Director: Office of Victims Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG)
OPEN: August 3, 2022
CLOSE: Open until filled
POSITION: Director - Office of Victims Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG)
SALARY: ES11 ($162,334 to $202,931)
District law requires that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment. The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment. Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.
The Bowser Administration seeks dynamic candidates to lead the Office of Victims Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG). The successful candidate is a leader, administrator and advocate, helping to shape policy and programs to benefit residents of the District of Columbia.
This position is located in the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and Justice and reports to the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and Justice. The Office of Victims Services and Justice Grants (CVSJG) is the State Administrator for Federal justice grants, and receives local appropriations and special purpose revenue to support programs. OVSJG works with justice system and victim services stakeholders (including representatives from local and Federal criminal and juvenile justice agencies and victim services agencies), the Council of the District of Columbia, not-for-profit service providers, and the public to identify gaps in services, develop programming, award funds, monitor compliance with federal and local law, as well as financial and programmatic requirements, and evaluate program effectiveness.
This position functions as Director of OVSJG, responsible for providing leadership in the development of funding strategies to effectively support stakeholders in the criminal and juvenile justice arena and victim services; to ensure the efficient and proper management of criminal and juvenile justice and victim services’ grants by overseeing planning, direction, and timely execution of all day-to-day operations, including the development, assignment, and approval of the office goals and objectives for subordinate staff; and to make recommendations to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor regarding laws, policies and procedures relevant to the program development that falls under the purview of the office.
The incumbent works under the general administration and broad policy direction of the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and Justice. Assignments are initiated through discussions, conferences, or directives that outline objectives. The Deputy Mayor sets broad policy objectives and guidelines, consistent with District-wide strategic plan; however, within these broad, guidelines, the incumbent exercises considerable independent judgment. Incumbent is regarded as a crime victim’s advocate and grant management expert for the organization.
Guidelines of this position include the Mayor’s policy priorities, established policies, procedures and regulations of the District of Columbia, Federal government and Mayor’s Executive Office. Judgment and ingenuity are required to interpret, coordinate, and apply various guidelines.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Oversees the District’s grants administration and victim services. Supervises staff to ensure quality and consistency of work. Identifies areas for improvement and operation of a comprehensive record system to inventory and track all grant awards received and sub grant awards made.
- Works with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Finance and Resources Management, and grantee agencies to resolve any grants management inefficiencies.
- Develops, submits and manages JGAVS’s annual administrative and sub-grant-making budget. Develops and maintains an up-to-date grants management handbook for employees reflecting best practices in grant management. Establishes training and orientation for new employees joining JGAVS.
- Liaisons and consults with a variety of high-level officials, professional associations, representatives of District and Federal agencies, constituent groups, and national organizations to facilitate JGAVS’s sub-grant-making mission. As State Administrator for Federal justice finds, represents the District of Columbia at relevant national conferences.
- Develops, implements, maintains and monitors programs and District activities, on the cause, prevention and intervention of violent crimes. Develops, implements maintains, and monitors programs and District activities, on the cause, prevention and response to violent victimization. Oversees research on issues in relation to violent crime and victimization. Develops prevention models; and identifies issues, trends and model intervention strategies.
- Ensures that all required grant-planning commissions are in compliance with federal and local guidelines, fully stated, operating effectively, and collaborating with the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments when required. Oversees the grant-planning process with relevant grant-planning bodies defined by statute or policy, including but not limited to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, and the Victim Assistance Network.
- Works with relevant grant planning and policy boards to make allocation recommendations regarding grant funds, consistent with the administration policy goals and priorities and the needs of the broader community of criminal and juvenile justice and victim services stakeholders.
- Provides local government, federal and community based organizations with information and advice on grants received by OVSJG.
- Enters into sub-grant agreements with government and non-government agencies on behalf of the Administration, consistent with governing laws and policies. Ensures that all grant-reporting and financial requirements are strictly enforced, consistent with local and federal law and policy. Maintains contact with grantor agencies such as the US Department of Justice, as necessary to ensure compliance.
- Develops performance measures for OVSJG, monitors progress against those measures, and makes management corrections as necessary. Develops customer service standards for all agency employees and assesses customer satisfaction with agency over time. Customers include but are not limited to sub grantees, stakeholders, the Department of Justice and constituents.
- Ensures appropriate agency oversight for compliance with federal laws that govern justice formula grants including the Violence Against Women Reauthorization of 2013, and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Ensure compliance with District laws that specifically charge JGAVS with Oversight for implementation, including but not limited to the Domestic Violence Hotline Act of 2013, the Sexual Assaults Victim’s Rights Amendment Act of 2014, and the Shelter and Transition Housing for Victims of Domestic Violence Fund Amendment Act of 2007.
- Creates reports, as needed, for the Deputy Mayor, staff and stakeholders to insure that the activities of the organization are clearly documented and shared with the public.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS
- Mastery of grants planning, sub-grant making and all facets of grant management.
- Mastery of issues and current developments in the area of crime, victimization and justice Systems.
- Extensive knowledge of management principles and personnel management requirements.
- Mastery of advanced administrative, financial and managerial aspects, concepts procedures, and processes.
- Mastery of criminal justice system, federal and District laws, and the legislative process. Ability to demonstrate ten years’ experience working in this area.
- Extensive experience working with national and local adult and juvenile justice agencies, and victim services agencies.
- Demonstrate skills and experience in providing leadership in a managerial capacity. Demonstrated skills in providing leadership in a team-based environment.
- Mastery of systems and community-based victim services. Ability to demonstrate ten years’ experience working in this area.
- Extensive experience in applying relevant case law, statues and regulations associated with the overall mission of the office.
- Exceptional planning skills, from the development of high level objectives to the breakdown of an assignment of individual projects and tasks, to the monitoring and reporting project status.
- Master’s degree or equivalent preferred or experience commensurate with advanced education.