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Director of Regional Justice Information

Salary Range:
Director I - $129,557 to $200,813

Close Date: Open until filled

Role

The Regional Justice Information Director will oversee the activities and operations of the Automated Regional Justice Information System, or ARJIS. The Director will work with several regional stakeholders, including public safety executives, to plan and implement programs, projects, and initiatives meant to improve justice information sharing, and will adopt tools and solutions that improve public safety across jurisdictions.


Overview of Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS)

The Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS) was created as a Joint Powers Agency to share information among justice agencies throughout San Diego and Imperial counties. ARJIS has evolved into a complex criminal justice enterprise network used by 80+ local, state, and federal agencies in the two California counties that border Mexico. The ARJIS governance structure promotes data sharing and cooperation at all levels for member agencies, from chiefs to officers to technical staff.  

ARJIS is responsible for major public safety initiatives, including wireless access to photos, warrants, and other critical data in the field, crime and sex offender mapping, crime analysis tools evaluation, and an enterprise system of applications that help users solve crimes and identify offenders. ARJIS also serves as the region's information hub for officer notification, information sharing, and the exchange, validation, and real-time uploading of many types of public safety data.  The team works in a 24/7 business operations environment and provides on-call, after hours support when required.

 

Job Responsibilities

  • Direct and oversee ARJIS programs, projects, services, and activities; manage ARJIS system and network security; ensure adherence to DOJ/FBI procedures and security regulations.

 

  • Collaborate with public safety executives and other senior staff to ensure data consistency and validity, common short- and long-term goals, and project priorities.

 

  • Direct, plan, manage, and coordinate the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities; ensure appropriate resources and staffing levels; allocate resources accordingly.

 

  • Select, supervise, mentor, train, and provide career development opportunities for managers and other employees in the department; identify and resolve problems; recommend staff training and development programs.

 

  • Continuously monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assess and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; implement changes.

 

  • Direct and oversee the development of the department’s portion of the annual SANDAG Program Budget; forecast additional funds needed for staffing, resources, equipment, and/or supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; direct the preparation and implementation of budgetary adjustments as necessary.

 

  • Prepare and present written, oral, and visual reports, as well as represent the department to the Board of Directors, Policy Advisory and Stakeholder Committees, elected officials, outside agencies and organizations, and/or community groups; build on current relationships and identify new partnerships; provide leadership to establish new trends and innovations in the public safety field; respond to, negotiate, and resolve sensitive, significant, and controversial issues.

 

  • Provide staff support to and participation in the Public Safety Committee and assume full responsibility for the Chiefs’/Sheriffs’ Management Committee and other ARJIS technical and user committees.

 

  • Oversee and manage enhancements to existing public safety applications and new projects, including crime and predictive analysis tools, mapping dashboards, regional sex offender registry, and other tactical and investigative tools.

 

  • Successfully seek additional grant funding in partnership with other regional entities to further the goals of effective and efficient public safety information sharing.

 

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in public safety, criminology, information technology, or a related field and at least eight years of experience with public safety and/or information technology programs, including four years of supervisory and management experience.

 

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience providing professional leadership and direction, management, and administrative expertise for a comprehensive program.

 

  • Demonstrated experience managing the operations, maintenance, and implementation of the department objectives, including the creation, adoption, and administration of standard operating procedures and policies.

 

  • Experience supervising and evaluating the work of management, supervisory, professional, technical, operational, and administrative support personnel; experience evaluating internal business processes and balancing workload with staff resources.

 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of budget preparation and control; ability to administer large budgets; demonstrated ability to meet program and project goals in a timely manner and within budget. 

 

  • Demonstrated experience with all aspects of contract and grant management; demonstrated ability to enhance program funding and grant opportunities through partnerships.

 

  • Demonstrated understanding and ability to interpret and apply pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to agency programs, activities, and projects.

 

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain credible working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including agency and other government officials, public safety employees, and community groups; ability to gain cooperation and consensus through discussion and persuasion.

 

  • Outstanding, clear written and oral communication and presentation skills and the ability to effectively communicate complex ideas to a variety of audiences with diverse viewpoints such as management, public safety agencies, Boards, and community groups.

 

  • Ability to exercise discretion and political acumen, in dealing with complex, sensitive, and confidential issues regarding and conflicting agendas and positions.

 

  • The final candidate selected for this position must successfully pass a pre-employment criminal background check in compliance with the FBI and the California Department of Justice requirements and a credit history check.  Periodic re-checking of criminal background and credit history will be a condition of employment.

 

Benefits

Our benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. Retirement and financial security benefits are provided through a pension plan and contribution to the SANDAG deferred compensation program. SANDAG offers flexible work schedules and employees are provided with paid time off and paid holidays.

In addition to the benefits provided to all employees, this position is eligible for several enhanced benefits which include a Management Benefit valued at 2.5% of salary that can be applied towards time off, health premiums, or deferred compensation, access to an Executive Health Program, an annual $7,000 contribution to their defined contribution plan, and paid parking.  The employee selected for this position will be offered a three-year At-Will employment contract.

 


How to Apply

Interested candidates may apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application.

The Employment Application can be downloaded from the SANDAG website or by contacting hr@sandag.org or calling (619) 699-1900. Visit our Careers / How to Apply webpage.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance in order to apply for a position at SANDAG. Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability during any stage of the recruitment and selection process, including requesting this document and related application materials in an alternative format, should make their needs known by contacting Human Resources at hr@sandag.org, (619) 699-1900, (619) 699-1904 (TTY), or fax (619) 699-6905.

 


Further Information

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, applicants hired by SANDAG must show acceptable proof of identity and evidence of authorization to work in the USA.

The selected candidate can anticipate a driving record check upon hire, and approximately annually thereafter. The results of the check may determine whether the selected candidate will be permitted to drive for SANDAG business.

SANDAG requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID 19 within 45 days of hire; the COVID-19 vaccine booster also is required within 30 days from the date of hire, or 30 days after becoming eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster, whichever is sooner; reasonable accommodation requests will be considered.

SANDAG employees are expected to work in-person in our San Diego office.


SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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