State School Principal 1 (40 Hour)

Certification #092

Recruitment #240618-8027PL-001


Looking to advance in your career? Take advantage of this opportunity with the State of Connecticut!

The Connecticut Department of Correction, Unified School District #1 is recruiting for a State School Principal 1.

Unified School District (USD) #1 follows a 12-month school calendar. This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position on first shift, with a Monday-Friday schedule.

Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Developing and administering school programs consistent with school district goals and objectives;
  • Providing leadership and direction to staff, including less than fifteen (15) certified educational professionals, with regard to the ongoing evaluation and improvement of educational programs, including curricula and extra-curricular activities;
  • Supervises teachers, instructors, professional support staff, and clerical staff assigned to the educational program;
  • Continuing to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research;
  • Coordinating with the central office in recruitment and selection of employees;
  • Working with employees to resolve complaints, difficulties, and other matters related to personnel management
  • The Principal 1 works under the direction and supervision of a Principal 2.
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.

This recruitment will be used for openings at the following locations:
  • Bridgeport Correctional Institution - Bridgeport, CT
  • Brooklyn Correctional Institution - Brooklyn, CT
  • Cheshire Correctional Institution - Cheshire, CT
  • Corrigan Correctional Center - Montville, CT
  • Garner Correctional Institution - Newtown, CT
  • Hartford Correctional Center - Hartford, CT
  • MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution - Suffield, CT
  • Manson Youth Institution - Cheshire, CT
  • New Haven Correctional Center - New Haven, CT
  • Osborn Correctional Institution - Somers, CT
  • Robinson Correctional Institution - Enfield, CT
  • Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution - Enfield, CT
  • York Correctional Institution - Niantic, CT
We take part in a competitive benefits plan which includes:
  • NEW: Visit our State Employee Benefits Overview page!
  • Generous paid time off (vacation, sick and personal);
  • Excellent health, dental and supplemental benefits;
  • A Hazardous Duty pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV)
  • State license reimbursement;
  • Eligibility to apply for Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program.
The State of Connecticut 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. Safe and security shall be a priority component of this responsibility as it pertains to staff, victims, citizens and offenders.

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. 

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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.
• 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.
• The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
• 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 Jake Ferrari at


Within a State Unified School District, plans, organizes, directs, and controls a state facility's full time educational program comprised of a staff of less than 15 educational professionals.


  • Plans, organizes, directs and controls the operations and activities of the educational program at a State facility;
  • Coordinates all educational services provided by the facility;
  • Supervises educational staff in academic, vocational, and special education programs;
  • Evaluates staff performance;
  • Allocates resources within the educational program in order to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of service;
  • Ensures that the educational program is in compliance with Federal and State regulations and agency policies and procedures;
  • Organizes staff schedules and school calendar to meet State guidelines and program needs;
  • Recommends policies and procedures that are consistent with the goals and objectives of the facility and Federal and State mandates;
  • Provides consultation to staff in curriculum development and program planning;
  • Evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of existing educational programs;
  • Oversees extra-curricular activities and demonstrations;
  • Directs the maintenance of educational records;
  • Prepares written and oral reports;
  • May act as administrator in charge of the facility;
  • May assist in the preparation and administration of allocated budget;
  • May direct the recruitment, screening, and selection of professional staff;
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • philosophy and methods of education and teaching;
    • the principles and practices of education for special needs population;
  • Ability to
    • plan, organize, direct and control an educational program;
    • prepare and present clear and concise written and oral reports;
    • establish and maintain cooperative relationships with facility and departmental professionals and administrators, professional staff of the Department of Education and other state agencies, public school systems, local education agencies, parents and others contacted in the work;
  • Decision making ability; 
  • Administrative 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).


  • A certification as an Intermediate Administrator (#092);
  • Experience motivating and inspiring excellence in others, and holding staff accountable for student growth, academic results, performance, and culturally responsive practices;
  • Experience using managerial skills including delegation, effective decision-making and problem solving;
  • Experience using multiple approaches to address behaviors and instructional practices that empower students;
  • Instructional experience in urban/multi-cultural settings;
  • Experience analyzing all federal and state mandates and regulations;
  • Experience as a State School Department Head for the Department of Correction;
  • Experience using data and a research-based focus on student achievement.


  • Connecticut State Board of Education certification as a Intermediate Administrator/Supervisor will be required at time of 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 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.