Joy Bivens

Director & Executive Sponsor in Jobs & Family Services

As Director of Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services FCDJFS, Joy Bivens oversees the largest agency of the largest county in the state of Ohio.
Director Bivens spearheaded Franklin County’s efforts strengthen central Ohio’s child care system in advance of the state’s 2020 Step Up To Quality early learning mandate. She commissioned an in-depth analysis of the system landscape, identifying neighborhoods that faced the greatest risk; conducted a multimedia awareness campaign; and offered free, specialized training and technical assistance from FCDJFS. Thanks to these collective efforts, all but three of the county’s 700-plus publicly funded child care providers were certified by the state ahead of the September 2020 deadline.
She also led the development of Franklin County’s Rise Together Blueprint, a community-wide, collective impact initiative to address challenges of poverty and create opportunities for our families to thrive. The Blueprint identified racism as an underlying factor in poverty and helped pave the way for Franklin County to become the first county in the state to declare racism a public health crisis.
Director Bivens is currently standing up a new pilot program that will work across local government agencies to help Black boys and their families successfully navigate the challenges of a complex and too-often siloed human services system. This Family Stabilization Unit will provide wraparound assistance, while taking a tailored approach to meet the unique needs of each family – all through a social determinants of health and racial equity lens.