Correction Lieutenant

Grade 20

New York State has approximately 499 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in Corrections and Community Supervision. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Correction Officer Trainee

    Similar to Grade 13

  2. Correction Officer

    Grade 14

  3. Correction Sergeant

    Grade 17

  4. Correction Lieutenant

    Grade 20

  5. Correction Captain

    Grade 61

Summary of Job Description

Positions of Correction Lieutenant exist in both the correctional facilities and the Training Academy of the Department of Correctional Services.

In most correctional facilities, under the direction of a Correction Captain, the Lieutenant is normally the third highest ranking uniformed officer, supervising all lower ranking uniformed officers to ensure the security and safety of all persons and property on a given shift. Within each facility, a Correction Lieutenant may have a specific assignment area, or group of assignments, which will determine the amount of direct security supervision they will administer, such as a Lieutenant in charge of an inmate discipline program. Additionally, a Lieutenant is normally assigned in each regional facility area (HUB) to be responsible for implementing and managing a training program as part of the Department's staff development of all facility employees.

Correction Lieutenants at minimum-security facilities, such as a camp or work release facility, may have full responsibility for the security measures and administration of such under the direct supervision of the Superintendent.

Correction Lieutenants at the Training Academy are responsible for administering and evaluating all aspects of the Departmental training programs for classes of Correction Officer Trainees as well as the in-service programs offered at the Academy and in the facilities for current employees.

Positions of Correction Lieutenant at the Training Academy are responsible for administering and evaluating all aspects of a departmental training program for a class of Correction Officer Trainees.

View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

The NYS Title and Salary Plan provides additional information regarding other titles. If there is a classification standard available there will be a link under the column labeled STD. NO. If no link is available there is no classification standard available at this time for that title.

Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination to be considered for appointment to this position.  

On or before the date of the examination, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and have had permanent competitive service as a Correction Sergeant or Correction Sergeant (Spanish Language).

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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