Director (AZ Department of Corrections)

  • Arizona Department of Corrections
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Aug 21, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management CORRECTIONS Public Safety Executive
  • Salary: 185,000 Annually
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Phone: 602-542-4898
  • Apply By: Nov 17, 2019


To be considered for this position, please apply online by clicking here or go to search JOB ID 49560.


Arizona Department of Corrections: Safer communities through effective corrections.   
The State of Arizona is recruiting a decisive, dynamic and thoughtful leader to serve as the Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections.  This position provides an opportunity for candidates with a passion for public service, experience in public safety, corrections, and/or criminal justice administration, and a drive to change lives through meaningful recidivism and second-chance reforms.
The Arizona Department of Corrections is Arizona's largest state agency. Our corrections professionals are committed to protecting citizens while at the same time changing the lives of the inmates in their custody.  The director will be tasked to advance the cultural transformation we are bringing to Arizona's state correctional system and continue the progress of reducing inmate recidivism. 
This position requires an individual capable of pushing an organization forward, exploring and moving past boundaries, a natural problem-solver, confident, strong-willed, goal-oriented, pragmatic, leading-edge thinker focused on making an impact at work.

Job Description


  • Leadership oversight and accountability for agency vision and mission, organizational health and performance, policy, operations, personnel, and technological innovation.   
  • Oversight of all Department of Corrections institutions and programs, and  responsible  management of  the agency's billion-dollar plus operating budget.
  • Develop a high functioning team across multiple operational sites; implement controls and measures to effectively monitor and assess employee morale, operations, and program outcomes.
  • Administer community supervision services for adult inmates released from prison. 
  • Work with cabinet-level colleagues, including the directors of the Arizona Health Care Containment System (AHCCCS) and the Department of Economic Security to develop and administer workforce-driven recidivism reduction programs. 
  • Build rapport and advocate for reforms and initiatives to improve correctional system outcomes. This includes recommendations for legislative and executive initiatives. 
  • Provide the leadership presence in public and private forums including legislative hearings, judicial proceedings, media engagements and public events.
  • Lead the agency using the Arizona Management System (AMS) -- the state's performance management tools developed and implemented by state employees to create a service-driven and efficient government

Job Requirements


The director, as minimum qualifications, shall have administrative experience in adult correctional programs and qualifications and training which enable the director to manage the affairs of a modern penal system. (ARS § 41-1603)

Special Instructions

To be considered for this position, please apply online by clicking here or go to search JOB ID 49560.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Chris Weakland  at  or 602-542-4898 for assistance.

Additional Information


  • Master's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university or a Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university and ten years of management level experience.  
  • Ten years of professional level work experience in corrections or criminal justice, five of which are in progressively increasing responsibilities. 
  • Proven experience leading large organizations through transformation and change 
  • Experience leading in military or paramilitary environments 
  • Community relations and engagement  

All candidates will be required to demonstrate evidence of the experience, skills, and abilities required to meet this role.