Kent County Government - Job Description
Detention Center Warden

FSLA Status: Exempt
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

The County Commissioners of Kent County are seeking a strong and experienced leader to serve as Warden of the Kent County Detention Center (“KCDC”) and lead the County’s Corrections Department.

This position is responsible for overseeing a 27 member fully state-accredited institution located on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore. Responsibilities include establishing policy, making and maintain the rules for the management of the KCDC. Thorough knowledge of the following required: Principles of penology; currently accepted standards of custody, restraint, inmate transportation, and of MD Commission on Correctional Standards. Minimum requirements are Bachelor’s Degree in Corrections/Correctional Administration or closely related subject and more than six years of experience in a correctional setting to include experience in custody, classification, work release and counseling (at least 2 years at the management level) or an equivalent education and experience to prepare applicant for the duties.

The salary range is $62,617 to $98,047 (subject to FY15 increases if and as determined by the County Commissioners); and the County provides a comprehensive benefit package. Upon an employment offer, the applicant must submit to a substance abuse test, criminal background check, and Child Abuse and Neglect Registry check.

Kent County is located on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland and is known for its agriculture and water based recreational and business climate. The County’s 20,000 residents are especially proud of their rich rural and historical heritage. The KCDC is located in picturesque and historic Chestertown, the County seat, which is home to lovely historical buildings and a beautiful waterfront. The County is the home of Washington College.

Kent County is also a great place for families, with an excellent public school system and vibrant and modern public library system. Youth activities and sports are fostered by a first-rate Parks & Recreation Department, highlighted by the County’s Worton Park and County Community Center, including a large outdoor pool and acres of recreational space.

Kent County is centrally and conveniently located – historic Annapolis is an hour away and the beautiful and relaxing ocean beaches of Maryland and Delaware are less than 90 minutes away. Washington, D.C. and Baltimore can be reached in only an hour and a half. Further, the attractions of many of the Chesapeake Bay’s most charming and historic towns are just next door.

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Submit completed applications and resumes to the Kent County Department of Human Resources, 400 High Street, Chestertown, Maryland 21620. Applications available from this address, or call 410-778-4595 to receive by fax or email, or visit Application Deadline for first consideration is May 9, 2014; applications accepted until position is filled. EOE.

This is administrative work at the experienced level. An appointee in this class, with guidance from the County Administrator, manages the county's detention facility and assumes sole responsibility for all functions and operations of the Detention Center, which includes security, transportation, medical, mental health, budget, and overall supervision of staff and inmates. Performance will be evaluated periodically based on accomplishments. Applicants for this position must be self-starters, able to motivate others and be willing to return to work during emergencies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Plan for the operation of the facility during normal, peak, and emergency conditions.

Direct staff to prepare for normal and emergency operations.

Supervise all officers and provide staff resources to assist in the accomplishment of their mission.

Coordinate with courts, law enforcement agencies, health providers, educators and spiritual guidance providers.

Control expenditures as well as the flow of visitors, merchants and trades people who provide services.

Receive, review, investigate, and resolve complaints from staff and from inmates. Conduct internal personnel investigations and report to county administrator.

Prepare reports and correspondence.

Supervise all operations of the Detention Center.

Enforce agency Parole and Probation as well as County Personnel Policy.

Responsible for safety and welfare of officers and inmates. Observes inmates to assure prisoners’ well-being and adherence to rules and regulations.

Transports inmates and provides off-site hospital security as needed.

Coordinate with federal agencies that are under contract.

Assure that all federal, state, and county mandates involving correctional standards are met.

Plan and direct all safety and security regulations, policies and orders.

Implement and direct programs and policy with contractors regarding food services, medical, and mental health care for inmates.

Oversee all federal, state, and county audits to ensure compliance to regulations and standards.

Prepare, implement, and administer all budget functions for agency; anticipate future budgetary needs and funding resources.

Assume ultimate responsibility for all actions within the Detention Center.

Maintain appropriate vehicle fleet.

Identify and respond to all maintenance needs of building and grounds. Coordinate with Public Works and service providers.

Thorough knowledge of the principles of Penology; of currently accepted standards of custody, restraint, inmate transportation.

Working knowledge of the elements of supervision; of the basic principles of applied psychology; of offender treatment programs; of employee performance evaluation and counseling systems of budgeting, purchasing and record keeping; of Federal and Maryland laws and their interpretation on the treatment of inmates; of motivational methods; of forms of acceptable discipline for inmates and staff; of physical security measures; of restraining devices.

Working knowledge of the use of computers.

Ability to communicate effectively with individuals from various walks of life and individuals with various levels of education and different abilities to communicate in the English language; to evaluate programs objectively and to draw conclusions from such evaluations; to motivate subordinates and inmates; to present ideas to the public and sell people on such ideas.

Manages seven subordinate supervisors who supervise a total of 20 or less employees in the Security, Transportation, Administrative, Work Release/Home Detention, and Training Areas. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this unit. Also directly supervises three non-supervisory employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor's Degree in Penology or closely related subject and five years of experience to include custody, classification, work release and counseling, one year of which time must have been in a position supervising other correctional officers (or) An Equivalent education and experience to prepare the applicant for the duties enumerated above under "essential duties and responsibilities.

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Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Valid Maryland Driver’s license or equivalent
MPCTC Administrator Firearms Certification preferred

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; bloodborne pathogens; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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