YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

CLASS SPECIFICATION

CLASS TITLE: Senior Director

BAND:

E

GRADE:

8

SUBGRADE:

2

CLASS CODE:

9582

DEPARTMENT:

Varies

ACCOUNTABLE TO:

Varies

 

OVERTIME STATUS:

Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:

Incumbents are responsible for directing and managing a group of departments which provide related services and for implementing the organizational mission as defined by the governing body.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

The Senior Director classification is a stand alone classification distinguished by responsibility for making general plans to accomplish organizational goals; allocating resources; generating and shaping broad policy toward end results under general objective/guidance from the governing body; developing strategies, concepts approaches and/or direction for the function; establishing precedent for the function; and/or providing advice which of necessity must be heard to make decisions regarding the direction of County function(s).

DUTY

NO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

BAND/

GRADE

1.

Establishes and implements broad department and Countywide goals, work objectives, initiatives, directives, policies and procedures including: planning, evaluating, directing, and implementing programs in multiple departments; determining priorities; and providing managerial, technical and/or legal leadership and advice.

E8

2.

Directs the selection, supervision, evaluation, training and motivation of staff; resolves grievances and other sensitive matters; determines appropriate personnel actions, including initiating and implementing disciplinary action as needed. Delegates authority to subordinate managers commensurate with assigned responsibility and/or administers a system of case assignment/appointment for attorneys. Oversees the performance of statutory duties within the area of responsibility

E8

3.

Promotes the County mission through coordinating and integrating programs and activities with other departments and agencies. Evaluates needs and services. Directs a management team in planning and executing function activities. Serves as internal organizational consultant in technical, administrative or legal matters; and interprets and ensures compliance with policies, regulations, contracts and laws affecting County operations.

E8

4.

Directs and monitors fiscal operations of the department(s) including: preparing, developing, managing and justifying department budgets; providing long range and current fiscal planning; directing and monitoring the development, negotiation and award of contracts for various programs; auditing and approving expenditures; and overseeing, researching and managing grants and other revenue source activities.

D6

5.

Organizes, directs and chairs committees, work groups and task forces to evaluate various County programs including planning, managing and evaluating service projects and performance of designated project managers.

E8

6.

Responds to and resolves inquiries, problems, complaints and concerns from other agencies, managers or citizens.

 

E8

7.

Represents the County, Commissioners, and/or governing body before other agencies, boards, courts and organizations; reviews, reports, and responds to various legislative issues and proposals on behalf of the agency, organization, and community. Prepares and negotiates intergovernmental agreements.

E8

8.

Performs other duties as required.

 

Knowledge (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Advanced principles and practices of public sector planning, economics, fiscal management and sociology as applied to public policy issues;
  • Statutory requirements of the functional area directed;
  • Theories, practices, principles and techniques of project and organization management, public administration and governmental organization, rules, regulations and processes;
  • Federal, state and local laws, regulations, ordinances and policies related to the function;
  • Principles of personnel management, team building, coaching and supervision; and
  • Customer service and public relations concepts and techniques.

Skills (depending on nature of assignment, position may require at entry):

Skill in:

  • Using a personal computer and related software applications, and operating basic office equipment;
  • Establishing priorities within the area of responsibility;
  • Making critical decisions involving large, complex, technical, legal and/or financial transactions;
  • Developing, writing, applying and interpreting County and departmental policies and procedures;
  • Supervising and evaluating professional, technical and administrative support staff;
  • Applying principles of financial and resource management in budgeting and contract negotiation;
  • Building consensus and mediating and resolving complex, controversial or divisive situations;
  • Arbitrating, enforcing, and researching laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations;
  • Providing public testimony or legal representation; directing or providing media relations;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and
  • Communications, oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry):

Bachelorís Degree in a related field plus seven years of progressively responsible experience, including four years in a managerial capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):

Some positions may require specific licensing or certifications, depending on nature of assignment.

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, mobility, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Depending upon assignment, incumbents may be subject to travel, exposure to hazardous materials or conditions, and/or exposure to potentially violent or hostile individuals.

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.

Classification History:

Draft prepared by Fox Lawson and Associates LLC

Date: 5/98 Approved: 1/1/99