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Deputy Director of Pretrial Operations

Vacancy Announcement

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: The Deputy Director of Pretrial Operations is a senior level position responsible for directing and overseeing the Division of Pretrial Operations within the Office of Statewide Pretrial Services (OSPS).   The Deputy Director is responsible for the operational arm of the Office which consists of a pretrial investigations section and a pretrial supervision section. The Deputy Director works with considerable independence, exercising professional judgment under the general supervision of the Director of the Office of Statewide Pretrial Services and Chief of Staff.


  • Coordinates with the Director of the Office of Statewide Pretrial Services, Chief of Staff, and Deputy Director of Performance Management in developing and implementing policy objectives of the OSPS.
  • Serves as a confidential advisor to the Director of the Office of Statewide Pretrial Services, acts on behalf of the Director in his or her absence, and serves a member of the senior management team.
  • Performs highly complex assignments and develops and monitors progress toward accomplishment of both short and long-range plans for achieving pretrial service objectives.
  • Plans, directs, and oversees the activities, policies, and procedures of the Division of Pretrial Operations, which includes pretrial investigations and pretrial supervision.
  • Prepares and presents reports, both verbally and in writing, on the activities of the Division of Pretrial Operations including, but not limited to, pretrial supervision, bond reports and risk assessments, and process improvement activities.
  • Serves as a supervisor by providing instructions, setting expectations, observing performance, providing feedback through ongoing and annual performance evaluations, participating in the hiring process, and recommending corrective or disciplinary action when necessary.  
  • Facilitates communication and information exchange between Division staff and the Director of the Office of Statewide Pretrial Services, Chief of Staff, and Deputy Director of Performance Management.
  • Provides planning consistent with the Division’s budget.
  • Maintains up-to-date working knowledge of pretrial services, criminal justice, and community corrections issues by being connected to the latest research and best practices as well as developing and maintaining substantial relationships with experts and organizations.
  • On behalf of the Director, serves as a liaison with external stakeholders, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, other state agencies and units of local government and other pretrial services partners.
  • Establishes and maintains a culture of continuous improvement, including partnering with the Division of Performance Management to develop systems and processes to monitor and identify opportunities to increase efficiency, output, or other key metrics.
  • Assists and supports external pretrial services-related committees and workgroups.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in court administration, criminal justice, public administration, business administration or a closely-related field;
  • Ten years of progressively responsible experience in criminal justice, community corrections, pretrial services, probation, parole, public or business administration or other similar setting.
  • Five years of supervisory experience in a court, state or local governmental.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in court, public, criminal justice, business administration or a related field or a Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • Three years of experience as a manager with at least two levels of professional staff under his or her administrative direction or control.
  • Experience directing operational staff of at least 50 people.
  • Five years of senior management experience in a statewide criminal justice or public organization.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to plan, organize, implement, and maintain a variety of functions and projects simultaneously and meet required deadlines and schedules.
  • Extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system including related Illinois statutes, regulations, procedures and operations at the trial court level, and a comprehensive perspective of legal and evidence-based pretrial services including pragmatic applicability and implementation.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use supervisory principles and practices including work prioritization and scheduling, employee motivation and performance evaluations.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including planning and priority setting, sound decision-making, problem-solving, and analytic and interpretive skills.
  • Demonstrated project management skills including system analysis, strategic planning, and design.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to positively and professionally interact with all stakeholder groups, including but not limited to judges, pretrial staff, attorneys, trial court administrators, and the public.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (i.e., Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time. This is a professional office working environment, requiring telephone usage and the ability to process written documents. Applicant must have the ability to travel and possess a valid Illinois driver's license and demonstrate proof of automobile insurance to operate a personal vehicle on state business, as well as maintain a safe driving record. Occasional overnight travel is required.

Interested individuals should submit - via email - a resume and a letter of interest which discuss how the applicant meets the minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications and desired knowledge and skills, to:

This position will remain open until filled. However, those individuals submitting materials by December 31, 2021, will be given first consideration. Please include the position title in the subject of the email. Any questions about this position or the application process can also be submitted via email to the address above.


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