CDOC Specialized Trainer (Denver)

State of Colorado Job Opportunities - Denver, CO3.5

Department Information


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 - Measure every aspect of government to be sure it's doing what it's supposed to do and to look at outcomes to judge whether our programs are successful.

Efficient - Deliver services in ways that are timely and effective including identifying waste and duplication and measure for efficiency.

Elegant - Deliver state services in a way that elevates both the state employee and the person receiving state services.

In addition to a great agency and amazing location, we offer:
Rewarding, meaningful work;
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;
10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave;
Tuition Reimbursement;
Wellness Program;
Training Opportunities and more.

Who can Apply: Colorado residents who meet the minimum requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Work Location: This recruitment will be used to fill vacancies in the Denver area. The first vacancy is at the Aurora Parole Office The eligible list established by this recruitment may be used to fill additional vacancies in Denver. Frequent travel is required.

Salary Note: Although the full salary range is listed, appointments are typically made at the range minimum, which is $5,218/month.

Phase I - Minimum Qualification Review
Phase II - Structured Application Review
Phase III - Performance Assessment

  • Subject to change. Additional phases may be added as needed.
Description of Job
Under the direction of the Corrections Training Academy and the Division of Adult Parole, specialized trainers coordinate the evaluation, design, implementation, quality management, and sustainment of Evidence Based Practices and Principles (EBP) across the entire agency. These positions are valuable to maximize efficiencies, effectiveness and outcomes of current and future CDOC practices.

Primary Job Duties include, but are not limited to:
Project Management:
Create, organize, and facilitate implementation and collaboration of a statewide project that includes efforts to reduce recidivism among offenders through the utilization of Evidence Based Practices (EBP) in the field of criminal justice. Build and guide organizational support for the implementation of evidence-based practices. Advises CDOC management of significant system issues arising in the correctional or treatment of offender success. Collaboratively decide on the best resolution to address problems relating to EBP training projects;
Operate independently in performing the full range of professional programmatic tasks;
Analyze information to determine solutions or processes that ensure the efficient, effective, compliant and accurate completion of assigned professional tasks;
Analyze complicated data, apply known and established theory, principles, conceptual models and professional standards in order to select an appropriate individualized set of operations applicable to the program/unit of this professional occupational field. Must understand and be able to integrate a complex system of principles related to the presentation, implementation, evaluation and sustainability of training related to evidence based practices in the correctional system. This system is highly complex, with many factors that promote and challenge the implementation of new supervision and treatment models.

Instruct Specialized Training:
Utilize substantive knowledge of EBP's, including Motivational Interviewing, risk/needs assessment, evidence-based decision-making and cognitive behavioral approaches. Execute and implement projects and vest in the long-term success. Design and develop training level categories, staying up to date in the development of structured curricula;
Serve as a resource or specialist in the professional field of EBP, ensuring efficient use of resources;
Administer Community of Practice (COP) sessions to coach parole staff with tools to enhance successful outcomes related to offender supervision;
Provide customer service to internal and external stakeholders, ensuring prompt and accurate clarification and dissemination of information;
Educate stakeholders on unfamiliar concepts and theories beyond common information or knowledge;
Collaborate with stakeholders to ensure best practices and appropriate application of professional principles;
Facilitate transactions and/or proper use of systems and processes, coordinating logistical resources and support for departmental need;
Research identified challenges and problems, and makes recommendations to improve, solve and correct.

Project Improvement/Record Keeping:
Report progress toward goals and objectives. Create benchmarks and systems to track and enhance progresses. Contact end users of the program to identify strengths, weakness, and implement plan of actions for continued improvement;
Evaluate the relevance and importance of programmatic theories, concepts, principles and general policy in order to tailor and develop an efficient and effective approach to fit specific circumstances;
Use judgment and resourcefulness to establish tailored plan to manage particular circumstances and to respond to critical, unique or urgent needs;
Oversee and daily management of projects and assignments in order to maintain transparency, consistency and integrity of data/systems/processes to meet position goals and objectives;
Conduct research to ensure accuracy and function of data/systems/processes;
Critically evaluate and problem solve to ensure resolution of issues and potential areas of concern;
Anticipate and analyze the impact and consequences of decisions made;
Provide comprehensive reporting services to stakeholders and management staff on a regular or as-needed basis;
Implement and manage reporting systems which may include generation of reports, utilizing relevant databases and programs;
Obtain and maintain instructor credentials in order to develop and update curriculum, instruct, monitor, and evaluate successful student course completion and effective instruction by other instructors.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Behavioral Sciences or closely related field of study.

  • AND -
Experience: Three (3) years of professional work experience, which must include all of the following:
Experience with and application of Evidence Based Principles and Practices. (minimum of 1 year).
Experience instructing adult learners, in a structured training environment, with multiple participants. (minimum of 1 year).
Experience in the conceptualization, preparation, presentation and evaluation of training for practitioners in a criminal justice or parole environment.
Part-time experience will be pro-rated. This work experience must be clearly described, in your own words, in the work history section of your application to meet this requirement.

  • Professional Experience is work that involves exercising discretion, analytical skill, judgment, and personal accountability, and responsibility for creating, developing, integrating, applying, and sharing an organized body of knowledge that characteristically is uniquely acquired through an intense education or training regimen at a recognized college or university; equivalent to the curriculum requirements for a bachelor's or higher degree with major study in or pertinent to the specialized field; and continuously studied to explore, extend, and use additional discoveries, interpretations, and application and to improve data, materials, equipment, applications and methods.
Substitutions for Education Only: A combination of work experience in the occupational field or specialized subject area of the work assigned to the job, which provided the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree.

A master's or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study related to the work assignment may be substituted for the bachelor's degree and one year of general experience respectively.

There is no substitution for the experience with Evidence Based Principles and Practices or instructing adult learners, in a structured training environment, with multiple participants.


Required Competencies:
Strong knowledge of criminal justice, correctional or parole theory, to include the understanding of the foundations and the significance of evidence-based practices;
Ability to effectively design, implement, deliver, and evaluate training material;
Advanced knowledge and a thorough understanding of training best practices;
Advanced knowledge and a thorough understanding of Criminal Justice best practices;
Strong leadership and analytical skills;
Self-directed and self-motivated;
Highly effective written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: (Candidates may receive higher ratings for possessing preferred qualification criteria).
Experience in the design, implementation, delivery, and evaluation of training programs;
Professional training experience in corrections, government, criminal justice, community based organizations or non-profit organizations;
Experience and knowledge of administering (back-end) electronic training platforms;
Demonstrated experience applying evidence based practices and principles within a correctional environment;
Knowledge and experience on criminogenic needs of offenders, transition and case management strategies to prepare offenders for re-entry;
Ability to strategically plan demonstrating innovation and global perspective;
Ability to interpret complex rules, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines;
Knowledge of resource allocation.

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 satisfactory drug screening urinalysis (UA) and a successful medical screening (at applicant's own expense) by a health care professional, certifying candidate's ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

You must be a Colorado resident at the time of application.
Must be 21 years of age;
Possess a valid, unrestricted, 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.
Successfully complete the Department of Corrections Basic Training upon hire;
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;
Positions that have direct contact with offenders may be exposed to Oleoresin Capsicum;
Must be able to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breeches 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;
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. In order to process your background investigation, your application must include at least 10 years of the most current employment history, unless the job in which you are applying for is later than 10 years. Failure to provide this information could result in delays and/or elimination from the background investigation process. We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test will be administered at any part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, including marijuana, will be disqualified from consideration. 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. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: 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, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
Supplemental Information


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.

Once you have submitted your application, you will immediately receive an 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 and may only give you one day to respond. You may receive email notifications from a Colorado Dept of Corrections employee or from this email address 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, please contact the "Department Contact" listed in this announcement within 3 days after the job announcement closes.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact the person listed on this announcement by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

**You are encouraged to print a copy of this announcement for your records**

Scheduled dates of possible applicant assessments (i.e., exams, oral boards, written assessments, etc) cannot be rescheduled. If you fail to appear for the scheduled date/time, make up dates will not be allowed.

All Colorado Department of Corrections Facilities and Building are Tobacco Free
Colorado Department of Corrections is a Equal Opportunity Employer