Human Resources

Welcome to the Division of Human Resources (HR). By visiting us, you have taken the first step towards a productive, meaningful and rewarding career with the Department of Juvenile Justice!


Make a Difference

Regardless of the position you hold, a career with DJJ provides an opportunity to improve the lives of children, families and communities. Whether working as a Probation Officer and helping young people find a better path, working at the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center. helping a resident build skills and visualize a better future, or working in a role to support those who work directly with young people and families, DJJ employees do work that MAKES A DIFFERENCE! The work is hard and the challenges are real; however, our team is strong and our efforts are rewarded. If you want to make Virginia safer by helping children, families and communities grow stronger, we would love to consider you for the DJJ team!

Career Path Choices

DJJ employees quickly learn there are many career paths within the agency. Whether responsible for the safety and security of incarcerated youth, working within a community-based program, an educator, a healthcare provider, a food service worker, an administrator, or a business or office professional supporting one or more of the agency’s functions or divisions, choosing DJJ presents many opportunities to build a career and make an impact. Explore a few of them below:

Growth and Development Opportunities

One of the key components of DJJ’s ability to be successful in reaching its goals is investing in its employees. As an agency committed to attracting, developing and retaining a highly skilled workforce, DJJ’s Training and Organizational Development unit offers comprehensive training programs and a wide variety of professional development opportunities and courses from entry-level to a comprehensive and leadership development program. Choose DJJ and enjoy growth and development opportunities that can enhance your career and prepare you to make an even bigger difference!

Competitive Compensation and Unmatched Benefits

Pay at DJJ is competitive and the comprehensive and generous benefits package provided and offered to DJJ/Commonwealth of Virginia employees, significantly increases the total rewards package. Enjoy paid leave, health benefits, life insurance, sickness and disability benefits, particpation in retirement and deferred compensation programs and tax-savings and wellness programs!


The Department of Juvenile Justice operates with approximately 1700 employees serving in a variety of positions along several career paths. These positions are organized within 32 Court Service Units located across the Commonwealth, as well as within the state-operated Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center. Additionally, the Department operates the Virginia Public Safety Training Center and has central office operations in downtown Richmond.

DJJ employees provide secure confinement for young offenders committed by the court, provide community-based probation and parole services and work with local community providers to meet the needs of youth within our system, their families and their communities.


DJJ is committed to “protecting the public by preparing court-involved youth to be successful citizens”. We recognize that to be successful, we must focus not only on the positive development of the young people in our system, but also the positive development and sustainability of the staff who serve them. Accordingly, we must strive in all of the work we do to meet the needs of our youth and staff in the following four areas:

  • A feeling of safety in one’s surroundings.
  • A strong sense of connection to one’s community and supportive family members and/or other adults.
  • A belief in the purpose of activities such as education, treatment and vocational training or actual work.
  • A sense of fairness in the accountability, consequences and opportunities one receives in response to their actions.

The Department of Juvenile Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Need accommodations? If you need accommodations as an applicant, please contact our office for more information. Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

We welcome Veterans. DJJ is committed to hiring and retaining veterans throughout the organization as a part of our overall talent acquisition and retention strategy.

Virginia Values Veterans
Air Force
Coast Guard

DD214 Helpful Hints for Agency Human Resources & Hiring Managers:

The Virginia Hilton HHonors Military Rewards Program

This program provides active duty, Veterans, Transitioning Service members (TSMs), National Guardsman or Reservist and spouses of Active duty or Veterans the ability to stay for free at Hilton Hotels when actively seeking employment (including travel for interviews). HR staff can fill out the required form and send it to Paul Daniels at the VEC or they can put the Veteran/individual directly in touch with either of them. The VEC will need to contact the Veterans and verify information regardless, so it may be more efficient to have the individual contact Charlie or Paul directly when completing the form.

My Next Move – Veteran Career Resources (BLS)

Match a military classification to civilian careers with similar work

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves

ESGR informs and educates service members and their civilian employers regarding their rights and responsibilities governed by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA).

Honoring Veterans Poster 2018

Contact Info

Leigh Archer
Director, Human Resources
(804) 588-4415

Employment Verifications:
Requests must be submitted in writing to fax:


Current Career Opportunities

Recruitment and Outreach Calendar

Become a Resident Specialist

Learn About DJJ Benefits

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Poster)

DJJ News Room

DHRM Veterans Employment

About the Division of
Human Resources

The Division of HR works with all members of the agency’s workforce in the areas of recruitment, compensation, benefits, performance management, employee relations and recognition, policy administration, workforce management and more! We make a difference by supporting those who work directly with those we serve through knowledgeable and sound practices and customer service excellence.

We look forward to the possibility of you joining our dynamic and passionate team, so we can serve you, too!