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Job Title: Corrections Counselor I      (to directly link to this job posting, copy this link)   
Req. No:186442
Agency:Topeka Correctional Facility
Posting Type:External
Applications accepted through:Apr 23, 2017
Job Description:

Job Description: This position is responsible for performing all duties through a team approach to risk management that addresses criminogenic indicators and needs. The team approach involves evaluating risk factors in order to make decisions regarding facility/cell or work assignments, referrals to services, and the level/type of supervision, and to develop comprehensive release plans for inmates who are within one year of release. This position also manages a caseload of assigned inmates, assisting them with adjustment to incarceration, program completion, addressing anti-social behavior and transition from prison into the community. The work of this position requires ongoing proactive communications and interaction with inmates that is designed to apply cognitive programming to disrupt, rather than reinforce, antisocial behavior and inappropriate reactions to situations.

 Minimum Requirements: A Bachelor’s Degree with major coursework in criminal justice, the social sciences, or the behavioral sciences. Experience may be substituted for the required education as determined relevant by the agency.

Substitution: Completion of 60 semester hours of coursework from an accredited college or university, including 12 hours in corrections, criminal justice, the social sciences, or the behavioral sciences, and two years of experience in the field of adult corrections; or, completion of a four-year degree in corrections, criminal justice, the social sciences, or the behavioral sciences.

Necessary Special Requirements: Some positions in this class require that at the time of appointment the selected candidate must take and pass a drug screening test approved by the Division of Personnel Services unless the incumbent is moving from one safety-sensitive position to another safety-sensitive position within the same agency performing substantially similar duties. Some positions in this class may require the selected candidate to possess a valid driver’s license.

Performance Standards: To be successful, the candidate will be able to competently perform the routine tasks of this position with limited supervision by the end of the probationary period.

Preferred Criteria:

  • Social Work experience or training
  • Experience working with children and families of the incarcerated offenders
  • Understanding of, or experience in, Behavioral Health Care Services

How to Apply:
 The application process has 4 REQUIRED STEPS.

STEP 1: Register by completing the online Personal Data Form at
(Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)

STEP 2: Complete the official State of Kansas application form at 

STEP 3: Submit your online application to the specific agency designated on this job announcement.

STEP 4: Submit additional required documents to the specific recruiter designated on this job announcement.

A Tax Clearance Certificate is required for all applicants. Obtain your certificate by following the instructions at
Include your name and job requisition number 186442 on all correspondence when submitting documents to the designated recruiter.

NOTE: Submission of a résumé or an application alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described previously. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in you not being considered for employment.

Required Documents:

  • State of Kansas application completed online, mailed, or faxed
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate
  • List of college courses, with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking.  (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required.)
  • Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent as appropriate).

Recruiter Contact Information:
Name: Michelle Phipps
Phone: 785-559-5109
FAX: 785-559-5112

Agency Information:
Topeka Correctional Facility
815 SE Rice Rd.
Topeka, KS 66607

To apply go to Applications and resumes may be submitted to the Topeka Correctional Facility, Human Resource Office, 815 SE Rice Rd, Topeka, KS 66607, online, or faxed to 785-559-5112.

What to Expect Next: Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. Once that review is completed you will be contacted for an interview or notified that you were not selected for an interview.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: State agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans Preference’ Eligible (VPE): Formal military personnel that have been verified as “veteran” under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum requirements of the class. The veterans’ preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job.  Positions are filled as determine by the hiring manager as being the best qualified.

How to Apply for Veteran's Preference
Applicants claiming veterans' preference for the first time must complete:

  • •The Veteran Preference field on the Personal Information Registration form, and
  • •Submit a complete, legible copy of their discharge document (DD 214), showing enlisted a
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View Job Class Spec Class/Uncl: C    Full/Part Time: F    Grade 023    Hiring Rate: $16.56    Pay Frequency: Hourly   

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