Psychologist 3 – MN Department of Corrections – St. Paul, MN

Job ID: 28289
Location: St. Paul
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Unlimited
Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted: 12/10/2018
Closing Date: 12/21/2018
Hiring Agency: Department of Corrections
Location: Central Office-St. Paul
Division/Unit: Risk Assessment/Community Notification 
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift/8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Days of Work: Monday – Friday
Travel Required: Yes, Up to 10% of the time 
Salary Range: $30.25 – $44.98/hourly; $63,162 – $93,918/annually
Classified Status: Classified
Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes


Job Summary


This position assists in the assessment of incarcerated sex/predatory offenders to determine the most appropriate treatment recommendation and community notification risk level, and to write reports that help aid in the decision about the offenders to be forwarded to county attorneys for civil commitment consideration.

This position is located in the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC), Central Office in St. Paul and may have some direct contact with offenders. Travel is required approximately 10% of the time.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1) At least 3 months before sex/predatory offenders are released from DOC institutions, prepare recommendation reports for risk level assignment for review at End of Confinement Review Committee (ECRC) meetings so that the ECRC may make informed decisions regarding sex offender or predatory offender risk.

2) Screen predatory offenders (those who already have a risk level) that are returned to prison and make a determination as to whether a review before another End of Confinement Review Committee is warranted. 

3) Provide psychological reports to and act as non-voting member of the DOC Sexually Psychopathic Personality/Sexually Dangerous Person (SPP/SDP) Screening Committee. This committee reviews sex offender cases and determines whether or not to forward each case to county attorneys for consideration of civil commitment as sexual psychopathic personality or sexually dangerous person.

4) Review, revise, or complete relevant risk assessment actuarial on each offender at the point of 16-17 months prior to their release.

5) Enhance and maintain knowledge of sex offender risk assessment through training and collaboration with other staff and experts in the field.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Education and Licensure:

-Completion of a Doctorate in Psychology or equivalent Doctorate. (NOTE:  Finalists for the position will be asked to provide a copy of their college transcript at the time of their interview.)

-Current licensure in Minnesota as a Licensed Psychologist (LP). (**NOTE:  Applicants that have met the educational requirements for licensure may be considered for a provisional appointment until fully licensed.)

Knowledge of:
-Psychological evaluation, assessment, and testing methods sufficient to make assessments of offenders’ mental, emotional, and behavioral status and to confer with others within the unit in making assessments in complex cases involving multiple diagnoses.

-Standards, policies, laws, and rules relating to the delivery of psychological services.

-Psychological and research methodology sufficient to guide other clinical and Corrections staff in locating informational resources and in interpreting research results.

Ability to:
-Communicate effectively orally and in writing so that the interests of offenders and the standards of the psychology profession are represented in all written documentation.

-Complete comprehensive psychological evaluations, including the administration and interpretation of a variety of psychological tests.  

Preferred Qualifications:

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

+Current licensure in Minnesota as a Licensed Psychologist (LP).

+Experience working with convicted sex offenders (treatment and/or assessment) in a criminal justice capacity, such as community or prison-based treatment, pre-sentence sex offender assessor, and/or court-appointed expert in sex offender risk assessment.

+Experience providing court testimony.

+Experience in providing group and individual therapy in a residential or correctional treatment setting.

+Experience in assessment and treatment of sex offenders or other forensic populations.

+Demonstrated expertise in the provision of behavioral health services for a correctional population.

+Knowledge of civil commitment statutes and procedures. 

Physical Requirements

The selected finalist is required to review and sign a Physical Demands Analysis (PDA).  For a copy of the PDA, please email Richard Hammons 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.

Why Work For Us

Join a team with a national reputation for excellence! The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) is highly regarded nationwide and has provided a model for other corrections systems to follow. Our mission is to reduce recidivism by promoting offender change through proven strategies during safe and secure incarceration and effective community supervision. We offer great State of Minnesota benefits, competitive pay, internal promotional opportunities, free parking, and workout facilities at most locations.

The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

How to Apply

Click “Apply” at the bottom of this page. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

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If you have questions about the position, contact Richard Hammons at or 651.361.7592.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. 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 Please indicate what assistance you need.