Posted 3/20/2019


TITLE:           Criminal Justice Planner


SALARY:       B14 – $31,144 – $41,000


FLSA:            Exempt



Carries out criminal justice planning and program administration activities.  Those activities include preparation of community plans for each of the region’s six counties; development of a Regional Criminal Justice Plan; planning, technical assistance, and grant management services relating to law enforcement matters to local governments and non-profits in the region; and administration of special grant-funded criminal justice projects.



  1. Reports to: Homeland Security Manager
  2. Directs: This is a non-supervisory position.
  3. Other: Has contact with local elected and appointed officials, various regulatory agencies, private sector employers, public works personnel, and the general public.



Develops criminal justice plans for the region, including facilitating community planning activities and grant workshops; obtains and analyzes demographic, socio-economic, and criminal justice data;

Carries out deliverables, prepares reports, and performs all tasks related to Criminal Justice grant programs, including JJDP, VOCA, VAWA, ADFSCA, Law Enforcement Training, Criminal Justice Planning Grant, and JAG grant programs.  Tasks include management of subgrant processes for all Criminal Justice programs:  calls for proposals, project prioritization by CJAC, approvals by Executive Committee and CJD, and contract preparation, monitoring, and closeout;

Maintains calendar of Law Enforcement Training, including the scheduling and holding of classes, management of TCLEOSE credit for attendees when appropriate, and maintaining awareness of up-to-date TCLEOSE training requirements for officers;

Maintains the Regional Council’s status as a TCLEOSE training provider, including working with the Law Enforcement Training Advisory Committee and meeting TCLEOSE reporting and other requirements;

Maintains awareness of criminal justice activities within the region, provides technical or research assistance to member governments on request, and generally provides coordination and support to member governments within the area of criminal justice, including related grant projects;

Coordinates and facilitates regional priority hearings and scoring procedures for the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC).  May prepare agendas and materials for CJAC meetings;

Prepares materials and makes presentations to the regional council’s Board of Directors;

Provides staff support to policy and advisory committees of the regional council related to criminal justice projects;

Responds to requests from regulatory agencies and the general public;

Provides and maintains and up-to-date list of law enforcement contacts; and

Performs such other related duties as may be assigned.



Knowledge of:  General criminal justice issues, including victim, juvenile and adult issues and crime reduction principles; rules, regulations, and guidelines related to criminal justice administration activities; research principles; grants administration practices and procedures; planning and program development; and Microsoft Office applications.

Skill/Ability to:  work independently; evaluate county/regional needs and develop appropriate criminal justice plans; establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, regulatory and nonprofit agencies, and the general public; demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication; analyze and interpret data; prepare and administer grants; work independently and creatively; sometimes handling multiple tasks and time constraints; and prepare reports, program literature, news releases, and other documents neatly and professionally.



Bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science, or criminal justice;

or  high school graduation, or its equivalent, plus at least five years of progressively responsible experience in criminal justice planning and implementation;

or  any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.



Appropriate Texas driver’s license or available alternate means of transportation.

Basic certification as a law enforcement officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) desirable, but not required.


Please contact Mary McDow at  for more information and to apply for the position.

Equal Opportunity Employer


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B14 - $31,144 – $41,000


Heart of Texas Council of Governments, South New Road, Waco, TX, USA