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  Employment    October 24, 2014


The Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Qualifications Requirements


Associate’s degree with course work emphasis in Criminal Justice, Police Administration, or a closely related field; supplemented by three (3) years previous experience and/or training that includes training/curricula coordination, criminal justice agency operations, research, database administration, and personal computer operations; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Some knowledge in, and previous experience with, online learning and learning management systems is preferred.


Special Requirements

Must possess, or obtain during the probationary employment period (one year), and maintain Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services General Instructor certification.

Must possess a valid driver’s license from state/district of residence

Successful candidates must pass a background investigation and complete a one-year probationary period.

General Description of Duties


Under general supervision, the purpose of the position is to perform curriculum management and testing associated with basic, entry-level training of police officers and deputy sheriffs, and coordinating other curriculum functions to ensure fulfillment of training requirements for law enforcement officers.  Employees in this classification perform specialized administrative and routine clerical work.  The position is responsible for: (1) administering the written examination process; (2) maintaining accurate and current lesson plans, and reviewing and researching lesson plan material to ensure compliance with state mandates, (3) maintaining a variety of correspondence, reports and records as required by the state, CALEA and the Academy; (4) conducting curriculum assessments, (5) reviewing and assessing surveys and evaluations, (6) acting as liaison between the Academy and various agencies doing business with the Academy, and 7) helping to create and produce online courses for both basic and in-service training programs.  Employees perform related work as required.

Duties and Responsibilities


The Curriculum Specialist:


  • Constructs, administers, scores, validates, and processes written examinations for basic schools; reviews and revises test materials as needed; ensures that written examinations accurately reflect subject material covered in class; ensures that exams are in compliance with both state mandates and Academy directives; prepares, conducts, and scores performance-based objective reviews and retests; conducts other testing, as required or directed.
  • Develops, reviews, revises and updates lesson plans and test questions; ensures compliance with Academy directives, certification standards, and state-mandated training outcomes, objectives, and criteria; updates lesson plans to ensure current compliance status.
  • Conducts inspections, reviews, and assessments of training curricula and written test questions; tracks state-mandated criteria to ensure coverage of all criteria in lesson plans; ensures testing of all criteria by written examination question or practical performance.
  • Acts as liaison between the Academy and various agencies doing business with the Academy.
  • Assists instructors in conducting research for development of curricula and lesson plan subject material; refers to books, magazines, Internet resources, and other resources to support research and development of curricula.
  • Prepares and maintains letters, forms, memos, reports and records to satisfy state and Academy requirements; maintains training records and reports located in the records file room and those electronically archived; releases records and information only to authorized persons; maintains and destroys records in accordance with state requirements; researches, compiles, and distributes Academy academic records to graduates and authorized persons.
  • Constructs, maintains, and utilizes statistical databases to generate reports and records; operates a computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data; verifies accuracy of entered data and makes corrections; utilizes word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, presentation, email, Internet, or other programs; performs basic maintenance of computer system and office equipment, such as backing up data or replacing paper, ink, or toner.
  • Assists with the design, development, and uploading of online courses using the Academy’s learning management system.
  • Conducts orientation training classes dealing with curriculum and proficiency standards.
  • Conducts mandatory DCJS post-graduate survey of graduate students in basic schools.
  • Receives and reviews various surveys and evaluations; generates reports and feedback on content of surveys and evaluations; submits results of surveys and evaluations on a regular basis, or as required.
  • Provides liaison with colleges and universities and administers articulation agreement; provides liaison with Veterans Administration and administers trainee benefits.
  • Coordinates and schedules guest instructors; provides assistance to guest instructors; ensures guest instructor lesson plans are maintained in accordance with academy directives; arranges for payment of guest instructors by completion of purchase requests.
  • Provides instruction to basic recruits, when needed and as necessary.
  • Maintains inventory of audio/visual supplies, office supplies, or other materials used within area of assignment; ensures availability of adequate materials to conduct work activities; initiates requests/orders for new/replacement materials; receives incoming materials; reviews invoices, researches discrepancies, and forwards for payment; assists in maintaining current resource materials; organizes materials; initiates orders for subscriptions or new/replacement items.
  • Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, guest instructor contracts, training manuals, handouts, news articles, newsletters, presentation materials, database reports, or other documents.
  • Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, lesson plans, curriculum lists, trainee handbooks, invoices, publications, legislative updates, training guides, catalogs, standards, directives, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.
  • Communicates with manager, employees, other departments, instructors, experts, guest lecturers, vendors, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
  • Assists in ensuring compliance with applicable laws, standards, and directives; initiates action necessary to correct deviations or violations; maintains current knowledge of applicable regulations, guidelines, certification standards, and other requirements; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.
  • Performs general/clerical tasks, which may include answering telephone calls, typing documents, making copies, sending/receiving faxes, filing documentation, or processing incoming/outgoing mail.
  • Conducts internal investigations of students and staff as assigned.

Salary and Benefits 

The starting salary for the position is $54,269 but is negotiable, based on qualifications.

Position offers an extensive benefits package, including comprehensive life and health insurance, vacation and sick leave accrual, and a retirement benefits package.


The Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy (NVCJTA) is located in Loudoun County at 45299 Research Place, Ashburn, Virginia 20147-2600.

To Apply

Please send resumes and cover letters to Mr. Albert C. Oglesby, the Accreditation Manager at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy, 45299 Research Place, Ashburn, Va. 20147-2600, telephone number (703) 729-4299, ext. 118, fax number (703) 729-4634, or e-mail at

The announcement will be open and resumes and cover letters will be accepted by mail, e-mail, or fax until 4:00 p.m. on Friday November 14, 2014. Once your resume and cover letter have been received by the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy, you will be notified in writing (please provide an email address).  If you do not receive a return e-mail, please contact Mr. Oglesby.

Reasonable Accommodation 

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation during the selection process.  This request should be made in a timely manner to the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy and may include an alternate format application or other accommodation at the mutual agreement of the Academy and applicant.

The Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability.

All Academy buildings and training facilities are smoke free.


Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy, 45299 Research Place, Ashburn, Virginia, 20147, (703) 729-4299, Ext. (118)


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