Director of Practice Improvement


GENERAL DESCRIPTION

This position will develop and implement an accreditation and staff training program for a community based, correctional residential center. The Director ensures the successful accreditation of the American Corrections Association. S/he develops, implements, and supervises the training of all RRC staff in the requirements of the Agency, and those of the federal contractor. Work is performed under the general supervision of a superior. The employee is expected to work with a high degree of initiative and independence, performing moderately complex duties with only general instruction.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

    Work may include, but is not limited to, the following examples:

    1. Remains alert during working hours; attends work as scheduled, and complies with attendance policy.

    2. Recommends, develops, and implements administrative policies, internal operating procedures, programs, and actions essential for the successful ACA accreditation of the program.

    3. Monitors program activities ensuring compliance with accreditation and contractual requirements.

    4. Trains staff in the requirements of accreditation and in internal operating procedures.

    5. Maintains and organizes records necessary to achieve accreditation.

    6. Identifies training needs of staff after consultation of superior and program work teams, and develops and implements training plan that promotes staff development and professional growth of each.

    7. Researches, develops, and implements correctional training materials; writes and develops training curricula, making use of evidence based practices in Corrections.

    8. Ensures the attendance of staff in required training, and that training program achieves Agency and federal, staff training requirements.

    9. Conducts training in such highly specialized areas as: report writing, searches, pat downs, shake downs, breathalyzer testing, chain of evidence, escape procedures, interpersonal skills, and standards of conduct.

    10. Evaluates training effectiveness; recommends and/or makes revisions; implements revisions to specific correctional training programs.

    11. Provides consultative or technical support to management and supervisory personnel in the planning and implementation of processes to achieve accreditation standards.

    12. Attends agency staff meetings and correctional training and accreditation conferences to keep abreast of advances of the field, staff training needs, and operating problems.

    13. Complies with Code of Conduct. Reports violations immediately.

    14. Maintains the confidentiality of offender and business information.

    15. Performs other duties as may be assigned.

EXAMPLES OF KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the field of substance abuse, and of current trends and methods employed in the care, treatment, rehabilitation, and evaluation of clients
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the certification standards of the Division of Behavioral Health
  • Knowledge of national accreditation requirements and processes
  • Knowledge of methods of instruction and the presentation of training materials
  • Skill in oral and written communication
  • Skill in presenting complex information to others in an understandable format
  • Ability to coordinate, implement, and drive accreditation and quality activities
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data, and to effectively communicate findings
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, public officials and the general public
  • Ability to organize and develop a records management system
  • Ability to interpret complex regulations and standards and to translate to practices
  • Ability to plan, develop, and organize an effective training program and carry it out to a successful conclusion.
  • Ability to present ideas clearly and communicate effectively with others.
  • Ability to assist, and exercise tact, patience, and understanding of others.
  • Ability to handle confidential information appropriately.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS

    Knowledge of corrections and community based offender treatment
    Knowledge of accreditation standards and processes
    Comprehensive knowledge of methods of instruction, presentation of training materials, and principles of personnel development
    Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques involved in the development and administration of a training program
    Comprehensive knowledge of the organization, functions, and operations of a correctional program
    Working knowledge of personnel, business, and office management as applied to correctional programming
    Skill in oral and written communication
    Skill in preparing and implementing operating procedures
    Skill in presenting complex information to others in an understandable format
    Ability to organize and develop a records management system
    Ability to interpret complex regulations and standards and to translate to practices
    Ability to assist agency staff in identifying correctional training needs and the development of a correctional training program.
    Ability to plan, develop, and organize an effective correctional training program and carry it out to a successful conclusion.
    Ability to keep staff informed through literature, planned discussions, and conferences, as to the content and trends of correctional programs; and to design and implement a program outlined for their progressive development.
    Ability to effectively plan, develop, and organize materials for use in correctional training programs.
    Ability to lead discussions and instruct participants in correctional training classes.
    Ability to present ideas clearly and communicate effectively with others.
    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with officials, agency staff and others.
    Ability to operate audio-visual aids and other equipment used for training purposes.
    Ability to assist, and exercise tact, patience, and understanding of others.
    Ability to handle confidential information appropriately.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS
1. Bachelor’s degree in Education, Criminal Justice, social sciences or a closely related field; AND

2. Three (3) or more years’ of correctional experience where the primary duties involved classroom training.

3. Candidates with past experience in ACA accreditation are preferred.

    NECESSARY SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS
    No candidate may be considered for employment who is, or has been for the past two (2) years under the supervision of Federal, State, County or Municipal Corrections Department nor have any pending felony or misdemeanor charges other than minor traffic charges.

    Driving may be required for this position. The successful candidate must have and remain in possession of a valid current driver’s license, automobile insurance, and be insurable under the agency’s motor vehicle insurance policy.

    All candidates for employment must meet the established minimum qualifications for employment as identified by the applicable regulatory agencies.

     
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