State School Department Head (35 Hour)

Endorsement #092 Required

Recruitment #240326-8015TS-001


Are you looking to grow your career in education? If so, read below and apply today!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOCUnified School District #1 is recruiting for a State School Department Head.

Candidates new to state service will start at step one of the pay plan ($86,736), unless the candidate has their sixth year, in which case they will be placed on step three ($94,046).

What we can offer you
We take part in a competitive benefits plan which includes:
  • Generous paid time off (vacation, sick and personal);
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D.;
  • Option to maintain State of Connecticut Teacher Retirement Plan or enroll in the State Employee Retirement System or enroll in the State Employee Retirement System;
  • Tuition reimbursement;
  • Eligibility to apply for Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
  • Providing limitless opportunities;
  • Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
  • Performing meaningful work and;
  • Encouraging a healthy work/life balance!
Position Highlights
Unified School District (USD) #1 follows a 12-month school calendar.

The USD #1 is the largest school district in the State; come be a part of something truly exciting and profoundly meaningful. Our USD #1 motto is "Non Sum Qualis Eram" translates into English as, "I am not, what I once was." The belief is that through education, incarcerated individuals will be provided with some of the core tools required to change their path in life.

The State School Department Head is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Education program(s) within one or more Correctional Facilities under the direction of a Principal. He or she will be responsible for: 
  • Evaluating and supervising staff, programs, and students;
  • Promoting a positive school climate and culture;
  • Implementing professional development; and 
  • Building the capacity of others. 
This is a full-time position, 35 hours, Monday- Friday. The current vacancies are located at Bridgeport Correctional Institution. This recruitment may also be used to fill future vacancies at facilities across Connecticut:

About Us 
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.

Selection Plan

For Assistance in Applying:

To Apply:

  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.
  • 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:

  • Candidates selected for this position will be required to attend the Department of Correction Hazardous Duty Training. 
  • 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.

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Nicholas Naples at


In a state institution, facility or region within a state unified school district this class assists in the organization and supervision of educational programs for resident students or inmates.


  • Facilitates the PPT process.
  • Prioritizes safety and security as it pertains to staff, victims, citizens, and offenders.
  • Facilitates team meetings and case review conferences to assess student behavior and academic progress.
  • Holds conferences with parents and/or officials concerned with student performance.
  • Relates to professionals in ancillary educational roles.
  • Maintains student records and writing reports.
  • Models best Teaching Practices.
  • Ensuring compliance in accordance with State and Federal laws and regulations and addresses Special Education complaints.
  • Analyzes, compiles, and presents data to guide decision-making processes.


  • Knowledge of
    • philosophy and methods of education and teaching;
    • the principles and practices of education for special needs population;
  • Ability
    • in written and oral expression
    • to work effectively with others;
  • Supervisory ability.


A Master's degree in education or related field plus eighteen (18) semester hours of graduate credit and completion of fifty (50) school months of successful teaching or service employment as identified in State of Connecticut, Regulation of State Board of Education, Sec. 10-145d-574(a - f).


  • Endorsement #092, Intermediate Administration or supervision certification.
  • Experience in urban/multi-cultural settings.
  • Experience in a correctional or institutional environment.
  • Experience participating in the PPT process.
  • Experience providing data during staff meetings and PPT meetings.
  • Experience with Transition Planning.
  • Experience managing multiple projects with attention to deadlines and detail.
  • Experience communicating verbally and in writing to multiple diverse populations and skill levels.
  • Experience motivating and inspiring excellence in others, and holding staff accountable for student growth, academic results, performance, and culturally responsive practices.
  • Experience using leadership skills including effective decision-making and problem solving.
  • Experience using multiple approaches to address behaviors and instructional practices and empower students.


  • Incumbents are required to possess and retain a Connecticut State Board of Education certification as an Intermediate Administrator/Supervisor.
  • Incumbents in the 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 investigation of each candidate may be made prior to appointment.



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.

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