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CDOC - Academic State Teacher I - GED - Denver

at State of Colorado

Posted: 7/10/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2496623
Keywords: teaching

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information


The mission of the Colorado Department of Corrections is "To protect the citizens of Colorado by holding offenders accountable and engaging them in opportunities to make positive behavioral changes and become law abiding, productive citizens"
Our vision..."Building a safer Colorado for today and tomorrow"
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference and build greater public confidence in good government, consider joining the dedicated people of the State of Colorado. Our professionals strive to support state government and the citizens of Colorado. Customer service is a key component for every position in state government as is the focus on ideas and ways to redesign the delivery of services in making state government more effective and efficient. 
In addition to a great location, rewarding meaningful work, we offer:
  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system;
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans;
  • Medical and dental health plans;
  • Short and long term disability coverage;
  • Paid life insurance;
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave;
  • Wellness program, tuition reimbursement, training opportunities and more.

Job Location: Denver Complex
The Denver Complex includes Colorado Correctional Center (CCC) in Golden, Denver Women's Correctional Facility (DWCF) and  Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center (DRDC).  

The starting salary for this position is $4605.00 per month.

Description of Job

The position provides General Education Development (GED) Instruction within an adult educational correctional system/facility by delivering instruction, training and assessments. Instruction is in accordance with the Colorado Department of Education approved Certificate of Accomplishment Curriculum for appropriate Adult Basic Education levels. This position will also provide oversight of the Cognitive Education Program.
Job Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Teach and mentor offender students individually or in large and small group classrooms promoting academic performance skills;
  • Determine educational needs of offender students to develop short and long term goals;
  • Develop and implement competency-based teaching aids such as instructional software, multimedia visual aids, or study materials;
  • Lecture on theories, concepts and terminology;
  • Select and administer appropriate performance assessments to offender students in order to measure progress, course completion requirements, and to evaluate training/testing effectiveness;
  • Prepare reports and maintain records such as student grades, attendance rosters, and training activity details;
  • Observe and evaluate offender students' work to determine progress, provide feedback, and make suggestions for improvement;
  • Document offender achievements, competencies and contact hours towards completion of certificate requirements;
  • Justify accuracy and usage of budget requests;
  • Participate in conferences, seminars, and training sessions to keep abreast of developments in the field, and integrate relevant information into training programs;
  • Commitment to teamwork and collaboration with fellow teachers in a cooperative effort to promote mutual and continued guidance and improvements;
  • Actively contribute to the safety and security of the facility through effective offender management and promoting conflict resolution and solutions;
  • Endorse and adhere to the CDOC Mission and Vision promoting commitment and integrity.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in an education related field.
  • Applicants must currently possess a valid Colorado Professional or Initial Teacher License. (A copy of your license MUST be scanned and uploaded to this application at the time your application is submitted.)
  • Individuals who possess a Colorado Initial License upon hire must obtain the Colorado Professional Teacher License within three (3) years of date of hire. 
A current and valid Colorado Literacy Instruction or Adult Basic Education Authorization (LIA/ABE) may substitute for the Colorado Professional or Initial Teacher License. (A copy of your LIA or ABE MUST be scanned and uploaded to this application at the time your application is submitted if you are substituting this for the Professional or Initial Teacher License.)
There is no substitution for the required education. It is imperative that all credentials for this position are valid at the time of application and maintained.
A copy of your college transcripts noting type of degree and date conferred MUST be scanned and uploaded to this application at the time your application is submitted in order to receive college course work credit if you wish to use your credit in order to be considered for this position. Transcripts must include the institution name, your name, degree, date conferred, and must be in pdf or jpg format.
Experience MUST be described in detail on your application to receive credit.
  • Significant knowledge of effective teaching strategies, methods and techniques;
  • Exceptional interpersonal/customer service skills;
  • Effectual conflict resolution skills;
  • Strong self motivation skills;
  • Highly effective organizing, planning and prioritizing skills;
  • Strong written and oral communications skills;
  • Proficiency in office technologies especially Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Precise attention to details;
  • Ability to read and comprehend the English language;
  • Ability to effectively communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing.

  • CDE endorsement in Special Education;
  • CDE endorsement in English;
  • CDE endorsement in Mathematics;
  • Masters degree in Education or related field;
  • Experience teaching and assessing high risk or incarcerated adults or  youth.
The Assessment Process: Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. Part or all of the analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to cut to a top group for additional assessment; or to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager and final consideration.

Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.

In order to process a background investigation,  your application must include at least (10) ten years of the most current work experience unless experience related to the job for which you are applying is later than (10) years. Failure to provide this information could result in delays and/or elimination from the background investigation process

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support:

If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time).  Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

**You are encouraged to print a copy of this announcement for your records**

Conditions of Employment:
All job offers are contingent upon a successful medical screening by a health care professional, certifying candidate's ability to perform the essential functions of the position, completed at the applicant's own expense.  Applicant must consent to hold harmless CDOC and its agents and staff from any liability arising in whole or in part from the collection of specimens, testing and the use of this information in connection with CDOC's consideration of application for employment.
  • Must be 21 years of age;
  • Possess a valid Driver's License;
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED;
  • Have NO felony convictions, to include any actions defined in 5 U.S.C. 301; U.S.C. 509, 510; 42 U.S.C. 15601-15609. The CDOC shall not hire nor promote anyone who may have contact with an offender who has engaged in sexual abuse which includes acts, activity, and sexual behavior,  in a prison or other institution as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1997; or has been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse, or has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in the above paragraph. The agency shall consider any incidents of sexual harassment in determining whether to hire anyone who may have contact with offenders
  • or residents. 
  • Successfully pass all modules of the Colorado Department of Corrections Basic Training, to include English reading comprehension, relevant competency assessments and written/practical exams in Defensive Tactics;  
  • Possess the physical ability to successfully complete Defensive Tactics;
    • Lift arms above head and kick as high as own waist;
    • Stabilize another person to accomplish a controlled take down;
    • Use arms, palms of hands, shins, and feet to deliver blows;
    • Withstand impact (slow speed or with a safety bag) on own body from strikes/blows;
    • Swing a baton in a striking technique;
    • Rotate body 90 degrees with feet planted for striking with foot or using a defensive tactic;
    • Get down on one or both knees and up again with multiple repetitions;
  • Will be exposed to Oleoresin Capsicum during Basic Training and may be exposed while on assignment;
  • Must be able to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breeches in safety and security
  • Seize, hold, control or subdue violent or assaultive persons and defend oneself or others to prevent injury;
  • Demonstrate body agility, strength of all four limbs and the ability to walk and climb stairs consistently;
  • Work in situations involving assaultive behavior, physical control of another person and/or restraint situations;
  • Deal with individuals with a range of moods and behaviors, utilizing tactfulness and a congenial, personable manner;
  • Work with people of the opposite sex, diverse racial ethnic groups, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed offenders;
  • Communicate by talking, listening and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information, assignments;
  • Work in an environment with fluctuating noise and temperature (hot and cold) which may include working outdoors in inclement weather and/or concrete floor/wall work settings;
  • Willing and able to travel;
  • Willing and able to work various shifts, days, afternoons, graveyards (nights) which includes a rotating shift schedule;
  • TB (tuberculosis) screening is required of all new employees upon hire.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required. Should applicant's background reveal criminal charges, it shall be the responsibility of the applicant to provide the Department of Corrections with written/official disposition of any charges.

The CDOC is committed to a drug and alcohol free work environment.  Our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws.  A drug test will be administered to all new employees; employees must successfully pass.  Random drug screening will occur throughout employment.

Appeal Rights
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

After submitting an application, you should receive an immediate email acknowledging your submission. If you do not get the email, please check to ensure you have actually submitted the application and typed the correct email address on the application.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact the person listed on this announcement by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.
Include a working email address on your application; one that is checked often as time sensitive correspondence WILL take place via email. You may receive email notifications from a Colorado Dept of Corrections employee or from this email address  It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email; if you do not receive correspondence soon after the closing date, please contact the "Department Contact" listed in this announcement.