The department may give up to three Director’s Excellence Awards each calendar quarter to recognize:
Awards may go to individual staff members or to small work groups.
Awards may go to staff who reach out effectively, engaging communities and partners in successful collaborative efforts, or to employees who work internally to help provide integrated, coordinated services.
They may go to employees who think in cross-cutting terms, creating, managing or advancing projects, policies or programs that bring various parts of the department together to improve processes, increase efficiency, develop the DHS workforce, or produce other benefits.
Award recipients must be permanent DHS employees, and may work at any level of the organization.
Any DHS employee or agency partner may nominate someone for a Director’s Excellence Award.
There is no formal nomination form. A nomination consists of several paragraphs explaining how the nominee’s work meets the goals and criteria described above. The nomination must include concrete examples.
Nominations are submitted through managers to DHS assistant directors, noted below, who will select a small number of potential recipients.
DHS Assistant Directors will submit names of potential recipients to the Office of Human Resources. HR will review employee status and ensure that the employee is in good standing.
Names of potential recipients will then be forwarded to the Director’s Office. The Director will make final selections in consultation with the Cabinet.
Awards will be given in the last month of each quarter – March, June, September and December.
Managers of employees who receive the awards will work with the Office of Communications to arrange circumstances in which the director or deputy can give the award in person, with co-workers, managers and senior DHS leaders in attendance, as possible.
The Office of Communications will report on winners and their achievements using available internal communication venues, and may also issue news releases to local media.
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