The Office of Justice Programs provides leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the these crime fighting strategies. OJP works in partnership with the justice community to identify the pressing crime-related challenges confronting the justice system and provide information, training, coordination, and innovative strategies and approaches for addressing these challenges.
This position is located in the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in Washington, D.C. OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the need of juveniles and their families.
The incumbent of this position serves as Deputy Administrator for Programs and is responsible for the overall administration of OJJDP formula-based grants, Native American programs, Child Protection programs, and other discretionary assistance and contractual programs, and for full participation with the OJJDP Administrator in leading and managing the Office. In addition, the incumbent is actively involved in the promulgation and advocacy of the juvenile delinquency policies and objectives as established by the Administration, and resolving significant, timely issues centered upon the juvenile justice and delinquency prevention system.
1. Working with the OJJDP Administrator and other senior OJP leadership, develops and implements a strategic vision to provide careful stewardship of grant funds and to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in OJJDP grant programs. Provides leadership and technical support to staff in the formulation and administration of policies affecting OJJDP programs and activities. Implements policies that promote the sustainability of juvenile justice programs and works with other OJJDP leaders and staff to incorporate evidence-based practices into solicitations and program design.
2. Overall responsibility and delegated authority for the oversight and administration of the objectives and management of OJJDP grants programs, long range planning, policy and programmatic issues. Identifies knowledge gaps and areas of improvement needed in OJJDP programming. Ensures that OJJDP programs address the requirements and needs of the OJP, general public, juvenile justice agencies and organizations, and other concerned stakeholders.
3. Serves as the principal liaison to the OJP Office of Audit Assessment and Management and in this capacity is responsible for the OJJDP response to requests for information and data from external auditors regarding OJJDP grants management processes, procedures and programs. Oversees implementation of audit recommendations.
4. Responsible for the development of a monitoring process to accurately gauge the value and effectiveness of OJJDP initiatives funded with federal grants or contracts; participation in the redesign of program implementation tools and the implementation of effective performance measures in grant programs, including streamlining grants conditions and required reports.