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Criminal Justice Coordinator
Location:County Courthse WR
FT/PT:Full-time 40 hrs/week - WRS Eligible
Deadline to apply:10/17/2021
Hiring Range:$63,564.80 - $72,654.40
Job Responsibilities:

The Wood County Judicial & Legislative Committee is seeking a full-time Criminal Justice Coordinator. The Criminal Justice Coordinator develops, implements, and evaluates policies, procedures, programs, and objectives of all Criminal Justice Programs. The Criminal Justice Coordinator advocates for and advances the development of evidence-based practices and/or evidence-informed care. This position oversees two full time positions and is responsible for budgeting, overview, operation, and evaluation of programs that are created and/or managed. The work location at the Wood County Courthouse and is overseen by the Wood County Judicial & Legislative Committee.  

As an employer, Wood County strives to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality services is a shared goal across all departments. If you have a background in Criminal Justice and a passion to help the members of our community, please consider joining our team! 


Wood County team members are offered competitive salaries, flexible schedules, and excellent benefits, including:

*Health Insurance - we offer low premiums and low deductibles, with excellent coverage!
*Dental Insurance
*Vision Insurance
*Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) - This is one of the best-funded public pension plans in the U.S.!
*457 deferred compensation plan
*Vacation and Sick Time - Start accruing on your first day!
*10 Paid Holidays
*Flexible Spending Account to set aside pre-tax dollars for childcare and medical expenses
*Life Insurance
*Short and Long-Term Disability
*Wellness Incentive Plan
*Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program



The Criminal Justice Coordinator recruits, hires, supervises, and directs staff hired to support justice programs in Wood County.

  1. Develops and coordinates the planning, implementation, and oversight of Wood County’s Criminal Justice initiatives and programs, including current and future/potential diversion courts.
    1. Works collaboratively and cooperatively with all stakeholders (including law enforcement, judges, district attorneys, clerk of courts, jail administration, victim advocates, criminal defense lawyers, human services, mental health and AODA providers, county board members and committees, and interested citizens) to make recommendations and provide information regarding the criminal justice programs in Wood County.
    2. Coordinates development of a strategic work plan, policies, and procedures that are updated periodically. Monitors those plans, policies, and procedures and provides suggestions for modifications as needed.
    3. Implements goals, priorities, work plans, programs and organizational structures of the Criminal Justice Program by working collaboratively with stakeholders at varying levels.
    4. Recommends changes and improvements to criminal justice practices and procedures in Wood County, incorporating concepts of continuous quality improvement and implementation of evidence-based best practices. 
    5. Obtains and analyzes data and information on existing Wood County criminal and juvenile justice programs, including alternatives to incarceration programs.
    6. Recommends programmatic, policy, procedural or legislative changes based on the analysis of data, opinion surveys, and summary or historical research. 
    7. Studies and develops methods to coordinate the availability and development of resources, facilities, and services that are required for successful implementation of the criminal justice program’s strategic initiatives.
    8. Researches and analyzes critical issues identified and recommends and develops documentation, policies, procedures, and materials in accordance with best practices.
    9. Develops program collaboration performance measures and evaluation standards for the criminal justice programs.
    10. Prepares operational and statistical reports to support recommendations.
    11. Promotes, evaluates, and facilitates consumer and stakeholder involvement.
    12. Makes oral and written presentations to the Ad Hoc Criminal Justice Committee, the Judicial & Legislative Committee, other County Board committees if requested, and the community.
  1. Researches and defines other Diversion Courts that would benefit Wood County residents, with a focus on veterans, mental health, and OWI courts as well as pretrial incarceration programs.
  1. Provides professional consultation to the Judicial & Legislative Committee and other governing committees and subcommittees as necessary.
    1. Attends all relevant meetings. 
    2. Ensures compliance with Open Meetings and Open Records Laws.
    3. Represents the committee, as directed, in all coordinated justice system planning and data collection efforts and at local and state committee meetings, and at local and national seminars.
  1. Acts as a community and department liaison and collaborates with governmental, judicial and private agencies to coordinate services and assist in the resolution of problems, questions or requests related to services provided.
    1. Coordinate, arrange, and conduct in-service and other training seminars to facilitate the education of justice system employees, committee partners and community members regarding implementation of programs, procedures, and initiatives dealing with preventing criminal activity by decreasing recidivism
  1. Administers the criminal justice program’s fiscal operations and reporting systems:
    1. Oversees the record-keeping procedures of the criminal justice programs, ensuring accurate and timely fiscal reporting.
    2. Prepares, monitors and justifies division budget.
    3. Monitors performance measures to assure receipt of the highest levels of performance-based funding.
    4. Assists programs in preparation and coordination of annual budget documents and requests, including analysis of program revenue and expenditure data and projections.
    5. Direct and monitor contracts for services and supervise consultants and contract service providers.
  1. Directs the preparation and negotiation of request for federal, state and private grants:
    1. Researches funding options and prepares and submits grants in a timely fashion.
    2. Coordinates grant preparation and submission among requesting County departments.
  1. Receives and forwards complaints and other types of disputes regarding program services to appropriate parties.
  1. Performs other related duties as required or assigned.

Job Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Sociology, Criminal Justice or related field is required. Five to seven years’ experience, or a combination of experience, in related fields of criminal justice, social work, counseling, sociology or psychology. Possession of a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor license and/or a Masters in Community Counseling is preferred but not required. Possession of a valid driver’s license, as well as a licensed and insured automobile are required as a condition of employment, or transportation immediately available to candidate. Basic everyday living skills, including the ability to understand and follow directions (such as court procedures and protocol, statutory requirements, etc.), and reading and writing is necessary. Ability to communicate orally and in writing with individuals and groups.  Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Knowledge of criminology and the criminal justice system that includes law enforcement, prosecution, courts, corrections, and the community is preferred.

Common business office machines used:  computer equipment, telephone, calculator, copy machine and FAX machine.

This position requires the ability to regularly spend long hours sitting and using office equipment and computers. The position requires regularly moving from sitting to standing positions effortlessly. There is a low frequency of lifting heavy objects as well as bending, carrying, and/or reaching to maintain files. This position has a high frequency of working on repetitive tasks, such as typing, which requires the use of hands and fingers to control computer equipment. This position requires excellent communication skills including the ability to speak clearly and understand the speech of another person. Public speaking and/or presentations may be required occasionally. Strong written skills are required. Use of near and far vision is required. This position requires meeting with clients in various settings and may involve regular car travel to attend meetings, meet with clients, or attend conferences.