Child Welfare, APD Program Director Recruitments
DHS Director's Message
Message from DHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht
August 22, 2019
DHS has national
recruitments underway for two key leadership positions at the agency. The
new leaders of the Child Welfare Program and the Office Aging and People with
Disabilities (APD) will play a significant role in shaping the future of DHS and
how we help Oregonians achieve independence and well-being.
The new Child Welfare
Program director will replace Marilyn Jones, who retired this summer. The new
director for APD will replace Ashley Carson Cottingham, who will become the
deputy director of the Office of the Long-term Care Ombudsman in October.
These positions require
a high level of expertise and experience in their respective fields, as well as
strong leadership skills, the ability to collaborate effectively with
legislators and stakeholders, a deep understanding of equity, diversity and
inclusion, and the ability to manage change in complex, large organizations.
While each new leader
will bring fresh perspectives and insights to the job, the direction of the
programs will not change. Both programs have clear visions and roadmaps for the
future. We are focusing our search on mission-driven executives who have the
ability to build upon what the programs are already accomplishing and
continuing to ensure they are customer focused, community driven and
increasingly oriented toward prevention.
For both recruitments,
we are relying on national expertise to help us find the best candidates. For
Child Welfare we are working with Casey Family Programs, which works with child
welfare systems in every state to improve foster care and move toward
prevention. And for APD, we are contracting with Korn Ferry, a global
executive recruitment firm that recently assisted with the recruitment of the
new director for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Once we identify
qualified candidates, we will engage employees, stakeholders, partners,
legislators and others in the selection process.
In the meantime, I
would like to thank Jana Mclellan and Mike McCormick for stepping to serve as
interim directors for Child Welfare and APD, respectively. The programs are in
good hands until the new directors arrive.
We are looking forward
to welcoming new leaders to help us achieve our mission. Please don’t
hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.