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Alachua County, FL - Court Services Director

Alachua County, FL (pop. 263,496) Alachua County, FL is seeking energetic, professional and accomplished candidates for their next Court Services Director.  Ideal candidates will have well rounded management experience with a focus on criminal justice.  The new Director will have several opportunities in this position: to lead this organization through the accreditation process, continue to develop award-winning programs in criminal justice and behavioral health systems, and to create an avenue to forge an eager group of employees into an empowered team.   Alachua County, “Where nature and culture meet”, offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities with its varied parks, walking/biking trails and strong emphasis on land conservation to maintain the rural, historic and natural character of the County as well as a diverse cultural scene through festivals, museums and artist shops.  The county seat, Gainesville, is an award-winning city that is home to the University of Florida as well as major medical facilities including a large VA Medical Center.  Additionally, the County is home to Santa Fe College, voted #1 for Community College Excellence by Aspen Institute.  Originally created in 1824, the County was settled primarily around the Florida Railroad which fueled its agriculture growth.  The County continues to offer areas of rural development such as Alachua, home to the world’s largest fresh water natural springs, Historic Hawthorne, Waldo and Micanopy (oldest inland city in FL), and High Springs with beautiful rivers, freshwater springs and other natural attractions as well as the urban center of Gainesville. Centrally located in Florida, it is a short drive to the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean or Disney World in Orlando.  

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experiences:

  • A strong commitment to creative problem-solving through teamwork and professionalism, outstanding supervisory and administrative skills, highly developed interpersonal and oral/written communication skills and ability to develop programs, policies and procedures that evolve with the organization.
  • A demonstrated record of leadership with a comprehensive knowledge of criminal justice, behavioral health systems, evidenced based programming for risk assessment, relationship building with internal and external partners of Court Services as well as the ability to facilitate the development of a strong solutions based, client service focused department that adheres to the County’s core values.
  • A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, psychology, public/business administration, or related discipline from an accredited college or university is required along with extensive progressively responsible experience (5 to 7 years) in criminal justice in a supervisory capacity. Must successfully obtain the FDLE Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Certification within 6 months of employment.

The County offers a hiring salary range is $85,000 - $95,000. Appointment salary DOQ.  A comprehensive benefit package including the Florida Retirement System, health insurance, life insurance, flexible spending account and voluntary participation in a deferred compensation program.  Apply online at  with resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references by March 2, 2018 to the attention of Sarah McKee, Vice-President, GovHRUSA, 630 Dundee Road #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: (847) 380-3240.  Pursuant to Florida Open Records Law, applications and resumes are subject to disclosure.  

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