Court Service Unit Director

Pulaski, Virginia
$48,391 - $82,000
Jan 14, 2022
Feb 18, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Department of Juvenile Justice operates and is responsible for the vast majority of local Court Service Units (often known as juvenile probation offices) across the Commonwealth, as well as the state-operated Juvenile Correctional Center, Bon Air. On any given day, the Department has  between 4,500 and 5,000 youth under supervision, with more than 90 percent of those youth being supervised in their communities through diversion, probation or parole.

District 27 Juvenile Court Service Unit, which services the cities of Radford and Galax, as well as the counties of Carroll, Grayson, Wythe, Bland Giles, Pulaski, Montgomery and Floyd, is seeking a Unit Director who will be responsible for directing and managing the work of the Unit, managing human resources, capital resources and ensuring the proper application of all standards of operation, pertinent policies and procedures according to departmental state, local and judicial requirements.  Duties include managing operations and aligning local Court Service unit goals with the strategic direction of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice along with ensuing that employees in the Unit understand how their work relates to the business’ mission. Manages employee performance, training, recognition; ensures employees are provided safety training and professional development training; leads team meetings and fosters teamwork within the Court Service Unit; manages State government, local government and grant budgets expenditures; ensures that all funds (state, local, federal and grant, etc.) are expended appropriately and within permissible parameters; develops annual operations strategic plans; manages the implementation of evidence based practices and other Unit programs. Provides technical assistance on various projects; develops, maintains, and strengthens stakeholder partnerships inside and outside the organization; ensures that the Unit is appropriately collaborating and communicating with agency and community stakeholders to appropriately address juvenile offenders’ criminogenic risk factors and needs through evidence based programming. Demonstrates support of juvenile justice innovation, program effectiveness improvements, and Unit level and system level reform. 

Considerable knowledge of federal, state, local and public laws and ordinances relating to juvenile justice is needed as well as experience applying the principles and practices of organizational management.  This includes personnel, planning, management analysis and supervision.  Demonstrated knowledge of juvenile justice guiding principles, trends and research particularly as it relates to the use and implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed programs and practices. Demonstrated understanding and implementation of the Risk, Need and Responsivity Principle (RNR). The ability to communicate effectively and maintain collaborative working relationships with all levels of staff, other agencies and public officials.  The demonstrated ability to oversee the development, evaluation and administration of a variety of diverse programs within the unit and with other agencies is required.  Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs is essential to the daily operation of the unit.

Preferred qualifications include a related degree, extensive supervisory experience in human service agencies and budgeting experience in the public/private sector.