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Outreach and Services Specialist: District of Columbia Sentencing Commission


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 is responsible for developing and implementing a public outreach and educational strategy with the public, policy makers, and criminal justice agencies relating to the purpose, application, and sentencing outcomes under the District's Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines. The incumbent provides a comprehensive approach to ensuring all District residents understand the purpose of the Sentencing Guidelines, how they function, and expected sentencing outcomes thorough a variety of methods, including written material, websites, social media, and in-person presentations. Incumbent will work to implement outreach and educational priorities identified by the DC Sentencing Commission, within a defined set of objectives. Outreach and educational activities will target a wide range of audiences, requiring creativity, diversity and flexibility in developing approaches that meet the needs of the various audiences, while ensuring the goals of the Commission are achieved.


Major duties of this position include:

Develops a well-defined and diverse three (3) year outreach and educational strategy that includes clearly defined objectives, strategic initiatives to reach those objectives, deliverables, key performance indicators, as well as a comprehensive evaluation plan. The strategy includes a clear and concise approach designing, overseeing, and actively promoting the Commission's social media profiles, as well as traditional outreach activities. Develops a coordinated outreach plan and ensures execution of the outreach plan to facilitate the appropriate information is provided in a manner which is beneficial and comprehended by a variety of audiences.

Establishes, monitors, and maintains outreach and educational activities among partnering criminal justice agencies and public based organizations. Analyzes data to identify and recommend priorities to develop, direct, and organize outreach and educational work-plans. Resolves organizational and operational problems, including scheduling, logistics, presentation, and other related issues. Monitors performance indicators and conducts process improvement assessments to determine outreach and educational work plan revisions as needed. Coordinates feedback among criminal justice and public agencies to ensure timely responses to any concerns or identified by feedback from participants or partner agencies. Informs other District and Federal government agencies of situations requiring their involvement or response.

Conducts, at a minimum, quarterly outreach presentations for community partners, but monthly presentations are preferred. Prepares quarterly progress reports for the Sentencing Commission summarizing past and upcoming objectives and activities. Develops partnerships with other entities: businesses, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations returning citizens and the general public to support outreach and education strategy activities. Ensures information received from participants is provided to the Sentencing Commission for review, discussion, and possible action. Provides outreach and educational strategy information updates to Sentencing Commission members, neighborhood stakeholders, including the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, civic groups, tenant associations, faith-based organizations, schools, businesses, other organizations, and residents. Prepares bi-weekly progress reports to the Director that includes objectives met, obstacles encountered, problem solving activities, and scheduled activities. Prepares an annual strategy overview to be included in the Commission's Annual Report. Participates in related conferences, meetings and training seminars.

Performs other related duties as assigned.   

Ranking Factors

All applicants must respond specifically to the ranking factors shown below.  Applications and/or resumes submitted without ranking factor responses will not be considered.

Ranking Factor #1:   Describe in detail the use of social media related to outreach activities.

Ranking Factor #2:   Outline the collaborative approaches you have employed effectively with diverse audiences.

Ranking Factor #3:   Describe your experience in developing and implementing outreach strategies.

Ranking Factor #4:  What approaches have you found effective in overcoming obstacles or problems?

Ranking Factor #5:   Provide the top three activities/steps needed to engage individuals during a public meeting or discussion.

Qualifications and Education

Candidate must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the ES-04 grade level in the District of Columbia government service or its non-District equivalent, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.  

Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position and has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position, such as:
Knowledge of the mission, policies, methodologies, and operating procedures of the DC Sentencing Commission, including an in-depth understanding of the DC Sentencing Guidelines. Knowledge of neighborhood organizations, civic groups, tenant associations, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, faith-based organizations, and schools to establish links to develop and maintain the working relationship required to implement the Commission's outreach and educational strategy. Knowledge in working with social media to reach effectively diverse audiences.
Ability to develop and use graphics, charts, tables, pictures and other forms of printed material to explain provided difficult and complex sentencing policy issues to both public and criminal justice partners. Knowledge of and skill in the application of analytical and evaluative theories, concepts, procedures, methods, standards and practices to the interpretation of policy, and to meet existing and future service requirements. Ability to organize and manage projects; to review, analyze, and evaluate data; and to prepare analytical reports. Ability to meet deadlines and resolve problems in a timely manner. Ability to communicate well both orally and in writing, and to utilize tact and persuasion in gaining acceptance among criminal justice partner agencies and public based organizations. Ability to interact with various types of personalities. Ability to coach and coordinate interdisciplinary teams.

Other Significant Factors

This position requires that the selected individual to become a domiciliary of the District of Columbia. The selected individual must either: (1) be a domiciliary of the District of Columbia at the time of appointment and maintain such domicile during the period of the appointment; or (2) become a domiciliary of the District of Columbia within 180 days of the date of the appointment and maintain such domicile during the period of the appointment.

Salary Range for the Position: $62,723-$94,084

Interested individuals should remit a cover letter, a resume, ranking factor responses and salary history to:
[email protected]   Attn: Mia Hebb
Washington, DC  20001

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 et seq., (the Act) the District government does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Drug-Free Workplace:   Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

This is an Excepted Service appointment.  Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan.

Official job offers are made by the Department of Human Resources only.