Prospective Employees

The Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA) is a trusted partner in the region’s criminal justice system and we are committed to hiring a diverse workforce, promoting an inclusive work environment, and providing opportunities for professional development. The collective workforce skills, knowledge, and institutional memory are PSA’s human capital – the Agency’s greatest asset.

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A Federal Agency

A career with PSA offers a unique Federal Government experience. As one of only a few federal agencies that serve a distinctly local mission, PSA employees enjoy both the personal satisfaction of directly affecting the lives of the residents of the District of Columbia and the benefits and opportunities of Federal Government employment.

A Variety of Opportunities

Pretrial Services Officers form PSA’s largest occupational group. These individuals provide supervision services to individuals on pretrial release in the District of Columbia. However, to support the Agency’s supervision function, PSA also employees a full range of other positions ranging from treatment professionals, social services resource specialists, counselors and drug testing technicians to statisticians, information technology specialists, and facilities managers, to name just a few. Visit to see all of PSA's current job opportunities.

A Great Location

PSA headquarters is located in the heart of the nation's capital. In addition to being an international center, the District of Columbia boasts an ethnically diverse population, a vibrant arts community, several major universities, distinct neighborhoods, hundreds of entertainment venues as well as close proximity to national parks and other natural attractions. Whether you desire a small town feel, or big city excitement, Washington, DC, is an ideal place to build a career and make home.

Competencies for PSA Employees

“Our Nation derives strength from the diversity of its population and from its commitment to equal opportunity for all. We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of our society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are brought to bear to overcome our greatest challenges.” – President Obama

Competencies encompass knowledge, skills, and abilities, combined with other personal characteristics such as values, initiative, and motivation that contribute to successful individual and organizational performance. Competencies are about not only what you know, but also how you apply what you know. Competencies are supported by key behaviors that describe ways the competencies may be demonstrated in the workplace. Competencies frequently are grouped together into competency models. Competencies should:

  • Define expectations, not tasks;
  • Provide clarity through measurable and/or observable knowledge, skills, abilities, characteristics and behaviors;
  • Provide maximum flexibility to respond as job functions, roles, and technology evolve; and
  • Describe the work of an organization.

PSA Competency Models for Mission-Critical Positions

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