CDOC State Teacher I – Special Education Instructor – Denver

Colorado State
September 18, 2022
Denver, CO
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CDOC State Teacher I - Special Education Instructor - Denver

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CDOC State Teacher I - Special Education Instructor - Denver


$4,791.00 - $7,011.00 Monthly


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Corrections

Job Number

Denver H7A1XX SPED 8.2022


9/27/2022 4:00 PM Mountain

Hiring Pay Rate

The starting salary for this position is $4,791.00 per month.

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Department Information

The Colorado Department of Corrections is committed to the safety of our employees. The CDOC has been working with state and local partners to proactively prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the state prison system.

Employees may be required to submit to regular serial testing and reporting for COVID-19.

The mission of the Colorado Department of Corrections is "To protect the citizens of Colorado by holding offenders accountable and engaging them in opportunities to make positive behavioral changes and become law-abiding, productive citizens.

Our vision..."Building a safer Colorado for today and tomorrow".

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference and builds greater public confidence in good government, consider joining the dedicated people of the State of Colorado. Our professionals strive to support state government and the citizens of Colorado. Customer service is a key component for every position in state government as is the focus on ideas and ways to redesign the delivery of services in making state government more effective and efficient.

In addition to a great agency and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system;

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans;

  • Medical and dental health plans;

  • Short and long term disability coverage;

  • Paid life insurance;

  • 11 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave;

  • Wellness program, tuition reimbursement, training opportunities and more.

Who May Apply: A residency waiver has been granted for this announcement. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.

Job Location : Denver, CO (Denver Complex). This posting may be used to fill future vacancies at this location.

The starting salary for this position is $4,791.00 per month.

Description of Job

The position exists to teach job entry level skills in the area of special education and general academics through classroom instruction to incarcerated individuals. The position will teach practical skills and promote self-discipline and motivation in order to guide and counsel inmate students for career development necessary for reintegration into the community. Instruction is in accordance with the Colorado Department of Education.

Job Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Teach and mentor inmate students individually or in large and small group classrooms promoting academic performance skills;

  • Determine educational needs of i nmate students to develop short and long term goals to include high school progression or work to achieve high school equivalency;

  • Review, revise and create appropriate lessons based on student abilities;

  • Use multi-sensory approaches to instruction and instructional material

  • Select and administer appropriate performance assessments to inmate students in order to measure progress, course completion requirements, and to evaluate training/testing effectiveness;

  • Collaborate with teaching team members and other special education staff;

  • Prepare reports and maintain records such as student grades, attendance rosters, and training activity details;

  • Act as academic and vocational advisor to inmate students assigned;

  • Document inmate student achievements, competencies and contact hours towards completion of certificate requirements;

  • Participate in residents' program team staffing Progress Assessment Summary (PAS) process;

  • Actively contribute to the safety and security of the facility through effective inmate management and promoting conflict resolution and solutions;

  • Endorse and adhere to the CDOC Mission and Vision promoting commitment and integrity.

    Safety & Security - position maintains safety and security by training inmates; and occasionally or in an emergent situation perform inmate counts, searches, escorts, movement control, and inmate access to classrooms. Through conscientious observation and adherence to agency Administrative Regulations and the Code of Penal Discipline, the position promotes a safe and secure work environment.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in an education or related field.

  • Applicants must currently possess a valid Colorado Professional or Initial Teacher License with a Special Education Endorsement. (A copy of your license MUST be scanned and uploaded to this application at the time your application is submitted.)

  • Individuals who possess a Colorado Initial License upon hire must obtain the Colorado Professional Teacher License within three (3) years of date of hire.

    Out of State Applicants Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelors Degree in an education related field.

  • Must possess the appropriate educator license for your state (A copy of your license MUST be scanned and uploaded to this application at the time your application is submitted.)

    Out of state applicants - you are strongly encouraged to understand the licensing requirements in Colorado. You may be eligible for the Colorado Interim Authorization click HERE ( .

    For more information about Colorado licensure click HERE (

A copy of your college transcripts noting type of degree and date conferred MUST be scanned and uploaded to this application at the time your application is submitted in order to receive college course work credit if you wish to use your credit in order to be considered for this position. Transcripts must include the institution name, your name, degree, date conferred, and must be in pdf or jpg format.

Experience MUST be described in detail on your application to receive credit.


  • Significant knowledge of effective teaching strategies, methods and techniques;

  • Exceptional interpersonal/customer service skills;

  • Effective conflict resolution skills;

  • Strong self motivation skills;

  • Highly effective organizing, planning and prioritizing skills;

  • Strong written and oral communications skills;

  • Ability to read and comprehend the English language;

  • Ability to effectively communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing;

  • Proficiency in office technologies, especially Microsoft Office Suite;

  • Precise attention to detail;

  • Ability to read and comprehend the English language;

  • Ability to effectively communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing.


  • Masters degree in Education or related field;

  • Experience teaching and assessing high risk or incarcerated adults or youth;

  • Experience working for a State of Colorado agency.



The Assessment Process : Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum Qualifications (MQ's). Applicants that meet MQs will be included in the Comparative Analysis process. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis which may include, but is not limited to, a suitability screening, eSkills Assessment, oral assessment, written performance assessment or it may include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the Work Experience section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job , Minimum Qualifications , Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and see resume statements will not be accepted in lieu of the Work Experience section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.

In order to process a background investigation, your application must include at least (10) ten years of the most current work experience unless experience related to the job for which you are applying is later than (10) years. Failure to provide this information could result in delays and/or elimination from the background investigation process

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and second, close the document before you attempt to upload (attach) it.

You are encouraged to print a copy of this announcement for your records

Conditions of Employment:

All job offers are contingent upon a successful medical screening by a healthcare professional, certifying the candidate's ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Applicant must consent to hold harmless CDOC and its agents and staff from any liability arising in whole or in part from the testing and the use of this information in connection with CDOCs consideration of application for employment.

  • Must be 21 years of age;

  • Possess a valid drivers license;

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED;

  • Have NO felony convictions, to include any actions defined in 5 U.S.C. 301; U.S.C. 509, 510; 42 U.S.C. 15601-15609. The CDOC shall not hire nor promote anyone who may have contact with an offender who has engaged in sexual abuse which includes acts, activity, and sexual behavior, in a prison or other institution as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1997; or has been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse, or has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in the above paragraph. The agency shall consider any incidents of sexual harassment in determining whether to hire anyone who may have contact with offenders or residents.

  • Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDOC uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. CDOC does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

  • Successfully pass all modules of the Colorado Department of Corrections Basic Training, to include English reading comprehension , relevant competency assessments and written/practical exams in Defensive Tactics;

  • Possess the physical ability to successfully complete Defensive Tactics;

  • Lift arms above head and kick as high as own waist;

  • Stabilize another person to accomplish a controlled take down;

  • Use arms, palms of hands, shins, and feet to deliver blows;

  • Withstand impact (slow speed or with a safety bag) on own body from strikes/blows;

  • Swing a baton in a striking technique;

  • Rotate body 90 degrees with feet planted for striking with foot or using a defensive tactic;

  • Get down on one or both knees and up again with multiple repetitions;

  • Will be exposed to Oleoresin Capsicum during Basic Training and will be exposed while on assignment;

  • Must be able to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breaches in safety and security;

  • Seize, hold, control or subdue violent or assaultive persons and defend oneself or others to prevent injury;

  • Demonstrate body agility, strength of all four limbs and the ability to walk and climb stairs consistently;

  • Work in situations involving assaultive behavior, physical control of another person and/or restraint situations;

  • Deal with individuals with a range of moods and behaviors, utilizing tactfulness and a congenial, personable manner;

  • Work with people of the opposite sex, diverse racial ethnic groups, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed offenders;

  • Communicate by talking, listening and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information, assignments;

  • Work in an environment with fluctuating noise and temperature (hot and cold) which may include working outdoors in inclement weather and/or concrete floor/wall work settings;

  • Willing and able to travel;

  • Willing and able to work various shifts, days, afternoons, graveyards (nights) which includes a rotating shift schedule;

  • TB (tuberculosis) screening is required of all new employees upon hire.

    Successful completion of a background investigation is required. Should applicants background reveal criminal charges, it shall be the responsibility of the applicant to provide the Department of Corrections with written/official disposition of any charges.

    The CDOC is committed to a work environment free from illegal drugs and alcohol. Employees (see exception below) may use marijuana in their personal time but are prohibited from working while under the influence of any substance, including marijuana. A drug test will be administered to all new employees; employees must successfully pass. Random drug screening will occur throughout employment.

    Exception: Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified employees are prohibited from the use of marijuana. Health care professionals must check their licensing requirements regarding marijuana use.

    Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

    An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email ( [Click Here to Email Your Resumé] ), postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the departments action.

    For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to ; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules.

Supplemental Information

After submitting an application, you should receive an immediate email acknowledging your submission. If you do not get the email, please check to ensure you have actually submitted the application and typed the correct email address on the application.

Include a working email address on your application; one that is checked daily as time sensitive correspondence WILL take place via email. You may receive email notifications from a Colorado Dept. of Corrections employee or from this email address: [Click Here to Email Your Resumé]. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email; if you do not receive correspondence soon after the closing date or if you have questions about this job announcement, please contact Megan Lening at [Click Here to Email Your Resumé].


The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

The Colorado Department of Corrections is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our Employee Relations Specialist, Ana Andersen , at [Click Here to Email Your Resumé] or call 719-226-4401 .



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