Looking to advance in your career with the DOC?
If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity!
The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC), Parole & Community Services Division, supervises and provides support services to offenders released to the community under the jurisdiction of both the Commissioner of Correction and the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
The Division is comprised of district offices located in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich, and Waterbury and the following specialized units: Residential Services; Central Intake; Special Management; Mental Health; Fugitive Investigations; Women’s Re-Entry; Support Services; and Training and Staff Development Unit.
The Division of Parole and Community Services (P&CS) continually strives to enhance public safety by providing offenders opportunities to successfully re-integrate into the community and be productive, accountable members of society.
The Parole & Community Services Division of the Department of Correction is currently recruiting for full-time Parole and Community Service Supervisors at all locations statewide. This posting will be used to create a pool of candidates to fill vacancies at Parole & Community Services locations. This position is intended for current Department of Correction (DOC) and Board of Pardons and Paroles (BOPP) employees - please see note in Selection Plan for more details.
Locations will be determined based on agency need, in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich, and Waterbury.
This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position. Schedule is Monday-Friday on first shift. Parole & Community Services Supervisors are not eligible for overtime, however, they can receive compensatory time.
To be considered for Parole & Community Services Supervisory opportunities at Parole & Community Services, you must submit a completed application through JobAps before the closing date. This can be done by clicking the "Apply Online" button at the bottom of this job posting.
The Department of Correction shall strive to be a global leader in progressive correctional practices and partnered re-entry initiatives to support responsive evidence-based practices aligned to law-abiding and accountable behaviors. Safety and security shall be a priority component of this responsibility as it pertains to staff, victims, citizens and offenders.
In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Department of Correction or Board of Pardons and Paroles, who has permanent state status*, and meet the Minimum Qualifications by the closing date of this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after the 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).
This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion, and merit employment rules. In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
Candidate Selection Process
The hiring process will be multi-faceted in anticipation of a highly competitive applicant pool. The candidates selected for an interview will be scheduled for a 1.5-hour appointment. The candidate will have 45 minutes to complete a written assessment and the remaining 45 minutes will be utilized in an oral interview.
Candidates will have the opportunity to articulate and be assessed on their knowledge, skills, and abilities during the oral interview portion of this process.
Review of Materials
Performance evaluation and candidate discipline eligibility review will be based on Administrative Directive 2.3. Candidates will be assessed on the following criteria:
- Time & Attendance
- Writing Sample
Before you apply, make note of the following:
Important information for after you apply:
- In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
- The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
- Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
- All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
- Candidates hired will be expected to attend a fourteen (14) week Department of Correction Training Academy.
Questions about this position should be directed to Nick Naples via email at Nicholas.Naples@ct.gov.
- Review of Materials: Performance evaluation and candidate discipline eligibility review will be based on Administrative Directive 2.3. Attendance and time records will also be reviewed.
- Oral Interview: Candidates will have the opportunity to articulate and be assessed on their knowledge, skill, and ability during the oral interview portion of this 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 questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
- Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
- Note: 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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Correction or the Board of Pardons and Paroles this class is accountable for supervising a specialized unit or district office and/or community services programs.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
- Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews the work of staff according to policies and procedures;
- Provides staff training and assistance;
- Conducts performance evaluations;
- Determines priorities and plans unit work;
- Establishes and maintains unit procedures;
- Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
- Maintains contact with individuals both within and outside of unit who might impact on program activities;
- Develops or assists in development of related policy;
- Assists in preparation of unit budgets;
- Evaluates, audits and makes recommendations on agency programs and operations;
- Acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside official as assigned;
- Prepares reports and correspondence;
- Assigns and participates in casework involving adult and young adult offenders;
- Advises Parole Officers individually or at group meetings regarding case problems and policy matters;
- Reviews investigation reports, casework reports, requests for warrants, detainers and discharges and violation reports and all other recommendations of officers in assigned district;
- Authorizes arrest and detention of parolees pending review by director;
- Works with administrative staff on all matters pertaining to parole problems in assigned district or unit;
- Reports to director concerning parole problems in district or unit;
- Develops and implements safety and security measures;
- Handles legislative matters relating to agency operations;
- Interprets institutional and field service programs to families of inmates, law enforcement agencies and other interested citizen and professional groups;
- May investigate allegations of abuse and/or neglect;
- May provide information on agency mission, goals, programs and activities;
- May carry a caseload of parolees;
- May be assigned special administrative duties in Board of Pardons and Paroles, such as supervisor responsible for all matters involving interstate transfer, detainment, exchange and extradition of inmates and parolees;
- May set up hearings for parole releases, parole revocations, parole rescissions, pardons and commutations;
- May be involved with arrests in community;
- May conduct staff training programs;
- Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
- Considerable knowledge of
- relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
- relevant agency policies and procedures;
- methods of personal and social adjustment of offenders;
- regulations and procedures governing parole;
- Knowledge of
- individual and social causes of delinquency;
- sentencing law;
- welfare resources;
- interpersonal skills;
- oral and written communication skills;
- Ability to
- manage comprehensive parole programs;
- oversee the supervision of offenders in community-based programs which facilitate successful offender reintegration;
- interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
- utilize computer software;
- Supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) years of experience in parole, probation, community supervision activities, correctional counseling or social work in a correctional or community setting.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the level of a Parole Officer 2.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
- College training in corrections, counseling, criminal justice, human services, psychology, social work or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
- A Master's degree in corrections, parole, counseling, criminal justice, human services, psychology, social work or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
- Experience effectuating Department of Correction and Board of Pardons and Paroles statutory release mechanisms;
- Experience with the Statewide Collaborative Risk Evaluation System (SCORES), Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS), and case planning in the community;
- Experience enforcing Division of Parole and Community Services policies, procedures, and relevant statutes;
- Experience performing supervision, case management, and counseling of offenders in the community;
- Experience with the Department of Correction and Board of Pardons and Paroles violation processes and procedures;
- Experience prioritizing and meeting time-sensitive deadlines.
- Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current Motor Vehicle Operator license.
- Incumbents in this class must be able to obtain certification to carry and use weapons including firearms and chemical agents.
- Incumbents in this class must be able to obtain NCIC/COLLECT certification.
- Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language.
In addition to the checking of references a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before names are certified for appointment.
Incumbents in this class must possess and retain sufficient strength, stamina, agility and endurance to perform all the duties of the class.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to a considerable degree of danger of injury or assault by inmates, parolees or persons engaged in deviant behavior, from automobile or other accidents, communicable infectious diseases, disagreeable environmental conditions, confinement within a dangerous and volatile prison population and may be required to exert considerable physical effort such as working in tiring positions, lifting and restraining of offenders.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.