Director of Social Services (City of St. Thomas)

An Opportunity to Join Our Dynamic Team … in a Dynamic City

The Corporation of the City of St. Thomas - Social Services Department has an opening for the following position:

Job Posting #85-07-19
(Permanent, Full-Time)

St. Thomas is a community growing in size and strength and is home to about 40,000 people. In St. Thomas, you get 25% more life: more house for your money, more sports and arts for your children, and more recreation for you and your family. Our costs of living are lower, meaning your quality of life is higher, allowing you to embrace all of the opportunities that the city presents. Conveniently located close to Port Stanley, London, and Highway 401, it's the perfect location in Southwestern Ontario. With a rich heritage but a modern atmosphere, there is nowhere better to thrive than St. Thomas. We look forward to welcoming you and showing you why we are #stthomasproud.


This non-union position, under the general direction and guidance of the City Manager, is responsible for the overall strategic development and administration of the departmental policies and procedures and directing the social services functions for the Corporation and the County of Elgin. Responsible for the administration of the delivery of municipal services in the following areas: Children’s Services, Housing Services and Ontario Works. Is a member of the Corporate Senior Management Team and is required to participate in corporate initiatives not directly related to scope of responsibility.


Minimum three (3) year University Degree in Social Sciences with ten (10) years experience in a managerial capacity, and a proven ability in social services administration and leadership, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Must possess a thorough knowledge of Ontario Works legislation, Municipal Social Services responsibilities, Children’s Services legislation, and Social Housing Legislation. Must be competent within the meaning of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and be capable of issuing clearly understandable written and verbal instructions. The incumbent should be organized, self-starter, possess strong interpersonal, communication and public relations skills and be capable of dealing effectively with staff/public/elected representatives. Must have excellent computer skills using Microsoft applications.

The above is illustrative and not all inclusive. A detailed job posting can be found on the City’s website at, under Employment Opportunities.

The City offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit and pension package.

How to Apply

  • Go to – Employment, Employment Opportunities.
  • Go to Posting Title: Director of Social Services
  • Click the ‘Apply Now’ button. You will need to create a Login.

** You can ONLY upload one document.

Please upload your cover letter and resume as one document (i.e. pdf, word).

Note: You will be required to answer Qualification questions during the application process.

Applications must be received no later than Friday September 6, 2019.

Although we appreciate all applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Personal information for this position is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, R.S.O. 2001, as amended.

Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.