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Pretrial Training 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 Pretrial Training Manager designs and delivers training for the Office of Statewide Pretrial Services (OSPS). This individual will develop internal training for OSPS staff as well external stakeholders such as attorneys, law enforcement officials, judges and other government officials. The Pretrial Training Manager will work independently under the general supervision of the Deputy Director of Performance Management.


  • Develops and oversees a robust training program for OSPS investigators and pretrial service officers, as well as OSPS managers and supervisors, by using instructional design strategies to develop content, select format and training materials, establish teaching and learning objectives and conduct planning meetings.
  • Develops and oversees trainings for external stakeholders who play a key role in the delivery of pretrial services, such as public defenders, state’s attorneys, judges, administrative court staff and law enforcement officials.
  • Evaluates organizational performance to identify training deficiencies and prepares short-term and long-term training plans to achieve desired training levels.
  • Evaluates the availability and effectiveness of pretrial services training both internally and externally.
  • Directs and oversees the development of pretrial curricula, training manuals, handouts, and study materials.
  • Serves as subject matter expert on pretrial services and on training methods, developments, and best practices.
  • 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.
  • Assists, supports, and serves as OSPS representative to pretrial services-related committees and workgroups.
  • 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. Two years of experience in the field of training and development
  3. One year of supervisory experience.
  4. 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. Effective oral and written communication, presentation, facilitation, and interpersonal skills.
  7. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (i.e., Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  8. 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. A Master’s Degree in criminal justice, public administration, education, or closely related field.
  2. Five or more years of experience training in the field of criminal justice, community corrections, pretrial services, probation, parole, public or business administration, education or other similar setting.
  3. Three or more years of supervisory experience.
  4. Ten or more years’ experience in community corrections or justice system in Illinois.
  5. Ability to positively and professionally interact with co-workers

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.

How 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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