Mar 17, 2020

Superintendent Search


As you may have heard, I will be retiring as superintendent of Hamilton County DD Services at the end of this year. Since I took on this role in October 2011, our entire field has undergone a significant shift to the traditional way we delivered services for decades. I worked with our board and our staff to anticipate and respond to these changes to focus our agency's work around the needs of people with disabilities in Hamilton County. I believe HCDDS is now well positioned as we move into the future, making this an opportune moment for me to step aside for a new leader who can continue to build on our success over the last nine years.

In my time as superintendent, we have accomplished many major milestones. We effectively implemented several statewide initiatives: supporting people to work in the community through Employment First; leading the state in promoting remote support technology to increase independence; and implementing the new waiver waiting list rule, well ahead of schedule. We also took on a new role as administrators of Hamilton County's Family and Children First Council.

We made important internal changes to allow us to better support people, including the creation of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, the reorganization of our departments, and the relocation of much of our staff to the new Kingsley building. We also hosted focus groups about HCDDS, which shaped our strategic plan and communication strategy, and about our schools, which led to the board making a formal commitment to continue to be the safety net for students with disabilities.

We successfully completed the mandated transition out of adult services in a way that ensured as little disruption as possible for families and staff at the adult centers. We streamlined our finances and reduced costs to support people as efficiently as possible - and taxpayers have recognized the value of the services we provide by approving our last two levies by some of the largest margins ever.

I'm proud of my role in guiding Hamilton County DD Services through these changes and positioning our agency for the future. I look forward to working with the board as they select the next superintendent and ensuring a smooth transition for that person.

To that end, our board voted March 10 to begin the process of selecting the next superintendent of Hamilton County DD Services. We will follow an application and hiring process very similar to the one we use for all other job openings. State law requires specific credentialing for superintendents in Ohio, so we will also be marketing this position through the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities to ensure we have a wide pool of qualified applicants. Like all our job openings, this position is posted on the countywide job-listing page. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our Board extended the application deadline until May 20.

Our board is committed to seeking input from all of our stakeholders as it makes this important decision. To gather your feedback, they have created a brief survey to better understand some of the qualities important to our stakeholders. Please take a moment to click here and take the survey.

We will continue to provide updates throughout this process. After the board selects the next superintendent, I will work with that person until the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition.

I'm proud of what we've accomplished at Hamilton County DD Services throughout my tenure. This organization is full of incredibly talented and dedicated professionals. It's thanks to their hard work that we're able to make such a positive impact on the people and families we support. I have been honored to lead this team over the last nine years, and I look forward to seeing the next superintendent shape this important work as we move into the future.

 

Sincerely,

Alice C. Pavey

Superintendent
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