CA Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
About the job
Job Description And Duties
Under the direction of the Correctional Counselor II (s), the Correctional Counselor I interviews inmates and evaluates their adjustment to, and progress in correctional treatment programs; counsels inmates on personal, institutional and family problems; collects, evaluates and records social behavior and vocational data on inmates; abstracts and contributes to cumulative case history data and makes recommendations pertinent to classification and assignment planning; identifies and reports on special, educational and vocational problems as basis fro recommending appropriate programs of vocational training, maintains case histories on inmates during confinement and makes recommendations on changes in classification assignments, prepares board reports on inmate’s activities in the institutions; prepares pre-release reports for field use, maintains regular up-dating of classification scores and schedules cases for Classification Committee and transfers as indicated, functions as required as a member of a disciplinary committee and advises on case factors used in appropriate disciplinary disposition.
Minimum Requirements You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.
- CORRECTIONAL COUNSELOR I
- Job Application Package Checklist
Job Code #:
Correctional Counselor I
CORRECTIONAL COUNSELOR I
$6,660.00 – $7,985.00 A
$8,061.00 – $9,675.00 B
$6,993.00 – $8,384.00 J
$8,464.00 – $10,159.00 K
# of Positions:
Permanent, Full Time
We enhance public safety and promote successful community reintegration through education, treatment and active participation in rehabilitative and restorative justice programs.
To facilitate the successful reintegration of the individuals in our care back to their communities equipped with the tools to be drug-free, healthy, and employable members of society by providing education, treatment, rehabilitative, and restorative justice programs, all in a safe and humane environment.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) are committed to building and fostering a diverse workplace. We believe cultural diversity, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and unique identities should be honored, valued, and supported. We believe all staff should be empowered. CDCR/CCHCS are proud to foster inclusion and representation at all levels of both Departments.
Centinela State Prison
P.O. Box 731
Imperial, CA 92251
CDCR website: www.cdcr.ca.gov
Centinela website: https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/facility-locator/cen/
Founded in 1885, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is one of the nation’s largest and most diverse correctional departments in the country. We are dedicated to enhancing public safety through the safe and secure incarceration of offenders, by providing effective parole supervision, and implementing rehabilitative strategies to successfully reintegrate offenders into our communities.
Do not include any confidential information on any documents you submit for a job vacancy, such as your State application, resume, or educational transcripts. Confidential information that should be excluded or removed from these documents includes, but is not limited to, your Social Security Number (SSN), birthdate, student identification number, driver’s license number (unless required), basis of eligibility, examination results, LEAP status, marital status, and age. Confidential information on the first page of applications submitted electronically online, such as Easy ID number, SSN, examination related information, and driver’s license number will automatically be redacted upon submission.
Possession of Minimum Qualifications will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment. If you are meeting Minimum Qualifications with education, you must include your unofficial transcripts/diploma for verification. Official transcripts may be required upon appointment. If it is determined an applicant does not meet the Minimum Qualifications, the candidate will be withheld from the eligibility list, rendering them inactive and ineligible to be hired for the position. Candidates who have been withheld may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board.
Candidates new to CDCR or the Division of Juvenile Justice are required to submit to a background investigation process utilizing Live Scan Fingerprinting, and Tuberculosis testing prior to appointment followed by department annual Tuberculosis testing/evaluation thereafter.
Pursuant to the Public Health Orders (Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings and State and Local Correctional Facilities and Detention Centers Health Care Worker Vaccination Requirement) issued by the California Department of Public Health and the directive Mandatory COVID 19 Vaccines and Testing for Institution Staff issued by the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR), all staff assigned to this post/position may be required to show evidence of full vaccination and booster for COVID-19, absent an approved reasonable medical or religious accommodation precluding them from vaccination.
In addition to evaluating each candidate’s relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Willingness to create and promoted an equitable and inclusive workplace where diversity is celebrated and valued.
Knowledge of: Grammar, spelling, and correct usage of written and oral communication; correctional casework procedures; an understanding of the range of normal and abnormal human behavior; the policies and procedures of custody; problems involved in the supervision and adjustment of inmates; the various prison gangs, including gang memberships, interaction between gangs, special housing considerations, and the associated potential dangers to staff and inmates; cultural differences and perspectives of the inmates; the causative factors related to criminal patterns (crimes within the institution, gang applications, recidivism, etc.); group processes and dynamics, including various roles played by group participants and the different types of questions or modes of inquiry which can be used in group settings; simple arithmetic.
Ability to: Write comprehensive, complete, clear, and concise reports; utilize oral and written language to communicate effectively with inmates, staff and the public; command the respect and trust of inmates and staff; organize and prioritize work; meet deadlines; deal tactfully/diplomatically with sensitive issues; evaluate situations accurately and take effective action; deal effectively with a high volume of work; obtain specific information from an inmate during an interview; work under pressure; respond effectively to emergency situations; work independently; control an interview with an inmate; interpret institutional and departmental policies, rules and regulations; adjust to changes in assignments; work with a team of people from a variety of occupations and professional disciplines; motivate an inmate toward specific goals; recognize and handle dangerous situations for inmates and staff.
The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.
Human Resources Contact:
Hiring and Recruitment Office
(760) 337-7900 ext: 5254
Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department’s EEO Office.
(760) 337-7900 ext: 7605
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.
- Priority consideration will be given to Reemployment/Departmental Restriction of Appointment/State Restriction of Appointment/Surplus candidates.
- This advertisement may be used to fill this and other vacancies that occur during the validity of this recruitment.
- Various methods of appointments may be considered, unless specified in this advertisement. If applying as a T&D, it MUST be indicated on your application.
- Positions filled as limited term or as a Training and Development may become permanent.
- All applications will be screened (based on information provided on your application) and only the most qualified will be interviewed. Therefore, please be as thorough as possible when filling out application. Please attach resume or additional documents if necessary.
- Incomplete applications will be screened out. Including those submitted without the required documentation.
- Salary posted is the base pay for the classification; various salary ranges may be included. A final salary placement will be made at the time of appointment.
- Departments are not required to contact all candidates with list eligibility; therefore, candidates are encouraged to search for vacancies they may be eligible for and apply.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.
It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.