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.
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