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Director of Justice Services

Closing Date/Time: 05/19/2019 11:59 PM

Salary: $112,700.00 - $180,040.00 Annually


This class provides strategic direction and management oversight to the Department of Justice Services, and ensures implementation of Mayor and City Council goals, policies, and performance expectations. The incumbent applies advanced management principles in overseeing a department that has a critical impact on the City's employees and its citizens. The incumbent exercises strategic and visionary thinking that has long-term organization-wide application and impact; develops and implements programs critical to the City; and exercises control and review of multiple functions, divisions, and significant resources. The incumbent is responsible for program outcomes and results in the area of Economic Development. These programs may have an impact on the procedures and processes of other departments within the City. 

The incumbent supervises management, professional, paraprofessional, and support staff including conducting performance evaluations, coordinating training, and implementing hiring, discipline, and termination procedures.

Supervision Exercised/Received:

  • Exercised: This classification typically supervises other employees.
  • Received: This classification typically reports to a Deputy Chief Administrative Officer.
  • Note: Other reporting relationships may apply.

Please note that this is an unclassified position and the selected candidate will serve at the will of the appointing authority.

Example of Duties

The City of Richmond is seeking to fill the position of Director for the Department of Justice Services (DJS).   DJS provides a variety of services to youth and their families who are either at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system or have been formally processed by the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. These programs include prevention and diversion services, in-home services, monitoring and surveillance, counseling and case management, residential care and secure confinement. Additionally, DJS has vendor contracts with a number of private, non-profit and faith based service agencies.  The selected candidate will be responsible for providing strategic planning, ensuring compliance and developing innovated approaches that will address the needs of the population DJS serves.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

·        Directing the City's Secure Juvenile Detention Home, In-Home, Surveillance, Diversion, Educational and Prevention services as well as contractual arrangement through locally and privately operated pre- and post-dispositional services for delinquent youth;

·        Directing the City's provision of community based supervision and treatment services for locally responsible adult offenders to include Pre-Trial and Community Corrections, therapeutic courts, batterer intervention and substance abuse treatment programs;

·        Recruiting, training, supervising and evaluating middle management personnel within assigned areas of responsibility;

·        Establishing performance goals and objectives for the organization and key management staff;

·        Providing leadership on departmental proposals, special programs, development and maintenance of client data tracking systems and human services integration;

·        Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with affiliated state and local juvenile and criminal justice and human service agencies in both the executive and judicial branch of state and local government;

·        Reviewing ordinances affecting the operation of the department and making recommendations to the Mayor, Chief Administrative Officer, and City Council;

·        Preparing and submitting written and oral reports to the Chief Administrative Officer, Mayor, City Council, Special Boards, citizen groups, the general public and the media;

·        Monitoring department budgets and approving expenditures; negotiating and approving contracts with outside service providers;

·        Developing, implementing, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating departmental policies, procedures and programs;

·        Responding to and coordinating with public and private service providers for the department;

·        Attending professional and/or technical seminars and conferences.

Qualifications, Special Certifications and Licenses


·        Bachelor's Degree in public administration or field directly related to assignment

·        Ten years of progressively responsible related experience that includes significant management and supervisory experience

·        A Master's Degree in a field directly related to Justice Services is preferred

·        An equivalent combination of training and experience (as approved by the department) may be used to meet the minimum qualifications of the classification

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the preferred candidate will be an excellent communicator and collaborator who appreciates and understands diverse perspectives,  and values intellectual exchanges. The preferred candidate will have knowledge and experience working with youth and families, and be well versed in regulatory compliance regarding clinical and behavioral health treatment of individuals.   The preferred candidate will also be innovative in approaching the unique needs and requirements of DJS.  


·        None required; some assignments may require additional certifications and/or licenses

TYPICAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: These are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

Knowledge (some combination of the following):

·        Computer programs such as Microsoft Office Suite

·        Electronic databases and related software applications such as RAPIDS

·        Emergency management operations

·        Financial management

·        General sense of federal regulations related to Justice Services

·        Human resource management

·        Related accounting, financial, and economic principles

·        In-depth knowledge of Justice Services related local, federal, and state laws and policies

·        Operating processes

·        Planning and marketing principles

·        Project management

·        Richmond community awareness and values

·        ROI model

·        Services that can be provided by technology as well as the contractors and consultants in the field of justice services


Skills (some combination of the following):

·        Analyzing problems, identifying solutions, and implementing solutions

·        Assessing, adjusting, and instating policies and procedures

·        Communicating with various internal and/or external departments

·        Comprehending and retaining information quickly

·        Creating and implementing a shared vision

·        Developing teams

·        Enhancing employee engagement

·        Exercising strategic and visionary thinking

·        Planning strategically

·        Presenting and reporting

·        Prioritizing

·        Providing leadership and overseeing all aspects of a program, project, or other area of focus

·        Supervising multiple assigned functions and divisions and significant resources

·        Understanding and managing a complex budget

·        Using standard office equipment

·        Writing various documents including grants


Abilities (some combination of the following):

·        Critical thinking

·        Customer relations

·        Interpersonal skills

·        Oral and written communication

·        Problem solving

·        Public speaking

·        Time management

·        Creates goals and vision, and ensures actions are implemented

Americans with Disabilities Act Requirements

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS: Working conditions may include exposure to travel to other locations within the City of Richmond as well as outside of the City of Richmond; exposure to hazardous physical conditions such as mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, etc.; atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odors, dusts, gases, and poor ventilation; inadequate lighting; intense noise; and environmental hazards such as disruptive people, imminent danger, and a threatening 


University of Virginia School of Law

The University of Virginia School of Law seeks a Program Director for the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.  The Karsh Center is a nonpartisan legal institute at the Law School. The Karsh Center’s mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of the principles and practices necessary for a well-functioning, pluralistic democracy. These include civil discourse and democratic dialogue, civic engagement and citizenship, ethics and integrity in public office, and respect for the rule of law. The Center supports these essential features of our democratic life through rigorous and cutting-edge legal and interdisciplinary scholarship. Its aim is to advance the values of law and democracy within the academy and in public discourse.

As the key administrator for the Center, the Program Director will work closely with the Center’s faculty director to develop the Center’s strategic plan and implement its goals.  The Program Director will lead development and implementation of the Center’s programming, such as guest lectures, research collaborations, conferences, seminars, and workshops. The Program Director will provide support for visiting scholars and fellows. The Program Director will also interact with other democracy-related programs at the University of Virginia.

The expectation is that the Program Director will pursue a career in the legal academy as a law professor. The Program Director will be expected to produce legal scholarship and participate in the academic life of the law school.

Job duties will include:

  • Develop, plan, and administer the Center’s academic conferences, lectures, workshops, and events. This may include identifying topics, speakers, and participants for events, engaging in collaborative programming across the law school, and participating in special projects.
  • Represent the Center to the Law School, the broader University, and externally.
  • Create content for the Center website and related publications, such as reports, proposals, and newsletters.
  • Manage the budget for the Center, including forecasting and reporting on all activities and financial issues from year to year.
  • Work cooperatively with Law School faculty and personnel to advance the intellectual profile and educational missions of the Center and the Law School.
  • Participate in the academic life of the Law School.


Candidates must have a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school or foreign equivalent degree.Experience in legal practice or a judicial clerkship strongly preferred. Candidates must have strong potential for success as a legal scholar, as evidenced by an outstanding academic record, recommendations from legal scholars, and a clear academic agenda. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and professionally in writing and orally, and strong managerial and organizational skills are also required.

This new position has a fixed-term appointment of two years.The position is classified as Professional Research Staff (“Postdoctoral Research Associate”) and offers compensation of $60,000 plus benefits.

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, (Requisition number R0006013) complete the application and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address). Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.

***Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

For questions about the application process, please contact Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor,

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