Reentry and Diversion Oversight Specialist

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POSITION DESCRIPTION
I. IDENTIFYING INFORMATION
Title: Reentry and Diversion Oversight Specialist
Agency: Hawaii Correctional System Oversight Commission
Geographic Location: 235 S. Beretania Street Honolulu, HI 96813

Opening Date: Tuesday November 1st, 2022
Closing Date: Friday December 30th, 2022

Salary: $70,000-80,000/year

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Christin Johnson,
Oversight Coordinator at [email protected]

II. INTRODUCTION
Function of this organizational unit:
The Hawaii Correctional System Oversight Commission (the Commission) as
established in Chapter 353L of Hawaii Revised Statutes, is charged with:
1. Overseeing the State’s correctional system, investigating complaints at
correctional facilities, and facilitating a correctional system transition to a
rehabilitative and therapeutic model;

2. Establishing maximum inmate population limits for each facility; formulating
policies and procedures to prevent the inmate population from exceeding
capacity;

3. Ensuring that the Comprehensive Offender Reentry System under Chapter
353H, Hawaii Revised Statues, is working properly through monitoring and
reviewing elements of the program.

Purpose of the position:
This position is to monitor and review the comprehensive offender reentry program to
make recommendations to the Department of Public Safety, the Hawaii Paroling
Authority, and the Legislature regarding reentry and parole services.

III. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
A. Administrative Duties
1. Work with the Department of Public Safety in monitoring and reviewing the
comprehensive offender reentry program, including facility educational and
treatment programs, rehabilitative services, work furloughs, and the Hawaii
Paroling Authority’s oversight of parolees. Assist the commission in creating
recommendations to the Department of Public Safety, the Hawaii Paroling
Authority, and the Legislature regarding reentry and parole services; and

2. Ensure that the comprehensive offender reentry system under Chapter 353H
is working properly to provide programs and services that result in the timely
release of inmates on parole when the maximum terms have been served
instead of delaying the release for lack of programs and services.

B. Monthly Reports, Annual Reports
1. The Reentry and Diversion Oversight Specialist shall submit a monthly report to
the Oversight Coordinator to be shared with the Commission, the Governor,
and the Legislature. The monthly report shall include actions taken specific to
reentry and diversion efforts for the preceding month.

2. The Commission shall submit an annual report to the Governor and the
Legislature no less than twenty days before the convening of each regular
session. The annual report shall include a full and complete statement of
actions taken by the Commission for the preceding years, and
recommendations, including any proposed legislation, that the Commission
deems necessary or desirable. The Reentry and Diversion Oversight Specialist
will assist with the annual report in ensuring efforts towards monitoring and
reviewing the comprehensive offender reentry program are included.

C. Investigation of Violations of State Law or Rules
1. Receive allegations of any violations of the laws of the State of Hawaii or
rules pertaining to the comprehensive reentry system.

2. Have jurisdiction over investigating complaints at correctional facilities that
are specific to reentry and diversion including facility educational and
treatment programs, rehabilitative services, work furloughs, and the Hawaii
Paroling Authority’s oversight of parolees.

D. Studies and Investigations
1. The Reentry and Diversion Oversight Specialist shall conduct an ongoing study
and investigation of the operation and the administration of reentry system laws
in effect in other states or countries, any literature on the subject that may be
published or available, any federal laws that may affect the operation of the
reentry system, and the reaction of residents to existing and potential features
of the reentry system in order to recommend or effect changes that will tend to
serve the purposes of this chapter.

2. Facilitate a correctional system transition to a rehabilitative and therapeutic
model with information gathered from investigation of violations and
research.

IV. RECOMMENDED QUALIFICATIONS
A. Knowledge/Abilities:
1. Knowledge of the principles and practices of correctional systems,
including probation, jail, prisons, and parole.
2. Well-versed in criminal justice reform and committed to the transition to
a rehabilitative and therapeutic correctional system model, as required
by Chapter 353L.
3. Ability to perform research, manage and analyze a wide range of
information, and draft reports.
4. Strong organizational and writing skills.
5. Effective verbal and written communications skills.
6. Solid organization skills, accuracy, and ability to successfully manage
multiple and sometimes competing projects, tasks, and deadlines.
7. A personal commitment to excellence and strong attention to detail and
accuracy.
8. Basic computer skills and ability to use MS Office Suite, databases, and
online systems.
9. Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with a broad range of
individuals in a professional and pleasant manner; excellent
interpersonal skills and a positive attitude

B. Education/Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college or university. Experience in program
administration and management.

C. Desired Qualities:
1. Strong work ethic, a high degree of patience, and grit to push through difficult
challenges.
2. The ability to work within a team and to lead, coach, inspire, support, and
motivate others.
3. Adaptability, and an ability to remain poised under pressure.
4. Systems-oriented thinking and an ability to understand, create and implement
complex processes.
5. Strong time and task management (i.e. ability to plan, schedule, and execute).
6. Sound judgment, initiative, and decision-making skills.
7. Willingness to extend kindness, compassion and accountability to oneself and
others