Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Correctional Counselor Supervisor

Recruitment #200908-2261SC-001


The Department of Correction is recruiting for a full-time (40 hours per week) Correctional Counselor Supervisor for the Offender Classification and Population Management Unit at MacDougall-Walker CI

This position will specifically be responsible for the Sentence Calculation Unit

Other duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Oversite of Central Records and Assessment Records staff
  • Develop and maintain training programs
  • Coordination of records training for new Record Specialist in the agency
  • Oversee audits of inmate records and time calculations to ensure files are in compliance with the department, State Regulations, Federal Laws and court rulings
  • Act as Court Management Liaison
This posting will fill the immediate vacancy listed above but may be used for fill future positions for this job class.  We encourage you to apply to any jobs for which you qualify for and are of interest to you.

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Department of Correction, who has permanent state status*, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  

You must specify your qualifications on your application.  *For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period.  For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).

Please ensure that your application is complete.  You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.  Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity. 

Candidates selected for interview must provide a Cover letter detailing their qualifications.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Erica.McGuinness at


In a Department of Correction facility or community setting this class is accountable for supervising the counseling and classification function of an inmate treatment program.


Supervises assigned and adjunct staff including orientation, training, counseling, evaluation and discipline in accordance with departmental standards; determines priorities and assigns unit duties, oversees and reviews results for accuracy, effectiveness and consistent application of policies and procedures; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; studies, analyzes and evaluates tasks performed by staff; ensures appropriate case management including screening of eligible inmates for programs; researches, organizes, plans and directs inmate counseling and classification program including supervision of records function and staff; coordinates activities with parole and community services system; organizes and develops admission and pre-release orientation programs; serves as executive officer of Classification Committee; participates on interdisciplinary teams; counsels individual inmates with difficult problems; works collaboratively and acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; interprets institution and its programs to interested lay and professional groups; maintains records and prepares reports and correspondence; facilitates in-service training for inmates and staff; may provide administrative and clinical supervision for substance abuse staff; may direct administrative and clinical team meetings; may participate in and/or supervise special programs (Community Release, addiction services, etc.); may physically restrain inmates, quell disturbances and otherwise assist custodial forces; may supervise staff in multiple geographical locations; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes, and regulations; considerable knowledge of case work methods and techniques and current correctional practices including inmate classification systems and parole practices; considerable knowledge of individual and social factors contributing to delinquency and crime; considerable knowledge of counseling principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of welfare resources; knowledge of substance abuse and current correctional treatment practices; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to plan and organize a case work program; ability to utilize computer software; supervisory ability.


Seven (7) years of experience in social case work, counseling, probation or parole.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in correctional treatment services.


  1. College training in counseling, criminal justice, psychology, sociology or social work may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  2. A Master's degree in counseling, criminal justice, psychology, sociology or social work may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  3. One (1) year of experience as a Correctional Counselor or Correctional Substance Abuse Counselor may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


Preferred candidates will possess the ability to communicate a global perspective and understanding of the agency.

Candidates with the following skills and abilities and who can demonstrate comprehensive understanding are also preferred:

  • Records and Time Calculation 
  • Familiarity and understanding of Court Operations
  • Knowledge of the classification system


  1. Incumbents in positions that supervise Correctional Substance Abuse Counselors are required to possess and retain current Certification or Licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
  2. Incumbents in this class are required to possess a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certification by the time of appointment.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


  1. Incumbents in this class must have general good health, be free from any disease or injury which would impair health or usefulness and possess and retain sufficient physical strength, stamina, agility, endurance and visual and auditory acuity required to perform all the duties of the class.
  2. A comprehensive medical examination, including a controlled substance screening, may be required of applicants.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or assault by inmates.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.