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Child Welfare, APD Program Director Recruitments Underway

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.​​​​​​

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