Social Services Director (City of Peterborough)

Social Services Director
Community Services/Social Services
File # 23-P-21

Located on the Trent-Severn Waterway in the heart of the Kawartha tourism region, Peterborough is a unique community known for its exceptional quality of life and beautiful setting. Peterborough has it all – a multitude of recreational opportunities, a diverse industrial, commercial and agricultural base, quality health care and excellent schools – including two outstanding post-secondary institutions. Peterborough is just one hour from the Greater Toronto area.

The City of Peterborough requires all new employees, as a condition of employment, to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their first day of employment.

Job Details
The Social Services Director oversees and leads the planning, development, delivery, and administration of all programs and services of the Social Services Division for the City and County of Peterborough (through a Joint Services Agreement). They ensure the implementation of municipal and provincial social service policies, programs, and legislation and ensure the efficient, effective, and unbiased service delivery to all accessing programs and services offered by the division. The Director carries out the prescribed duties of “the Administrator” as defined in the Ontario Works Act 1997.

Requires an individual who has a 4-year university degree in Social Work, Public Administration, or a recognized equivalent, or an appropriate combination of education and years of experience. Preference will be given to those possessing a master’s degree. To be considered for this position, candidates must possess a minimum of 10 years of related management experience in the human services field, preferably in a public sector environment. Position requires: advanced knowledge and understanding of relevant social services legislation; knowledge and demonstrated experience in planning, organizing, problem solving, program/project evaluation, budget development, financial management, report-writing, service contract negotiation and administration; excellent communication, interpersonal, and relationship building skills; proven leadership abilities including demonstrated experience in team development, conflict resolution, performance evaluation and change leadership; experience leading service delivery in a municipal environment; experience managing unionized staff; and general knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Must have proficiency in the basic applications of Microsoft Office software programs.

This position requires a person who: is a self-starter; consistently displays a positive confident and approachable manner; readily shares and solicits information and input with co-workers; recognizes the need for diversity of opinions; facilitates interaction and initiates opportunities for change; provides creative and innovative approaches to planning and problem solving and seeks consensus in decision-making whenever possible; is comfortable with managing change and conflict; demonstrates commitment to team development and empowerment; understands and is sensitive to the dynamics of organizational culture and the role people play in the success of organizational goals and objectives; is committed to self-awareness and evaluation; demonstrates a high level of consistency between practice and stated principles/values; and is perceptive in analyzing and understanding people and management/political systems, structures, and processes.

$144,316 - $157,747

Application Information
Qualified applicants are invited to submit 1 file containing a cover letter and resume quoting file number 23-P-21 no later than 12:00 p.m. on April 6, 2023, to:

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