Director Of Court Services

Fairfax, Virginia
$108,707.25 - $181,177.36 Annually
Jul 24, 2021
Aug 21, 2021
Full Time
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The Director of Court Services oversees a budget of approximately $28 million with over 330 positions. Under the direction of the Deputy County Executive for Health, Housing and Human Services, the Director leads, plans, and directs a variety of programs designed to promote the well-being of individuals of all ages and abilities, families, and communities. Works in collaboration with the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations judiciary, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County Police Department, and other Health & Human Services agencies in strategic work associated with providing community safety, justice and rehabilitation; facilitating community engagement to identify areas of need and enhance capacity for community safety.


Program Management
  • Manages the agency operations on a day-to-day and long-range basis to ensure that the needs of the youth and families are met, and the adequate level of services and support is provided equitably and efficiently.
  • Plans and coordinates the advancement of court programs.
  • Routinely meets with judges, state and county officials and management staff within the court to resolve complex administrative and policy issues involving casework and programs for all divisions.
  • Meets with the Information Technology staff for both state and county to plan for future automation needs of the juvenile court.
Policies and Procedures
  • Establishes and maintains agency policies and procedures to ensure compliance with laws and regulations related to court services such as Code of Virginia, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Criminal Justice Services and Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) standards. Control their implementation, interpretations, and application to all programs in juvenile court.
  • Keeps abreast of changes of related laws, research, best practices; analyzes details and project application and impact on the programs operations, and makes necessary modifications to the programs accordingly.
  • Advises other agency representatives when court policy changes impact their respective organizations; and collaborates with agency partners to disseminate information on changes in the Code of Virginia or regulatory statutes.
  • Manages movement of funds within the budget allocation, reallocation of personnel and planning for overall changes in the mission of the agency, when appropriate.
Budget Development
  • Formulates and justifies budgetary requirements, monitors budget execution and adherence to the target for all units in juvenile court, including Probation Services, Residential Services, ASAP, Court Administration and Judicial Support Services Unit.
  • Works with Chief Judge and directors of Residential Services and Probation Services to review budget priorities and plans for overall agency budget submission.
  • Responds to emergency issues as presented by the Board of Supervisors and senior management at the County Executive level to ensure that expenditures and fiscal management are within the budget allocation and minimize the impact for services to the court and public.
Public Presentation
  • Represents the agency at conferences and meetings; responsible for all court services activities and communication with state and county officials and CSU directors.
  • Meets with state and CSU directors on a quarterly basis; sits as the court's representative on Juvenile Court Citizens Advisory Council, serves as an appointed member of the ASAP Policy Board, represents the agency on interagency committees as required.
  • Makes public speeches regarding juvenile and domestic relations issues before professional and civic associations and issues news releases; and responds to calls from media on sensitive and high-profile cases.
  • Deals with state and federal officials involving youth and adult matters when issues of public concern are brought before the JDRDC and/or ASAP.
Research Analysis
  • Directs record keeping and report preparation; analyzes research data and advises and assists judges in the functional operations of the court.
  • Reports to judges and county officials on emergency issues impacting services to the public; assists the Chief Judge and judges in developing and improving judicial operations to better serve the public.
  • Works closely with the Clerk of the Court in planning and implementing policies and procedures relating to processing of complaints and effective scheduling of court cases impacting citizens, and public agencies, court probation and residential staff.
  • Directs staff to apply for grants and demonstrative projects at state and federal level for new programs impacting all aspects of the JDRDC and supervises such grant activities.
  • Responds and manages special inquiries and studies as directed by the state legislature, Department of Juvenile Justice, etc.
For a more detailed description of this position, please click here to view the position profile.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles of administration, including organization, personnel, budget and management analysis;
  • Knowledge of the philosophy and provisions of pertinent Federal, State and County public laws and ordinances;
  • Ability to apply current trends and methods of treatment of delinquency and related problems;
  • Ability to speak and write effectively;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and public officials.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to” )
A Master's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, criminal justice, public administration, or a related field; plus six years of progressively responsible professional experience in the areas of juvenile and domestic relations district court, child welfare program(s), or related field, including two years in a management/supervisory role.

Not applicable.

The ideal candidate for the Director of Court Services position:
  • is a proactive, innovative leader with a successful track record of increasingly responsible experience in the field of juvenile justice, including an in-depth knowledge of, and a strong background experience working within, local, regional, state, and federal legislative mandates.
  • has knowledge of the legal requirements and best practices in the areas of: juvenile justice, adult probation services, human services, community corrections, prevention services, family engagement, integrated service delivery, and inclusion.
  • has extensive senior management level experience in managing and operating complex organizations and is a customer-focused individual with strong interpersonal skills.
  • has proven experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including regional partners, human services agencies, public safety agencies, central school leadership, and community-based partners.
  • has experience setting departmental strategic direction and providing oversight of strategic planning, operational implementation, data analysis, and evaluation efforts.
  • cultivates the development and professional growth of staff and creates a culture of engagement and innovation.
  • has demonstrated knowledge of leading the development of budgets and fiscal activities to ensure appropriate financial stewardship in accordance with local, state, and federal laws, statutes, and policies.
  • has experience overseeing departmental workforce development efforts as it relates to established competencies.
The appointee to the position will be required to satisfactorily complete a criminal background check and credit check.


This position is primarily sedentary in nature; however, visual acuity to work on electronic equipment such as a computer monitor, typing on a keyboard, and carrying/lifting up to 10 pounds are essential to this position. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran 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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