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Director I

Job #: 2015-26
TWC Job #: 6362345
Opening Date: 03/19/2015
Closing Date: Until Closed
Travel Required: As Needed
Monthly Salary: *$5,784.58 - $9,544.50
Position Location: 1100 San Jacinto, State Insurance Building
Group Step: B26
Class: 1620

*Salary Commensurate With Experience


The Director of the Criminal Justice Division is assigned to the Office of the Governor and reports to the Deputy Chief of Staff.  The Director is a senior-level manager, and will be expected to work under minimal supervision and will have extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.  The Director is to develop and maintain strategic relationships as part of their outreach and leadership responsibilities, along with supporting and managing change efforts as appropriate for aligning activities with organizational goals.  Responsibilities include establishing and directing the strategic plan, goals and objectives; reviewing rules, regulations and procedures; planning, developing and establishing schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving established goals; coordinating and evaluating program activities; and monitoring and approving budget and program expenditures.  Collaborates across OOG and other state agency functions.  Within CJD, the Director will plan, assign, and supervise the work of others, and will perform related work as assigned.


  • Provide strategic leadership and direction for implementing criminal justice strategies at the state and local level in alignment with the Governor’s agency’s goals and initiatives. Develop and establish the goals and objectives consistent with the agency’s strategic plan.
  • Maintain knowledge of significant trends to identify critical issues within the criminal justice and public safety strategies and develop models for applying resources to address such issues.
  • Review procedures, rules and regulations and identify any need for revisions.
  • Provide expert level advice and assistance on training development and administration of programs.
  • Plan, direct and approve the implementation and oversight of program standards and performance indicators.
  • Manage a staff that administers federal and state funded statewide and regional grant programs designed to reduce crime, support victims and enhance public safety.
  • Plan, develop and approve budgets for departments and division.
  • Direct preparation, publication, and dissemination of statistical and policy related reports and publications.
  • Review results of reports, audits and/or studies to chart and provide direction and guidance.
  • Coordinate and analyze the collection of data to ensure accountability and compliance of the grants program, including preparing and presenting executive reports related to findings, efficacy, and training governance reports.  Responsible for approving management, productivity and financial reports from the division.
  • Coordinate cooperative efforts among federal agencies, state agencies and regional governmental entities engaged in criminal justice, victims’ services and juvenile justice activities.
  • Develop and implement evaluation methods to determine progress, effectiveness, and accomplishments.
  • Attend trainings and conferences as appropriate.
  • Provide input to the Governor’s Policy, Budget and Legislative Affairs Offices regarding criminal justice, public safety and victims’ issues.
  • Analyze proposed federal and state legislation for impact on CJD Division operations, stakeholders and related policy matters including responding to legislative inquires. Provide presentations and information to legislative offices, state and federal agencies, and other organizations regarding criminal justice, juvenile justice and victim services issues.
  • Represents the Office of the Governor in national, state, regional and local arenas such as conferences, legislative sessions, panels, etc.
  • Support and facilitate the agency’s initiatives through collaboration, communication and education around federal, state and local issues and innovative trends in criminal justice strategies.
  • Responsible for hiring and selection, assigning work, completing performance evaluations, recommending personnel and disciplinary actions, and scheduling and approving leave as appropriate.
  • Attend work regularly in accordance with agency leave policy and travel as needed.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, government, public administration or related field, or a professional degree plus seven (7) years experience in the criminal justice field required. Must have five (5) years of experience in a senior leadership management position with excellent managerial skills required.  Valid Texas drivers license required.


  • Extensive knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, and policies relating to the administration of state government and to the relevant program field.
  • Knowledge of grants program management and operations, and in particular those of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.
  • Knowledge of data analytics.
  • Extensive knowledge and skill in developing multi-media presentations.
  • Thorough knowledge of management methods and practices which includes managing, planning, assigning, and reviewing the work of professional and clerical staff in a variety of tasks.
  • Working knowledge of the legislative process which includes analysis and interpretation of legislation.
  • Working knowledge of automated information tracking systems.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and software applications.
  • Skill in organization and time-management essential.
  • Skill in presentations.
  • Skill in customer service.
  • Skill in long-range and short-range planning.
  • Skill in gathering and analyzing accurate and relevant information.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to be a strategic thinker.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with internal and external audiences and stakeholders.
  • Ability to self-motivate, direct and organize program activities.
  • Ability to communicate and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple large projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to develop, assign and supervise the work of staff.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate policies and procedures.
  • Ability to establish program goals and objectives that support the strategic plan.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.


To apply, you may download the uniform State Employment Application or request an application from the Office of the Governor Human Resources Division, State Insurance Building, 1100 San Jacinto, Room 2.300, Austin, Texas, 78701. If required in this posting, copies of college transcripts must be provided concurrent with application for further applicant consideration. For additional information, please call 512- 463-5873, or visit our agency's website. Dial 7-1-1 for Relay Services.

The Office of the Governor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all new employees to present proof of eligibility to work in the United States within three (3) days of being hired. The Office of the Governor participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. Candidates selected for interviews will be subject to background check and required to complete authorization form.

Male candidates between 18 and 25 years of age are required to show proof of Selective Service registration (or exemption) prior to an offer of employment being extended. Such proof is not required to be filed with an application but must be provided upon request by the Human Resources office. For additional information pertaining to Selective Service registration, you may visit:

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Applicants with disabilities who may need to discuss special accommodations during the interview process should contact 512-463-5873 and ask to speak to the Office of the Governor's Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator in the Human Resources Department. If reasonably possible, please call at least 48 hours in advance to afford our representative and the hiring division sufficient time to properly review and coordinate your request.