The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) is recruiting for the position of Director for the Office of Sexually Violent Predator Services (OSVP). The OSVP is located within the Division of Forensic and SVP Services in the Department’s Central Office in Richmond, Virginia. The OSVP was created by the 2006 Virginia Assembly to carry out all the responsibilities of the Department as it relates to the civil commitment of sexually violent predators. The OSVP is a small office with literally a state-wide reach. The Virginia SVP system is a cooperative effort between the Department of Corrections (DOPC), the Office of the Attorney General, and the DBHDS.
Specifically, the OSVP Director manages and directs a five person office that oversees the provision of specialized evaluations of SVP-eligible inmates and defendants; participates in interagency case reviews to identify those who will be best served in a secure treatment facility; cooperates with the Department of Corrections, the Office of the Attorney General, and the Department’s secure SVP treatment facility in delivering a continuum of care to SVP. The Director is also responsible for managing Virginia’s community-based SVP conditional release program. The Director also implements and manages purposeful research on various activities of the Office and the secure facility and the larger SVP system, developing policies and procedures relative to SVP services, developing and managing the movement of SVP related legislation through the General Assembly, coordinating with partner agencies in managing the larger SVP system, and completing an annual six-year census forecast for the State.
QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will possess knowledge of sex offender behavior, psychology, and arousal patterns, along with knowledge of the processes of and components of assessing sex offenders. Also, knowledge of the approaches and usual and expected components of treating sex offenders in both secure and community settings. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with skills in project development, implementation, management, and assessment of treatment programs are critical. Skills in managing inter-agency partnerships is critical to the success of this position. The ability to use databases in the management of, and planning for, the delivery of sex offender services, ability to plan, manage, and coordinate multiple and diverse projects, along with the ability to develop and manage contracts and budgets, and the ability to select, motivate, train, lead, and supervise staff. Generally, a desirable candidate will have both extensive experience in direct service to sex offenders and administrative experience with overseeing their treatment and supervision in the community. Experience with persons diagnosed as antisocial personality disorders is key. A desirable candidate will have a history of increasing administrative and management responsibilities. While a Ph.D. in a mental health discipline is desired, extensive experience in direct practice with sex offenders and administrative experience may be substituted in unique cases.
Please apply online with the Recruitment Management System at http://jobs.virginia.gov/. Only accepting online applications. This position is open until filled. DBHDS is a tobacco-free, smoke-free work environment.
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