Special Assistant 

JOB ID: 15507
Location: 441 4th Street NW Washington, DC 

Date Opened: 1/4/2022 

Date Closed: 1/23/2022 

Area of Consideration: Open to the public 

Grade: 14 

Type of Appointment: MSS- Reg Appointment 

Minimum Rate: $110,000.00 

Maximum Rate: $153,999.00 

Target Openings: 1 

Full time/Part time: Full-time 

Agency: Metropolitan Police Department 

Bargaining Unit: CH11 

Available Openings: 1 

Job Description: 

There is only one city in the country that can say it is the Nation’s Capital – Washington, D.C.  Given that distinction, the Metropolitan Police Department is the premiere law enforcement organization in the city. We receive over 22 million visitors a year, have almost 700,000 residents, and 21,000 private business. The Department consists of more than 4,300 members: approximately 3,700 sworn members and over 600 civilian employees. We are one of the most diverse and highly trained departments in the country.  We have the honor of safeguarding and protecting not only our nation’s residents, but also people from all over the world. 

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) offers an attractive benefits package.  The benefits package includes competitive compensation, health insurance, prescription drug coverage, dental, vision, short and long term disability and life insurance, as well a strong retirement benefit and saving options. Employees are also eligible for our employer contributed 401a plan after one year of employment. Additional perks such as discounts on wireless carriers, gym memberships, amusement park tickets and much more! Additional information can be found at: DCHR Benefits

This position is located in the Executive Office of the Chief of Police. The incumbent serves as the Special Assistant and is responsible for the management and implementation of administrative, management, research, special projects and supports the Chief of Police’s objectives and community programs (such as community outreach and strategic engagement). Please note to formally apply for this position, please visit https://careers.dc.gov/ and apply for the position with JOB ID: 15507. 

The incumbent will be responsible for the following: 

  • Conducts research and special projects and assures implementation of programs developed and initiated by the Chief of Police.
  • Oversees and coordinates community outreach and strategic engagement programs. 
  • Performs advisory, planning and general administrative and scheduling support for the executive staff, including drafting memoranda, briefings and responses to official tasks.
  • Prepares special papers, statements, reports, memoranda, briefing packages, charts, spreadsheets and other written material relating to the day-to-day operations and functions of the office. Assists in preparing speeches and drafts articles regarding Office programs.
  • Manages the senior staff schedules, keeping them informed and aware in a fast paced, competing priority type of environment.
  • Provides confidential support for and advice to the Office.
  • Composes correspondence; coordinates appointments and/or reappointments; sets up meetings and conferences; and performs necessary follow up and communicates callers on sensitive and/or confidential issues received.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 

Licensures, Certifications and other requirements

Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license. 


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree or higher is required. 

Work Experience

Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the MS-13 grade level, or its non-District equivalent, gained from public or private sector. Specialized for this position include, but is not limited to: experience leading special projects to identify and evaluate operational and policy issues to formulate recommendations for senior leadership; representing an organization at high level meetings, working groups and conferences; establishing and fostering effective working relationships and information networks with a broad spectrum of stakeholders; providing advice and recommendations to leadership on law enforcement policies, regulations, legislation and directives; and ability to supervise others. 

Work Environment

Work location is in an office environment.  Work is sedentary and may require walking and standing in conjunction with travel and attendance at meeting and conferences away from the work site and carrying light items, such as laptops, papers, books, small parts, and driving an automobile. 

Other Significant Factors

Mastery knowledge and understanding of management principles, practices, methods and techniques and skill in integrating management services with the general management of the organization. 

Knowledge of the court system and judicial procedures; DC criminal and District traffic laws and regulations. 

Knowledge of the Metropolitan Police Department’s organizational structure and the mission of its components.

Knowledge of the District government’s organizational structure, mission and functions of its departments and agencies. 

Skill in using application of statistical analysis methods. 

Ability to exercise tact and discretion on interpersonal relations with persons at various grades, job categories and socio-economic levels. 

Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing to formulate and present report conclusions, explain and interpret factual information, and endure cohesive and cooperative work efforts. 

Ability to supervise others.  

The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for a job with the Government of the District of Columbia, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. As a new employee, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or you must request an exemption from your representative. If you are requesting an exemption, you will be required to submit to weekly testing. 

This position may be considered an Emergency or Essential position. The position is part of a 24/7 operation and is subject to non-traditional work hours including rotating shifts, shift work, and working weekends and holidays. Employee is subject to be called back to work to support critical or emergency situations. 

A background investigation including criminal history, traffic and credit checks is required for positions within the Metropolitan Police Department. 

This position is “At Will”. At will employment applies to the Management Supervisory Service (MSS). All positions and appointments in the MSS serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause. This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.

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. 

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, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which is also prohibited. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited. 

To Apply for this Position

To formally apply for this position, please visit https://careers.dc.gov/ and apply for the position with JOB ID: 15507.