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Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- correctional administration, criminology, psychology, social work, sociology, or other fields related to the position.
General Experience (for GS-5 positions): Responsible experience in dealing with people that demonstrated the ability to work effectively with inmates and associates in a correctional environment. Such experience may have been gained in a correctional institution, a community crime or delinquency prevention program, or in any line of work that involved extensive contacts with people for the purpose of rehabilitating, teaching, instructing, or guiding them.
Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Directly related experience that included substantial involvement with a correctional program and provided a thorough knowledge of correctional techniques, or experience in meeting and dealing with people that demonstrated the ability to work effectively with inmates and associates in a correctional environment.
For positions at GS-11 and above, experience must also have demonstrated the ability to perform supervisory or administrative duties successfully. This includes (1) understanding the problems of custody, treatment, training, and release of inmates of penal or correctional institutions; (2) a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of an institution's internal policies, programs, regulations, and procedures; and (3) training subordinates, coordinating and directing activities and functions, evaluating performance of operations and the effectiveness of programs, and maintaining high standards or work objectives. This experience must have been gained in an administrative position, or in other positions that included the successful direction, or assistance in the direction of, an entire correctional program or a major phase of such a program.
The following requirements apply to employees occupying positions covered by this standard, as well as to applicants for such positions.
Applicants and employees must be physically and mentally able to performing efficiently the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. Reasonable accommodation may also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position. Reasonable accommodation may include, but is not limited to, the use of assistance devices, job modification or restructuring, provision of readers and interpreters, or adjusted work schedules. Also, all positions involving Federal motor vehicle operation carry the additional medical requirements specified in the "General Policies and Instructions" section of this Manual.
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Use the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Administrative and Management Positions for this series in conjunction with the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.