You are reading the State of New Jersey Job Descriptions. This is not a Job Vacancy Announcement.

Job Specification



Under direction during an assigned tour of duty within an adult county 
correctional facility or institution, supervises the day-to-day operations, 
activities and staff responsible for performing a wide variety of tasks in 
support of the safety, security and welfare of inmates, facility personnel 
and visitors; may assist with the more difficult assignments and/or 
inmates; does other related duties as required.

NOTE:  The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes 
only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties 
listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the 
job may not be listed.


Trains, assigns, instructs, schedules, supervises and formally 
evaluates the work of subordinate officers.

Maintains care, custody and control of inmates in accordance with 
established policies, rules, regulations and procedures.

Prepares daily work schedules for assigned officers, ensures 
adequate shift coverage and approves overtime as required.

Conducts roll calls and briefings.

Assists in the development, implementation and monitoring of 
correctional programs.

Recommends improvements to operating procedures and/or 

Supervises and/or conducts cell and dormitory searches in 
ccordance with established policies, regulations or procedures.

May assist with the transport of inmates to and from other facilities, 
court appearances, off-premise medical appointments, emergency 
medical treatment facilities and court-issued programs and clinics.

Instructs and reminds subordinate staff of policies, directives, 
procedures, standards and practices.

Instructs subordinate officers on changes and/or revisions to policies, 
directives, procedures, standards and practices.

May operate emergency vehicles as directed.

Investigates various inmate related incidents, alleged violations of 
policy, irregular or suspicious occurrences, etc.

Attends formal classes and receives instruction on the principles, 
practices and terminology of correctional concepts involving 
penology methods and programs.

Reviews, prepares and processes a variety of reports related to 
facility operations.

Supervises the maintenance of essential records and files.

May assist with investigations and/or the exchange of information 
between federal, state, county, and/or municipal authorities by 
receiving, transmitting, and preparing records and reports.

May supervise or participate in activities involving the classification 
of inmates and/or the coordination of inmate records.

May perform all duties of a County Correction Officer as required.

May be assigned to supervise a squad of offices directing a group 
of inmates in the performance of work functions such as farming, 
cooking or maintenance.

Supervises the work operations and/or functional programs, and 
has responsibility for employee evaluations and for effectively 
recommending the hiring, firing, promoting, demoting and/or 
disciplining of employees.

Will be required to learn how to utilize various types of electronic 
and/or manual recording and information systems used by the 
agency, office or related units.



High School Diploma or equivalent.


Three (3) years of experience in work involving the custody or 
protection of individuals.


Appointees must possess a driverís license valid in New Jersey.

NOTE:  Appointees may be required to possess a valid Commercial 
Driverís License (CDL) and applicable endorsements for the class 
and type of vehicle being operated. The responsibility for ensuring 
that employees posses the required motor vehicle license, 
commensurate with the class and type of vehicles they operate, 
rests with the Appointing Authority.


Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.


Must be a citizen of the United States.

NOTE:  Applicants for this position must submit acceptable proof 
of meeting the above indicated requirements.


Appointees must have successfully completed a police training 
course approved by the New Jersey Police Training Commission. 
Such training includes successful attainment of a satisfactory level 
of proficiency in the use of firearms.

NOTE:  Appointees will be required to qualify/requalify in the use 
of firearms in accordance with State of New Jersey regulatory 

NOTE:  Appointees to positions in SWAT, SERT or related units 
must additionally qualify quarterly in the use of all weapons used 
by the unit.


Appointees may be required to pass a thorough medical and 
psychological examination administered by the appointing authority. 
Any medical, psychological or physical condition or defect which 
would prevent efficient performance of the duties of the position, 
cause the appointee to be a hazard to self or others, or become 
aggravated as a result of performance of these duties, will be 
cause for rejection. Appointees may be required to undergo a 
psychiatric examination. Failure to demonstrate sufficient capacity 
to perform duties of this position may be cause for rejection.


Knowledge of the rules, regulations, practices and procedures 
involving the operation and security of an adult correctional facility.

Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws concerning 
correctional facility operations.

Knowledge of the issues and problems likely to be encountered in 
work involving the rehabilitation, care and custody of persons 
deprived of their liberty.

Ability to enforce facility rules and keep order.

Ability to deal firmly and tactfully with inmates.

Ability to think and respond quickly in emergency situations.

Ability to understand and follow orders and written directions.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships 
with inmates, coworkers and the general public.

Ability to provide supervision, training, instruction and guidance 
to subordinate offices and evaluate their work performance.

Ability to exercise sound judgment in a wide array of situations.

Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate and informative reports 
containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Ability to supervise the maintenance of essential records and files.

Ability to learn how to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
manual recording and information systems used by the agency, 
office or related units.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand and communicate in 
English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American 
Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable 
forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible if they can 
perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable 
accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be made because 
it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may 
not be eligible.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
Local or
Class of
01405@LC N/A18-

This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.