Director of Criminal Justice
Reporting to the County Manager, performs high level strategic planning, project management, and public representation work in the criminal justice system. Responsible for identifying issues, developing strategies, monitoring data, and coordinating matters involving or impacting the criminal justice system throughout Larimer County. Responsible for identifying and monitoring legislation impacting the criminal justice system. Responsible for fostering a collaborative relationship between County criminal justice agencies including police, corrections, and the courts. Responsible for the management of Larimer County Community Corrections. Performs the duties of grants manager and contracting agent for the grants and contracts associated with the criminal justice system in Larimer County.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
- Receives general direction from the County Manager.
- Supervises the Director of Larimer County Community Corrections.
- Supervises full time Business Analysis assigned to Criminal Justice Services.
- Occasionally supervise volunteers, interns, and temporary and/or limited term staff.Manage complex projects and studies, gather and evaluate information from various sources and prepare reports; produce reports on complex issues that present objective, rational findings on which policy decisions can be made; coordinate work using staff from multiple departments and non-county agencies.
- Interact with various levels of personnel, including elected officials and judiciary, on policy initiatives.
- Maintain liaisons with various federal, state, and local justice agencies to remain current on innovations, policy, and procedural changes which impact the delivery of justice services.
- Obtain and identify key data and information on the criminal justice system; perform statistical analysis of data, analyze this information, and develop reports and recommendations for action by the various criminal justice agencies including designing data collection protocols that document the flow of defendants through the criminal justice system, how the jail is being used, and the protocols for quantifying the impact that intermediate punishment sanctions are having on the jail population.
- Coordinate legislative affairs involving or impacting the criminal justice system; analyze and synthesize state and federal legislative matters of concern to the County, develop policy direction and strategies on legislative issues and present for approval, and identify projects eligible for federal funding and prepare funding requests. In coordination with the Assistant County Manager, monitor state and federal legislation and coordinate county legislative activity for legislation affecting the criminal justice system in Larimer County. May be asked to prepare and present information relative to criminal justice matters to the State Legislature and its committees.
- Manage the County's relationship with regional organizations, serve on various committees, and facilitate building partnerships with multiple departments, other local governments, agencies, or organization; identify outside agencies to support issues and specific project requests.
- Make presentations and give briefings on complex and technical issues to technical audiences, elected officials, and the general public.
- Serve as the public information source for systemwide activities in the Larimer County criminal justice system.
- Keep current on related laws, issues, and development in the criminal justice system.
- Serve as a staff member to the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, act as a liaison between the committee, the criminal justice system, and other County and non-county agencies.
- Manage the development of strategic and business plans for the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Various criminal justice programs; including electronic monitoring, alternative sentencing, and community service programs and probation, parole, detention, and pre-trail services.
- State and local law pertaining to the criminal justice system.
- County organization and operational policies and procedures.
- State criminal justice organization and operational policies and procedures.
- Federal criminal justice organization and operation policies and procedures.
- Principles, practices, procedures, and philosophies of public administration.
- Project research techniques.
- Standard research and investigation methodology, practices, and procedures, including statistical analysis.
- Current literature, trends, and developments in the criminal justice field.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Read and comprehend department and County rules, regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures.
- Act as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
- Ability to apply individual and group problem-solving and decision-making processes to novel situations.
- Exercise organizational and analytical skills.
- Combine new information and data with existing information and data into an integrated whole, and to recommend future actions.
- Organize material and present information clearly and concisely in verbal and written form.
- Perform effective public speaking to groups of varied interests and backgrounds.
- Collect, analyze, and present statistical and technical data.
- Prepare and write grant applications.
- Manage the administration and implementation of awarded grants.
- Supervise volunteers, temporary staff, and/or limited term staff as assigned.
- Provide leadership and supervise the planning, development, and establishment of new, modified, and/or improved programs, services, and activities.
- Analyze and interpret policy and procedural guidelines, formulate, develop, and present recommendations to resolve problems and questions.
- Organize disparate groups of professionals into cohesive working groups.
- Negotiate and resolve conflict.
- Maintain sensitive and confidential information.
- Use independent judgment and discretion in preparing goals, setting schedules, and assigning work.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Equivalent to a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Criminal Justice, Social or Behavioral Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, Political Science, or a related field.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.