Correctional Lieutenant

Recruitment #240202-2274SC-001


Are you a dedicated State of Connecticut Department of Correction employee who takes pride in your job?

Are you looking to advance in your career at the Department of Correction?

Do you have four (4) years of experience in corrections?

If so, we encourage you to apply for this Lieutenant's process!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC) is recruiting for the position of Correctional Lieutenant at all correctional facilities statewide.

Please Note: This posting will be used to fill vacancies at Correctional Institutions only. Specialty units will conduct separate, individual processes.

Position Highlights
  • These positions are full-time, 40-hours per week, and are located at all Correctional Institutions statewide. Openings are available on first, second, and third shift (to be determined by the needs of the Agency.)
  • This process will be used to fill vacancies on all shifts and schedules at Correctional Institutions.
  • Correctional Lieutenant responsibilities include:
    • Assist supervising a large complement of officers;
    • Assume responsibility for custody and security of inmates, buildings, and grounds in the absence of a Captain;
    • Assign staff to posts and making frequent inspections to evaluate the performance of officers;
    • Provide effective oversight of posts and enforce rules and regulations;
    • Respond to crisis situations in a supervisory capacity;
    • Review and act upon reports submitted by officers and/or other staff.
Referral Questions
  • Referral Questionnaires are designed to allow hiring managers to learn more about your abilities and skills related to the Correctional Lieutenant position.
  • Candidates may receive multiple rounds of referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 
  • In addition to being sent to your personal email, the Referral Questionnaire Notice is also viewable on your Online Employment Center Personal Status Board, in the Certification Questionnaires section. Applicants will be required to complete these referral questions within the filing period designated in the Referral Questionnaire Notice. Applicants are urged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status and view all emailed notices, in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 
  • Please do not call or email about status updates regarding referral questions. If you successfully submit your questionnaire on time, a confirmation page displays immediately following your submission. On your Personal Status Board, the submission date and time display in the Certification Questionnaires section.
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.

Candidates should be prepared to complete a written assessment as part of the online application process. Additional details on the promotional process will be communicated directly to applicants following the completion of all phases of the application process. 

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 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 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).

To be considered for promotional opportunities for Correctional Lieutenant at any correctional institution, you must submit a completed application through JobAps before the closing date and follow all directions within specified time frames provided throughout this process. Applications to the recruitment will be used to fill future vacancies. Permanent assignments to any of these future vacancies are subject to mandatory requirements.

The Correctional Lieutenant hiring process is extensive – the time from application to appointment can take several months.

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To Apply
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this 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
Important Information After You Apply
  • 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.
  • Due to the large number of applications, please do not call/email to confirm receipt or status of your application. If your application submits successfully, you will receive a pop-up confirmation after you submit, in addition to a confirmation email of your application submission. You can view all emailed notices on your Personal Status Board by clicking the date in the Last Notice column for this recruitment.
  • Important Note: By the terms of use agreement, you acknowledged when you registered for the Online Employment Center, you may only have one (1) profile set up. If you created multiple profiles, you will be unable to access the referral questions. If you suspect you have more than one profile, please email Applicant Support at no later than two (2) days before the referral questionnaire deadline to request a profile merge. Please provide the following information in your email:
  • First and last name (including any hyphenated last name, or those with suffixes such as Jr).
  • First three (3) letters of your last name at birth.
  • Address
  • Day of birth
  • Primary phone number
  • Email address
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact James Faulkner at

Applicants on active military duty should contact to discuss the possibility of special testing accommodations. Special testing accommodations for active military personnel should be requested during the application filing period if possible. If not possible, special testing accommodations must be requested within 4 weeks of return from active military service. Copies of military orders will be required for all requests.


In the Department of Correction this class is accountable for either supervising correctional staff engaged in custodial work or for performing specialized assignments.


  • Assists a Captain in supervising a large complement of officers on an assigned shift or as a shift supervisor;
  • In absence of a Captain assumes responsibility for custody and security of inmates, building and grounds;
  • Assigns personnel to posts and makes frequent inspections to evaluate performance of officers, effective manning of posts and enforcement of rules and regulations;
  • Oversees staff in performing sensitive investigations and/or tactical operations as well as maintaining sensitive information;
  • Responsible for responding to crisis situations in a supervisory capacity;
  • Determines training needs for facility or facilities personnel;
  • Performs administrative tasks necessary to ensure training is conducted;
  • Conducts training sessions for personnel in facility and conducts training sessions for Maloney Center for Training and Staff Development;
  • Assists in supervising inmate counts;
  • Reviews and acts on reports submitted by officers and/or other departmental staff;
  • Prepares and submits reports on operational/investigatory/tactical activities and supervises maintenance of reports and records on operations;
  • Makes staff evaluations;
  • Chairs disciplinary committee;
  • May be responsible for transportation and guarding of inmates away from premises;
  • May counsel inmates and staff;
  • May assist in training new officers in procedures and regulations;
  • May assist in updating post orders or unit directives;
  • May physically restrain inmates, quell disturbances and otherwise assist security forces in emergencies;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of modern correctional methods and practices;
  • Knowledge of
    • policies and procedures utilized in correctional facilities;
    • the appropriate methods of discipline applied to inmates;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to
    • accurately evaluate situations and make effective administrative and supervisory decisions;
    • utilize computer software;
  • Supervisory ability.


Four (4) years of experience in correctional work.


College training in corrections, behavioral sciences or criminal justice 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 one (1) year.


  • Incumbents in this class are required to possess a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certification.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license, a Commercial Driver's License, or both.


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 all the duties of the class.
  • A comprehensive medical examination, including a controlled substance screening, may be required of applicants.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to a considerable 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.