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Recruitment under way for HSD Director
The recruitment of a new Director for the Seattle Human Services Department is under way. Here is the job description and requirements as posted on LinkedIn.
The deadline for application materials is April 9, 2014.
Please feel free to share this announcement with your community network and with interested prospective candidates.
Dannette R. Smith confirmed as Human Services Director
On Monday, Oct. 11, the Seattle City Council unanimously confirmed Dannette R. Smith to be Director of the Seattle Human Services Department. A few minutes later, she was sworn in to office by City Clerk Monica Simmons. To view the Seattle Channel video click on this link and advance the tape about 1 minute 50 seconds.
Mayor McGinn appointed Ms. Smith in early June 2010. She is the former director of the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services , part of the State of Georgia Department of Human Services.
City, schools zero in on early learning
KPLU Radio recently aired this story about a new emphasis on early learning in Seattle. The City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools, with the help of the New School Foundation, have entered into a five-year plan to improve achievement for kids from preschool to 3rd grade. By then, kids should proficient in reading and math. Says the Seattle Human Services Department’s early learning director, Bea Kelleigh, “If you don’t have fundamental skills by 3rd grade, you’re in a very tough situation.” A final draft of the five-year plan is expected by the end of the year.
Dannette Smith named Human Services director
On Tuesday, June 8, Mayor Mike McGinn appointed Dannette R. Smith, of Fairburn, Ga., as the new director of the Seattle Human Services Department. Smith currently is director of the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services, part of the State of Georgia Department of Human Services and the state’s largest human services agency.
Smith, who replaces Seattle’s Acting Human Services Director Kip Tokuda, begins work July 26. In Georgia, she led a staff of 1,300 and managed an annual budget of $96 million.
Previously, Smith served as director of human services agencies in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and Chicago. She received her B.S. degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Seattle Human Services Department has an annual budget of $147.8 million and approximately 330 employees. The agency funds and operates programs to help people with low incomes, children, domestic-violence victims, seniors, immigrants and refugees and persons with disabilities.
See latest Life Lines newsletter
For the latest news and information about the Seattle Human Services Department, see the June 2010 edition Life Lines e-newsletter: http://www.seattle.gov/humanservices/lifelines/archives.htm.
2009 Annual Report
The Seattle Human Services Department has published (online) its 2009 Annual Report. The report provides a snapshot summary of the department’s accomplishments and outcomes in 2009 in data, photographs, and inspiring stories of people who have turned their lives around with the help of City-funded programs.