Occ. Code 8812110

 

CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SPECIALIST 1, GRADE 19

8812110

CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SPECIALIST 2, GRADE 21

8812100

CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SPECIALIST 3, GRADE 23

8812130

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

            Incumbents of these positions evaluate and develop the management, operational, and safety and security programs at correctional facilities.  These positions exist only in the New York State Commission of Correction.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

            CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SPECIALIST 1: entry level; performs field inspections, assessments and evaluations of facilities, using written rules and regulations, and in concert with and under the guidance of Correctional Facility Specialists 2.

 

            CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SPECIALIST 2: functions as senior field representatives with a wide range of discretion and scope of initiative in the field, within the bounds of Commission policy; leads field teams engaged in complex projects; conducts sensitive investigations; formulates and presents findings and recommendations; and trains and provides guidance and direction to Correctional Facility Specialists 1.

 

            CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SPECIALIST 3: serves as field supervisors with broad authority and a high level of autonomy; is responsible for all Commission operations in an assigned geographical area of the State, and/or for major Commission programs; supervises Correctional Facility Specialists 1 and 2; develops the Preliminary Reports of the Medical Review Board and their conversion into Final Reports of the Commission.

 

RELATED CLASSES

 

            Correction Officers supervise inmates in correctional facilities and maintain the security of correctional facilities against inmate violence, insurrection or escape.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

            CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SPECIALIST 1: conducts inspections and evaluations of plant, procedures and operations of correctional facilities; evaluates facilities’ compliance with minimum standards for proper management, the care, custody and treatment of inmates; analyzes staffing patterns, views conditions of confinement and reports findings and observations; reviews, researches and analyzes inmate complaints and grievances;  and participates in investigating incidents. The duties of this class emphasize inspection, observation, measurement of compliance, collection of information, interview of correctional staff and inmates, and evaluation and assessment of conditions.

 

            CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SPECIALIST 2: serves as senior field representative; exercises broad discretion on behalf of the Commission and undertakes the agency's more complex and extensive projects and programs; serves as team leader, formulating and facilitating problem resolution, compliance or enforcement strategies; devises technical assistance strategies; assists facility administrators in developing policies, procedures and acceptable plans to correct violations; interprets and applies rules and regulations to various problems and conditions; plans and schedules fieldwork, sets priorities among assignments, establishes divisions of labor on assigned project teams, and prepares all staff recommendations to the Commission; organizes and conducts field evaluation exit conferences with facility administrators, transmitting findings and recommendations to them; conducts sensitive and complex investigations, including mortality and health-related investigations; and trains, advises and mentors Correctional Facility Specialists 1.  The duties of this class emphasize leadership in the field, development of strategies to address and resolve operational deficiencies; interpretation of Commission policy, the drafting of recommendations to the Commission, and the selection of tactics and strategies to be used by staff.

 

            CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SPECIALIST 3: under general direction of the Assistant Director of Operations and Training, plans and directs the activities of the Commission; develops, facilitates and implements programs consistent with agency policy; interprets Commission policy, sets priorities, assembles and assigns regional work teams; provides mentoring and guidance on complex technical issues; reviews, edits and approves work products; directs major investigations; coordinates and leads the Commission's emergency response in the field; performs supervisory tasks such as conducting performance evaluations, monitoring time and attendance, and overseeing staff development. 

 

            Correctional Facility Specialists 3 are also required to assume responsibility for the outcomes of major programs.  For example, one leads the New Institutions Transition Assistance Program, which regulates and facilitates the creation of new correctional institutions, from site selection and environmental impact to opening, occupancy and the first year of operation.  Moreover, Correctional Facility Specialists direct the functions, powers and duties of the Medical Review Board, which is composed of physicians and attorneys appointed by the Governor to inquire into prisoner mortality and prisoner access to health care.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

            CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SPECIALIST 1

 

Three years of experience in the development or evaluation of the management, operation, or safety and security programs of a federal, State, or local correctional system, which must include the interpretation and application of oversight rules and regulations governing these systems.  College credit may substitute for experience at the rate of 30 credits per year up to a maximum of one year of the three years of experience.

 

            CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SPECIALIST 2

 

One year of service as a Correctional Facility Specialist 1.

 

            CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SPECIALIST 3

 

Promotion: One year of service as a Correctional Facility Specialist 2 OR two years of service as a Correctional Facility Specialist 1. 

 

Open Competitive: Five years of experience in the development or evaluation of the management, operation, or safety and security programs of a federal, State, or local correctional system, which must include the interpretation and application of oversight rules and regulations governing these systems.  College credit may substitute for experience at the rate of 30 credits per year up to a maximum of one year of the five years of experience.

 

 

 

 

Date:  5/03

 

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.