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Who May Apply: This position is open to Colorado state residents only. However, vacancies that are located within 30 miles of the state border are exempt from the residency requirement. Therefore, applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado for Sterling and Trinidad.
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“
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;
- Retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan, PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus 401K and 457 plans;
- Medical and dental health plans;
- Paid life insurance;
- Short and long-term disability coverage;
- 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick time;
- Excellent work-life programs, tuition reimbursement, training opportunities and more.
Description of Job
Current vacancies: Canon City, Denver, and Sterling; however we are accepting applications for all locations. The eligibility list created from this posting will be used to fill current and future vacancies throughout the state. State correctional facilities are located in Crowley, Buena Vista, Canon City, Delta, Denver, Limon, Pueblo, Rifle, Sterling and Trinidad.
The Health Care Services Trainee II position performs tasks that are structured and designed to provide training and experience in the field of substance use disorder counseling. Tasks are performed under direct supervision and detailed instruction and guidance is received in order for employees in this position to become certified or licensed as an addiction counselor (CAC II, III or LAC) through the Colorado State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners. Position learns to apply established practices and methods in the field of substance use disorder counseling. This position does not remain in this classification indefinitely, the intent is to be able to seek promotional opportunities as an Addiction Counselor Trainee III then ultimately become fully operational and perform independently to be able to seek promotional opportunities as an Addiction Counselor with the CDOC as a Health Professional II. Required addiction specific training and education from the Office of Behavioral Health and certification/licensure exams are at the employees cost. Position is responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
- Provides support for drug and alcohol treatment programs and substance use disorder education to inmates in CDOC facilities;
- Under direct supervision and in accordance with rules, regulations, guidelines and clinical standards, position will implement treatment plans, deliver treatment through educational/vocational or recreational activities in individual and group settings, conduct approved programs for inmates and provide assessment of treatment needs for individual inmates;
- Provide observations and information to support treatment activities;
- Documents both handwritten and electronically in an accurate and timely manner to provide comprehensive inmate treatment records;
- Responsible to seek review and supervision of all documentation assigned;
- Listens to inmate concerns and provides counseling and direction when appropriate;
- Communicates to advise, counsel, and/or guide staff within the clinical unit, the facility, and outside agencies to ensure continuity of care;
- Responsible for maintaining standards of the program or work unit through compliance with all applicable professional, departmental, organizational and unit standards;
- Assist counselors and learn to monitor inmate treatment and documentation to assure compliance with standards and continuity of care.
- Promotes and is accountable for the safety and security of the clinical and correctional environment through conscientious observations, and sensitive item contraband control;
- Informs supervisor of any violations of safety and security through the report writing process, attends training programs as assigned, including self-defense course to ensure self-protection skills.
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Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
- Applicant must have one year of full-time experience participating in the delivery of behavioral health treatment in a drug and alcohol program, mental health program, or sex inmate program.
- Applicant must be a Certified Addiction Technician or must be actively enrolled as a student and practicing as part of a practicum/internship in an accredited graduate behavioral health sciences program. (See HB 20-1206 and 4 CCR 744-1)
- Education from an accredited institution in the behavioral health sciences such as Psychology, Social Work or Counseling will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis. You must attach a copy of your transcripts that contain your name, name of the college, type of degree received and date degree was awarded.
- Current, valid certification, registration and/or licensure from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies in one of the following: Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS), Addiction Counselor Candidate (AC-C), Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), Clinical Social Worker Candidate (SWC), Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CSW), Licensed Psychologist Candidate (PSYC), Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate (MFTC), Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPC-C), or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) will substitute for the required Certified Addiction Technician or active enrollment as a student practicing as part of a practicum/internship in an accredited graduate behavioral health sciences program.
- Ability to work directly with inmates;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate effectively with a multi-disciplinary treatment team;
- Ability to provide comprehensive clinical documentation;
- Knowledge of substance use disorders;
- Must maintain required registration/permit/licensure as applicable to this assignment;
- Keen ability to multi-task and demonstrate flexibility;
- Ability to receive and apply constructive feedback regarding clinical supervision;
- Ability to successfully manage your workload;
- 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.
- Experience providing or participating in addiction treatment to an incarcerated population;
- Certified Addiction Counselor Specialist, Addiction Counselor Candidate, Licensed Addiction Counselor, Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychologist Candidate, Marriage and Family Therapist or Candidate (MFTC or LMFT) or Licensed Professional Counselor or Candidate (LPCC or LPC);
- Experience providing comprehensive clinical documentation in the field of addiction counseling;
- Experience administering Standardized Offender Assessment-Revised (SOA-R) Assessments;
- Experience working with diverse populations;
- Experience working with dually diagnosed populations.
ONLY APPLICANTS WHO MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BY THE CLOSING DATE SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
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.
Conditions of Employment: All job offers are contingent upon a successful medical screening by a healthcare 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 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 inmate 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 inmates or residents.
- 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 inmates; 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.
The CDOC is committed to a drug and alcohol free work environment. Our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A drug test will be administered to all new employees; employees must successfully pass. 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. 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, 633 17th Street, Suite 1320, Denver, CO 80202-3604. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. As of November 12, 2013, the Board will be located at 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80203. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Brenda Valdez at 719-226-4434 or email@example.com.
SCHEDULED DATES OF POSSIBLE APPLICANT ASSESSMENTS (I.E., EXAMS, ORAL BOARDS, WRITTEN EXAMS) WILL NOT BE MADE UP. IF YOU FAIL TO SHOW AT THE APPOINTED DATE/TIME, MAKE-UPS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED.
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.
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, Heather Tepley, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 719-226-4401.
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