Deputy County Administrator, Justice and Safety

County of Harris, TX

Harris County is transforming the way we do government and is seeking an experienced, dynamic, and motivated leader to serve as the first Deputy County Administrator (DCA)- Justice and Safety. The DCA–Justice and Safety will be responsible for implementing the goals, priority outcomes, and strategic plans of Commissioners Court in the areas of Justice and Safety.

As elected officials play a vital role in the Harris County criminal justice system, a primary responsibility of the DCA–Justice and Safety will be to coordinate and collaborate with the elected Sheriff, Constables, District Attorney, judges, and other officials. The DCA–Justice and Safety will also directly oversee the County's Pretrial Services Department, Institute of Forensic Sciences, Justice Administration Department, Domestic Relations Department, and Fire Marshal's Office. The successful candidate will excel at solving operational challenges in the Harris County justice system, such as the current criminal case backlog. There is also tremendous opportunity to standardize the collection and dissemination of data throughout the justice system all while ensuring the integrity and security of data. The DCA–Justice and Safety will work closely with Commissioners Court to secure financial resources and coordinate policy objectives.

Excellence at collaborating and managing stakeholders with differing priorities and objectives is a key function of this role. The DCA–Justice and Safety will lead the efforts to identify the pain points and inequities in the system, develop a plan to address them, and execute the plan with the support and approval of Commissioners Court.

The successful candidate will be a compassionate and resourceful leader with a passion for public service and the ability to thrive in ambiguity. Reporting to the newly created County Administrator role, the ideal candidate will have experience with local government justice systems and the acumen to successfully navigate complex challenges.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
-Establish the vision, goals, objectives, and success metrics of the DCA–Justice and Safety office
-Collaborate and coordinate with justice-system elected officials
-Oversee departments, programs, and services with a strategic, data-driven approach
-Build strong and collaborative relationships between Commissioners Court and other elected justice system professionals
-Provide data, analysis, and recommendations to Commissioners Court regarding progress to date on primary objectives

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer…
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Education & Experience:
-Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution in Business Management, Criminal Justice, Public Safety, Public Policy, Government, Law, Education, or a related field
-Ten (10)+ years of management/supervisory experience
-Five (5) years of experience as a criminal justice or public safety professional
-Experience being apart of the leadership team of a large organization
-Leadership experience of newly formed organizations and teams

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
-Excellent verbal and written skills
-Intermediate skills using Windows Software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and databases
-Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment

Work Environment:
-This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing systems, and fax machines.

Physical Demands:
-This is largely a sedentary role. Some travel may be required.

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.

-Advanced degree in Business Management, Criminal Justice, Public Safety, Public Policy, Government, Law, Education, or related field

General Information:

Position Type / Hours of Work:
-This is a full-time position
-Days and hours of work are typically Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
-Hours may vary based on business needs of the department

Employment is contingent upon passing a background check and drug screen.

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.

How to Apply

Application Deadline

Job Details

Job Function
Assistant/Deputy Chief Administrator
Position Type
Full Time

County of Harris


1001 Preston St
Houston, TX 77002-1839
United States

Form of Government
County Council-Administrator/Manager