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Date:  Jan 7, 2023
Req ID:  25054

Grady, AR, US, 71644

Anticipated Starting Salary:  $39,695.97

Position Number: 22086488 
County: Lincoln 
Posting End Date: 2/6/2023 

Anticipated Starting Salary: $39,695.97 

Location: Varner Unit - Grady 

The mission of the Department of Corrections is to be a public safety resource for Arkansas families by providing professional management solutions and evidence-based rehabilitative initiatives for offenders.

Position Information

Class Code: M058C

Grade: GS05


Salary Range: $32,405.00 - $46,987.00


The Arkansas Department of Correction/Department of Community Correction (ADC/DCC) Program Specialist is responsible for implementing program policies and procedures, establishing or coordinating program schedules and security, performing public relations and inmate/resident escort services, determining inmate/resident eligibility, and preparing reports. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.


Develops, recommends, and implements policies and procedures for special event programs and for long and short term activity in compliance with facility regulations. Reviews and evaluates activity and event proposals, submits to supervisor for final decision, and coordinates program schedules and security with other staff. Performs individual and group counseling activities with clients/inmates, prepares documentation of contact, and maintains or forwards records. Performs public relations and escort services, inside and outside the facility, by scheduling and conducting tours and transporting inmates/clients to activities. Reviews client/inmate records to determine program eligibility and selects clients/inmates for participation in outside activities. Updates and maintains program records and prepares incident reports, unit concession sales, activity, and inmate product inventory reports. Instructs inmates/residents in specialized subjects or work areas. Prepares release documentation for clients graduating from programs and activities. Reviews and processes correspondence. Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of assigned program and processes. Knowledge of the application of sociological principles to social problems. Knowledge of criminal justice processes and programs. Knowledge of counseling techniques. Ability to prepare and review oral and written information and materials. Ability to research and interpret rules, laws, and policies governing the applicable institution and/or and program. Ability to offer guidance and support for clients/inmates. Ability to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and recommend changes.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in counseling, psychology, social work, criminal justice, or a related field; plus one year of experience in social work, counseling, or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Little Rock
Nearest Secondary Market: Pine Bluff