Regional Administrator

State of Tennessee

Columbia, TN

Community & Nonprofit

Position Description / Responsibilities

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) is the state’s public welfare agency, overseeing child protective services, permanency and juvenile justice.  DCS protects children who are victims of abuse or neglect and strengthens families through services that focus on family support and preservation.  DCS staff responds to over 37,000 reports of child abuse and neglect a year and employees over 4,000 statewide.


DCS seeks a dedicated and innovated professional with proven leadership skills and experience in child welfare to serve in the position of Regional Administrator (RA) for the South Central Region.  The RA will be responsible for overseeing all administrative and technical operations of child welfare in following counties: Perry, Hickman, Lewis, Wayne, Lawrence, Maury, Giles, Marshall, Lincoln, Bedford, Moore, Coffee, Franklin, and Grundy.

Duties & Responsibility  

·        Responsible for overall regional operations, including service delivery, and assuring that regional services are delivered timely, efficiently and are aligned with the defined strategic mission, goals and values of the agency. 

·        Responsible program/service delivery areas include:  child protective assessment services (CPSA), multiple response system (MRS), foster care, adoption, relative caregiver, resource parent support (RPS), Resource Management (i.e., placement services).  Responsible for monitoring regional outcomes and data.

·        Responsible for building and maintaining community relationships/partnerships  with community and private partners including, private providers, courts, law enforcement, local school systems, community advocacy centers, medical/behavioral health professionals, district attorneys and other stakeholders and  professionals to improve the quality and efficiency of the organization

·        Responsible for regional administrative functions and partnering effectively with human resources, fiscal, budget, continuous quality improvement (CQI), etc.

·        Other duties as assigned by Interim Deputy Commissioner of Child Programs.

Position Requirements

Education & Experience

MSW (or equivalent human services degree) and at least 5 years child welfare experience with at least 3 years of supervisory experience strongly preferred.


Desired Leadership Competencies

Functional/Technical Skills                    Decision Quality                          Problem Solving

Conflict Management                             Priority Setting                            Action Oriented

Directing Others                                       Customer Focus                          Building Effective Teams

The State of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Application Instructions

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Closing Date:  May 31, 2019

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