child development
•    The Illinois Dissolution of Marriage Act and the Illinois Paternity Act
•    The Domestic Relations Division of the court and Family Law
•    Mediation and conflict resolution standards and principles
•    Theory, principles, and techniques of psychotherapy
•    Fundamental types of abnormal behavior
•    Philosophy and objectives of mental health
•    Administration and interpretation of psychological tests
•    Community mobilization and resources
•    Effective supervisory practices and techniques
•    Budget preparation procedures
•    Current office practices, procedures and equipment
•    County policies and procedures
•    Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
•    Planning, organizing, supervising, the work of others
•    Understanding the programs, needs, and motivations of the client
•    Researching, planning and implementing various psychological service programs;
•    Gaining the cooperation and support of the community in carrying out program objectives
•    Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
•    Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
•    Monitor and evaluate employees
•    Prioritize and assign work
•    Manage division operations
•    Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
•    Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and
•    Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
•    Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
•    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
•    Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, or related field and five years of experience in a clinical or community mental health capacity including three years of experience in a supervisory or administrative capacity; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Must have completed an approved 40 hour mediation training.