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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2100987

Project Director - Criminal Justice

ICF is looking for a talented, highly motivated Project Director to join our Justice, Workforce, and Community Development Line of Business to support a large government contract in the DC metro area.   The ideal candidate will be a proven criminal justice leader with a superior track record of managing projects and providing national training and technical assistance in the criminal justice field.

The Project Director will be responsible for managing a large-scale criminal justice training and technical assistance project (TTA) focused on providing a range of assistance to state, local, and tribal criminal justice agencies to strengthen the nations criminal justice system, reducing incarceration, rooting out disparities in the system, preventing crime, and making communities safer.

You will work closely with leaders across the Line of Business, subject matter experts, other ICF stakeholders, and external partners and foster a “one ICF” solution. This role is in the Washington DC Metro area. Travel to client sites, ICF offices and Conferences may be required once business travel resumes.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with talented and passionate individuals and to grow with a firm that believes in nurturing talent and developing long-term career success.

Key Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain a trusted advisor relationship with federal clients, and act as the primary point of contact for the client and provide prompt, comprehensive responses to all client needs and requests.
  • Provide visionary, strategic, and practical leadership and direction for project staff.  
  • Identify needs of target audiences and provide prompt, responsive, and high quality, effective products, and services that are responsive to those needs.
  • Promote project to the public, TTA providers, federal staff, and other federal partners.
  • Provide oversight for the delivery of TTA based on evidenced-based practices that provide criminal justice practitioners with the knowledge to improve criminal justice systems.
  • Lead a geographically dispersed team and provide oversight for multi-faceted TTA work.
  • Ensure that work occurs in a learning environment that utilizes Continuous Quality Improvement, and Quality Assurance.
  • Successfully manage a multi-million-dollar project budget and provide responsible stewardship for all project resources including invoicing and routine program and fiscal reporting.
  • Research evidenced-based approaches and develop publications to help improve policies, practices, and programs.
  • Engage subject matter experts to support training and technical assistance, needs assessment, strategic planning, and research and evaluation services.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in criminal justice, administration, public policy, or related area from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of 15 years of professional work experience in managing criminal justice programs, including experience in TTA and/or capacity building provision in the criminal justice field at a national level.
  • Knowledge of criminal justice social science research and evidence-based programs and practices.
  • Viewed in the criminal justice field as a subject matter expert with a proven track record of delivering TTA at a national level.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in project management and implementation, in a federal environment, of a large-scale national TTA center.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong stakeholder relationships and balance multiple perspectives/needs.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Advanced Degree (PhD, JD)
  • Project Management Professional certification.

Professional Skills and Experience

  • Exceptional project management skills, with a focus on TTA project management
  • Proven experience in strategic planning, TTA, change management, capacity building, organizational development, and/or implementation science.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities.
  • Solid team builder and team player with proven ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Ability to multitask and maintain high-quality results in a fast-paced environment.
  • High level of attention to detail and flexibility to adjust to last-minute requests and changing priorities.
  • A high degree of adaptability, comfort in establishing new directions and the ability to manage and adapt to change.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills; excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain positive, productive relationships with peers, colleagues, consultants, and professional staff.
  • Possess a knowledge of and experience with TTA at the national level.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Fairfax, VA (VA01)

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A global consulting services company with +7,000 people across +70 countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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