1703 Director of Correctional Programs - WP


TITLE 1703 Director of Correctional Programs-WP




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Dean of Academic Affairs


The Director will act as primary liaison to the Missouri Department of Corrections and individual facilities and staff, as well as develop and oversee recruitment and student support, training and oversight, and management of day-to-day activities and operations in coordination with the Dean of Academic Affairs’ office and other campus offices. Management of the day-to-day activities and operations of the correctional program, leading correctional program development efforts; and serving as a spokesperson to effectively convey the mission and activities of the correctional program to a variety of constituencies.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.

Experience: Five or more years’ experience working in an educational setting within a correctional facility is required. Experience in higher education is preferred. Supervisory experience is preferred. An equivalent combination of years of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.

Skills: Knowledge of the correctional system in Missouri. Strong oral and written communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills are preferred. Ability to plan, develop and implement procedures and policies to facilitate student success is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: The position may require evening and weekend work and will require overnight, out-of-town travel.


1. Acts as the liaison between the Department of Corrections (DOC) central office administration and the University.

2. Works with Dean of Academic Affairs, DOC Administration, and Facility Administration and participates in the development, implementation, and interpretation of new or revised program initiatives.

3. Works with the Dean of Academic Affairs and facility site directors to ensure the identification, screening and recruiting of students aligns with the University goals.

4. Works with the Dean of Academic Affairs on projects, enrollment goals and class size each semester.

5. Oversees processes relating to site inventory of student textbooks and instructional supplies.

6. Ensures site directors maintain student privacy and record keeping according to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
7. Monitors site director interaction with students, faculty, and DOC staff.

8. Conducts and documents weekly meetings with site directors to review processes, implement new standards, provide training; compiles reports on a variety of programmatic issues.

9. Participates in interview process for new site employees; trains, supervises, and evaluates site employees.

10. Coordinates enrollment, financial, and technical activities with other campus offices.

11. Works with vendors (i.e., Securus, JPay) to ensure student access to courses.  

12. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

13. Ensures that miscellaneous assignments related to the success of correctional facility programs are completed in the best interests of the campus by accepting and accomplishing tasks which are delegated by the Dean of Academic Affairs.  

14. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the supervisor.

15. Contributes to the overall success of the Correctional Programs by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Dean of Academic Affairs, West Plains.

SUPERVISION: The Director of Correctional Programs is supervised by the Dean of Academic Affairs, West Plains and may supervise both full and parttime employees at correctional facilities.  


July 2022