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Occ. Code 8171200




New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




Positions in this title series are responsible for providing counseling service to aid inmates in making effective adjustment to facility education programs.  Incumbents work with inmates and staff to develop individual educational and vocational programs and ensure that these programs are directed toward inmate projected goals upon release.


These positions are classified in the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS).  Incumbents at DOCS assist in the total care and confinement of inmates sentenced to the custody of the department.  All incumbents perform various duties and functions in conjunction with the overall operation of a facility and/or location to which they are assigned.  




EDUCATION COUNSELORS: take part in the assessment and analysis of the educational and vocational needs of inmates; work directly with inmates to ensure all issues are appropriately addressed so that inmates are better prepared to function in society in a post-corrections environment.




Correction Counselors apply social casework principles to the social, educational and vocational rehabilitation of inmates in correctional facilities.  Incumbents guide and assist inmates in their adjustment to their new environment, encouraging them to upgrade their educational and vocational skills and to modify their behavior in order to prepare them for eventual release into the community.


Facility Parole Officers apply social casework techniques to work on a variety of issues related to the release of inmates from correctional facilities, performing functions that include: the assignment and review of caseloads and interviewing of inmates; creation and implementation of discharge activities to help inmates with the release and reintegration into communities; preparation of summary reports for the Parole Board; coordination with community-based parole staff, the development of a final discharge and supervision plan; and any other administrative duties associated with the release of inmates from incarceration.




Meet with inmates to gather information about background, interests, and abilities, and provide each inmate with information about a facility and its programs.



Provide ongoing counseling and life skills to inmates, encourage them to remain in school, assist with positive behavioral changes, and assist with transitional planning for release or discharge.



Coordinate interactions with teachers, administrators, and other relevant facility staff to ensure the needs of inmates are being met in a positive and effective manner.



Evaluate, classify, and program inmates.





Open Competitive: Masters Degree in vocational, rehabilitation, vocational counseling, rehabilitation counseling, educational guidance, school psychology, or school counseling. 


Date:  7/09

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.