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Executive Director

Executive Aide IX

Recruitment #23-009609-0004


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Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth & Victim Services
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD  21032

Main Purpose of Job

The Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services (GOCPYVS) reports to the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety. GOCPYVS is a coordinating office that is responsible for managing $300M in state and federal grant funds and advises the Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety and the Governor on public safety policy and strategies. The office plans, promotes, and funds efforts that enhance public safety, prevent and reduce crime, support victims and promote fairness and equity within the justice system. The Office employs nearly 100 full-time and contractual staff.

The Executive Director is responsible for oversight, management and disbursement of $300M in grant funds annually to support programs and strategies that enhance public safety, reduce crime and support victims. The Executive Director manages the operations of the Office and provides oversight and direction to its senior leaders. The Executive Director will also provide advice to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety and the Governor on a range of criminal justice and public safety related issues and develop and execute a strategic vision for the Office. The Executive Director will collaborate with other State agency leaders to develop and implement a statewide strategy designed to make Maryland safer by preventing and reducing crime, strengthening supports for victims and witnesses, increasing effective alternatives to detention and promoting fairness and equity.

This is an exciting opportunity for a strong executive to lead Maryland’s public safety and victim services policy and grant administration agency. The successful candidate will be an experienced manager, strategist and advisor who has subject matter expertise and grant management experience. Most importantly, they will be a collaborator and partner who will help support the Governor’s vision for making Maryland safer while promoting equity and fairness.

This is an Executive Service position which serves at the pleasure of the Governor.


Executive Leadership

Manages and directs all operations of GOCPYVS

Provides advice and support to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety and Governor on a wide range of public safety related topics

Advances the Administration’s position on criminal justice and public safety related policies

Leads GOCPYVS’s senior team to hire, develop and retain highly competent staff

Provides supervision, mentorship and support to managers and staff

Promotes equity, diversity and inclusion within GOCPYVS and externally


Policy & Grants Management

Develops and implements the strategic plan and direction for GOCPYVS including mission, goals, objectives and implementation strategies

Translates the Governor’s public safety vision and new legislation into program goals, actions and policies

Monitors and maintains oversight of grants and expenditures of federal and state funds

Encourages and fosters collaboration with criminal justice system partners, victim service agencies, local governments and non-profits in grant solicitations and awards

Ensures that the grant solicitation, peer review and award processes emphasize objectivity, equity, reliance on data and sound principles of program evaluation

Coordinates with the Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety, the Department of Juvenile Services, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the Maryland State Police and other agencies to support development and implementation of statewide interagency public safety and criminal justice policy, practice and procedures and implementation plans


External Relations

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with law enforcement, criminal justice, victim services and non-governmental leaders and counterparts

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with federal funding agencies

Communicates regularly with local jurisdictions to assess public safety concerns and funding needs

Represents the Office at a national level including membership in the National Criminal Justice Association, participates in and presents to national conferences, and participates in multi-state collaborations on criminal justice, juvenile justice and victims of crime issues

Stays abreast of nationwide best practices and innovative approaches to criminal justice, public safety and victim services


Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: A minimum of 8 years of experience managing programs and/or grants in the areas of public safety, criminal justice, victim services, juvenile justice or a related field.  Four years of this experience should be at the executive level leading complex organizations and diverse teams.


Graduate degree in public administration, law or a related field is preferred

Prior professional experience and demonstrated expertise in one or more of the areas of criminal justice, juvenile justice, victim services and policing

Experience and a demonstrated understanding of federal and state grant administration

Experience managing/overseeing multiple funding sources and grant programs

A problem-solver with proven leadership and management skills

Excellent negotiation and consensus building skills

Ability to work in a complex political environment

Ability to build, supervise and support a diverse and collaborative team 



Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to by June 16, 2023. No postmarks will be accepted.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at or 410-767-4850, MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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