Research and Evaluation Officer

Published 9 days ago

The mission of the Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) is to improve public safety and give court-involved youth the opportunity to become more productive citizens by building on the strengths of youth and their families in the least restrictive, most homelike environment consistent with public safety. DYRS administers detention, commitment and aftercare services for youth held under its care in its facilities or residing in the DC community. 

This position is located in the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services’ (DYRS), Office of Strategic Planning and Performance Management. The Office of Strategic Planning and Performance Management is responsible for researching, planning, directing and evaluating activities that prevent, intervene, and control juvenile delinquency in the District of Columbia. The incumbent in this position serves as a key advisor to management pertinent to the research, monitoring, evaluation, and assessment of a wide variety of research and evaluation projects and activities. The Research & Evaluation Officer is responsible for managing, directing, monitoring and the oversight for a variety of state-level research and evaluation projects, activities, and functions.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Research and Evaluation Officer researches policies seeks accurate regulatory interpretation and employs professional judgment in effectuating implementation. Initiates, develops and monitors research and evaluation projects for DYRS in furtherance of its mission and vision. Serves as primary resource in forecasting and defining topics and issues requiring analysis. Designs advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods for assessing the delivery of program activities, products and services. Conducts research and analysis of best practices in order to keep abreast of new and revised procedures, laws, regulations, policies and industry standards, etc. Develops and conducts survey and statistical research relating to DYRS issues. Advises others within and outside of DYRS on issues of importance in the area of law, policy, plans of action and proper approaches as they relate to projects, programs, research and analysis. Analyzes programs, policy and decision documents prepared for consideration of senior level staff. Reviews documents for technical quality, consistency with current policy, and logical presentation of decision options. Works with DYRS and other District information technology staff to enhance the performance of DYRS operations and management. In order to better support DYRS business practices, works with other District agencies to improve data and information sharing across organizations.

The incumbent provides structure, coordination and oversight for strategic and operational planning and in the identification and establishment of priorities. Organizes and leads task forces and work groups to address program and policy issues which impact the different entities and interests comprising DYRS. These working groups may involve outside experts and/or stakeholders. Provides supervision of the rulemaking processes. In this regard, oversees and monitors the research and information gathering phases, the writing of the rules, the submission of the rules, and monitoring determination of all tasks and functions with regard to official publication. Serves as primary resource for the identification and assessment of federal and private funding opportunities related to research and evaluation, which may be of interest to DYRS. Develops and manages application and requisite review processes and procedures. Monitors submission of grant proposals in an effort to acquire funds to support its research efforts. Works proactively to monitor grant availability and supervises and monitors all levels of grant submissions. Manages grants that are awarded to DYRS, assuring all programmatic reports are submitted in a timely fashion. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Education

Individual must possess at least one-year (1) of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is experience that equips the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and include but is not limited: to expert skill and ability to conduct research studies of feasibility of proposed solutions to program problems and policy gaps or inconsistencies, expert knowledge of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for assessment and improvement of research and evaluation program effectiveness, demonstrated skill in providing leadership in a supervisory capacity and superior skill in written and oral communication. Experience working with or in criminal- or juvenile justice-centered organizations, or other similar organizations; Master’s degree and 3-5 years of supervisory experience in the areas of policy, performance management, research, strategic planning, and program evaluation is highly preferred.

Licensures and Certifications


Work Environment

The work is typically performed in an office setting

Other Significant Facts

Tour of Duty: M-F during normal work hours between 7:00am-6:00pm *Times are flexible pending department needs and supervisory approval*

Pay Plan, Series and Grade: MS-0301-14

Salary Range: $107,843.00 - $150,979; based on available funding

Type of Appointment: Management Supervisory Services (MSS)

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

Promotion Potential: No known promotion potential 

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not a part of a Collective Bargaining Unit

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public   

This position is considered an Emergency position and performs duties an agency head deems vital to the continuity of operations and mission-critical functions of an agency. Emergency employees are required to provide advice, support, recommendations, and/or specific functional support necessary for the continuity of operations during a declared emergency.

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: 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.

The mission of the Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) is to improve public safety and give court-involved youth the opportunity to become more productive citizens by building on the strengths of youth and their…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    July 30, 2021


$107,843 - $150,979


The District offers a comprehensive benefits package. For more information, please visit

The District offers a comprehensive benefits package. For more information, please visit


Washington, DC, USA

How to Apply

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