Commonwealth of Kentucky

Director of Reentry Services, Department of Corrections (Justice and 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 innovative, dynamic, self-starting policy leader to head up inmate reentry efforts at the Department of Corrections. Strong reentry programs are a top priority for the Cabinet, and candidates for this positon must possess a passion for preparing former felons to thrive beyond the prison walls through evidence-based practices. This position demands an aptitude for developing and implementing new strategies while coordinating existing efforts with a broad array of stakeholders. This individual will work directly for the Justice Secretary and is expected to play a robust role in a fast-paced, reform-minded environment. Successful reintegration of felons not only transforms lives, but also allows the department to focus resources on the most serious offenders. Kentucky is already a national leader in criminal justice reform, and we intend to become a national leader on reentry efforts as well.


  • Develops, implements and coordinates reentry programs at the Kentucky Department of Corrections, ensuring that all programs adhere to evidence-based practices, concrete objectives and measurable outcomes.

  • Works directly with the Kentucky Justice Secretary and his team to formulate policies in a fast-paced, reform-minded environment. Must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to be a team player.

  • Engages in public outreach, representing our team and values among national policy leaders, the media and the taxpaying public.

  • Works directly with Probation and Parole to coordinate and collaborate efforts for successful reentry.   


Education preferences, minimum requirements: Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, public administration or a related field. Sufficient education which would assure the knowledge, skills and abilities to accomplish agency objectives.

Experience preferences, minimum requirements: Three to five years of experience in inmate reentry, correctional programming or a related field. Sufficient professional level administrative experience which would assure the knowledge, skills and abilities to accomplish agency objectives.

Location: Frankfort, KY

Resume and letter of interest may also be sent to:
Thomas.Kerr@ky.gov
Tom Kerr, Chief of Staff
Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
125 Holmes Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

*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. NM.vacancy@ky.gov
 

  • December 15, 2017
  • i/DirRSDOC

Instructions

After reviewing the "Job Details" section on this page, please submit the brief form below. Upon your submission, you will immediately be given the option to complete a one-way video interview using a smartphone, tablet or computer with camera capabilities. You will also receive an email containing a link to navigate back to the one-way video interview, should you wish to complete the interview later.

Separately, if you have not already, please submit an official non-merit application into the state’s database: located here.

We look forward to learning more about you--thank you for your interest in serving the Commonwealth!

(Contact NM.vacancy@ky.gov if you believe you have already completed an applicable one-way video interview.)

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