Director of Community Corrections

Loudoun County, Virginia | Full-time

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The Position

The Director of Community Corrections is a senior-level executive position reporting to an Assistant County Administrator.  This position provides leadership and oversight of a variety of programs, including Probation Supervision, Pre-trial Release, Community Service Monitoring, GPS Monitoring, and Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM), in addition to the collection of court costs, fines, and restitution payments. The Director of Community Corrections oversees the delivery of a variety of services for non-violent offenders, including educational programs on anger management, life skills, substance abuse, shoplifting prevention, and domestic violence. The Director will execute the strategic plan for the Department of Community Corrections and provide expert-level advice and guidance to the Board of Supervisors and County Administrator on community corrections-related matters. The Director oversees a department of 32 employees and manages a budget of $3.4 Million.

The Department offers group counseling services and oversees specialized programs including driving while intoxicated (DWI), victim impact panels and enhanced supervision for repeat DWI offenders, domestic violence supervision, and specialty courts, including mental health docket, veteran docket, and adult drug court. The Director will effectively partner with the Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services and other County Departments and agencies to deliver a variety of high-quality programs and services to the judiciary and offenders. The Director effectively pursues and manages state and federal grants and other opportunities to offset the cost for programs and services. Approximately 20.3% of the total $3.4 Million operating budget is offset by grants (federal or state), while 6.3% of that amount is offset by recovered costs and charges for services.

Potential challenges for this position include:

  • Maintaining a high level of customer service in the face of an increasing number of offenders.
  • Executing the Department’s mission with the highest level of ethics, integrity, and professionalism.
  • Fostering and maintaining public trust and confidence.
  • Developing and maintaining a high morale and collaborative work environment with a focus on teamwork and mutual respect.
  • Ensuring the Department’s SOPs are in compliance with the standards of the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

The Organization

Loudoun County operates under a nine-member Board of Supervisors. The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is elected by the voters at large, and the other Supervisors are elected from each of the eight districts within the County. All nine members serve concurrent terms of four years. The Board appoints the County Administrator, who directs and supervises the day-to-day operations of all County departments and agencies under the direct control of the Board of Supervisors, including the Department of Management and Financial Services. There are also five elected constitutional officers: the Sheriff, Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Under current leadership, the County is striving to build and maintain a progressive, high-performing, and results-oriented organization that is well-poised to successfully meet the County’s budgetary challenges and increasing demand for services. Performance expectations for County staff are set very high and place a premium on creative problem-solving, critical thinking, technical expertise, high ethical standards, and meeting and exceeding goals and objectives. The focus of current leadership is on developing strong leaders throughout the organization and delivering consistent customer satisfaction to the citizens of Loudoun County.

Loudoun County was ranked the fifth-fastest growing county in the nation from 2000 to 2010. Between 2010 and 2011, Loudoun was ranked as the 18th fastest growing county in the nation. Loudoun County has a AAA status with all three major bond rating agencies, reflecting the County’s excellent financial management and positive outlook for the future.

Loudoun County operates under the “Traditional Form” of county government, the most used form in the Commonwealth. The Board of Supervisors is responsible for the legislative and administrative affairs of the County and appoints a County Administrator to oversee the day-to-day administration on its behalf. In addition, elected officials are responsible for the conduct and administration of various aspects of the County’s affairs. Other elected officials include the Commissioner of the Revenue, Treasurer, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Sheriff. Loudoun County is part of the 20<sup>th</sup> Judicial District in Virginia that also includes Fauquier and Rappahannock counties. There are three courts: Circuit Court (5 judges), General District Court (3 judges), and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (3 judges).

The County’s FY 2021 Total Operating Budget is approximately $3 Billion, and its FY 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Budget totals $2.9 Billion. Loudoun County boasts a workforce of approximately 4,294 FTEs.

The Department of Community Corrections

The mission of the Department of Community Corrections is to develop, establish, and maintain community-based corrections programs that provide sanctions and alternatives to incarceration and provide leadership and coordination throughout the criminal justice community.

The Department offers a variety of programs for non-violent offenders that help save jail space in the adult detention center, allowing offenders to maintain their jobs, support their families, and provide restitution to the crime victims and the community. Community Corrections works with other County departments and the court system to provide these alternative programs.

Services provided by the Department include pre-trial and collection of court costs, fines, and restitution payments. Offenders are provided with substance abuse assessments, education, and group counseling; assistance with driver’s license reinstatement; domestic violence group counseling; and monitoring of other special conditions ordered by the court. Specialized programs exist for driving while intoxicated victim impact panels and enhanced supervision for repeat offenders, domestic violence supervision, mental health, and drug court specialty dockets.

Community Corrections also provides a Pre-trial Release Program where defendant supervision is offered as opposed to incarceration. By providing background investigations of incarcerated pre-trial defendants, recommendations are made to the court regarding whether an individual would be an appropriate candidate for supervised released. The Department conducts over 1,000 pre-trial investigations of recently detained individuals each year and subsequently supervises over 3,000 individuals referred by the Courts for pre-trial probation services. Each year, 85% of individuals referred into probation services successfully complete their supervision under a client-centered approach encouraging compliance overseen by Supervision Officers.

Experience and Education

Minimum requirements are a master’s degree and six (6) years of directly related experience with increasing responsibility, including two (2) years in a supervisory or management role; OR the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience supervising exempt-level staff is required.

Preferred qualifications include management-level experience in a local government organization managing a community corrections or similar probation services program. Other preferred experience includes specialty court experience, victim impact panels, knowledge of the Virginia Division of Criminal Justice Services and Association, grant writing and management, domestic violence training, experience conducting recidivism studies, and demonstrated success appearing before elected bodies or individuals.

The Loudoun Difference

Loudoun County Government is an organization of individuals who choose to dedicate their talents, education, and experiences to making a difference in the community. What sets Loudoun apart from other local governments is a strong organizational culture that values teamwork, community, and innovation. Loudoun County employees share a true appreciation for the dynamic nature of the community they serve and a passion for ensuring that Loudoun remains a great place to work, live, and play. Employees of the County enjoy working in a collaborative and inclusive environment and appreciate the County’s emphasis on maintaining a diverse and respectful workplace. As the community continues to experience growth, the County offers new and seasoned professionals the opportunity to work on challenging projects, emerging issues, and innovative solutions.

The Ideal Candidate

The next Director of Community Corrections will demonstrate success in leading and managing a large community corrections program, including Probation Supervision and Pre-trial Release. The ideal candidate possesses senior-level management experience with a medium to large local government. Comprehensive knowledge of the laws, regulations, and procedures governing community corrections programs is critical. The ideal candidate has experience utilizing pre-trial services to conduct risk assessments where pre-trial release decisions adhere to assessment results. A successful background utilizing motivational interviewing to reduce recidivism is ideal, as is a proven track record in establishing and maintaining strong collaborative partnerships with the judiciary, law enforcement, and local social services agencies. Direct law enforcement experience or in-depth knowledge of law enforcement practices and procedures is necessary.

From a management perspective, the ideal candidate is an active listener genuinely interested in the day-to-day experiences of staff and invites and acts on feedback. This exceptional leadership ability is paired with demonstrated success in developing and motivating staff, building employee morale, and leading by example. A high level of personal integrity and professional ethics and the ability to earn confidence and build trust both within the organization and the community are a must. The ideal candidate is trusted to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and diversity for both staff and customers.

Other qualities the ideal candidate has are the ability to be an innovative change agent to turn vision into reality, meet time-sensitive deadlines, and be a strategic thinker. They possess excellent judgment and decision-making skills with the confidence and ability to make and execute decisions quickly and effectively. They are able to thrive and maintain consistent productivity of self and staff in a fast-paced, complex, and high-performing work environment and possess strong strategic planning, project management, and creative problem-solving skills.

The Community

Loudoun County, Virginia, “D.C.’s Technology Corridor,” is an innovative, globally competitive community known for its favorable business environment, exceptional quality of life, and strong sense of community. Located in northern Virginia, approximately 45 minutes northwest of Washington, D.C., Loudoun County is a growing and thriving community of more than 421,554 residents. Loudoun has been one of the fastest-growing communities of its size for the last decade. The County’s eastern area is mainly suburban in character, while its western area is more rural, including small towns, horse farms, and more than 160,000 acres of well-preserved open space. Loudoun County is also home to more than 1,400 farms, occupying a significant portion of land in the County’s western region. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved a Rural Economy Business Development Strategy in 2013, a plan that aims to double the growth of the agricultural business sector by 2023.

Loudoun County is also home to 46 wineries and ranked number one in grape production in Virginia last year. Loudoun enjoys an active rural economy as well as engagement by citizens committed to a wide array of heritage resources. Dulles International Airport, a major facility serving nearly 30 million passengers every year, is located in the southern part of the County. Additionally, the Washington D.C. Metro area is expanding into Loudoun County with the extension of the Silver Line –– which will allow residents to travel conveniently into Washington, D.C. Ranked as the wealthiest county in the United States in 2019, Loudoun is also the fastest growing county in Virginia.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 421,554
  • 2019 Median Household Income: $142,299
  • Median Home Value: $508,100
  • Median Age: 36.2

All demographic information was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Compensation

The hiring range is $112,200 to $168,000, depending on qualifications. A competitive total compensation package will consider the candidate’s experience, and expertise and will include paid relocation as appropriate and an excellent benefits package composed of the following:

  • Choice of health plans, including traditional and consumer-driven options
  • Dental and Vision Benefits
  • Flexible Spending Account Program for medical and dependent care
  • Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Short-term and Long-term Disability Benefits
  • Leave benefits, including paid holidays, annual leave, sick leave, and personal leave. Ten days of annual leave and ten days of personal leave accrual advanced upon employment.
  • An award-winning Wellness Program
  • Retirement and life insurance benefits through the Virginia Retirement System
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Credit union membership
  • Virginia 529 Program
  • Work-Life Balance

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on May 27, 2021.

Questions

Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at apply@thenovakconsultinggroup.com or 513-221-0500.

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