Wednesday , February 1 2023

State of Colorado Job Application – CDOC Assistant Director of Prison Programs.

State of Colorado

Department Information

The Colorado Department of Corrections is committed to the safety of our employees. The CDOC has been working with state and local partners to proactively prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the state prison system. For more information, please visit our website CDOC COVID – 19 FAQ and Updates.

This position is located at Headquarters in Colorado Springs.

This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

This posting may be used to fill future vacancies at this location.

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;
11 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave;
Excellent work-life programs, tuition reimbursement, training opportunities and more.

Description of Job

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.

Duties Include But Are Not Limited To

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.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Only applicants who meet the minimum and special qualifications for the vacancy will be included in the comparative analysis process.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Business Management, Education, Communication, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Relations, Psychology, Health Professional or related field. (Unofficial transcripts showing the college/university name, student name, degree, and date conferred/awarded must be submitted with the application in order to receive credit.)



Six (6) years of progressive, responsible *professional experience in governmental management, public relations, operational management, non-profit management, and/or academic leadership/management and 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. (Experience must be described in detail on your application to receive credit.)
Professional work experience involves exercising discretion, analytical skill, judgment and personal accountability and responsibility for creating, developing integrating, applying and sharing an organized body of knowledge that characteristically is: uniquely acquired through an intense education or training regimen at a recognized college or university; equivalent to the specialized field and continuously studied to explore, extend and use additional discoveries, interpretations, and application and to improve data, materials equipment, applications and methods.


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;
Ability to read and comprehend the English language;
Ability to effectively communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing.

Preferred Qualifications: (Candidates may receive higher ratings for possessing preferred qualifications criteria.)

At least one (1) year directing and leading government operations in process improvement programs;
At least one (1) year experience in research, develop and evaluate the curricula, teaching procedures and education materials with an institution;
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.

The Assessment Process: Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum Qualifications (MQ’s). Applicants that meet MQ’s will be included in the Comparative Analysis process. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis which may include, but is not limited to, a suitability screening, eSkills Assessment, oral assessment, written performance assessment or it may include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the “Work Experience” section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and “see resume” statements will not be accepted in lieu of the “Work Experience” section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.

In order to process a background investigation, your application must include at least (10) ten years of the most current work experience unless experience related to the job for which you are applying is later than (10) years. Failure to provide this information could result in delays and/or elimination from the background investigation process

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and second, close the document before you attempt to upload (attach) it.

**You are encouraged to print a copy of this announcement for your records**

Conditions of Employment: All job offers are contingent upon a successful medical screening by a healthcare professional, certifying the candidate’s ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Applicant must consent to hold harmless CDOC and its agents and staff from any liability arising in whole or in part from the testing and the use of this information in connection with CDOC’s consideration of application for employment.

Employees may be required to submit to regular serial testing and reporting.
Must be 21 years of age;
Possess a valid driver’s license;
Possess a high school diploma or GED;
Have NO felony convictions, to include any actions defined in 5 U.S.C. 301; U.S.C. 509, 510; 42 U.S.C. 15601-15609. The CDOC shall not hire nor promote anyone who may have contact with an offender who has engaged in sexual abuse which includes acts, activity, and sexual behavior, in a prison or other institution as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1997; or has been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse, or has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in the above paragraph. The agency shall consider any incidents of sexual harassment in determining whether to hire anyone who may have contact with offenders or residents.
Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDOC uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. CDOC does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.
Successfully pass all modules of the Colorado Department of Corrections Basic Training, to include English reading comprehension, relevant competency assessments and written/practical exams in Defensive Tactics;
Possess the physical ability to successfully complete Defensive Tactics;
Lift arms above head and kick as high as own waist;
Stabilize another person to accomplish a controlled take down;
Use arms, palms of hands, shins, and feet to deliver blows;
Withstand impact (slow speed or with a safety bag) on own body from strikes/blows;
Swing a baton in a striking technique;
Rotate body 90 degrees with feet planted for striking with foot or using a defensive tactic;
Get down on one or both knees and up again with multiple repetitions;
Will be exposed to Oleoresin Capsicum during Basic Training and will be exposed while on assignment;
Must be able to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breaches in safety and security;
Seize, hold, control or subdue violent or assaultive persons and defend oneself or others to prevent injury;
Demonstrate body agility, strength of all four limbs and the ability to walk and climb stairs consistently;
Work in situations involving assaultive behavior, physical control of another person and/or restraint situations;
Deal with individuals with a range of moods and behaviors, utilizing tactfulness and a congenial, personable manner;
Work with people of the opposite sex, diverse racial ethnic groups, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed offenders;
Communicate by talking, listening and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information, assignments;
Work in an environment with fluctuating noise and temperature (hot and cold) which may include working outdoors in inclement weather and/or concrete floor/wall work settings;
Willing and able to travel;
Willing and able to work various shifts, days, afternoons, graveyards (nights) which includes a rotating shift schedule;
TB (tuberculosis) screening is required of all new employees upon hire;
Employees may be required to submit to regular COVID-19 testing and reporting.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required. Should applicant’s background reveal criminal charges, it shall be the responsibility of the applicant to provide the Department of Corrections with written/official disposition of any charges.

The CDOC is committed to a work environment free from illegal drugs and alcohol. Employees (see exception below) may use marijuana in their personal time but are prohibited from working while under the influence of any substance, including marijuana. A drug test will be administered to all new employees; employees must successfully pass. Random drug screening will occur throughout employment.

Exception: Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified employees are prohibited from the use of marijuana. Health care professionals must check their licensing requirements regarding marijuana use.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (, postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.

For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules.

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