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Children & Youth Administrator




Children & Youth








Responsible for administering county based public children and youth services.  Plans, organizes and directs operations of all Agency programs involving complex and varied administrative, clinical and community organizational responsibilities.  Work includes difficult and extensive community contacts in assessing community needs, available resources and coordination of Agency programs.  Directs a large direct service staff and exercises supervision over a large administrative and supervisory staff complement.  Responsible for the preparation of a Needs Based Budget and coordination of funding with Juvenile Court.  Work is performed with a high degree of independence under general direction of County Commissioners and Human Services Division Leader in accordance with established departmental, state and federal policies and procedures.  Work is reviewed for adherence to established policies and procedures through conferences, written reports and regular evaluations by the State to determine achievement of established service delivery standards.


  • Responsible for development, preparation and maintenance of Annual State and County Plan and Budget estimate in cooperation with other responsible officials.
  • Responsible for ensuring immediate 24-7 response to reports of child abuse/neglect received by the agency, providing information and referral services; service planning; child protective services; services to children in their own homes; services to children temporarily removed from the custody of their parents; reunification and permanency services to children and families.
  • Negotiates, prepares, evaluates and monitors contractual agreements for services budgeted and approved by the County Commissioners.
  • Meets regularly with County Advisory Board, Citizen Advisory Committee, County Commissioners and Human Services Division Leader to evaluate and interpret objectives and staff effectiveness pertaining to Agency programs.
  • Meets and collaborates with local and statewide Judiciary under auspices of Court Improvement Initiative and the Pennsylvania Office of Children, Family and the Courts.
  • Meets with and reports to Pennsylvania Office of Children, Youth and Families for regulatory, budgetary and licensing mandates.
  • Represents Agency in extensive contacts with legislators, local and state law enforcement entities, school district administrators, municipalities, hospital and medical professionals, individuals, human services agencies and community organizations involved in provision of services to children and families; promotes community understanding and awareness of programs for the prevention and intervention of child abuse and neglect.
  • Represents the County Agency on statewide committees and in the Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators Association.Serve as a “macro-level” advocate on local, state, and federal level providing input and reach to laws, regulations, and policies as they affect the agency.
  • Identifies innovative and evidence based solutions for interventions and supports for children and families.
  • Adheres to the Bucks County Division of Housing and Human Services vision, mission, and values aligning agency goals and objectives to the overall Division.Model and implement a cross-systems based approach inclusive of other county departments, courts, schools, law-enforcement, and community based organizations.
  • Works in concert with all other Bucks County Departments to strengthen the delivery of service and improve program outcomes.
  • Supervises an administrative, supervisory, consultant and specialist staff.Maintains a high level of employee performance in the quality of interaction with families and children while recognizing the individual’s strengths of staff members.
  • Plans, directs and participates in development, presentation and evaluation of training programs to meet staff needs.
  • Participates in development of state policies and procedures affecting local operations.
  • Directs compilation of reports and preparation of correspondence.
  • Performs related work as required.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of social services, including three years in an administrative or supervisory capacity in a children and youth social services program agency; and a bachelor’s degree.
  • Knowledge of state, federal and county standards, laws, regulations and policies governing children and youth programs.
  • Knowledge of principles of programs’ interpretation, implementation and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of public agency administration, social work supervision and community organization.
  • Knowledge of local and national social, economic and health issues and resources available to meet problems affecting children and youth.
  • Knowledge of broad principles and methods of programs planning, organization and direction.
  • Ability to exercise judgment in interpreting and implementing state, federal, county and departmental programs, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to direct work of a very large staff.
  • Ability to plan, conduct and participate in training.
  • Ability to study and evaluate programs and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with court officials, public and private agency personnel and the general public.
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; and talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Human Resources - Bucks County Courthouse Complex
50 North Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Phone: 215-348-6546

Neshaminy Manor
1660 Easton Road
Warrington, PA. 18976
Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: 215-345-3205

The County of Bucks is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has an EEO Utilization Report that is available through the Human Resources office or online.  Click Here for the Bucks County EEO Utilization Report.