Correctional Treatment Specialist (Special Programs Treatment Specialist)

Washington, D.C
Dec 03, 2022
Dec 07, 2022
Program Manager
Full Time

Position is located in the Women and Special Populations Branch, (WASPB), Reentry Services Division (RSD), of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in Washington, DC.

Responsible for maintaining a current knowledge of WASPB policies, guidance, initiatives, training and resources available to the field in order to provide accurate assistance and information to the institutions housing female offenders and special populations.

Develops and provides input to program curricula and training materials for incarcerated women and other vulnerable populations including transgender inmates, inmates who are veterans and inmates with disabilities.

Provides guidance to institution staff, Female Offender Coordinators, Regional Female Offender and Disability Coordinators on issue of program content, training opportunities, purchase of equipment, materials and supplies and other issue relevant to the overall population of the Branch.

Develops, coordinates, implements and monitors the WASPB's online training and employee development initiatives.

Designs and conducts a wide variety of comprehensive studies and detailed analyses of complex functions and processes related to WASPB long-range planning.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • See Special Conditions of Employment Section.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP eligibility, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here


To be considered for the position, you must meet the following:

Basic Requirements:

A. Degree that included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the behavioral or social sciences.


B. Combination of education and experience - that included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the behavioral or social sciences, and that provided applicants with knowledge of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a 4-year degree as shown in A above.

Evaluation of Education - Courses such as sociology, correctional administration, criminal justice, government/political science, psychology, social work, counseling, and other related social or behavioral science courses may be used to satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement.

Evaluation of Experience - Experience must have been gained in (1) casework in a correctional institution or in another criminal justice setting; (2) counseling in any setting, provided it required diagnostic or treatment planning skills to achieve specific social or occupational goals; or (3) work treating persons in need of social rehabilitation.


In addition to the basic requirements, you must have:


There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this position.


At least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to successfully perform the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.

Some examples of this qualifying experience are:
  • Experience in designing, planning and facilitating staff training in either on-site live, video/teleconference or individual setting: designing objective of training sessions, setting the context and expectations; monitoring the efficiency of the training process and adjusting as necessary, designing training process to match individual participant needs, selecting the proper facilitation techniques; and, simultaneously monitor behavior and facilitate the group/training process.
  • Experience in designing, planning and facilitating inmate training in group or individual setting: designing objectives of training sessions; setting the context and expectations; monitoring the efficiency of the training process and adjusting as necessary; facilitation techniques; and simultaneously monitor behavior and facilitate the group/training process.
  • Experience performing comprehensive evaluations of individuals who are members of a special population (including female offenders, individuals with disabilities, transgender individuals, or veterans) and making appropriate program recommendations based upon these evaluations.
  • Experience performing program audits and analyzing data to ensure system improvement are being accomplished or project implementation is adequate and objectives have been met.

If applicable, credit will be given for paid or unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as number of hours worked per week) spent in the activities.

**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**


See Qualifications Section for education requirements, if applicable.

ONLY if education is a requirement/substitution for specialized experience, applicant MUST upload legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here .

Foreign Education: For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications .

If you are selected for this position and qualified based on education (i.e. basic education requirement and/or substitution of education), you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.

Additional information

This position IS NOT included in the bargaining unit.

The representative rate for this position is $98,818 per annum ($47.35 per hour).

Special Conditions of Employment Section:

Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit checks.

The addresses listed on the USAJOBS account/resume must be the primary residence at the time of application. You may be required to provide proof of residence.

Additional selections may be made if vacancies occur within the life of the certificate.

Current Federal Law Enforcement Employees:

Individuals selected who are under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and who have not had three years "primary" law enforcement retirement coverage, will not be covered by law enforcement retirement while in this position. To regain coverage, individuals must return to a position with "primary" coverage.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

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