Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $6,027.00 gross per month
  • Anchorage


Job Description

The Department of Corrections, Division of Health and Rehabilitation Services,is recruiting for a Criminal Justice Planner position, located in Anchorage, Alaska.

Under general direction of the Chief Mental Health Officer, the incumbent will assist in the development of short- and long-range plans for statewide substance abuse and mental health treatment programs including identification and analysis of problems and planning and development of programs to address the problems. The incumbent will develop and supervise standards for employee training to ensure consistency in program design and delivery as well as provide ongoing training to clinical staff on evidence-based interventions and implementation. In addition to assisting with program development, one of the key responsibilities for this position is the oversight and implementation of training in behavioral health related topics specific to working with criminal justice related populations.

Duties may include but are not limited to:

- Aid in assessing the substance abuse and mental health needs of offenders housed within the Department of Corrections;
- Aidin the development ofdata collection methods to ensure that the decisions for programdevelopment, changes, improvement and implementationare data driven;
- Assist with providing clinical oversight of substance abuse and mental health programs;
- Research evidence-based interventions being utilized with offenders in the field of substance abuse and mental health;
- Initiate, develop and implement ideas for substance abuse and mental health treatment programs and projects. Conduct studies to delineate objectives for developing long-range plans for substance abuse and mental health services for offenders;
- Maintain awareness of nationwide innovative ideas/projects for possible in-state application;
- Aid in the implementation of evidence-based practices within the Department of corrections to include staff training, change management and policy development
- Aid in the development of quality assurance measures to ensure the viability of programs and to identify any training areas need to ensure the success of programs;
- Work with state, federal, and local service providers to coordinate services provided to offenders while they are incarcerated and to aid offenders in transition out of custody;
- Monitor project activities in the field and evaluate progress and/or impact based on goals and objectives; and
- Develop and supervise standards for employee training to ensure consistency in program design and delivery.

The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

- Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of program administration and comprehensive planning related to the provision of substance abuse services within a criminal justice setting;
- Considerable knowledge of federal, State and local law enforcement and adjudication and criminal justice agencies;
- Considerable knowledge of principles and practices for developing, implementing and evaluating substance abuse programs;
- Working knowledge of grant application and administration processes;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of legal, law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, and community treatment providers;
- Ability to convey information, orally or in writing, to a variety of individuals in simple, understandable and precise terms;
- Ability to prepare clear and concise reports;
- Ability to compile, analyze and evaluate data and draw conclusions;
- Ability to locate and compile national substance abuse treatment program information and apply it to Alaska situations; and
- Ability to participate effectively in conferences and interviews.

Minimum Qualifications
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college with a major in social work, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, political science, planning, business or public administration, or a closely related field;
Three years of professional level experience in law, law enforcement or adjudication, corrections, adult or juvenile justice, or crime prevention, of which two years must have been at the supervisory or program coordinator/program manager level.

Additional experience at the technical or professional level in law, law enforcement or adjudication, corrections, adult or juvenile justice, crime prevention, or a closely related field may substitute for the required bachelor's degree (3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours equal one month of experience).

Program coordinator/program manager experience includes responsibility and authority for programs that require knowledge of the theories and practices of custody, supervision, and correctional treatment of inmates; crime prevention; law enforcement; and other criminal justice programs, but may not require direct supervision of subordinate employees.

Additional Required Information
A detailed cover letter highlighting your knowledge, skills and abilities, as pertaining to the strengths and responsibilities listed above, is required.

Applicants are required to either attach to their application or provide at time of interview the following:

- Cover letter;
- List of three professional references (at time of interview);
- Resume; and
- Copy of transcripts (at time of interview).

The Department of Corrections follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:
- Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution;
- 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 above.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview, at the discretion of the hiring manager.

Education completed in foreign colleges, universities, or high schools may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution or high school. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience in your Applicant Profile, you must also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment and whether full or part-time. Applicant Profiles will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and Minimum Qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

Please be aware – this position requires the use of the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN)/Alaska Corrections Offender Management System (ACOMS). A security clearance issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is necessary to use APSIN/ACOMS. DPS will deny security clearance for any applicant who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in this state or another jurisdiction, or who may be a fugitive from justice. Additionally, security clearance will be withdrawn if DPS discovers that material information was falsified or omitted at the time of the initial application for security clearance.

All Department of Corrections employees are required to be fingerprinted. The successful candidate must pass a criminal history check.

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465- 4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the '' domains. For information on allowing emails from the '' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at
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