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Policy Development Manager

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The Office of Statewide Pretrial Services’ (OSPS or Office) mission is to assist in the administration of justice and promote community safety by ensuring fairness and equality in the pretrial process. The OSPS is a statewide office that provides pretrial services under the Pretrial Services Act, 725 ILCS 185. The Office develops pretrial standards and employs pretrial service officers who conduct pretrial investigations and provide pretrial supervision.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: The Policy Development Manager of the Office of Statewide Pretrial Services develops pretrial policies, procedures, guidelines, and forms. The Policy Development Manager also identifies grant funding opportunities and prepares grant applications. Work is performed with considerable independence under the direction of the Deputy Director of Performance Management.


• Researches, develops, and updates pretrial standards/guidelines, OSPS operating procedures and OSPS forms at the direction of the Deputy Director of Performance Management.
• Assists the Chief of Staff and Deputy Director of Performance Management in the development of OSPS’ strategic plan for the next year, the next 3 years, and the next 5 years.
• Researches grant funding opportunities for services provided by OSPS, develops grant applications, and disburses awarded grant funds to sub-grantees or local or state government entities who provide services to pretrial clients.
• Oversees the implementation of electronic monitoring and drug testing by procuring necessary electronic monitoring services and drug testing supplies;
• Participates in the training of pretrial services office training on electronic monitoring and drug testing.
• Collaborates with management personnel within the Division of Pretrial Operations to develop and revise OSPS operating procedures and OSPS forms.
• Collaborates with the Supportive Services Manager in developing OSPS’s supportive services program.
• Coordinates with the Pretrial Data Manager in the selection, implementation, and improvement of OSPS case management system to ensure necessary data is available to senior management when making policy decisions.
• Maintains productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders and serves as a OSPS representative on pretrial services-related committees and workgroups.
• 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.
• 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.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications: 
1. A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience in social science, public administration, criminal justice, or a related field.
2. Seven or more years professional working experience in a public or private organization.
3. One year of supervisory experience.
4. Thorough 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.
5. Two years of project management experience, including system analysis, strategic planning, and design.
6. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (i.e., Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook).
7. Must 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.
8. Effective oral and written communication, presentation, facilitation, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. A Master’s Degree in social science, public administration, criminal justice, or a related field.
2. Three years supervisory experience.
3. Ten or more years’ experience in community corrections or justice system in Illinois.
4. Ability to positively and professionally interact with co-workers.


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.

To apply:

Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter through the form below.

Any questions about this position or the application process can also be submitted to Chad Homer via email at the following address: .


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