Chaplain - Denver County Jail
The City and County of Denver - Denver, CO

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Denver Sheriff's Department is seeking a Chaplain of the Denver County Jail.
The County Jail Division is responsible for the long term care and custody of sentenced prisoners, sentenced and pre-sentenced female prisoners and prisoners sentenced to work release/community corrections. The County Jail offers a variety of programs aimed at enhancing the lives of prisoners while incarcerated. Some of the programs offered are:
  • G.E.D.
  • Domestic violence counseling
  • Drug and alcohol counseling
  • Religious counseling
  • Aptitude and vocational testing
  • Career counseling
  • R.I.S.E Program (Recovery in a Secure Environment)
  • Denver Homeless Transition Program (DHTP)
Program Providers include:

Project Bed-Time Story (sponsored by The Empowerment Program)
Turnabout Program
Life Skills Program
Community Reentry Project

Prisoners have access to health care 24 hours a day under the guidance of the Denver Health Medical Center. The health care provided to the prisoners is accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). The County Jail has varying conditions of confinement ranging from minimum security dormitory housing, maximum security cell blocks to special management "lock-down" areas. Housing within the facility is determined by the Classification unit.

The Chaplain will work within the confines of a jail environment and will work primarily with criminal offenders; will coordinate, direct and monitor the religious activities of inmates of all faiths represented in the inmate population, including religious services and marriage ceremonies.

The Chaplain serves as a liaison between inmates and the community and may conduct meetings with religious volunteers and/or community providers; will also be responsible for counseling and assisting inmates with personal problems and religious requests.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Designs, organizes, establishes, and evaluates work processes to ensure delivery of program services and to fulfill program objectives. Studies existing policies, procedures, and directives and recommends revisions or additions when necessary.
  • Interprets/explains policies, processes, applicable laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines specific to a program to resolve problems, functions as an information clearinghouse for program questions, and provides information and advice to current and potential program participants on program issues and requirements.
  • Coordinates action where several organizational entities are involved and follows up to ensure that all details and requirements are met.
  • Reviews program operations for compliance, identifies program strengths and weaknesses and problem areas of non-compliance, recommends corrective action, and instructs individuals and groups on proper methods and procedures for compliance with program regulations.
  • Assists with planning, monitoring, and evaluating the program area.
  • Writes or revises procedural and training manuals and summary reports.
  • Conducts orientation, training demonstrations, and presentations for individuals, groups, and organizations.
  • Recruits and trains volunteers.
  • Conducts customer/participant surveys to gather information on program services and customer satisfaction, monitors program participants to ensure quality services are rendered, and provides continuous support to program participants to identify gaps in services.
  • Assists in the development of the program budget, approves and processes pre-approved expenditures, and assists with preparing grants.
  • Develops or modifies work plans, methods, and procedures and determines work priorities and develops work schedules to provide adequate staff coverage. Provides work instruction and assists employees with difficult and/or unusual assignments. Assigns and distributes work, reviews work for accuracy and completeness, and returns assignments with recommendations for proper completion.
  • Resolves problems encountered during daily operations and determines appropriate solutions.


Education Requirement: Associates Degree i n Public Administration, Management, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, or a related field.

Experience Requirement: Three (3) years of technical or administrative experience performing standard research and evaluation, case management, and/or implementing work processes.

Equivalency: A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements.

Ideal candidate: will have experience working with criminal offenders in a detention facility as a Chaplain; experience in religious counseling, teaching Bible Studies and ministering to the needs of people from various backgrounds/denominations. This candidate also needs the ability and experience to train both lay and clergy volunteers. A general knowledge and tolerance of other religions is necessary. This candidate will be responsible for compiling statistics, reports and schedules, so computer skills to accomplish these duties are preferred .

Additional Information:

We offer a very competitive benefits package including:
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Plans (multiple programs)
  • Paid Time Off (combined vacation / sick time)
  • Retirement (Pension Plan!)
  • Flex Spending Account
  • RTD EcoPass Discounts
  • Parking Flex Cash
  • Life Insurance; Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Programs
  • Wellness Center & Classes (Webb Building location)
  • Education & Training Classes (Webb Building location)
  • On-site perks such as dry cleaning, mail service and lobby convenience stores

The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check and complete a minimum six month probationary period (benefits will be active during this time) prior to attaining career status with the City.

Please apply online at

Classification Title: PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Pay Grade: 806-A
Agency: Denver Sheriff Department
Total Compensation range: $42917.00 - $68454.00
Hiring Range: $42917.00 - $47,959
Testing: 100% Scored Supplemental Exam
Probationary Period: The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check, employment verification, education verification and complete a minimum six month probationary period (benefits will be active during this period) prior to attaining career status with the City.

Recruiter: LL