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Correctional Activities Officer

I21

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving planning, organizing, directing and conducting individual and group leisure-time and physical education activities for inmates in a state correctional institution or facility.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Plans, organizes and conducts various leisure-time and physical education activities and intramural sports for inmates; supervises preparation for scheduled events and insures that required equipment and other materials are in place.
  • Maintains order and discipline during scheduled activities; supervises inmates in all recreational and related activities.
  • Responsible for the selection, procurement, and inventory of equipment and supplies; accounts for damaged or missing equipment and ensures the scheduling and completion of required maintenance; oversees the use of equipment and supplies in accordance with operating guidelines and safety standards.
  • Instructs inmates in the appropriate care and maintenance of equipment and recreational facilities; supervises inmates in the completion of related job assignments.
  • May be responsible for the evaluation of inmates and staff.

Level Descriptors

The Correctional Activities Officer job family consists of two levels, which are distinguished based on the accountability assigned for planning and supervising physical education/leisure-time programs and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.                         

Level I Code: I21A Salary Band: H

This is the career level where employees are assigned responsibilities at the full performance level for planning and conducting a variety of physical education and recreational activities at a state correctional facility.  This may include providing training and guidance to inmates, recreation workers or others in preparing for and administering assigned activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of recreational, athletic and group work principles and techniques; of the fundamentals and rules of common sports; and of first aid techniques.  Ability is required to conduct group activities; to supervise and instruct; to judge a situation accurately and adopt an effective course of action; and to act quickly and effectively in an emergency situation.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in physical education, recreation or recreational therapy; or an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year of recreational coaching or instruction for each year of the required education; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of correctional or security work for each year of the required education with a maximum substitution of two years.

Level II Code: I21B Salary Band: J

This is the leadership level where employees are assigned responsibility for the supervision of others in planning, organizing and conducting correctional activities programs in a state correctional facility.  This includes assigning and reviewing work, providing training, employee development, performance appraisal and related administrative tasks.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified at Level I plus knowledge of physical education and its value in correctional programs; and of the principles and practices of effective supervision.  Ability is required to encourage interest in the positive improvement and development of socially maladjusted persons, both physically and mentally; to give individual and group instructions in a variety of group athletic and leisure-time activities; and to create and supervise leisure-time activities/physical education programs.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus two years of experience in group physical education, recreational therapy or closely related work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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