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Assistant Director of Prison Programs

Job Description
Colorado Department of Corrections
Organization Type: 
Government agency
Job Location: 
Pikes Peak Region
Type of Job: 
Job Category: 
Job Description: 

The Colorado Department of Corrections is seeking a dynamic leader to provide management oversight of the CDOC prison programs, Faith and Citizens Unit, Community Outreach and the Education Department; serves as the agency leader in collaborating with governmental, non-profit and organizational partners to identify, develop, and implement justice reform program opportunities.

The mission of the Colorado Department of Corrections is "To protect the citizens of Colorado by holding offenders accountable and engaging them in opportunities to make positive behavioral changes and become law-abiding, productive citizens."

Our vision..."Building a safer Colorado for today and tomorrow".

Customer service is a key component for every position in state government as is the focus on ideas and ways to redesign the delivery of services in making state government more effective and efficient.

In addition to a great agency and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer: 

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system;
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans;
  • Medical and dental health plans; 
  • Short and long term disability coverage;
  • Paid life insurance;
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave;
  • Excellent work-life programs, tuition reimbursement, training opportunities and more.
Areas of Responsibility
  • Provides senior administrative and operational management of CDOC prison programs, Faith and Citizens Unit, Community Outreach and the Education Department; ensures effective and progressive non-profit and community partnerships are developed and maintained and programmatic/educational activities, functions, and services are strategically provided in a timely and cost effective manner aligned with operations and fiscal responsibilities; 
  • Provides command level direction and is responsible for managing and coordinating the daily operations of multiple programs; sets goals, objectives and priorities and engages in effective correctional and business practices to ensure positive and measurable outcomes; 
  • Ensures programs are following individualized management plans and reviews/implements recommendations of changes or modifications as necessary to maintain program viability;
  • Advancing CDOC organizational goals by providing progressive, enhanced leadership with respect to program analysis, strategic planning, measurable data-driven reporting for agency success.
  • Design successful metric systems; develops dashboards to ensure effectiveness of programs and monitors overall goals and objectives in order to meet agency vision and mission; 
  • Designs, develops, and applies principles of strategic planning and implements long term strategic goals to support the departmental mission;
  • Identifies, develops, and approves policies, rules, and guidelines that ensure efficient and cooperative operations in accordance with Department requirements; 
  • Proactively assesses processes and takes necessary action to ensure appropriate delivery of services and programs are being provided to multiple internal and external stakeholders;
  • Complies with administrative and legislative intent by interpreting legislation and developing new and innovative programs;
  • Develops forecasts of expenditures and cooperative agreement funds; researches and makes funding recommendations for operational and business needs;
  • Provide oversight of statutory reporting, develop grant proposals and oversee submissions;
  • Ensures effective management of cooperative agreements, prepares proposals and amendments, and collects required budgetary data;
  • Follows fiscal rules, prepares and approves operating budgets, monitors contract services, and cooperative agreement funds; 
  • Supervises the preparation of fiscal budgets for facility operations and programmatic intent; determines, approves, and monitors budget allocations and expenditures;
  • Serves as appointing authority to all assigned positions and areas of responsibility; appoints staff, defines jobs, and determines work hours by analyzing department needs and staffing patterns; 
  • Supervises, coaches, and mentors staff by developing performance plans, conducting performance reviews, and completing performance evaluations per CDOC regulations; issues corrective and/or disciplinary action when warranted;
  • Delegates authority to subordinate supervisors regarding workflow, scheduling, and job assignments, as well as daily inspections of buildings, grounds, activities, and operations;
  • Settles DOC employee complaints by responding to grievances and conducts State Personnel Board Rule 6-10 meetings when considering disciplinary action;
  • Coordinates efforts through unit supervisors and facility management teams to ensure effective training of staff and compliance with applicable CDOC policies and directives, for daily operational job success and career enhancement;
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned or required. 
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Business Management, Education, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Relations, Psychology, Health Professional or related field.
  • Six (6) years of progressive, responsible professional experience in governmental management, public relations, operational management, non-profit management, and/or academic leadership/management.
  • Experience must include networking and establishing strong, effective community partnerships.
  • The experience must include: Two (2) years of administrative management experience which included development and implementation of organizational management strategies
  • establishing goals and objectives; and planning, development and implementation of policies and budget necessary to achieve the mission and goals of an organization or program.
  • A combination of work experience which provided the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree.
  • A master's or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study as listed above may be substituted for the bachelor's degree and on a year for year basis of general experience but not the two years of specific experience.
  • A bachelor degree (or higher) that is not in a closely related field of study, may substitute for up to 60 semester hours of core coursework on a year for year basis.
  • Required Competencies:
  • Strong leadership skills with demonstrated ability to foster partnerships and cohesively work with governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and various other stakeholders;
  • Lead and manage staff with diverse professional experience, qualifications, and divisional reporting to align operations and ensure agency progress;
  • Proven ability to effectively maximize programs for organizational and operational success;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate effectively and maintain a positive culture;
  • Strong verbal and written communication and public speaking skills;
  • Exceptional ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals in a diversity of roles and the ability to work with them diplomatically and effectively;
  • Ability to effectively and progressively manage in a complex, changing, multi-programmatic governmental environment with efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Ability to provide analytical expertise in strategic planning, operational effectiveness, and exemplary responsiveness;
  • Ability to provide innovation, implement and improve the operations through effective performance measures.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • At least one (1) year directing and leading government operations in process improvement programs;
  • At least one (1) year providing strategic program(s) oversight;
  • Experience managing and organizing reform efforts and programs that resulted in organizational success;
  • Experience developing collaborative partnerships and relationships with state, federal, and local agencies as well as non-profit organizations and various other stakeholders;
  • Experience managing grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts;
  • Experience with the State of Colorado budget processes.

Salary:  $7,642.00 - $12,385.00 Monthly

The State of Colorado offers permanent employees a variety of benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as a comprehensive leave program.  Please click the following link for detailed information: 

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Applications can be submitted until March 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

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