Secretary, North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections (DAC)



Description of Work


January 1, 2023, North Carolina will establish the NC Department of Adult Corrections, a new agency responsible for the care, custody, and supervision of adults sentenced for violating North Carolina laws. 

North Carolina is the ninth most-populous state in the country.  North Carolina prisons have a population of approximately 30,000 in 55 prison facilities across the state, and approximately 75,000 people are on probation, parole, or post-release supervision.  

The new agency will have 20,000 employees and a budget of $1.5 billion.   Governor Cooper is looking for a team member who is a strategic thinker with a good understanding of the criminal justice system and the role the corrections system plays; understands the complexity of the role; and can implement the Governor’s vision, develop solutions, and manage crisis.   Governor Cooper and his entire administration are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, safe work environments and staff development.  The salary will be based on experience with a maximum of $195,000.  The ideal timeline is for the person to start in Fall 2022.   The position serves at the pleasure of the Governor and is subject to Legislative confirmation.

Mission:  DAC will work collaboratively with the community to create a safer North Carolina.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

A good secretary will (have):

  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Leadership/Command
  • Vision and Focus: a strategic thinker with an appreciation for evidenced based strategies and the ability to develop innovative and creative approaches to address a variety of challenges
  • Crisis Management Experience
  • Strong communication skills
  • Be a Team Member
  • A good understanding of the criminal justice system and the role the corrections system plays
  • Appreciation for the security and severity of the Corrections system
  • Appreciation for compliance and regulatory matters
  • Experience in reentry and appreciation of its importance in the safety of North Carolina
  • Ability to balance supervision, treatment, and rehabilitative programming for offenders
  • Experience in creating safer work environments
  • Commitment to staff development and wellness
  • A track record of recruiting, developing, and retaining high performing staff, and motivating and improving work moral across the organization
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Compassion for others and a commitment to upholding human dignity


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Please see Description of Work

Supplemental and Contact Information

For further information please contact:
Kristin Siemek, State Talent Acquisition Manager
Office of State Human Resources 
Phone:  984-236-0853
Email: [email protected]

State of North Carolina
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