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CDOC / Community Parole Officer (Colorado Springs)

State of Colorado Job Opportunities

State of Colorado Job Opportunities Colorado Springs CO United States

2 weeks ago

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...

This position is eligible for Flex Schedule/ Flex Workplace arrangements after an initiation period.

This position is open to Colorado residents.

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

Hiring Pay Rate: Although the full salary range for this position is provided, appointments are made at $5,023 per month.

Job Location: This recruitment is to fill vacancies in the Colorado Springs 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 builds 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 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 Division of Adult Parole exists to manage and supervise inmates/parolees on a 24 hour per day, seven day per week, 365 day per year basis to provide public safety and opportunities for successful re-entry of inmates/parolees returning to the community. Re-entry support services collaborate with this setting. This unit ensures compliance with Federal and state statutes, CDOC Regulations, Parole Board conditions and agreement, Code of Penal Discipline, community corrections standards, Interstate Compact Rules and Regulations and other established rules/standards for the supervision of inmates/parolees.

Under direction and supervision, the primary duties and responsibilities will be:

The work location will be in the community, working in the field, for most positions and may involve the following activities:
• Conduct field work (e.g. pre-release plan investigation, home visitation, job verification, parole violation investigation);
• Apply evidence-based assessment, case planning and supervision techniques, set by policy and standards of practice, under the supervision of a team leader or supervisor;
• Direct the assessment and supervision plan of community-based parolees through the analysis of case material and interviews to update the Colorado Transition Accountability Plan (CTAP) by incorporating community supervision conditions and updating the parolee's goals;
• Monitor parolee compliance and progress by overseeing employment, drug treatment and screening, restitution payments, residential status, and specialized treatment programs consistent with the community supervision plan and division contact standards and escort to specific activities, if needed;
• Interact with parolees and use motivational interviewing, coaching, and other evidence based practices to reinforce pro-social behavior and assist parolees in developing effective problem solving skills and attaining goals;
• Provide crisis intervention, personal counseling and guidance to parolees in resolving interpersonal, familial and financial problems to enhance parolee success and better ensure public safety;
• Respond to parolee non-compliant behavior by investigating violations, and imposing appropriate sanctions consistent with the Colorado Violation Decision Making Process (CVDMP) or community violation matrix, most of which are managed in the community and do not require arrest;
• Present case information for a variety of evidentiary hearings to include COPD (Code of Penal Discipline) hearings, Parole revocation hearings, YOS (Youthful Offender System) revocation proceedings, and Interstate Compact probable cause hearings as well as serving as a hearing officer for COPDs conducted on residential and CRCF (Community Return to Custody Facility) parolees in compliance with due process standards;
• Attend training and develop skills in evidence based supervision techniques to include motivational interviewing, assessment and case planning, and cognitive behavioral interventions;
• Maintain proficiency in the use of firearms, arrest control techniques, CPR, and first aid. Maintain a thorough understanding of use of force compliance with certification according to State Statue and Department of Corrections policy;
• Pursuant to C.R.S. 16-2.6-101, position will function as a PEACE Officer and will make arrests and transport parolees;
• Perform other job related duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, business administration, public administration, management, social science, social work, counseling, labor and industrial relations, or a closely related field. (Applicants must upload a copy of your unofficial college transcripts that include your name, college name, degree and date conferred with your application, in order to receive credit).

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POST: Applicants MUST possess and maintain a current and valid Colorado POST (Peace Officer Standards Training) certification at the time of application. You must upload a copy of your POST certificate to your application. The website for information regarding POST is

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be at least 21 years of age, possess a valid and unrestricted driver's license, and have no felony convictions or domestic violence history.

• Work experience in the areas of counseling, social work, law enforcement, corrections or community supervision which provided the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, will substitute on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree.
• A bachelor's degree that is not in a related field of study, may substitute up to 60 semester hours of core coursework on a year for year basis.
• A master's or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in the fields listed above will substitute for the bachelor's degree.

There is no substitution for the Colorado POST Certification. Applicants that do not currently have active POST will not be considered.

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

Required Competencies:
• Strong interpersonal/customer service skills focusing on respectful interaction;
• Ability to self-motivate and take initiative;
• Ability to balance public safety with re-entry goals;
• Ability to organize, plan and prioritize work;
• Strong computer skills with the ability to adapt to advances in technology;
• Effective written and oral communication skills with the ability to reach a variety of audiences;
• Ability to communicate important information and verbally summarize incidents;
• Ability to make decisions and think critically to solve problems;
• Ability to multi-task and demonstrate flexibility;
• Ability to maintain effective working relationships and collaborate with others;
• Ability to work with a high risk/high need population;
• Ability to work with a diverse population;
• 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 rating for possessing any preferred qualifications criteria.)
• Prior years of relevant experience within a classified State of Colorado position.
• Experience as a parolee advocate to help parolees reintegrate successfully into society;
• Knowledge of law enforcement, corrections, parole, or probation operations, or case management;
• Experience with community supervision as an alternative to incarceration;
• Experience working in a correctional or community supervision environment;
• Broad knowledge of social perceptiveness, human behavior, attitudes, motivation and its applicability in the rehabilitation of inmates;
• Experience working with hard to serve, high need, or high risk clients;
• Experience with case planning and includes setting goals and objectives;
• Knowledge of Evidence Based Practices and Interventions for the successful re-entry of parolees;
• Experience with Motivational Interviewing (MI).


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.

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 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, 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 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 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 serial testing and reporting for COVID-19.

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 ([email protected]), 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.

Supplemental Information

After submitting an application, you should receive an immediate 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. You may receive email notifications from a Colorado Dept. of Corrections employee or from this email address: [email protected]. 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 or if you have questions about this job announcement, please contact Katie Arend at [email protected].


The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

The Colorado Department of Corrections is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our Employee Relations Specialist, Ana Andersen, at [email protected] or call 719-226-4401.


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