Commonwealth of Kentucky

Commissioner, Department of Corrections (Justice & Public Safety Cabinet)

Company Description

Thank you for your interest in non-merit (governor appointed) career opportunities with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the state's largest employer. Employment with the Commonwealth offers team members a satisfying career in civil service. Whether you are helping to provide essential benefits to children, generating job growth, protecting the most vulnerable or building Kentucky roads and facilities, your contribution is making a difference in the lives of your fellow Kentuckians.

Job Details

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet is seeking an experienced, dynamic and reform-minded leader to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Corrections (“DOC”), one of the largest departments in state government with more than 4,000 employees. Ideal candidates must pair a strong understanding of operations and public administration with an enthusiasm for innovation and a commitment to improving our system of criminal justice.

Adherence to data-driven solutions and evidence based policy is also a must. Cabinet priorities include a continued focus on improving community supervision and preparing inmates for successful reentry. Improving an already strong and nationally-recognized substance abuse program is critical to the department’s success, as are effective policies to control corrections costs and safely reduce the state’s prison population. The Commissioner works directly for the Secretary and is expected to play an integral role in formulating policy while overseeing administration and operation of programs.

The Commissioner is responsible for:

  • overseeing day-to-day operations, including oversight of the Division of Personnel, Office of Adult Institutions, Office of Support Services and Office of Community Services.

  • managing a nearly $600 million departmental budget and providing on-site leadership to over 4,000 employees at adult facilities and probation offices across the state.

  • working directly with the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary to develop and implement policies, with emphasis on reforms that will improve reentry services while safely reducing prison populations and focusing resources on the most serious offenders.

  • serving as the face of the DOC, collaborating on a regular basis with jailers, legislators and other stakeholders.

Education (minimum requirements): Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor's degree and sufficient training which would ensure the knowledge, skills and abilities to accomplish agency objectives.

Experience (minimum requirements): Sufficient professional level administrative experience which would ensure the knowledge, skills and abilities to accomplish agency objectives. The ideal candidate must have a competent and thorough knowledge of and extensive experience in corrections; must demonstrate professional leadership and the ability to communicate; and must be able to work with individuals from a diverse background.

Location: Frankfort, KY

*Upon appointment, employees in this class may be required to maintain a valid driver’s license and required to drive a licensed vehicle. This status may be necessary for the length of time in this class. If this is necessary, it will be listed in the specific position description for that position. Applicants and employees in this job title may be required to submit a drug screening test and background check. Applicants and employees in positions which perform job duties that may require contact with offenders in the custody or supervision of the Department of Corrections or with youth in the care, custody, or supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice must meet qualifications pursuant to the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, 28 C.F.R.115.17 and 115.317.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or veteran status. Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request.

  • July 18, 2018
  • i/CDOC


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