The Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA) is an independent federal entity within the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA). The agency assists judicial officers in both the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by formulating pretrial release recommendations and providing supervision and services designed to reasonably assure that defendants return to court and do not engage in criminal activity pending their trial and/or sentencing. PSA has responsibility for over 17,000 defendants annually, with approximately 4,600 individuals under supervision on any given day.
PSA fulfills its mission of promoting pretrial justice and enhancing community safety through a variety of integrated and innovative programs. At the initial stages, PSA conducts interviews, background investigations and risk assessments of arrestees, and presents recommendations for consideration by judges in setting release conditions for defendants pending trial.
Defendants released under supervision present a variety of risk profiles, and PSA utilizes a wide range of supervision techniques to support the court-ordered conditions of release. These include: regular contact with a pretrial services officer; drug testing; stay away orders; substance use disorder treatment; mental health treatment; location monitoring; work release programs; and specialized services and supervision for defendants with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and/or substance use or mental health disorders. PSA provides the courts with information about defendants' compliance or lack thereof with court-imposed release conditions.
This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and is a Career Reserved position. Positions in the SES are not graded; see the salary range above. Members of the SES are also eligible for awards and pay increases based on performance. Veterans' preference is not applicable to the SES. For more information on the SES program, and benefits, see the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Website at www.opm.gov/ses.
Bargaining Unit Status: Not Covered
Location: Office of the Director
Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia
Washington, DC 20004
This is NOT a law enforcement position. This position is necessary to meet public safety responsibilities of PSA.
Relocation or recruitment incentive may be authorized.
- Not Required
To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive and complex program. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. You must also submit a narrative addressing each of the ECQs and the PTQs as indicated below in order for your application to be considered:
- Non-Senior Executive Service (SES) Members must submit a narrative statement addressing each of the required ECQs and the PTQs to receive full consideration for this position.
- Graduates of an SES Candidate Development Program must provide proof of current OPM certification and a narrative statement addressing each of the PTQs.
- Current or former SES members must submit documentation of SES status and a narrative statement addressing each of the PTQs.
1. Skill in management of programs in pretrial, probation, parole, or court-related setting and in applying knowledge and understanding of the laws, organizational structure, mission, functions, and interrelationships among criminal justice entities.
(In your narrative addressing this PTQ, please provide detailed information about your managerial experience; the depth of your understanding of the criminal justice system and its entities; and specific examples of your managerial accomplishments with respect to the design, implementation and oversight of criminal justice programs.)
2. Skill in representation of complex criminal justice programs in a variety of external forums.
(In your narrative addressing this PTQ, please include specific examples of your experience representing policies or programs in an interagency or external context and describe the nature and extent of your interaction and coordination with other criminal justice, government, legislative, community or related entities. Please describe your experience representing particularly complex, sensitive or controversial programs and your successes in gaining acceptance and/or defusing adverse responses. Please also describe any experience preparing or directing preparation of written materials (such as analytical reports, policies, procedures, etc.) that affected, related to or were distributed to external entities.)
3. Knowledge of strategic and operational planning and evaluation at the agency level.
(In your narrative addressing this PTQ, please include detailed information about your role in developing and implementing strategic and operational plans, agency reports and formal evaluations; integrating strategic and operational plans into agency management and operations; and using program evaluations to inform decision-making.)
Executive Core Qualifications:
ECQ 1, Leading Change: This core qualification measures the ability to bring about strategic change, within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
ECQ 2, Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
ECQ 3, Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results, by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems and calculating risks.
ECQ 4, Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to acquire and manage human, financial and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5, Building Coalitions/Communication: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and Local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
Only those candidates who document membership in the DC Bar OR who document eligibility to waive into the DC Bar without having to sit for the examination will be considered.
All applicants are subject to a comprehensive criminal background investigation, and required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
Must complete a one-year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
The Deputy Director:
- Directs the analysis of enabling legislation, legislative history, and legislative proposals affecting PSA mission and authorities. Translates legislation and other policy directives into vision, goals and objectives for PSA programs. Directs the development of long- and short-range strategic plans to implement goals and to carry out the PSA mission. Has responsibility for the development and implementation of evaluation criteria to measure program outputs and progress toward stated objectives.
- Oversees or leads programs in assessment and supervision of defendants, drug testing, treatment, forensic research, community engagement and liaison with the courts as well as management functions, including strategic planning, finance, procurement and acquisition, human resources, information technology, legal representation and administrative services. Develops and implements systems, organizational structures and policies that maximize program accomplishments and provide reliable, responsive management support and internal operations.
- Serves as a primary advisor to the Director on all program and management phases of PSA operations. Provides advice on policy and issues such as subpoenas and requests for information and other issues affecting PSA operations. Recommends strategies and approaches to resolve issues, advising on implications of internal and external factors.
- Supervises directly or indirectly key professional and administrative staff; oversees organizational development and assignment of work. Holds managers and supervisors accountable for accomplishing objectives. Assures that results are achieved and that goals and objectives are communicated and understood. Evaluates individual and agency performance. Oversees the design and implementation of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action and training programs for PSA. Develops and fosters a working environment that encourages the coordinated and continuous focus of staff on goals and objectives and assures the full utilization of all staff.
- Directs the performance of multidisciplinary studies or other special projects to address issues in pretrial services, especially those affecting PSA programs. Assures the development of feasible alternatives that address issues such as cost and time frames. Oversees the continuing analysis of trends and developments in pretrial services in both the superior and federal court systems, nationwide. Identifies best practices and directs evaluation of them for possible replication at PSA. Anticipates and integrates into the planning process relevant external factors such as social, economic and political issues.