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Information Technology Specialist (Data Management): Sentencing Commission (SCDC)

ES-2210-07

Introductions

This is an Excepted Service position located within the District of Columbia Sentencing Commission (SCDC), which is an independent agency within the District of Columbia government.  The mission of SCDC is to implement, monitor, and support the District’s Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines, to promote fair and consistent sentencing policies, to increase public understanding of sentencing policies and practices, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the Guidelines system in order to recommend changes bases on actual sentencing and corrections practice and research.

This position will serve as technical expert and advisor to the Executive Director in the area of database development and management.  Incumbent will function as Information Technology Specialist (Data Management) for SCDC by providing technical support for the agency’s GRID and GSS data systems, in collaboration with the agency’s current vendor.  The work involves performing a wide range database management work that includes the planning, development, implementation, and administration of systems for the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and analysis of arrest, sentencing, and criminal history related data. GRID - (Guideline Reporting and Information Data) is a data system that allows SCDC to monitor D.C. Sentencing Guideline Compliance and to provide felony sentencing analyses and reports to the Office of the Mayor, DC Council, criminal justice partners and the public using a variety of custom-built algorithms.  The agency is currently enhancing the GRID system to consume a live arrest data feed from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), in addition to the current data received from the DC Superior Court. GSS - (Guidelines Scoring System) is a module within the GRID system which allows Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) officers to electronically input defendants’ prior criminal history information. D.C. Sentencing Guidelines scoring rules are then automatically applied to calculate each defendant’s total criminal history score and electronically transferred that criminal history score into GRID.

Duties and Responsibilities

Works with the SCDC contractors, staff, and other District government stakeholders in applying, information technology knowledge and best practices to design, develop, test, maintain, enhance and support the agency’s database management systems. Works with appropriate staff to develop plans and schedules, estimate resources requirements, define milestones and deliverables, monitor activities, and evaluate and report on accomplishments. Serves as an expert advisor on the agency’s data management practices, communicates with SCDC’s contractors, as directed by Executive Director; and serves as the in-house database administrator of the agency. Provides assistance, advice and guidance to SCDC Executive Director, both in the administrative and technical areas. Reviews and ensures that the development of data structures and access strategies are in alignment with the agency’s business and mission requirements; reviews technical designs; identifies systems requirements; validates data sources; and coordinates the evaluation and selection of data management tools.

Analyzes and defines requirements and specifications pertinent to SCDC data systems and applications. Analyzes and plans for anticipated changes in data capacity requirements. Evaluates the impact of technological changes; and/or conceives of solutions to complex technical issues. Monitors data integrity and database management systems to ensure optimal performance. Recommends modifications to database design to maintain/improve network performance and ensure design is adequately documented. Ensures proper standards are being met with changes to current process.

Qualifications and Education

This position requires a degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.  Individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below:
1.  Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
2.  Customer Service - Works with clients and customers.
3.  Oral Communication - Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively.
4.  Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information.

Working Conditions/Environment

Work is predominately sedentary; however, some walking, standing, and bending are encountered. The work is primarily performed in a typical office setting.

Other Significant Facts

This position is an Excepted Service Appointment. Employees serving in Excepted Service positions serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

Domicile requirements

Excepted Service appointees must either be a District resident at the time of their appointment or become a District resident within 180 days of their appointment date.

Salary Range for the Position: $87,815 – $131,719

Candidates for the position will be subject to a background check.
Applicant should submit a cover letter and resume directly to our agency at use [email protected]
Only individuals who meet minimum qualifications will be contacted.

ONLY INDIVIDUALS WHO MEET MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS WILL BE CONTACTED.
The District of Columbia is an equal opportunity employer.
In accordance with the DC Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, DC Official Code § 2-1401.01