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Under direction, incumbents provide instruction to inmates incarcerated in California Department of Corrections' institutions to prepare them for reintegration into the community. The goal of the reentry program is to provide assistance and training that will help inmates to become productive and contributing members of society via development of positive workplace, family, and societal attitudes and behaviors.
Incumbents conduct courses and instruct inmates in the skills necessary for successful vocational employment including such areas as accountability, effective communication, conflict resolution, anger management, decision making, employability, financial and family responsibilities, and other basic skills that adult individuals need to gain and maintain employment. Additionally, incumbents prepare daily lesson plans based on a standardized curriculum that has been approved by headquarters' education program management; meet with assigned inmates weekly to assign work, monitor assignment completion, answer questions, and serve as a resource to inmates; counsel inmates on their progress in the instructional program; assist inmates in establishing program goals and in identifying potential program placement; monitor and evaluate student progress; maintain program participation records; assist academic staff in the assessment and review of inmates' educational levels to better assess the inmates' vocational aptitude; assist in the development of the inmates' education files; maintain discipline among students; participate in program evaluations; participate as members of interdisciplinary treatment teams which combine the services of persons in the educational, vocational, psychiatric, and casework areas; and do other related work.
Experience: Five years of journeyperson work experience in a vocational program (48 semester units of postsecondary vocational training related to the vocational area of employment may be substituted for two of the five years of experience.) (Persons applying under this pattern may also use accumulated part-time work to meet the five-year requirement.) and Education: Graduation from high school or its equivalent.
Possession of a valid, full-time California vocational or academic teaching credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. and Education: Graduation from high school or its equivalent.
Knowledge of: Principles and methods of instructional teaching techniques, counseling, and group leadership.
Ability to: Provide leadership and motivation to incarcerated individuals; instruct and supervise these individuals; work effectively with other disciplines; gain the interest, respect, and cooperation of students and develop socially acceptable attitudes in students; communicate effectively; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; maintain fair and firm discipline; and keep records and prepare reports.
Willingness to work in an adult correctional facility; willingness to work odd and unusual hours; and demonstrated emotional maturity and stability.