Director - Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS)

Washington, DC, DC
Full Time
Senior Executive

OPEN:           February 7, 2023

CLOSE:         Open until filled

POSITION:    Director - Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS)

SALARY:        ES5 ($153,350 to $231,471)


Department of Youth Rehabilitation Service (DYRS)

The Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) is responsible for the supervision, custody, and care of young people charged with a delinquent act in the District of Columbia in one of the following circumstances:

  • Youth who are detained in a DYRS facility while awaiting adjudication.
  • Youth who are committed to DYRS by a DC Family Court judge following adjudication.

Youth can be initially committed to the agency until age 18 and may remain in the care of DYRS until the age of 21. The agency provides comprehensive support services to committed youth in our secure facilities as well as within the community. DYRS is designed to help young people get on the right track and successfully transition into adulthood.

DYRS works with fellow District agencies, community partners, and juvenile justice experts to achieve these goals. We collaborate to implement innovative, research-based models that align with best practices in the juvenile justice and youth development fields.  Part of the District government's Public Safety and Justice cluster, DYRS reports to the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice.  To learn more about DYRS, please visit here.

Director, DYRS

This position is in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS). The Director of DYRS is responsible for leading: planning, administering, and directing the Juvenile Justice System's pre-trial/pre-hearing detention services, post-trial institutional services, services to committed youth placed in residential and non-residential programs, and aftercare services. The Director is responsible for collaborating with other child serving agencies, the court, public and private providers, and advocacy groups relative to the provision of services to children within the system. The Director establishes programs, policies, and plans for the accomplishment of the mission and goals of the Department. The development and coordination of these policy and program activities involve complex and difficult tasks requiring a high level of executive experience, skill, and judgment.

The Director works under the broad-based policy direction of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice (DMPSJ), who provides overall policy guidance and performance objectives. The incumbent, as the principal advisor to the Deputy Mayor, works in close coordination with the Deputy Mayor dovetailing objectives outlined by the Mayor in implementing programs.  The Director exercises broad latitude in planning, coordinating, and controlling the overall administrative, program management, and policy formulation for the Department with delegated authority to speak and make comments for the Department within the framework of appropriate and regulatory requirements. The Director informs the Deputy Mayor regarding the status of agency objectives, activities, and potential areas of concern regarding policy or precedent, unusual complexities requiringattention/resolution, and proposed remedies. Review of work is generally in terms of effectiveness and expediency in achieving performance objectives.



As Director, incumbent is delegated authority and responsibility for leading, directing, and administering District-wide comprehensive services and programs for youth before the court with a legal status of PINS (Persons in need of Services/Supervision), detained, or committed.

  • Provides executive leadership, direction, and administration of City-wide juvenile justice services which include development, issuance, and implementation of Department mission, guiding principles, strategic plan, policies and procedures, definitions of standards of care and performance measures, and 'operation of a continuum of care from least restrictive community based residential and nonresidential services to secure residential institutional care for assigned youth.
  • Administers a wide range of DYRS programs and services through a subordinate staff of Deputy Directors/Administrators, and over 600 professional, paraprofessional, technical, administrative, clerical, and other support personnel engaged in the performance of the Department's functional responsibilities.
  • Provides policy leadership to assure maximum utilization and coordination of local, District and Federal resources; and continual evaluation and improvement of publicly funded programs to the end that the DYRS serviced population has access to a system of uniformly high-quality services.
  • Assures that appropriate levels of care and services are available through planning, assessment, evaluation, and collaboration with other juvenile justice entities, public school, mental health, health, recreation; etc. Assures the coordination of program operations with key officials of the District' government and the community to assure cooperation and uniformity of approach in the implementation of programs and services.
  • Provides executive leadership in the development of resources and resource needs for the Department to ensure that appropriate human, technological, programmatic, therapeutic, and educational services are provided for overall Departmental operations and services delivery system.
  • Provides direction for the development of and supporting justification for current and projected program and capital budget proposals based on overall operating cost estimates and expenditures of the Department. Provides leadership in the development of budget proposals and responses to the Chief Financial Officer/D.C. Financial' Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority regarding the Department's overall operations. Appears before District Appropriations Committees and the Council to present budgetary documentation of program operations in response to requests from these entities.
  • Assures effective management and cost-effective use of resources throughout the Department by means of final approval on key policies and decisions (resource allocation, human resources management actions, contracts, and procurement), decentralizing administrative support resources to program managers, as appropriate. 
  • Assures accountability for use of resources for accomplishment of goals and objectives by establishing and implementing management policies, procedures, and systemsEstablishes the framework for inventory of program services including indicators that will facilitate allocation of resources based on shifting priorities and/or resources.
  • Anticipates major problems and provides guidance and direction to eliminate or minimize their effect on the programs. Provides advice and interpretation of policy and procedural guidelines. Develops and maintains a system of communicating with subordinate staff to ensure that the mission, policies, and procedures of the Department are adhered to.
  • Advises the Mayor and Deputy Mayor on all aspects of the Department's programs, helping to develop and implement major Mayoral policy priorities and recommending specific actions for changes in policies and procedures to assure effective utilization of resources.
  • Represents the Mayor and Deputy Mayor at high-level conferences, meetings, and in matters relating to the District of Columbia youth rehabilitation services programs. Delivers speeches, makes public appearances, and testifies before Congressional and Council Committees.
  • Assures compliance of youth rehabilitation services facilities and programs with Federal and State regulations and standards.
  • Maintains Federal and State required quality control functions to prevent waste and abuse in payments and billing systems.
  • Assures a fair hearing to all DYRS clients and providers of services who may be aggrieved by departmental action.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



  • An upper level degree in public administration, criminal justice, public policy or a related field is prefered.
  • Mastery knowledge of juvenile justice system operations, as well as demonstrated knowledge of administrative processes, management, and budgeting.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, administer and implement policies, procedures, and operations. 
  • Demonstrated skills and ability to communicate orally and in writing to a wide range of public and private officials and citizens.
  • Mastery knowledge of juvenile correctional programming, rehabilitation methods, community corrections, institutional operations, and court processes and operations.
  • Mastery knowledge regarding trends in juvenile justice, Federal funding, and Federal statutes. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement an organizational vision that integrates key national and District of Columbia goals, priorities, values, and other factors; to balance change and continuity; and to continually strive to enhance residents' services as well as the overall program performance of DYRS. 
  • Demonstrated ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material and information resources in a manner that instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission.
  • Demonstrated ability to make timely and effective decisions that produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of DYRS programs and policies.



There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment. Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.


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