Correctional Security Superintendent

Open to State of Delaware Dept of Correction Merit Employees Only

Recruitment #040221-MBDB07-380400

Summary Statement

A class incumbent is responsible for institutional security work administering the custody, security and discipline programs at a large correctional facility or in the Office of the Commissioner.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Plans and directs the security, control and safety programs within an institution or oversees and coordinates the inspection, security, care and safety programs at all correctional facilities to ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.
  • Inspects the institutions on a regular basis ensuring that institutional security and sanitation policies and procedures are adequate and being enforced.
  • Investigates and is responsible for reporting all irregularities and violations arising in any area of responsibility.
  • Assesses and evaluates effectiveness of institutional programs and makes recommendations for change as necessary.
  • Assists in the development of institutional policies and procedures and oversees implementation to ensure compliance by staff.
  • Participates in classification and treatment boards/committees and oversees inmate classification and subsequent assignment within the institution.
  • Coordinates the institutional security operations with the appropriate treatment programs.
  • May monitor the work of subordinates and evaluate their performance in light of institutional policy and procedures.
  • Prepares a variety of records, reports, and summaries in support of program operational effectiveness.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Correctional Security Superintendent
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. At least three years experience as a Correctional Lieutenant OR at least two years experience as a Correctional Staff Lieutenant OR at least one year experience as a Correctional Captain or equivalent experience in the CO/series.
  2. Six months experience in correctional management which includes directing, coordinating and monitoring the daily operations of a correctional facility for security operations, administrative functions and institutional programs.
  3. Three years experience in ensuring compliance with security and safety standards for correctional facilities.
  4. Six months experience in making recommendations for continuation or changes to operations, programs, services, policies or procedures based on findings.
  5. Six months experience in evaluating inmate security levels to determine appropriate housing assignments within a facility.

Additional Posting Information

Employees in a Correctional Officer (CO) series position will be eligible to retire under the provisions of HB363 if at the time of retirement they have completed twenty-five (25) years of pension creditable State service, and with at least twenty (20) of those years of pension creditable service as a CO series classified position.

Incumbents working four or more hours of work between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. the following day will receive 5% shift differential pay.

Applicants may only apply if they are current permanent employees of the State of Delaware Department of Correction in a position covered by the Merit System who have completed their initial probationary period

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements. 

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.