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Social Services Division Administrator 17 - Shawono Center / Crawford County

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services mission is to provide opportunities, services, and programs that promote a healthy, safe, and stable environment for residents to be self-sufficient.  We are committed to ensuring a diverse workforce and a work environment whereby all employees are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness.  For more information, please visit MDHHS Diversity Equity and Inclusion.

The Director is responsible for maintaining a fully-licensed child caring institution whose mission is to provide a psychologically and physically safe environment which promotes effective and individualized rehabilitation in order to assist the youth to develop a delinquency-free lifestyle and family reunification. The Director is responsible for the overall administration of a $4 million+ budget  and a professional staff of over 40 in a 24-hour/day, three-shift, 365 days per year secure training school serving male and female delinquents. The facility contains a residential treatment center, education and vocational training facility, and contracted support service units.  The incumbent must ensure that the treatment of all youth is consistent with a cohesive philosophy guaranteeing dignity and respect regardless of ethnic, religious or cultural background.

To be considered for this position you must:

  • Apply for this position online via NEOGOV; click on "Apply" in the job posting for instructions in submitting your electronic application. Hard copy applications are not accepted. 
  • Attach a resume identifying specific experience and dates of employment. Dates of employment should include month and year and hours per week. 
  • Attach a cover letter. 
  • Attach a copy of an official transcript(s).  We accept scanned copies of official transcripts.  We do not accept web-based, internet, or copies of unofficial transcripts.  Official transcripts provide the name of the institution, confirmation that a degree was awarded and on what date, and the registrar's signature.

Failure to complete any of the above items may result in your application not being considered. 


Required Education and Experience

Possession of a bachelor's degree in any major.

Social Services Division Administrator 17
Two years of professional experience equivalent to an Equitable Classification Plan (ECP) Group Three manager.

Preferred: Residential care experience with youth.

Additional Requirements and Information

This position is located at Shawono Center and the selected incumbent will be required to physically report to this office. Candidates should confirm work location and schedule at the time of interview.  

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Employees will be provided computers to perform state work. Phones may also be provided for necessary communications. If working remotely, employees will be responsible for providing other components of a remote office at their own expense, including:

  • A secure work location that allows privacy and prevents distractions.
  • A high-speed internet connection of at least 25 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload.
  • Suitable lighting, furniture, and utilities.

Your application for any position does not guarantee you will be contacted by the department/agency for further consideration.  Only those applicants interviewed will be notified of the results.

The department reserves the right to close this posting prior to its original end date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

As a Condition of Employment: this position requires successful completion of a background investigation and a criminal records check. 

If you previously held status in this classification and departed within the last three (3) years, please contact Human Resources regarding your interest in a potential reinstatement.  Reinstatement is not guaranteed or required.

Questions related to this position may be directed to Ellicia Thomas at

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is committed to hiring a diverse workforce. MDHHS Diversity Equity and Inclusion  

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