Accreditation Specialist - Arapahoe County, CO

August 9, 2019

Arapahoe County,CO

Accreditation Specialist



**ANTICIPATED HIRING RANGE $22.10 - $27.63**

Under the supervision of the Accreditation Manager, this position is responsible for performing duties associated with the overall accreditation processes and standards for the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office including law enforcement, corrections, medical services, and public safety communications through the development and coordination of resources, training, and personnel within the Sheriff's Office and outside agencies.




The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required:
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining electronic files for compliance with the accreditation process.
  • Must be alert to changes in accreditation standards, agency operations, reporting requirements, and other issues which may affect the continuing accredited status of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office.
  • Maintains and updates directives, and accreditation files to correspond with periodic changes to accreditation standards.
  • Ensures all aspects of the accreditation maintenance process are completed, including time sensitive inspection reports, reviews and updates. Establishes and updates tracking systems.
  • Reviews and proofreads a variety of documentation to ensure accuracy of information and to ensure documentation is compliant with accreditation standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Queries specialized computer software in order to obtain information for accreditation compliance.
  • Assists with on-site inspections and assessments for accreditation compliance.
  • Assists with the preparation of annual agency reports to applicable accreditation entities.
  • Coordinates agency personnel, activities, records and systems with regards to maintaining accreditation standards, including the establishment of proper documentation demonstrating accreditation compliance.
  • Ensures senior management has fact-based information to make decisions regarding agency policies and accreditation standards.
  • Advises other appropriate individuals of accreditation compliance/non-compliance issues and when necessary recommend corrective action plans.
  • Reviews, modifies, drafts, and interprets agency policies, procedures, and forms. 
  • Interprets state and federal accreditation standards for agency staff.
  • Interacts with others inside and outside the agency through correspondence (i.e. letters, memos, email, etc.) and through telephone conversations.
  • Maintains regular and acceptable attendance at such level as determined at the Sheriff's Office discretion.
  • Is available to work overtime per day or per week, to include weekends and holidays as the Sheriff's Office determines is necessary to meet its needs.
  • Performs duties onsite, except those job duties that are customarily or by nature performed offsite.
  • May be assigned other duties as necessary.




  • Knowledge and understanding of practices, methods, laws and ordinances as it pertains to modern law enforcement, corrections, correctional medicine and public safety communications.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Agency rules and regulations, policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Knowledge and understanding of applicable accreditation standards.
  • Ability to operate computers and diversified software programs, as well as any other standard office equipment as required by position.
  • Ability to communicate and work with supervisors and commanders to implement changes within respective divisions.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and writing skills.
  • Ability to analyze situations objectively, and determine proper courses of action to be taken.
  • Ability to learn and apply technical terminology and information as related to both law enforcement work and accreditation standards.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks to operate at maximum efficiency.
  • Ability to safely operate a County vehicle in normal and adverse conditions.
  • Ability to read and understand applicable Federal, State and local laws.
  • Ability to apply sound reasoning and decision-making.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and get along well with others.  

EDUCATION: College coursework in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Public Administration or a closely related field.      
EXPERIENCE: Two (2) years of experience in a law enforcement related organization.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience, as approved by the Sheriff.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Public Administration or a closely related field and two (2) to three (3) years experience in a law enforcement related organization; or, three (3) years experience working with accreditation standards in law enforcement, corrections, and/or correctional healthcare.
  • Must possess a valid Colorado Driver's License
  • Must possess CPR and First Aid certification within the initial status period
  • Occasional travel to in-state meetings and out-of-state accreditation conferences is required


Supplemental Information

The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position.  They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive.
Occasionally:   Activity exists less than 1/3 of the time.
Frequently:     Activity exists between 1/3 and 2/3 of the time.
Constantly:     Activity exists more than 2/3 of the time.

  • Spends 80% of the time sitting and 20% of the time either standing or walking while in the field or office.
  • Occasionally push, pull, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, handle, and feel while in the field and office.
  • Oral and auditory capacity enabling interpersonal communication as well as communication through automated devices such as the two-way radio and telephone.
  • Visual capacity including color vision in order to distinguish color and other relevant dimensions.

This position requires extensive contact of a comprehensive nature with all members of the Sheriff's Office, other various governmental agencies and the public.  Information provided is of a complex nature relating to a variety of issues.  Personal contact with any individual of the public, an inmate or arrestee is normally a single occurrence.  Hand-to-hand exchanges of documents, money, personal property, clothing and other items may be required.  Face-to-face verbal communications between the member and an individual is required, but is mainly singular.  The member's anticipated contact with blood, body fluids or other medical hazards are rare.  The member should have adequate time to take precautionary and protective measures.
Work is performed in an office setting, primarily under normal business conditions.
Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office employees participate in a mandatory defined benefit program designed to help employees establish a source of income for retirement years. Through the Plan, eligible employees must set aside 8.50 percent, which is subject to change in the coming years, on a pretax basis of which the County matches dollar-for-dollar.

This position has been determined to be a MINIMAL exposure risk to "bio-hazards" associated with blood-borne pathogens HIV (aids), HBV (hepatitis B) virus, and air-borne transmissions of TB (tuberculosis).   Members are advised that exposures to these "bio-hazards" may result in severe illness or death.  Members are required by Agency policy to use protective equipment and clothing. Inoculation may be required to prevent or treat exposures to "bio-hazards".

Applicants are advised that areas for disqualification from further consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Illegal Drug Use - Applicants who have recent illegal drug usage will be disqualified. Recent drug use includes marijuana within one (1) year and all other illegal drug use within the past five (5) years. All other illegal drug use will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
* Any felony conviction 
* Driving Record - This includes receiving a DUI within the past five (5) years, having your driver's license suspended for any reason within the past five (5) years, and having five (5) or more tickets within the past five (5) years.
* Outside activities which may be deemed a conflict of interest
* Revelation or discovery of assaultive behavior
* Documented record of prior work performance
* Unsuccessful completion of any basic requirement
* Inability to perform the essential functions of the position
* Police history - type, frequency and nature of contacts(s)
* Providing false or misleading information during the application/selection process

It is the policy of the Sheriff's Office to not discuss the reasons why applicants were not selected for hire. There is no flexibility to this policy. Applicants may be notified of their disqualification at any point in the selection process. If you receive such a notice, it simply means that you do not meet our standards at this time. Receiving this notice does not indicate that you are ineligible to apply with other agencies.

The screening process for any position within the Sheriff's Office may include written test(s), an oral interview, skills test(s), and/or other selection methods designed to measure applicants' ability to perform the essential functions of the job they are seeking. 

Additional required examinations also include:
  • Phase I Suitability Exam
  • Polygraph Examination
Additional screening may include:
  • Psychological Evaluation (for certain positions)
  • Medical Examination, including a drug screen
  • Background Investigation - This will include, but is not limited to, contact with the applicant's former employers, associates, neighbors and other pertinent sources. Applicant's military history, school records, police records and driving record will also be investigated. All examinations are conducted by qualified/licensed individuals designated by the Sheriff's Office at the Sheriff's Office expense.

Due to the nature of the application and selection process for the Sheriff's Office, applicants can reasonably expect the application process to take a significant amount of time to complete before a decision is made to hire or not to hire. Typically, it takes approximately six (6) to twelve (12) weeks from the date of application to complete the entire selection process. The length of time it takes to complete the process can vary depending on a variety of factors. Please note that this is an estimated duration of the selection process.

Employees are required to work the time periods and/or shifts, rotational and/or stationary, and location assignment, consistent with the needs of the Sheriff's Office.

All applicants hired by the Sheriff serve at the pleasure of the Sheriff of Arapahoe County and may be assigned to any of the agency's bureaus, sections or units at the discretion of the Sheriff or his duly appointed representative. Employment is at the will and pleasure of the Sheriff, per Colorado State Statute: 30-10-506. Written policies and other manuals do not alter the at will status of employment.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is committed to the implementation of the community-policing concept. Community policing is an organizational strategy and philosophy which emphasizes problem solving partnerships between the Sheriff's Office, neighborhoods, and businesses working together to create a better quality of life within the community.

Successful applicants are subject to an initial status period of employment. This initial status period is twelve (12) months for all positions. The initial status period is regarded as part of the applicant's examination process and will be utilized for purposes of employee evaluation, training and adjustment to the demands of the profession. New employees, who fail to perform satisfactorily during the period, may be separated from the Sheriff's Office, depending on the circumstance of each case.

Applicants who failed a written test may reapply and retest no sooner than six (6) months from the date they took the written test. All other applicants who are disqualified can reapply with the Sheriff's Office no sooner than one (1) year from the date of notification of non-selection.

This job announcement does not constitute a contract of employment. Should there be any discrepancy or error in this job announcement, the applicable policy or pay rate will apply. The Sheriff's Office retains the right to amend this job announcement at any time without notice.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer, who fully supports and complies with ADA, EOE M/F/D/V.

Should you require an accommodation to apply for this position, please contact Human Resources.

As a regular full-time or part-time Arapahoe County employee you may be eligible for benefits such as:

Medical and Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life and Supplemental Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Retirement Plan and Deferred Compensation Plan, Flexible Benefit Plan, Pre-paid Legal Service Plan,
Vacation and Sick leave time, Holiday pay, and the Training and Educational Reimbursement Program.

For a more detailed listing of our benefit programs, click on the MENU link on the left and then Benefits Summary.

Are you a current employee of Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to work different shifts including days, swings, nights, weekends and holidays?
  • Yes
  • No
Please choose the response that best describes your educational background.
  • High School Graduate or GED
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Public Administration or a closely related field.
  • Master's Degree
How many years of experience in a law enforcement related organization do you possess?
  • No Experience
  • Less than 1 year of experience
  • 1 year to less than 2 years
  • 2 years to less than 3 years
  • 3 years to less than 4 years
  • 4 or more years of experience
How many years of experience do you have working with accreditation standards in law enforcement, corrections, and/or correctional healthcare?
  • No Experience
  • Less than 1 year of experience
  • 1 year to less than 2 years
  • 2 years to less than 3 years
  • 3 years to less than 4 years
  • 4 or more years of experience
If required, do you consent to the following: polygraph, background investigation, drug test, psychological evaluation, and medical exam?
  • YES
  • NO
Have you ever been convicted of any municipal ordinance or law of any state of the United States, where the offense involved domestic violence?
  • YES
  • NO
Are you currently the subject of a permanent restraining or protection order resulting from domestic violence?
  • YES
  • NO
Have you ever been convicted of any law violation (except a minor traffic violation)? (A "Yes" answer does not automatically disqualify you from employment, since the nature of the offense, date, and the job for which you are applying is also considered.)
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, please describe in detail.
Have you received a felony conviction or a deferred judgment in lieu of a felony conviction?
  • YES
  • NO
When was the last time you have used, tried, or experimented with marijuana?
  • I have used marijuana within the past six months.
  • I last used marijuana between six months and 1 year.
  • I last used marijuana 1 - 2 years ago.
  • I last used marijuana 2 - 5 years ago.
  • It has been over 5 years since I last used marijuana.
  • I have never used marijuana.
Have you used, tried, or experimented with any illegal drug, other than marijuana, in the past five years?
  • YES
  • NO
Do you have a current, valid driver's license?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you been convicted of a D.U.I. / D.W.A.I. in the past 5 years?
  • YES
  • NO
How many moving traffic violations have you been cited for in the past 5 years?
  • 0-4
  • 5-9
  • 10 or more
In the past five years have you had your drivers license revoked, cancelled or denied due to point violation, Financial Responsibility Act (FRA) violation or by a court order (not including "minor in possession" or "failure to pay a traffic fine").
  • Yes
  • No
How did you hear about this opportunity?
  • Diverse Organization
  • Internet -
  • Internet -
  • Internet -
  • Internet -
  • Internet -
  • Internet - Other (please specify below)
  • Employee Referral
  • Non-Employee Referral
  • Job Fair (please specify below)
  • Other (please specify below)
If you selected 'Diverse Organization' or 'Other' or 'Job Fair' above, please specify in the space below. If not, please type 'NA'.
What is your military / veteran status?
  • I am not a veteran of military service.
  • I am currently a member of military service.
  • I am a veteran of military service, who was discharged under honorable conditions.
  • I am a veteran of military servicewho was discharged under dishonorable conditions
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Closing Date / Removed from Database Date
August 22, 2019

  All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description.