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Job Specification



Under the direction of an Administrator or Associate Administrator, 
Prison Complex or higher level supervisor in the Department of 
Corrections, provides oversight for custody programs and operations, 
functions as a higher level manager in the custody work force chain 
of command providing oversight of subordinate custody employees, 
and ensures the care, custody, and maintenance of discipline among 
inmates at all levels of incarceration residing at various site locations; 
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 the job specification.  Conversely, all duties performed on 
the job may not be listed.


Exercises full police powers and acts as a peace officer at all times 
for the detection, apprehension, arrest, and conviction of offenders 
against the law.

Manages the custody work force chain of command and oversees 
custodial operations.

Organizes supervisory custodial work and develops effective work 

Ensures the observance of laws and regulations by inmates, 
custody staff, civilian employees, and visitors.

Where appropriate, oversees non-criminal facility investigations 
of violations of rules and regulations by custody staff members or 
inmates and recommends and/or initiates appropriate action.  

Reviews pertinent criminal intelligence regarding institutional 
security and ensures appropriate action.

Conducts grievance hearings with labor organizations and/or 
individuals who have submitted contractual and non-contractual 
grievances.  May be required to represent management at 
various hearings.

Oversees the preparation of staff schedules, including the 
assignment of officers to posts and shifts, the scheduling of 
overtime, and vacation scheduling.  Evaluates the need for 
overtime and implements procedures for eliminating unnecessary 
overtime expenditures.

Develops or supervises the development of training programs for 
all custody personnel.

Responds to attempted or actual escapes, enforces escape plans, 
and submits comprehensive reports of circumstances to the 
appropriate administrator and/or director.

Plans, organizes, and assigns the work of the organizational unit 
and evaluates employee performance and conduct, enabling the 
effective hiring, promotion, termination, and/or disciplining of 

Carries a firearm and other restraint/defense equipment while 
performing duties or off-duty; is responsible for the care, use, 
and security of firearms and equipment.

Responsible for the operations of custodial staff and the briefing 
of shift lieutenants regarding proper performance of essential 
institutional routines.

Serves as a member of the various Classification Committees 
and utilizes inmate classification material to make judgments 
regarding the degree of custody required for an individual inmate 
to prevent disturbances and escapes.

Oversees the access to services for the inmate population, 
including but not limited to education, social services, drug
treatment, etc.

Ensures appropriate access to health services for the inmate 

Evaluates the fiscal needs of the custody unit, submits requests 
for budget appropriations, attempts to operate within fiscal restraints, 
and justifies cost overruns.

Ensures that all emergencies and unusual incidents are reported 
and responded to following the protocols established by the department; 
ensures appropriate escape procedures are implemented and enforced; 
submits/provides comprehensive reports of escapes and other emergent 
situations and ensures they are reported through the chain of command.

May operate the Central Operations Desk as the centralized contact 
person where all statewide facilities report incidents and occurrences; 
records, screens, and processes information, and makes notifications 
to the appropriate authorities.

Evaluates incidents that seriously affect the normal operations of the 
facility or any other activity that would result in a significant negative 
impact on the facility and initiates action as dictated by departmental 

May serve as a regional supervisor for more than one correctional 
facility, conducting audits of custody programs and serving as a liaison 
between the Central Office Administration and the correctional facilities. 
Prepares complex, technically sound, accurate, and informative reports, 
documents and correspondence.  Using various forums and techniques, 
effectively communicates the mission and goals of the department, 
both verbally and in writing.

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



Possession of a High School diploma or its equivalent.


Six (6) years of experience in the care and custody of inmates in a
correctional institution, three (3) years of which shall have been in 
a supervisory capacity.

NOTE:  Appointees to this position shall be required to qualify in 
the use of firearms on an annual basis. 


Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in 
New Jersey.

NOTE:  The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess the 
required motor vehicle license, commensurate with the class and 
type of vehicles they operate, rests with the Appointing Authority.


Knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of modern 
law enforcement and those relevant to the security, care, and 
rehabilitation of criminal offenders.

Knowledge of custodial care procedures in a correctional setting 
and the issues related to managing and maintaining a secure, 
safe, and orderly correctional facility.

Knowledge of the methods of resource allocation and reallocation.

Knowledge of the care, use, and security of firearms and other 
restraint/defense equipment.

Knowledge of the techniques necessary to conduct investigations.   

Knowledge of the methods used in supervising the custody, 
rehabilitation, protection, housing, feeding, work, and discipline 
of inmates to assist them toward social rehabilitation.

Ability to carry a weapon while on duty.

Ability to formulate and communicate program goals and objectives 
in a manner that will encourage staff cooperation to achieve these 
program goals and objectives.

Ability to read and interpret information on the standards, policies, 
objectives, regulations, and procedures established by the 
Department of Corrections for the conduct of correctional 
institutions and to apply them to specific situations.

Ability to read and interpret information on the New Jersey 2C 
criminal code and apply it to the use of lethal and nonlethal force
in the custody of social offenders.

Ability to assign and instruct the work of subordinate employees 
and supervise their work and performance.

Ability to develop and maintain adequate staffing standards.

Ability to supervise and conduct investigations and inspections.

Ability to develop and execute the necessary plans to contend 
with emergencies and other crisis situations, and to remain calm 
and decisive in those situations.

Ability to exercise full police powers and act as a peace officer 
at all times for the detection, apprehension, arrest, and conviction 
of offenders against the law.

Ability to be proficient in the care, use and security of firearms and 
other restraint/defense equipment.

Ability 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, or 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 as long 
as they can perform 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

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