Deputy Director for Workforce Development (DSI)

DC Department of Employment Services

General Job Information

This position is located in the Department of Employment Services (DOES), Division of State Initiatives, located at 4058 Minnesota Avenue NE, Washington, DC. The Division of State Initiatives (DSI) oversees transitional employment programs designed to serve District residents that face significant barriers to long-term employment. The programs provide job readiness and life skills training, work experience, and job search assistance to District residents that often reside in areas of high unemployment, poverty, and crime.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent, as Deputy Director, provides strategic planning, direction, leadership, and management control of staff activities to meet organizational goals.

The incumbent serves as one of the top advisors to the Director, providing decision-making input in all aspects of departmental operations. Incumbent has full authority to direct the programs and activities in assigned areas, using appropriate laws, regulations, and guidelines, and in consultation with the Director. Designs and monitors program activities to ensure accomplishment of established mission and to assure coordinated and effective service delivery; monitors technological. Legislative and economic developments impacting operations; utilizes information to formulate policy that is aligned with the Department's mission.

Qualifications and Education

Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 15 level, or its non-District equivalent. Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position and has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized Experience : Demonstrated skill and experience in providing leadership in a managerial/supervisory capacity and in a team-based environment. Extensive knowledge of the WIA/WIOA and other District and federal laws, rules, codes, and regulations governing employment/unemployment benefits programs and services.

Education: Master’s Degree in Organizational Development, Education, Business Administration or equivalent preferred.

Licensures and Certifications


Work Conditions/Environment

The work is performed in a normal office setting.

Other Significant Facts

Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday 8:30 am- 5:00 pm

Operational Status: In-person reporting with limited telework and flexible work schedules available upon eligibility.

Promotion Potential: No known promotion potential

Duration of Appointment: Management Supervisory Service (MSS), At-will. Positions in the Management Supervisory Service serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.

Pay Plan, Series, Grade: MS-0301-16

Salary: $137,520-$192,524; Based on qualifications and funding

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.

Position Designation: This position has been designated as Security sensitive therefore the incumbent of this position will be subject to enhanced suitability screening pursuant to Chapter 4 of DC Personnel Regulations, Suitability and as such, incumbents of this position shall be subject to criminal background checks, background investigations, and mandatory drug and alcohol testing, as applicable.

Residency Requirement: Applicants claiming “Residency Preference” will be required to maintain residency in the District of Columbia for a minimum of seven (7) years. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of employment

If the position you are applying for is in the Career, Management Supervisory, or Educational Service at an annual salary of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) or more, you must establish residency in the District of Columbia within one hundred eighty (180) days of the effective date of the appointment and continue to maintain residency within the District of Columbia throughout the duration of the appointment.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.