Colorado State CDOC Pre Release Specialist - Canon in Canon City, Colorado

Department Information

This announcement is for Canon City only. Other geographic locations will be announced separately. If you previously applied for this position, you will need to reapply if you wish to be considered for vacancies in the Canon City geographic area.

The mission of the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) 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"

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference and build greater public confidence in good government, consider joining the dedicated people of the State of Colorado. Our professionals strive to support state government and the citizens of Colorado. 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. Measure every aspect of government to be sure it's doing what it's supposed to do and to look at outcomes to judge whether our programs are successful.
  • Efficient. Deliver services in ways that are timely and effective including identifying waste and duplication and measure for efficiency.
  • Elegant. Deliver state services in a way that elevates both the state employee and the person receiving state services.

In addition to a great agency and location, 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, training opportunities and more. Description of Job

The Colorado Department of Corrections is the largest state agency; our organization has over 6200 employees/positions. The Pre Release Specialists work within assigned CDOC Correctional Facilities. This position will assess the re-entry needs of individual offenders, develop and implement transitional plans, research and gather community resources/support, provide linkages to other agencies and organizations, provide services in both a group and individual setting using cognitive interventions and evidence based practices, and maintain/analyze data concerning service provision. The position works in close coordination with CDOC facility case managers, education staff, Facility Based Parole Officers, Community Re Entry Specialists, Community Parole officers, state/local agency staff, community and faith-based organizations, and other individuals/groups providing services to offenders in order to enhance public safety. All services and programs delivered by this position are performed consistent with the professional standards and in accordance with CDOC and Division of Adult Parole regulations, guidelines, and operating procedures.

Major Duties include:

  • Assess offender re-entry needs, barriers and strengths using formal and informal assessment tools;
  • Coach offenders in the development of individualized transition plans based on assessed criminogenic needs and risks;
  • Deliver individualized case management and instruction in areas such as housing, employment, repairing family support systems, identifying thinking errors, and developing decision making skills for pro-social change;
  • Facilitate interactive group modules using evidence based curriculum and technology;
  • Provide transitional services for high needs offenders in facility release transition meetings.
  • Facilitate, one-on one transition planning and open lab sessions in the Career and Community Resource Center to an assigned CDOC facility and/or Parole office;
  • Work as part of the region/office or facility work team and become familiar with and adhere to all policies, processes, and procedures;
  • Attend multi-agency case staffing, meetings and teams with professionals to plan, develop, and implement Re-Entry goals and objectives for offender-focused services;
  • Develop partnerships and collaborate with community organizations and other agencies to connect offenders with resources and services specific to their re-entry needs;
  • Increase offender participation in transition and enhance their motivation to make positive change;
  • Maintain and analyze data, collect feedback and evaluate transitional service delivery and utilize information systems to maintain chronological records for re-entry planning.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

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Minimum Qualifications:* Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree or master's degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or similarly related field. (You must submit a copy of your unofficial college transcript with your name, college name, degree and date conferred to receive credit for the education); *


**Two years of professional experience__ working directly with a hard to serve needs client population in a correctional or human services environment providing casework, coordination of services and/or identifying needs and referring to appropriate resources as your primary assignment. (Part-time experience will be prorated).

Experience with hard to serve needs client population is defined as providing components of case planning exhibited by involvement and familiarity with processes that directly affect progressive opportunities and appropriate placement to include:

Additional components may include locating shelter, jobs, and community resources/support to include regular meetings with clients, coordination of services and/or identifying needs and referring to appropriate resources. Experience may also include, but is not limited to, helping clients overcome barriers for community stability such as community corrections, human, veteran, and disability services.

Professional experienceinvolves 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 curriculum requirements for a bachelor's or higher degree with major study in or pertinent 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.

Corrections related experience is defined as experience in which the employee provided a direct service to/with inmates such as teaching, social work, nursing, food service, general maintenance; or worked with clients/offenders in the implementation of a program such as correctional industries.

*_Substitutions for Education Only:_ *A combination of college coursework in a related field and/or professional work experience working directly with a hard to serve needs client population in a correctional or human services environment providing casework to include regular meetings with clients, coordination of services and/or identifying needs and referring to appropriate resources, or correctional related experience (i.e., CO I/II/III), law enforcement, counseling, social work 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. If your degree is not in a related field of study, we can substitute up to 60 semester hours of core coursework on a year for year basis for the bachelor's degree.

A master's degree or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or similarly related field may be substituted for the bachelors' degree and one year of the required professional experience as listed above.

There is no substitution for the two years of professional experience working directly with a hard to serve needs client population in a correctional or human services environment providing casework, coordination of services and/or identifying needs and referring to appropriate resources.

Required Competencies:

  • Significant interpersonal/customer service skills;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Highly effective critical thinking/decision making/problem solving skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, plan and prioritize;
  • Keen ability to multi-task and demonstrate flexibility;
  • Strong self motivation;
  • Established proficiency in position-related office technologies;
  • Compelling attention to detail

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

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree or master's degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or similarly related field;
  • Experience working with offenders;
  • Thorough knowledge of Evidence Based Practices and Interventions for the successful re-entry of offenders;
  • Experience with Motivational Interviewing;
  • Proven ability to provide efficient and effective service to hard to serve clients with medium/high risk needs;
  • Excellent ability to coordinate services and cooperate with others toward a common goal.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Conditions of Employment:

All job offers are contingent upon a satisfactory urinalysis (UA) within 24 hours of notification and a successful medical screening by a health care professional, certifying candidate's ability to perform the essential functions of the position, completed at the applicant's own expense. Applicant must consent to hold harmless CDOC and its agents and staff from any liability arising in whole or in part from the collection of specimens, testing and the use of this information in connection with CDOC's consideration of application for employment.

  • Must be 21 years of age;
  • Possess a valid State of Colorado 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.
  • Successfully complete the Department of Corrections Basic Training upon hire;
  • Possess the physical ability to successfully complete PPCT (Pressure Point Control 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;
  • Positions that have direct contact with offenders may be exposed to Oleoresin Capsicum
  • Must be able to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breeches 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.
  • 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. We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test will be administered at any part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, including marijuana, will be disqualified from consideration. Random drug screening will occur throughout employment.

Appeal Rights If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information


The Assessment Process: Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. Part or all of the analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to cut to a top group for additional assessment; or to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager and 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.

  • Once you have submitted your application, you will immediately receive an email acknowledging your submission. If you do not get the email, please check to ensure you have actually submitted the application and typed the correct email address on the application.
  • Include a working email address on your application; one that is checked daily as time sensitive correspondence WILL take place via email and may only give you one day to respond.
  • You may receive email notifications from a Colorado Dept of Corrections employee or from this email address
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email; if you do not receive correspondence soon after the closing date, please contact the "Department Contact" listed in this announcement within 3 days after the job announcement closes.

Note: Scheduled dates of possible applicant assessments (i.e., exams, oral boards, written assessments, etc) or interview cannot be rescheduled. If you fail to appear for the scheduled date/time, make up dates will not be allowed.

All Colorado Department of Corrections Facilities and Building are Tobacco Free. Colorado Department of Corrections is a Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: Parole 84067 12/16 CPS III

Closing: 12/12/2016 4:00 AM Mountain

Agency: State of Colorado

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Salary: $4,028.00 - $5,896.00 Monthly

Location: Canon City, CO

Department: Department of Corrections