State of Nebraska Deputy Director - Prisons Division in Lincoln, Nebraska

Deputy Director - Prisons Division


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Lincoln, NE

Job Type



Department of Correctional Services

Job Number



5/4/2018 11:59 PM Central

  • Description

  • Benefits


The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) seeks to hire a Deputy Director for the Prisons Division.

Under direction of the Chief of Operations, with latitude for independent discretion and decisions, the incumbent will be responsible for agency security, intelligence and prison operations. The incumbent will also be responsible to ensure prison operations are consistent with the agency's mission, vision and values, aligning decisions with agency-wide strategic planning initiatives. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic leader with the drive to inspire a culture of trust, creativity and commitment to the critical work of this agency and those it serves.

Headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, NDCS operates 10 institutions housing approximately 5,200 inmates statewide. The department's focus includes safe/secure operations, inmate programming and education, physical and behavioral health care, re-entry services, and community programs.

The Department is accredited by the American Correctional Association. Information about the Department can be found at:

Submit a letter of interest and resume to Erinn Criner, Human Talent Director at, by May 4, 2018.

Your letter of interest should be no more than 500 words describing your experiences relating to the NDCS mission, vision and values.

$105,000-125,000 (depending on experience)

Examples of Work

Provide direct supervision and leadership to facility wardens, security management and intelligence operations; identify and manage performance measures to meet division goals; provide support and technical assistance to subordinate staff to ensure quality control of the division's performance metrics and project documentation; problem-solve with subordinate team members to improve on the division's needs and operational issues; provide analysis and recommendations for proactive strategies as required; prepare and deliver status updates to executive level team members; attend and coordinate meetings to track and follow up on key action items; coordinate inquiry and correspondence follow up with all internal and external stakeholders; research and stay abreast of current best practices and evidence-based strategies and utilize this research to inform policy and operational strategies within the division and agency.

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in corrections, social work, psychology, law, public administration, law enforcement or a related field; principled leadership; the ability to communicate with diverse range of individuals; data informed decision-making skills. The successful candidate must have a proven ability to encourage teamwork, professionalism and innovation. Substantial experience in the management of large complex organizations and a minimum of ten years of experience in corrections administration is required.

PREFERRED: An advanced degree in management, social services, law, education, public policy or a related field is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Shared values of integrity, respect, compassion, growth, excellence

  • Demonstrated expertise and skills in team building, organizational development and institutional management

  • Strong strategic thinking and planning skills

  • A proven track record of managing staff, finances and a complex organization in a manner that is progressive, consistent and efficient

  • Knowledge and understanding of public policy and government leadership

  • Excellent, articulate and persuasive interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to deliver NDCS' message and compel a variety of audiences including media, legislators, government officials, partners and the public

  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of individuals and organizations

  • Initiative and sound judgment in decision-making, in interpreting and applying policies and governmental regulations, in delegating responsibilities and in planning and analyzing programs

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Able to lead and inspire others on behalf of the NDCS mission

  • Embraces diversity and has a demonstrated track record of developing and reinforcing diversity in the workplace

  • Accomplished in the use of modern technology and media to strengthen performance and communication

  • Interest in and knowledge of current research in the field, and ability to translate knowledge into best practices.