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Become a Member

Everything you need to develop and sustain leading-edge Community Education programs and services.

Come help the Department of Corrections transform lives for a safer Minnesota! Each day when you come to work for the Department of Corrections, you have the opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of those under our care and for those in communities throughout Minnesota.

Working Title: Director of Secondary Education
Job Class: Corrections Education Director
Agency: Corrections Dept

  • Job ID: 65295
  • Location: St. Paul
  • Full/Part Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Unlimited
  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 05/05/2023
  • Closing Date: 05/26/2023
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Corrections Dept / Corrections-CO-CS-Managerial
  • Division/Unit: Corrections – Central Office / DOC Assist Commr-Education
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Intermittent travel to facilities
  • Salary Range: $43.94 – $63.02 / hourly; $91,746 – $131,585 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 220 – Manager/Unrep
  • FLSA Status: Exempt – Executive
  • Telework Eligible: Hybrid work may be considered
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary

The Director of Secondary Education will lead and oversee secondary education program staff and is responsible for assuring appropriate secondary education program options are available for all incarcerated people who do not have a secondary education credential. The director is also responsible for educational program development and implementation that meets the unique needs of incarcerated students and align to the agency’s strategic goals of reducing barriers to educational excellence by providing programming that is culturally responsive and equitable, maximizes students’ strengths and involves the students in planning their education program with the goal of preparing them for success in the community. The secondary education program must comply with all state and federal regulations applicable to education services for secondary students including special education and modifications for students with disabilities. Programs include Adult Basic Education, GED, Adult Diploma, Literacy, English Learner, and digital literacy. This position requires collaboration with, and purposeful connection to, the other programs that provide required support and security in the incarceration setting such as treatment and health care.

Minimum Qualifications

The following qualifications are required of all applicants seeking consideration for this position:

Master’s degree or higher in Education, School Administration, Educational Administration and Leadership, Community Education, or a related field

Five years of experience administering secondary education or adult basic education programs in a school district, a state agency, community education program, or alternative secondary school, which includes the following:

  • Successful administration of educational programs in diverse settings
  • Experience directing the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of diverse educational programs

Demonstrated leadership experience. Leadership experience can include experience as a supervisor, lead worker, team lead, project lead, or completion of a State of Minnesota leadership program (e.g. ELI or SLI), or comparable leadership program

Applicants that meet the above minimum qualifications will be further evaluated on the following:

  • Extensive knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations related to the administration of secondary education programs, including the requirements for licensing and credentialing of programs and staff
  • Extensive knowledge of principles, best evidence-based practices, and trends in secondary and adult basic education
  • Knowledge of fiscal management principles and procedures sufficient to develop and administer budgets
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills sufficient to communicate across diverse functional areas, prepare written reports, and create strategic and operational plans
  • Human relations skills sufficient to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff and management, state and federal agency staff, public schools, and professional organizations related to adult education
  • Ability to develop, implement, and evaluate diverse education programs

Preferred Qualifications

The following qualifications are strongly desired of applicants seeking consideration for this position:

+Experience establishing effective strategic, administrative, and/or reporting metrics for school, school district, or community educational programs, including dashboard development, data collection and analysis

+Experience administering educational programs in a correctional environment

+Leadership development experience

+Experience supervising professional level employees

+Experience with overseeing compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements.

+Experience using data analytics and other methods to carry out performance management of educational staff.

+Knowledge of education information systems and technology

Physical Requirements

The selected finalist is required to review and sign a Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) for this position and may be required to complete a tuberculosis screening prior to hire. For a copy of the PDA, please email Ali Baumgart at .

Additional Requirements

The selection process may include screening the top candidate(s) on their criminal history, predatory offender registration, offender associations and/or other applicable background information in accordance with Department of Corrections’ policy.

Employment history/reference checks, including incidents of sexual harassment, will also be conducted on the top candidate(s) in accordance with Department of Corrections’ policy. This may include a review of job performance and discipline records.

New employees will be fingerprinted within the first 30 days of employment.

How to Apply

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email For additional information about the application process, go to

If you have questions about the position, contact Alicia Baumgart at or 651-361-7307.

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Alicia Baumgart at

About Corrections Dept

Go from a job to a meaningful career with the Minnesota Department of Corrections where we work to transform lives for a safer Minnesota! We hold people responsible for the offenses they commit while giving them the tools they need to succeed as they transition back to our communities. These people may be incarcerated in our correctional facilities or be under our supervision in the community. No matter a person’s custody status, our mindset is the same: a person’s path to rejoining the community starts on the day they begin serving their sentence. Become part of this mindset by joining our team! With the DOC you will find many promotional opportunities, great State of Minnesota benefits, competitive pay, free parking, and workout facilities at most locations.

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.

May 11th, 2023

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