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.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
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.
- 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.
1. Individuals being appointed to the SES for the first time must serve a one-year probationary period.
2. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are at least 18 years of age must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service law.
3. All applicants are subject to a comprehensive criminal background investigation and are required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
4. This position is covered under the post-employment restriction of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L.-95-21). This law also requires the selectee to file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) within 30 days of appointment.
5. All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
6. U.S. citizenship is required.
Reasonable Accommodation: This Agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
For this position, PSA is using the Traditional Method to evaluate applicants based on a resume and narratives addressing each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and Professional Technical Qualification (PTQ). Applicants who meet ECQ's and PTQ's will be considered basically qualified for this position; however, only those candidates who document membership in or eligibility for admission into the DC Bar without examination will be considered. An Executive Resources Board (ERB) will evaluate these basically qualified applicants to determine the best qualified. Category Rating is used to evaluate applicants using three categories (Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified) to determine the degree to which applicants meet requirements and to identify those who will be referred for further consideration. If the selectee is being initially appointed to the SES, his/her ECQ's must be reviewed and approved by a Qualifications Review Board convened and managed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).Read more Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation