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Executive Director

Company: State of Oregon
Location: Salem
Posted on: September 22, 2022

Job Description:

Initial Posting Date: 09/02/2022Application Deadline:09/30/2022Agency:Office of Public Defense ServicesSalary Range:$11,944 - $17,647Position Type:EmployeePosition Title:Executive DirectorJob Description:GENERAL INFORMATION:The (PDSC) is seeking an Executive Director for the State of Oregon's Office of Public Defense Services (OPDS). -This position is a full-time, exempt, Management Service position. -This recruitment is intended to solicit interest for an interim Executive Director as a limited duration position for a designated period, and to recruit for a permanent Executive Director to lead the agency into the future. Please designate in your application materials whether you are applying for the interim or permanent Executive Director position.Applications for the interim position are due not later than 5:00 PM on Friday September 9, 2022. - Applications received after this time will not be considered for the interim position.Applicants who have interest in the permanent position must apply no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, September 30, 2022.OPDS is an independent agency in the Judicial Branch, governed by the PDSC independently of other agencies, commissions and boards within all branches of state government. - OPDS is based in Salem, Oregon, and employs over 100 staff members, organized into four divisions: the Executive Division, the Compliance, Audit, and Performance Division, the Appellate Division, and the Administrative Services Division. The agency negotiates contracts with trial-level public defense providers and administers and distributes funds for representation and related services for criminal, juvenile, and civil commitment cases. The agency provides compliance and oversight to providers through quality assurance practices, training, and education. - Financial Services processes all expenses related to representation in public defense cases. The Appellate Division provides direct legal representation in the state appellate courts in criminal cases, juvenile dependency and termination of parental rights cases, and parole cases. Other internal operational services include: data collection and analysis, general counsel, human resources, information technology services, internal audit, and policy development.As guardian of the legal rights and interests of public defense clients and the public's interest in equal justice and due process of law, PDSC is looking for a leader to champion the effective delivery of public defense services in the State of Oregon applying the Governor's equity and inclusion action plan. OPDS is responsible for providing funding and oversight for the defense of criminal and juvenile cases at all stages, for providing counsel for parents and children in dependency cases, and for patients in civil commitment cases.The Commission seeks a leader who:

  • Demonstrates both a deep understanding of the critical role of public defense in upholding the highest ideals of justice as well as the ability to turn those ideals into systems that serve the public with integrity and efficiency. -
  • Demonstrates a commitment and prioritization to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into a work environment, program operations, and communities served, where diverse individual experiences and perspectives are valued and supported.
  • The ideal candidate will have strong managerial and leadership skills and will approach their work by balancing their passion for reforming the state's criminal justice system with the ability to operationalize these reforms in ways that are practical and efficient for staff and service providers.
  • Building relationships with stakeholders in many different roles, from service providers to legislators, is critical to this work, and the successful candidate will be able to collaborate with others to devise and promote solutions to improve the ways OPDS provides its services.DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of the statewide public defense program and is directly responsible and accountable to the Public Defense Services Commission. - The Executive Director ensures the provision of quality legal representation at all levels of state court proceedings in criminal, juvenile, dependency, and civil commitment cases where mandated by the federal and state constitutions and state law for persons who are financially eligible for such representation, in compliance with all state laws and OPDS policies and consistent with national standards for such representation. The Executive Director promotes engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion both internally and externally. -A full description of the duties of this position are defined in .TO QUALIFY:Minimum qualifications:Candidates must have ten years of management experience in a public or private organization including: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, d) budget preparation, e) prior experience in the provision or administration of public defense service or other government-mandated service, government finance, public or business administration, or legislative or judicial service, and f) prior experience in promoting engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion.ORAn equivalent combination of education and experience enabling the applicant to perform the job responsibilities.Desired attributes:
    • Candidates must have a demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to the provision of quality legal representation to indigent defendants in criminal juvenile, dependency, and civil commitment proceedings.
    • Strong communication and leadership skills. This includes the ability to communicate effectively and collaboratively with stakeholders including but not limited to: PDSC members, defense service providers, OPDS staff, judges, members of the Legislative Assembly, prosecutors, persons and entities who undertake studies of the Oregon public defense program, the press, and persons who receive state-paid legal representation.
    • A commitment and prioritization of workplace diversity, equity and inclusion values.
    • Ability and willingness to initiate and influence positive change, gaining support of stakeholders in decisions and in building effective partnerships.
    • Commitment to mentoring and developing employees through training, education, and performance management.
    • Ability to identify, analyze, and effect changes in a complex system in order to establish new programs and procedures that will improve the system overall.
    • Experience creating and managing a complex budget, and effectively communicating fiscal status and necessary budget changes to internal and external stakeholders.
    • Experience with state agency operations, including budget and legislative practices and the associated timelines.
    • Demonstrated community engagement including but not limited to: working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situation to address issues affecting the wellbeing of those people.SALARY AND BENEFITS:The annual salary range for this position is $143,328.00 to $211,764.00.The state offers a generous benefit package including contributions toward individual and family health and dental insurance, term life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance. - Other benefits include employee contributions to the Public Employee Retirement System, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave and personal business leave.Remote work may be an option at the discretion of the Commission.TO APPLY:Applicants interested in applying for the interim limited duration position must submit their resume no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, September 9, 2022, for consideration. - Interested applicants for the permanent position must submit the following materials with their applications no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, September 30, 2022:
      • Resume.
      • A cover letter no more than three pages long that describes how you meet the minimum qualifications and desired attributes, including examples of your experience and background that demonstrates these attributes.
      • Three professional references.Applicants interested in either opportunity must submit the required materials through the State's Human Resources Management System, Workday. - If you have questions on how to apply, please contact the Office of Public Defense Services Human Resources Office Recruiter at 503-991-2274.Failure to submit the materials required will automatically disqualify an applicant from the process.Confidentiality will be maintained regarding applicants and materials throughout the recruitment process to the extent provided by relevant laws including Public Records and Public Meetings law provisions.Qualified applicants whose background most closely matches the needs of the positions will be invited to interview with the PDSC. - The PDSC is an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability, and is committed to workplace diversity.In accordance with ORS 408.225 to 408.237, and OPDS personnel policy 404.010.716, veteran applicants may receive preference points. - Please make sure to follow the instructions when applying, submitting the required materials for veterans' preference consideration.The Commission may close or extend the announcement at their discretion.

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