Vacancy Announcement – Executive Director
The Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs seeks a new leader to serve as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs. OJA is a large state agency charged with providing professional prevention, education, institutional and treatment services in order to promote public safety and reduce juvenile delinquency. The new Executive Director will inherit an agency that has weathered the current budget crisis and has exceeded the public’s expectations as both first-time-offense and recidivism rates have dropped over the last five years. The Executive Director will oversee the agency as it responds to state and federal legislative changes, explores emerging prevention and treatment options and works diligently to decrease the number of youth offenders in Oklahoma.
The candidate must be an accomplished leader. The Executive Director will need to recognize the delicate opportunity OJA has with the youth it serves as well as OJA’s duty to promote public safety. The Executive Director must be a visionary, unwilling to accept the status quo, and able to execute the plans and programs necessary to accomplish OJA’s strategic plan.
By statute, the successful candidate must:
a- Possess the qualities, abilities, education and training necessary to serve as the Executive Director;
b- have successful administrative experience in the corrections or juvenile justice field; and
i. have earned a master's degree or other advanced degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study in at least one of the following: Corrections, juvenile justice, juvenile delinquency, criminal justice, law, police science, criminology, psychology, sociology, administration, education, or a related social science, and three (3) years' work experience in corrections or juvenile justice, or
ii. have a bachelor's degree in the degree areas previously specified and four (4) years' progressively responsible work experience in corrections or juvenile justice.
This position will provide an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the population OJA serves. Please see the detailed description below. Interested applicants should send a résumé and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00pm, August 1, 2012. Questions about this posting may be addressed to Dorothy.Brown@oja.ok.gov.
Title: Executive Director
Under administrative direction of the Board of Juvenile Affairs , the Executive Director plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates operations of all divisions and offices of the Office of Juvenile Affairs; implements agency policy in accordance with the established mission, vision, and values of the agency; assures that the agency is administered in accordance with federal and state law; identifies program needs and assures agency programs respond to identified needs; and coordinates administrative activities in support of service delivery.
This position functions as chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs with more than 650 employees and an annual budget in excess of $100 million. The position implements and directs both program and administrative support areas through division directors and other officials and administrators. The position assures that programs and activities are administered in accordance with all state and federal rules, regulations, and policies and that the principles of quality management are evaluated and improved in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, and economy.
- Plans agency operations, including both strategic and operational objectives, in accordance with the agency mission; directs planning, development and implementation of methods of operations in agency programs and administrative support functions; ensures coordination of activities between the various divisions and offices.
- Makes recommendations and provides input for decision making to the Board of Juvenile Affairs; ensures that action approved by the Board is carried out.
- Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with the Governor’s Office, Legislature, and other officials, both federal and state, to assure the fulfillment of the agency mission; represents the agency at various meetings; reviews and makes decisions on sensitive issues and situations.
- Acquires, administers, and allocates resources necessary to support program implementation; approves plans that are developed in response to service needs; monitors plan implementation and evaluates effectiveness; oversees the budget process.
- Directs the development and implementation of goals, policies and procedures for both programs and administrative support areas of the agency through subordinate personnel; reviews policy implementation and results to ensure that programs and policies are being implemented and adjusted as necessary and that appropriate results are achieved.
- Selects staff capable of carrying out the agency’s mission; delegates authority to complete duties assigned and oversees the accomplishment of those assigned responsibilities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of federal and state laws, rules and regulations and policies relating to juvenile justice and prevention; of the structure, function and management of a large government agency; of the principles and practices of quality management; of the principles and practices involved in planning, organizing, staffing and controlling work activities; and of the Oklahoma legislative process.
- Skill in managing senior administrative staff to accomplish organizational goals; in coordinating many diverse programs and projects simultaneously; in communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; in analyzing complex and sensitive situations and identifying and adopting appropriate courses of action; in making sound decisions in a timely manner; in establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships, often involving sensitive and controversial issues; and in negotiating effectively with officials, legislators, and administrators to accept and implement recommendations