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PROFESSIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 

JAIL SUPERINTENDENT

MIDDLE RIVER REGIONAL JAIL AUTHORITY

 

The Middle River Regional Jail Authority is accepting applications for the position of Jail Superintendent. The Regional Jail is managed by the Cities of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Harrisonburg, and Augusta and Rockingham Counties and is located in Verona, VA.  The region is centrally located in the historic and scenic Shenandoah Valley. The community is rural/suburban with a high quality of life.  Excellent medical, recreation and public school facilities are available. 

 

The Jail will hold approximately 902 inmates.  The Superintendent will provide leadership and supervision to approximately 141 sworn officers and 30 civilian personnel, will report to the Regional Jail Authority Board and is responsible for preparation and management of the Jail’s estimated $18 million operating budget.

 

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in corrections, criminal justice, public administration, law enforcement or a related field; progressively responsible experience in jail management, including a minimum of five years in a senior leadership capacity at the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent level in a comparably-sized facility; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. The preferred candidate must be familiar with Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Corrections accreditation process of the American Correctional Association and the Commonwealth of Virginia Compensation Board. 

 

Applicants must possess knowledge and abilities in administrative and personnel management; budget development and management; and computer usage.  Effective oral and written communication, analytical, interpersonal, and leadership skills are essential.   

 

Salary for this position is negotiable, commensurate with qualifications and experience with an excellent benefits package.  All communications are treated confidentially.  Recruitment profile can be obtained from the Augusta County Human Resources Office.

 

Send cover letter with resume to Augusta County Human Resources office, Attention:  Faith Duncan, Director of Human Resources, County of Augusta, P. O. Box 590, Verona, VA  24482-0590, Tel:  540-245-5617; Fax:  540-245-5175, no later than Friday, February 15, 2019.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 

 

 

RECRUITMENT PROFILE: JAIL SUPERINTENDENT

 

THE COUNTY OF AUGUSTA, THE COUNTY OF ROCKINGHAM, VIRGINIA AND THE CITIES OF STAUNTON, WAYNESBORO, AND HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA

This Recruitment Profile outlines factors of qualifications and experience identified as necessary and desirable for Candidates for the Middle River Regional Jail Superintendent position to possess and provides background information on the Counties of Augusta and Rockingham and the Cities of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Harrisonburg, Virginia.

 

Importantly, this Profile will be used as a guide in the recruitment process, providing criteria by which applications will be screened and individuals selected for final interview and appointment consideration.  Interested candidates can apply for the position in confidence by sending your resume to the Augusta County Human Resources office at the address listed below.

 

All inquiries relating to the recruitment and selection process for the Jail Superintendent position are to be directed to:

 

Augusta County Human Resources Office

Attention:  Faith Duncan, Director of Human Resources

County of Augusta

P. O. Box 590

Verona, VA  24482-0590

Tel:  540-245-5617; Fax:  540-245-5175

E-Mail:  fduncan@co.augusta.va.us

 

 

THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE

 

Augusta County is located in the Shenandoah Valley on the western edge of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is the second-largest county in Virginia by total area, and it completely surrounds the independent cities of Staunton and Waynesboro. The county seat of Augusta is Staunton, although most of the administrative services have offices in neighboring Verona.

 

The county was created in 1738 from part of Orange County, and was named after Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. It was originally a huge area, but many parts of Augusta County were carved out to form other counties and several states, until the current border was finalized in 1790. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 73,750. Augusta County enjoys a diversified economy with a large manufacturing presence and is one of the top agricultural commodities producers in the Commonwealth.

 

Rockingham County is located just north of Augusta County and was created from a portion of Augusta County in 1778 and named for the Marquis of Rockingham, a British statesman sympathetic with the American Revolution.  Rockingham County is the third-largest county in Virginia by total area and includes the Towns of Broadway, Timberville, Elkton, Grottoes, Dayton, and Bridgewater.  The County seat is the City of Harrisonburg. Harrisonburg and Rockingham County form the Harrisonburg Metropolitan Area, which was named as one of the best performing small metropolitan areas in the United States by the Milken Institute.  The area is home to James Madison University, Bridgewater College, and Eastern Mennonite University.  The County population is approximately 80,000.

 

The City of Staunton is located at the crossroads of Interstates 81 and 64 in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.  With a population of 24,000, Staunton boasts the laid-back, welcoming atmosphere signature of a small town, but also offers one-of-a-kind cultural amenities that you're more likely to find in a larger, metropolitan area.  With dozens of great restaurants and a flourishing arts community, Staunton is also home to Mary Baldwin University, the American Shakespeare Center, the Heifetz International Music Institute and Festival, the Staunton Music Festival, the Museum of American Frontier Culture and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.

 

Staunton is also the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson, Dr. Francis Collins, and the council-manager form of government; in 1908, Staunton hired the first city manager in the world.

 

Staunton has been named one of the best small towns in America by Smithsonian magazine, one of the great small towns near D.C. by Washingtonian, and one of America’s greatest main streets by Travel & Leisure.

The City of Waynesboro is centrally located in Virginia, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, easily accessible via interstate with nearby entrances to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive and the Appalachian Trail.  Waynesboro is a charming destination and ideally located in close proximity to excellent healthcare, nationally renowned universities, world class outdoor recreation and cultural sites.

 

The City of Harrisonburg is an independent city located in the central Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. The City falls within Rockingham County and encompasses 17.3 square miles, serving a population of approximately 54,000. Harrisonburg is located along Interstate 81 and is only two hours away from both Richmond and Washington, D.C.

 

Once an agricultural hub, Harrisonburg has now evolved into a lively and distinct destination with a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, is home to a plethora of parks and trails, and hosts community events throughout the year.

 

Harrisonburg is a melting pot of ethnic diversity. In recent years, over 1,900 refugees have been settled into the City. Harrisonburg City Public Schools students speak 55 different languages with English, Spanish, Arabic, and Kurdish being the most common.

 

 

 

THE JAIL AUTHORITY

 

The Middle River Regional Jail Authority was established under Section 53.1-95.2 et. seq. of the Code of Virginia, as amended by and for the Member Jurisdictions, the County of Augusta, the County of Rockingham, the City of Staunton, the City of Waynesboro, and the City of Harrisonburg.  The 15 members comprising the Authority Board consist of three members from each of the Member Jurisdictions.  One of the three representatives of each Member Jurisdiction must be the Sheriff.  The other representatives serve at the pleasure of the governing body of the Member Jurisdictions.

 

The Authority Board has established bylaws governing the election of officers, the scheduling of meetings and other procedural matters.  Officers serve a term of two years with elections in June and the term beginning on July 1st and ending on June 30th of the second year.

 

The Authority has all powers as set forth in Section 53.1 – 95.2 et. seq. of the Code of Virginia, as amended, as well as all other powers contained in the Code of Virginia applicable to regional jail authorities.  The Authority appoints the Superintendent of the regional jail facility.

 

 

THE SUPERINTENDENT POSITION

 

The candidate selected as the new jail superintendent will be an experienced leader of an adult detention facility. The Middle Regional Jail has an annual operating budget of $18 million, with 141 sworn and 30 civilian full-time equivalent employees. The position requires significant experience and knowledge in the areas of security, rules, regulations and procedures of a jail facility. The chosen candidate must have comprehensive knowledge of modern penology as it relates to the supervision and care of persons under institutionalized restraint. The candidate will also have the ability to plan, organize and direct the activities of a detention facility. Must have outstanding communication skills, both oral and written, which will allow the successful candidate to build and maintain effective working relationships with the Authority’s Board members, staff, law enforcement agencies, community partners and state and federal officials.

 

 

            CANDIDATE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA

 

The following factors of education, experience, and duties have been identified as “ideal” attributes for Candidates to possess in order to function effectively in the Jail Superintendent position.  Salary for this position is negotiable, commensurate with qualifications and experience with an excellent benefits package.  Benefits include Health Insurance, VRS Retirement with LEOS Supplement, Group Life and access to Cafeteria Plan and 457 Retirement program.  Residency within the region will be required within six months of appointment.

 

Education and Experience

 

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in corrections, criminal justice, public administration, law enforcement or a related field; progressively responsible experience in jail management, including a minimum of five years in a senior leadership capacity at the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent level in a comparably-sized facility; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. The preferred candidate must be familiar with Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Corrections accreditation process of the American Correctional Association and the Commonwealth of Virginia Compensation Board. 

 

 

 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Provide strategic vision and forward-focused leadership to a dynamic, regionally governed organization.

  • Plan, organize, direct, monitor and coordinate all programs and activities of an adult detention facility, in compliance with applicable rules, regulations and accreditation standards.

  • Lead a staff of 139 professionals effectively, including selection, performance management, employee relations, training, prioritizing and assigning work and related activities.

  • Monitor all current regulations, new laws, precedent decisions and directives that may impact the jail operationally.

  • Develop operational and capital budgets based on historical data and guidance from the Authority Board; continuously monitor the budget, and prepare appropriate reports including annual financial statements; and review requests for purchase of supplies and equipment to assure proper budget management and efficiencies.

  • Study and evaluate enforcement activities and local court trends that may require adjustment in plans to provide the most effective utilization of the jail and staff.

  • Evaluate management and operational problems encountered, and plan the course of remedial action; and oversee procedures for resolving inmate grievances.

  • Enforce the policies and procedures of the facility, and prepare and recommend changes or modifications as needed.

  • Oversees public relations, communicating with the public and press. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                         Management Style/Personal Traits

 

  • Be an approachable “people person,” sincerely personable, patient, accessible, empowering, understanding, and flexible.

  • Provide strong leadership; be sensitive to the needs and interests of others; be participative, fair, and consistent in style; carry out duties in a responsive, thorough, and timely manner.

  • Possess a sense of humor and the ability to maintain and promote positive interpersonal relationships with all parties.

  • Be a “we can do it” superintendent vs. “we can’t do that”.

  • Have an interest and willingness to be personally active in the community, both as a Criminal Justice official and as a citizen and resident.

  • Be a motivator who can develop strong staff and employee morale while attaining a high level of productivity and accomplishment.

  • Be a confident presenter in public settings such as Authority meetings, community meetings, etc.

  • Be able to manage multiple clients and staff workloads to be responsive to Authority, member jurisdictions, State agency and community demands.

 

SEND TO:

Augusta County Human Resources Office

Attention:  Faith Duncan, Director of Human Resources

County of Augusta

P. O. Box 590

Verona, VA  24482-0590

Tel:  540-245-5617; Fax:  540-245-5175

E-Mail:  fduncan@co.augusta.va.us

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