Correctional Captain

Open to State of Delaware Dept of Correction Merit Employees Only

Recruitment #021517-MBDB06-380400

Summary Statement

A class incumbent is responsible for managing the total security operations of a large facility during an assigned shift or for managing a statewide program.

  • Supervises administrative, supervisory, and custody staff on an assigned shift of a large institution, all shifts of a medium institution or for a statewide program.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Directs, supervises and is responsible for all lower level officers assigned to a shift/program. Ensures that work schedules and plans are developed in accordance with operational needs.
  • Makes periodic inspections of all areas of the facility grounds, staff and equipment to ensure enforcement of all rules, regulations, policies and procedures and to detect any potential security system defects.
  • Develops, recommends and upon approval oversees the implementation of new/revised operating procedures.
  • Acts personally or directs the control of inmate disturbances and disorders.
  • Oversees and directs the deployment of staff to meet operational needs or emergency situations.
  • May participate on the inmate classification committee or inmate grievance board.
  • Performs ongoing or special investigations of possible criminal activities.
  • Oversees the operation of statewide programs such as Transportation/Court and CERT.
  • Prepares and/or oversees the preparation of various reports.
  • May be responsible for the relief unit.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Correctional Captain
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas: 

  1. At least three years experience as a Correctional Lieutenant OR at least two years experience as a Correctional Staff Lieutenant OR equivalent experience
  2. Possession of a valid Driver’s License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Additional Posting Information

Applicants may only apply if they are current permanent employees of the State of Delaware Department of Correction in a position covered by the Merit System who have completed their initial probationary period.

Conditions of Hire

Union:  As a condition of accepting employment, the person selected for this position shall join and pay dues to the labor organization or may, instead not join but pay a service fee no greater than the dues.  The labor organization has been elected by employees as their representative for collective bargaining and other work related purposes.


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Selection Process

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at

Examination: A written test is required.  You will need to retake the exam if you have not applied in DEL by 3/24/2010. Test study guides may be obtained by visiting the Human Resource Management web-site at Applicants scheduled for examinations will be required to show photo identification to the exam proctor before taking the exam.  All scheduling notices will be sent via email to the applicant.  Please check your email for your scheduled exam date.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.