Talbot County Government is seeking a director/warden responsible for leading, directing, supervising and managing the administration and operation of all activities of the Talbot County Department of Corrections.
Starting salary $91,155 – Final salary determination DOQ.
Generous benefits package.
Consideration date extended to April 19, 2019.
Please include a cover letter and at least three professional references.
• Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, social sciences, or public administration plus a minimum of five (5) years of progressive experience in the administration, management and oversight of a correctional facility.
• Certification by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission is required.
The Talbot County Department of Corrections is responsible for the safe, secure and constitutionally compliant housing of all persons legally committed to the custody of the Warden, this includes those persons awaiting an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner. As part of Talbot County’s criminal justice system, the Department represents the interests of the County in all matters of detention, incarceration, housing, rehabilitation and remediation of both pre-trial and sentenced inmates.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, social sciences, or public administration plus a minimum of five (5) years of progressive experience in the administration, management and oversight of a correctional facility.
The incumbent is responsible for leading, directing, supervising and managing the administration and operation of all activities of the Talbot County Department of Corrections. The Director ensures the institution is adequately staffed by trained personnel; ensures that inmates are properly received, processed, housed, fed, cared for and accounted for; develops and implements proven rehabilitative strategies that successfully reintegrate offenders into society; develops and implements policies and procedures for the operation and administration of the facility while ensuring that all personnel are properly supervised and managed thereby guaranteeing the safety, security and well-being of the staff and inmates who occupy the Detention Center.
DUTIES & EXAMPLES OF WORK:
1. Plans, directs and controls all operations of the County Detention Center.
2. Develops, establishes and communicates policies and procedures for the management, operation and maintenance of the Detention Center.
3. Provides opportunities to change criminal thinking patterns and promote pro-social behaviors through education with a cognitive behavioral focus, with the objective of a decreased likelihood of reincarceration.
4. Ensures that the Center is adequately staffed at all times and that all staff members are trained and certified as required; establishes and communicates standards of work performance, work hours, and personnel rules and regulations, ensures effective supervision of staff; provides for the safety, security, and compensation of staff members; resolves personnel problems and initiates disciplinary action as needed; instructs correctional personnel in new procedures.
5. Ensures the Detention Center is inspected daily to make sure of employee and inmate adherence to departmental policies, procedures and practices.
6. Provides for the periodic inspection and repair of all center facilities, inmate areas and equipment; oversees the periodic searches of all areas of the facility and ensures the confiscation of prohibited items.
7. Prepares and presents Department’s operating and capital budgets to County Manager and County Council. Administers operating and capital budgets as adopted by the County Council.
8. Represents Talbot County as a member of the Maryland Correctional Administrators Association. Monitors, studies and briefs County leadership on specific legislation proposed by the Maryland General Assembly and the potential impact on the County and the Department of Corrections, if passed.
9. Serves as primary point of contact and liaison for Talbot County with various County, State and Federal court officials; federal, state and local law enforcement and correctional officials; other federal and state officials, contractors, and vendors in connection with Departmental activities. Within County government, fosters and maintains positive working relationships with the County Manager, County Council, State’s Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, and various County department directors.
10. Ensures compliance with all applicable Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), the Annotated Code of Maryland, the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards and all other statutes and case law pertaining to federal and state constitutional rights of incarcerated persons; regulations of the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and other applicable statutes, standards and County ordinances and codes.
11. Develops and presents policy recommendations relating to correctional and security services to the County Manager and County Council. Ensures that all County personnel regulations are adhered to by all County employees. Seeks clarification on policy issues from Administrative Services as necessary.
12. When necessary, conducts and/or coordinates required investigation into serious breaches of the law, policy and procedures, rules and regulations, whether by staff or inmate. Coordinates such investigation with appropriate law enforcement agencies and the States Attorneys’ Office.
13. Accounts for the control, safety, and security of visitors to the center, the general public and detainees.
14. Accounts for the receipt, processing, custody, safety, security, care, transport, and release of inmates; provides for inmate services such as medical care, educational opportunities, laundry, etc.; ensures that inmates’ rights are not abridged; interviews troubled inmates and resolves problems; establishes and ensures enforcement of standards of inmate behavior.
15. Receives and responds to questions, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, inquiries, complaints and the press as necessary and keeps a permanent record of all responses.
16. Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
1. Must possess excellent communications skills, verbal and written.
2. Possess the ability to read, analyze and interpret highly detailed and complex documents.
3. Must be familiar with current and emerging best practices pertaining to reducing recidivism.
4. Must have the ability to write and edit detailed and complex reports, policies, procedures and correspondence.
5. Be able to respond appropriately and effectively when handling highly confidential and/or sensitive inquiries or complaints.
6. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to the County Council and various governmental agencies, committees, boards and other public groups.
7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, inmates, lawyers, the public and officials of County, State and Federal agencies.
8. Ability to maintain records and prepare financial reports.
9. Ability to deal calmly and effectively with all inmates and in all situations.
Talbot County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Location/Region: Easton, MD