Director, NamUs Victim Services Unit

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Director, NamUs Victim Services Unit

Center for Human ID - 304600

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Department Overview
About the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs):

On any given day, there are between 80,000 and 90,000 active missing person cases on file with law enforcement agencies across the United States, and over 12,000 active unidentified decedent cases, many of which have remained unsolved for decades. The sheer volume of missing and unidentified person cases poses one of the greatest challenges to law enforcement, medical examiners, and coroners across the country. Most of these cases can only be solved through collaboration, communication, and connection to critical forensic and analytical resources. NamUs fills this need by bringing people, information, forensic science, and technology together to help resolve missing and unidentified person cases across the United States. For more information about NamUs, please visit

About NamUs at the UNT Health Science Center:

NamUs is a grant-funded program of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). Since 2011, NamUs has been administered by the UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) through a cooperative agreement with the NIJ. For more information about NamUs at the UNT Health Science Center, visit

UNTHSC is a values-based organization, committed to serving others first. For more information on our organizational values, please visit

Position Details
The Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas Health Science Center is seeking to hire a Director to develop and lead a Victim Services Unit to provide resources and support to family members of missing persons.

Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

* Recruit, develop, coach, manage, and lead Program Coordinators and other Victim Services Unit staff.

* Develop and implement services for family members impacted by the death or disappearance of a loved one.

* Conduct risk and needs assessments with family members impacted by the death or disappearance of a loved one.

* Develop and maintain a resource referral network.

* Collaborate with other NamUs leadership to develop consistent messaging and branding for Victim Services Unit offerings.

* Increase the visibility, awareness, and use of services and resource through the development outreach and awareness materials.

* Develop and implement strategic plans in conjunction with senior leadership for the growth of program offerings.

* Develop budgets, monitor spending, and perform resource forecasting for the NamUs Victim Services Unit.

* Develop policies and ensure compliance with all applicable policies and procedures.

* Develop monthly and bi-annual reports related to Victim Services Unit deliverables and performance.

* Report to, and provide regular communication to, executive management.

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Required Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor's degree and six (6) years of related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications
The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:
* Master's Degree or PhD in social work, counseling, psychology, or a related field.

* Former experience working directly with family members who have been impacted by the death or disappearance of a loved one, developing victim response protocols, and/or providing direct counseling services to victims.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please note that this is not a remote position. The selected candidate will work from the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Applicants must submit a resume and a cover letter with their online application.

* The selected applicant will be required to obtain an Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Public Trust security clearance upon hire due to the criminal justice sensitive data contained in NamUs. A Public Trust security clearance includes, but is not limited to, an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check, a National Credit Bureau Search, citizenship verification, and residence verification for the previous 5-7 years.

Pay Rate
Salary Commensurate with Experience

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Monday - Friday

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Posted: 10/9/2018
Application Due: 12/8/2018
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