Occ. Code 8125100


Correctional services guidance Specialist, GRADE 22


New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




Correctional Services Guidance Specialists assist the Director of Correctional Guidance with program development, implementation, and evaluation of facility program development to ensure continuity of services and to facilitate the transition of incarcerated individuals or veterans preparing for release. Incumbents act as a liaison with community resources and with other State and federal agencies.


These positions are classified at the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS).




          Correctional services guidance specialist: full performance level; staff position in support of the Director Correctional Guidance in the development, implementation, and evaluation of facility program development.




            Assistant Director Correctional Guidance is a one-position class that assists the Director of Correctional Guidance in the design and implementation of policy on a Department-wide basis relating to all guidance activities. 


Education Counselors are responsible for providing counseling service to aid inmates in making effective adjustments to facility education programs in facilities that have large education programs.


Offender Rehabilitation Aides assist in providing counseling, guidance, case management, and various services to inmates at DOCCS facilities. Incumbents assist the counseling staff, primarily but not exclusively Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators, in their casework, including: interviewing inmates; assisting with inmate group sessions; maintaining case files; providing personal assistance to inmates for the maintenance of family contacts via telephone and written correspondence; assisting inmates in completing complex written forms; and explaining rules and procedures.


Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators apply social casework principles to the social, educational, vocational rehabilitation, and preparation of offenders released to community supervision (parole and post-release supervision) and under strict and intensive supervision and treatment (SIST) pursuant to Article 10 of the Mental Hygiene Law.  They: guide and assist offenders in their adjustment to their new environment, identifying appropriate treatment services for offenders with significant problems and special needs (e.g., alcohol and substance abuse, mental illness, medical issues and disability, education, employment and vocational needs, homelessness, family dysfunction, and delinquency); prepare offenders for release into the community by encouraging them to enhance their educational and vocational skills and modify their behavior; develop final community supervision and discharge plans; and ensure that targeted services are identified pre-release and community-based supports are available upon release.  They also prepare comprehensive release reports that are utilized by the Board of Parole in the discretionary release decision making process and when establishing the conditions of release.  The comprehensive release reports are also utilized by field parole officers during the community preparation investigation phase.  They also complete risk and needs assessments for the purposes of offender targeted treatment and programming and preparation for release to community supervision. 




Assists correctional facilities in the establishment and implementation of specific programs for incarcerated individuals.






Provides or obtains assistance and training as needed.





Maintains liaison with key agencies and community resources.





Conducts research and disseminates information to facilities and outside agencies.








Promotion:  One year of permanent competitive service as an Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator, Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (ASAT), or Education Counselor within the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. 




Rev: 7/18


NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.




Parenthetic Attachment


Correctional services guidance specialist (Veterans Affairs):  full performance level; staff position in support of the Director Correctional Guidance and line workers (Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators) for the development, implementation, and evaluation of facility program development regarding incarcerated veterans.




Non-competitive: A Bachelor’s Degree and four years of qualifying experience;




A Bachelor’s Degree with specialization and three years of qualifying experience (a Master’s Degree with specialization may be substituted for up to one year of the general experience).


At least one year of qualifying experience must have been spent in counseling or administering programs directly related to incarcerated veterans.  Qualifying experience is described as having experience in counseling or administering programs directly related to veterans.  Experience oriented toward behavior modification in such areas as self-improvement or the use of tobacco is not qualifying experience.


Degrees with specialization must be in counseling, social work, sociology, criminal justice, psychology, Hispanic or Black studies, community and human services or a closely related field.


IN ADDITION:  candidates must have been honorably discharged from service in the United States military forces.