DHS Program Director 4
State of Tennessee
Position Description / Responsibilities
The VR Director is responsible for the planning, organizing, directing and overall day to day administration of the VR program and provides leadership for an interdisciplinary team of over 400 professional and support staff statewide that are responsible for helping the program carry out its mission through key program functions including: field operations, business services, and transition services.
- Provide leadership, guidance, and direction for the provision of VR services statewide.
- Evaluate and provide oversight of the VR program's performance, structure, and staffing to achieve program goals including meeting the needs of students and adults with disabilities, the business community, local school systems, and stakeholders.
- Maintain a system of professional development that attracts and retains a staff of highly qualified professionals for the delivery of high-quality VR services
- Oversee the development and implementation of statewide policies and procedures necessary to support the administration of VR services and compliance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
- Support the design and development of program evaluation tools that regularly monitor program performance and align with the common performance measures outlined in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
- Establish, maintain, and strengthen relationships with state and other workforce partners including the Departments of Education, Economic and Community Development (ECD), Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD), Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD), Mental Health and Substance Abuse (DMHSAS), and the Division of TennCare.
- In coordination with the department's fiscal and budget units, monitor all program expenditures and assure timely completion and submission of all fiscal and programmatic reports.
- Maintain current knowledge of all relevant state and federal, laws, rules and regulations including those of the program¿s federal funding partner for compliant program administration.
- Maintain and strengthen relationships and communication with advocacy organizations, the disability community and other stakeholders specific to the VR program and represent the department and the VR program to a variety of audiences across the state.
- Develop and implement innovative education and outreach plans to increase awareness of program services that targets potential customers, geographic locations and businesses tailored to the needs of both VR customers and the business community based on labor market data and employment trends in the state.
- Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, counseling, special education or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
- Four (4) years of professional level experience in program administration or a closely related activity. Two years of which includes successfully leading and supervising other senior and/or mid level managers. Demonstrated ability to analyze complex federal and state regulations and program requirements.
- Prior experience managing large budgets, contracts, and provider agreements.
- Experience communicating and presenting information to large groups, including stakeholders, community partners and customers.
- Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling OR closely related Human Services field.
- Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor, CRC.
- Experience supervising and/or managing a public sector, Vocational Rehabilitation Program (state or federal) with a full & wide- ranging knowledge of related statues, rules and regulations.