Director of Inmate Programs

Director of Inmate Programs - Sheriff department


Salary -$63,003.00 - $100,805.00 Annually
Location -Various locations throughout the City & County of Denver, CO
Job Type-Unlimited Regular
Department-Denver Sheriff Dept. (DSD)
Job Number-56846 15620
Closing-5/22/2017 11:59 PM Mountain

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The Denver Sheriff Department is seeking an experienced Director of Inmate Programs.

This is a new position to the Denver Sheriff Department and is an excellent opportunity for a professional programs manager with extensive experience in educational and programs service delivery to incarcerated or criminalized populations in transitional programs in the jail or correctional system.

The Director of Inmate Programs provides supervision over program staff through leadership, program direction, and long range and short term planning for the Inmate Programs. The Director also directs program design, policy development, and performance criteria for program operations, and makes budgetary and resource allocation decisions.

This position will work in both jail facilities: The Downtown Detention Center, located at 490 W. Colfax Ave, and the Denver County Jail, located at 10500 Smith Road.

About Our Job
Position Overview:

The Director of Inmate Programs will report directly to the Inmate Management Major (a uniformed leader). In addition to the above duties, this position will be instrumental in evaluating current jail programming in an effort to move the Department forward by implementing evidence-based educational services for adult incarcerated learners, garner input from community stakeholders throughout the process, and prescribe and implement changes within Inmate Programs and ensure the coordinated handoff to community based providers.

Additionally, the Director of Inmate Programs:

-Establishes overall Inmate Programs goals with the input of jail and community stakeholders
-Oversees the development of comprehensive program policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards to ensure proper quality assurance standards by coordinating and revising administrative processes, and directing, developing and maintaining an information management system.
-Directs the evaluation of Inmate Programs to determine if the programs are achieving goals and objectives and meeting the needs of participants and the community.
-Administers the overall financial operations of Inmate Programs including developing the annual operating budget, monitoring financial activities, developing required budget reports, preparing justification for equipment, facilities, and staffing levels, and submitting final program budget for executive management approval.
-Directs modifications of existing programs' services or creates new programs' services to maintain or enhance Inmate Programs' standing based on best practice standards for offender populations.
-Conducts community outreach by acting as spokesperson for Programs, advancing the primary mission and goals of programs, interacting with internal and external interest groups to explain program positions, mediating differences through pro-active problem resolution strategies, and seeking modifications to continually improve services.
-Directs the development and preparation of press releases, fundraising plans, promotional and public information materials, special and technical reports, and comprehensive annual reports that describe overall program accomplishments and justifies continued support.
-Identifies and recommends solutions for complex problems including highly sensitive issues that involves functional and administrative boundaries.
-Keeps the Sheriff informed of administrative and legislative issues or changes in program areas. Prepares program position in response to proposed legislation, and testifies as a technical expert before legislative committees and in other public forums.
-Works to maintain and improve relationships with officials, other agencies, community groups, and state and federal departments to improve decision making capability and better implement services in all areas
-Directs the grant administration for program areas and reviews and approves grant proposal applications.
-Resolves problems encountered during daily operations and determines standards for problem resolution.
-Develops the performance enhancement plan, documents performance, provides performance feedback, and formally evaluates the work of two Program Administrators.
-Provides work instruction and assists employees with difficult and/or unusual assignments. Maintains communication channels and relationships with DSD personnel, community based providers, as well as other community colleges and educational resources regarding curriculum, budgets, programs and other workforce education issues.
-Directs the grant administration for programs areas and reviews and approves grant proposal applications.
-Develops and expands relationships with secondary and post-secondary educational institutions to advance Adult Basic Skills Development, Work Based Education and other transitional educational programs.
-Assesses compliance with State Department of Education regulations.
-Serve as liaison between DSD educational staff and local colleges and universities.

Program Values:
-DSD values professionalism in its employees. The Director will model and promote attributes and behaviors of what is expected of Programs Staff:
-Display empathy and positive regard for others in written, verbal and non-verbal communications.
-Work effectively with colleagues and incarcerated students by practicing punctuality, respect for deadlines, collaborative problem solving, and honest communication.
-Build trusting relationships with colleagues and incarcerated students, and community providers by acting with integrity, courtesy, and responsibility, even in the face of stress or demanding workplace conditions.
-Strive for educational and service delivery proficiency by attending approved trainings, reading job and education related materials, and conducting collaborative meetings with internal and external stakeholders.
-Supervisory Responsibilities:
-Responsible for the overall direction and coordination of instruction and service coordination at both DSD jail facilities.
-Responsible for performance evaluations of full-time staff, instructor, and community providers.
-Carries out other supervisory responsibilities in accordance with DSD and educational institutional policies and applicable laws.
-Responsibilities include, interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
-Supervises GED Testing Site in accordance with educational standards and applicable laws.
-Oversees processes to determine inmate program eligibility for programs participation.
-Supervises and coordinates reentry services to include orientation, updated resources referrals, transportation, and coordination with treatment programs.
-Works with jail administration, Programs staff and community providers for the effective
-Update, monitor and problem solving issues related to implementation of inmates incentives. Ensuring the information dissemination regarding Earned Time Credit (ETC) and the application of ETC has been accomplished.
-Oversees resolution process and staff accountability of inmate grievances related to Programs
-Implements best practice case management process and transition meetings.
-Develops an ongoing process to promote inmate involvement in Programs development through focus groups, surveys and other means of soliciting feedback.
-Ensures Programs staff are trained in evidence based and best practice methods including: Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, gender and cultural responsiveness.
-Any one position may not include all of the duties listed. 

About You
Our ideal candidate:

-Over five years of full time professional experience, including at least two years supervisory experience; or any satisfactory combination of experience, education and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of the position.
-Broad knowledge of program management, accounting, budget, grant and contract development and administration.
-Knowledge of adult education principles.
-Documented experience with data analysis and program evaluation techniques.
-Working knowledge of computer applications software.
-Documented ability to plan and implement instructional programs appropriate to adult learners.
-Must be able to work a flexible schedule when needed.
-Public relations experience speaking on behalf of an organization, community group or company.
-Change management experience implementing operational change that effect more than a single unit.

We realize your time is valuable, so please do not apply unless you have the following minimum qualifications: Baccalaureate Degree in Public Administration, Management, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Counseling, or a related field and three years of full performance professional level experience developing, implementing, and administering programs. (Some positions may require experience in a specific program area.)

Education/Experience Equivalency: A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements.

Licensure and/or Certification: Completion of supervisory training course prior to completion of the probationary period.
About Everything Else

Classification Title: We call this job Director of Inmate Programs. The official job classification title is Program Manager.

Hiring Range: $80,000 to 95,000 per year.

Assessments/Testing: This position requires an online assessment. You will receive an email from with further information about the testing process after the position has closed. Please add to your safe sender list and check your spam or junk mail for this email. For a list of positions that require testing and more information about our testing process, click here.

Pre-employment Screening: An offer of employment is contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by law and City and County of Denver policies, including the successful completion of a background check. Candidates must pass a criminal background check and other verifications required for the position which may include, but are not limited to, employment and/or education verification, motor vehicle record check, drug test, and/or physical. The existence of a conviction does not automatically disqualify an individual from employment except where federal or state law or regulations prohibit employment of an individual with certain convictions. For more information about the selection and employment screening process, click here.

Probationary Period: This position may require the selected candidate to complete at least a six month probationary period, prior to attaining career status with the City & County of Denver. For more information about the probationary period, click here.

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.


Application Deadline Date: 
May 22, 2017

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