County of York
April 15, 2021
York, Pennsylvania
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Luana Taylor
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Position Summary

The Warden is the Administrative Head of the York County Prison and reports directly to the Prison Board of Inspectors.  The Warden is responsible for safely and humanely keeping all persons who are lawfully committed to the prison, as well as providing rehabilitative and educational services to those prisoners.  The Warden is further responsible for leading and managing a workforce of more than 500 employees as well as a large budget.  The Warden must be able to negotiate and enforce contracts with private vendors as well as federal, state and county agencies for services.  The Warden is also responsible for participating in the negotiation of Collective Bargaining contracts and assisting county solicitors related to prison litigation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for complete oversight of all prison operations twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week.
  • Ensures proper policies and procedures are in place for such safe operation of the facility and to support the successful reentry of prisoners to the York County community.
  • Oversees the prisoner grievance process
  • Develops and maintains educational opportunities for eligible prisoners with outside agencies
  • Ensures proper medical care for the prisoners through the services provided by the contracted medical services provider
  • Ensures establishment of appropriate hiring and training policies with Prison Board of Inspector approval.
  • Develops appropriate employment policies and employee corrective action processes in conjunction with the County Human Resources Department and the Prison Board of Inspectors.
  • Responds to second level employee grievances
  • Directly supervises the Deputy Wardens for Security Services, Deputy Warden for Centralized Services, Operational Support Manager and the Facilities Manager.
  • Prepares the annual budget of over $70,000,000 for the operation of the prison and oversees the proper and effective use of the budget.
  • Establishes and maintains per diem contracts with state and county agencies.
  • Negotiates professional services contracts with private vendors and enforce the terms of those contracts.
  • Negotiates and manages an Intergovernmental Service Agreement with the United States Department of Homeland Security for the housing and other services related to federal immigration inmates in compliance with the National Detention Standards
  • Works in conjunction with Human Resources and labor attorneys on all matters related to collective bargaining agreements.
  • Prepares and presents detailed operating reports directly to the Prison Board of Inspectors during a monthly meeting and provides special incident reports to the Board, as necessary or requested.
  • Prepares and file all necessary monthly and yearly reports as required by federal and state agencies
  • Manages all prison-related litigation in conjunction with York County solicitors
  • Maintains professional relationships and interacts with County elected officials, State and County Judiciary, local police agencies, and community leaders to benefit the operation of the prison and the treatment of prisoners.

General Requirements & Skills

Essential Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
  • One year as a Deputy Warden; or, nine years of professional program, custody, or security experience in the field of corrections, including 5 years in a management or supervisory capacity; or, an equivalent combination of experience and training, including 5 years in a management or supervisory position.
  • A master's degree in criminal justice or graduate level credits in criminology, behavioral science, or a related field can be considered in lieu of some years’ experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience in a public service field is preferred
  • Experience working with other federal, state and local agencies
  • Understanding of Title 37 Chapter 95 and National Detention Standards is preferred
  • Relevant experience in preparing and managing a budget
  • Relevant experience in contract negotiations
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