Assistant Director, Planning and Research Bureau (Management Analyst IV)

$77,362.48 - $128,937.12 yr
Jun 19, 2017
Jul 03, 2017
Full Time
Works as part of the Planning and Research Bureau team at Fairfax County Police Department. Participates and directs staff in policy research, development, review and revisions; managing the re-accreditation tracking and assessment process; structuring and coordinating organizational changes; designing strategic communications targeted at community engagement, policing and the re-engineering of policy and practices.

Primary responsibilities for this position will include:
  • Develops new and revised policies as directed by the chief of police.
  • Acts as a liaison between sworn and civilian members of the command staff and administrative staff in the process of managing the creation, editing, and review of new department policies and directives.
  • Performs similar liaison functions in the process of managing the review and any necessary edit or modification of existing department policies and directives.
  • Consults with assigned legal counsel in the Office of the County Attorney regarding new or revised agency policy.
  • Manages all facets of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) re-accreditation and assessment processes.
  • Manages the department's information system for storing, retrieving and archiving policies, directives and related documentation and materials;
  • Maintains records of policy and directive acknowledgements submitted by sworn, civilian and volunteer staff.
  • Oversees the strategic communications of the Office of the Chief, pertinent to organizational change processes related to the re-engineering and co-production of police policies and practices.
  • Manages the development and implementation of policy related internal and external stakeholder communication strategies, ensuring accurate representation of issues and recommendations, to achieve clarity of purpose and facilitate stakeholder discussion and consensus.
Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description).

  • Directs and manages long-term, large-scale, high-priority, sensitive programs/projects that are multi-disciplinary and involve multiple agencies;
  • Manages a group of professionals engaged in diverse administrative and management support activities;
  • Establishes and implements program policies, develop and manages the budget for designated programs;
  • Ensures County programs reach the intended populations and targeted benefactors;
  • Directs research and evaluation of trends in applicable areas of responsibility;
  • Develops long- and short-term goals, objectives and solutions for division;
  • Interfaces with central County staff departments (such as DMB, DHR, Finance, Purchasing and Supply Management) for seamless collaboration;
  • Provides consultation on strategic planning, organizational development and redesign projects;
  • Prepares for and presents to County Board of Supervisors (or Committee) regarding areas of expertise and responsibility.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities (The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list).
  • Extensive knowledge of the mission, goals, objectives, funding sources, organizational structure, workload, and staffing of the organizational unit or program to which incumbent is assigned;
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques relating to the functional area of business operation;
  • Extensive knowledge of statutory and regulatory requirements governing application of program funding, execution of program activities, and achievement of program outcomes;
  • Knowledge of the legislative and executive decision making processes;
  • Knowledge of the project management life cycle and its supporting phases;
  • Ability to identify organizational problems, evaluate possible solutions, and select and implement the most advantageous course of action;
  • Ability to identify and determine appropriate methods for gathering data;
  • Ability to make oral presentations to department management, other departments, or the public;
  • Ability to write detailed, accurate reports, grants, or solicitations for pertinent areas of administration;
  • Ability to manage professional and paraprofessional employees including coaching, counseling, training, and evaluation.
Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in fields related to the assigned functional areas; PLUS five years of professional work experience within more than one of the assigned functional areas such as human resources, budgeting and financial management, contract administration or business management.


Positions in this may be subject to criminal history records checks and/or credit checks as a condition of hire or continued employment. subject to a polygraph examination, and a thorough background investigation.

Work requires the ability to operate keyboard driven equipment, to operate devices with tablet technologies, and to sit at a computer for long periods of time. All duties accomplished with or without reasonable accommodations.


  • Master's degree in criminal justice, law, management, organizational leadership, public administration, public management, or public policy.
  • Experience in a sworn or civilian capacity serving in local or municipal law enforcement in supervisory, managerial, and/or analytical assignments.
  • Experience interpreting and writing policy directives and other highly technical documents.
  • Experience performing and managing a law enforcement agency's accreditation and re-accreditation process embracing state level standards.
  • Experience using word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software to prepare documents, store, track, manipulate, and analyze information.
  • Experience performing policy benchmarking research through professional organization networks such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
  • Ability to facilitate and lead internal and external subject matter experts in both standing and ad hoc work groups.

Panel interview.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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