Correctional Transition Instructor (35 Hour)

Recruitment #230327-5031EB-001


Are you a passionate for life skill education and ready to make a positive impact with the youth inmate population in Connecticut?

The Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC) is seeking experienced and qualified individuals for the positions of Correctional Transition Instructor for our Manson Youth Institution located in Cheshire, CT.

The Connecticut Department of Correction Unified School District #1 is dedicated to providing quality educational programs for incarcerated individuals. Academic knowledge, vocational competencies and life skills integrated with technology are offered to students in a positive environment to foster lifelong learning, multicultural awareness and a successful transition to society.


  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule;
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage;
  • Participation in a hybrid retirement plan which provides a retirement benefit, that may include retiree health insurance;
  • Paid time off - including sick and personal leave, vacation time and 13 paid holidays per calendar year;
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities; and
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees!


This is a full-time (35 hours per week) position on a first-shift schedule of 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. 

The positions are located at Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire.


As a Correctional Transition Instructor, you can expect to participate in the following duties:

  • Serve as a proctor for GED testing;
  • Cover classes for teachers, as needed;
  • Offer career coaching with a focus on "Career Readiness";
  • Complete the Child Find intake process;
  • Conduct initial testing to assess academic level;
  • File, organize, and manage student files;
  • More details can be found in the job classification.


The Connecticut Department of Correction is a diverse agency with a wide variety of employees from Correction Officers, to Educators, to Managers and Skilled Professionals. We value differences that make us stronger as a team and support our mission statement.

The Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC) is the agency responsible for corrections in the U.S. State of Connecticut. The agency operates 13 correctional facilities. It has its headquarters in Wethersfield. The DOC protects public safety by ensuring offenders serve their sentences of imprisonments in facilities that are safe, human, and provide re-entry programming.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction is a unified system; all sentenced and un-sentenced offenders are supervised by the DOC. The Department also provides supervision for offenders on parole, community release, and other discretionary release programs.

Learn more about what it's like to work for the State of Connecticut: 


Selection Plan

This is a unclassified position and is open to the public.

To be considered for this position, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications on listed within the job classification. 

Please note, hired candidates will be expected to attend a fourteen (14) week Department of Correction Training Academy.


  • Complete a Master Application and directly apply to this recruitment.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. 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.


Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board daily to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders daily in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.

At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.


Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.

Should you have any questions about the position, please contact Samantha Rivera, Human Resources Specialist – Talent Solutions at Samantha.Rivera@CT.Gov 


In the Department of Correction, Education Division, this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the development of job and life skills and transition services for inmates.


  • Provides instruction to inmates in areas of job skills development, educational placement and programs and transition services;
  • Arranges for inmates to participate in college courses;
  • Tracks inmate progress;
  • Develops job skills for assigned group of inmates;
  • Participates in career planning and development;
  • Assists with job training;
  • Provides life skills instruction;
  • Evaluates inmate's abilities, skills, interests and vocational aptitudes and matches with job compatibility;
  • Provides developmental direction to inmates in areas of education and vocational planning;
  • Analyzes demographic and program information;
  • Provides information about occupations, job and training opportunities and support services available in the community;
  • Coordinates within the community job opportunities and assists in transition within the community;
  • Identifies and develops community resources;
  • Provides instruction in resume writing, interviewing skills and utilization of computer software;
  • Maintains case records;
  • Provides one-on-one and small group tutorial assistance;
  • Analyzes and interprets computer generated reports;
  • May prepare narrative and statistical reports;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • educational programs and vocational occupations;
    • counseling and interviewing techniques;
  • Knowledge of
    • occupations and job requirements;
    • processes and materials in specific vocations and trades;
    • life and job skills development;
    • reciprocal relationships between individuals and their social, economic and cultural environment;
    • individual and social factors relating to personal adjustment;
    • community resources;
    • program evaluation;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to
    • utilize teaching and/or training techniques for individual inmate needs;
    • develop community resources;
    • relate to different cultural and economic backgrounds;
    • coach inmates;
    • utilize computer software.


Five (5) years of experience in career development, placement and/or counseling, educational guidance counseling or vocational counseling.


  • 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 a Bachelor's degree.
  • A Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, vocational or educational guidance or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience.
  • Successful completion of a Connecticut Careers Trainee program approved by the Department of Administrative Services may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Experience with Adult Education testing processes; 
  • Experience working in a high school and/or adult education setting; 
  • Experience with Special Education students and IEPS; 
  • Experience working in a classroom setting; 
  • Experience in behavior management; 
  • Experience conducting educational assessments; 
  • Experience with training or instruction job readiness courses including:  resume writing, interviewing skills, and utilization of computer software; 
  • Experience collecting data and preparing reports.


  • Incumbents in this class are required to possess a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certification by the time of permanent appointment.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigationand fingerprinting of each candidate will be made prior to appointment.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to 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.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.