Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Correctional Commissary Manager

Recruitment #200930-2456MP-001


Department of Correction (DOC) is recruiting for Correctional Commissary Manager position(s). Both positions are considered Central Office positions, however each one is based out of their respective District Offices. The first position will be based out of Cheshire CI, in Cheshire, CT.  The second position will be based out of the MacDougall Correctional Institution in Suffield, CT. 

This is a Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week that will oversee the Commissary Operations for our largest operation in terms of facilities, staff, sales, and inmate program participants.

The facilities serviced by District 1 include MacDougall-Walker CI, Carl Robinson CI, Osborn CI, Willard-Cybulski CI, and Northern CI.  District 1 also includes a warehouse at MacDougall CI.  The facilities serviced by District 2 include Cheshire CI, Manson Youth Institution, Garner CI, Bridgeport CI, and New Haven CI. 

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.  

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Uma Arun at


In the Department of Correction at a correctional institution, this class is accountable for the planning, development, management and coordination of a district correctional commissary operation.


Plans and manages the sale and delivery of commissary products to inmates within assigned district; promotes sale of products; assists in administering commissary revolving fund; establishes and maintains operating and/or training procedures for commissary inmates; assigns and manages various functions of commissary such as product delivery, production, receiving and inventory of merchandise, special sales; promotes and coordinates handling, use and distribution of commissary merchandise; implements commissary operating policies; prepares financial statements and assists in preparation of budget estimates; maintains budget control by monitoring expenditures against allotments; maintains records, conducts correspondence and prepares reports related to commissary program; consults with Commissary Leads to determine requirements and specifications for supplies, materials and equipment and coordinates same with purchasing officer; promotes establishment of new commissary services and evaluates effectiveness of present services; assists in formulating and implementing operating policies; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; assumes responsibility for custody and security of assigned inmates, buildings, grounds and operations; participates in crisis intervention as needed; may counsel inmates; may participate in disciplinary hearings; may physically restrain inmates, quell disturbances and otherwise assist security forces in emergencies as well as code response; maintains discipline among employees and inmates; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of retail purchasing principles and procedures; considerable knowledge of stock and inventory control methods; considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of policies and procedures utilized in correctional facilities; considerable knowledge of modern correctional methods and practices; considerable knowledge of standard security measures and appropriate methods of inmate supervision and discipline; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; knowledge of current concepts of  practices in merchandise order processing, line production and delivery management in a correctional environment; knowledge of bookkeeping controls; basic knowledge of principles of budgeting and accounting;  considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to keep records and make reports.


Seven (7) years of experience in commissary or retail merchandising, purchasing or warehouse operations within a correctional setting.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.


College training 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 Bachelor's degree.


Ideal Candidate will have at least five years of supervisory experience within a correctional commissary operation and the ability to train, instruct and monitor the work of staff and inmates. Computer skills are desired including experience in Microsoft Office, Excel, CORE CT, Syscon, and a familiarity with Scantron products and applications


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.


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 the duties of the class.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to stress of confinement within a dangerous and volatile prison population and to danger of injury from assaultive and/or abusive inmates.



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

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