Correctional Caseworker

State Of Indiana Plainfield , IN 46168

Posted 2 months ago

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About the Indiana Department of Correction:

We promote public safety by providing meaningful, effective opportunities for successful re-entry. As the model of best correctional practices, we strive to return productive citizens to our communities and inspire a culture of accountability, integrity and professionalism.

Salary Information:

This role starts at a base salary of $26,702.

About the Job:

As the Correctional Caseworker, you will be responsible for providing counseling and resource information to offenders at an adult Correctional Facility in the Indiana Department of Correction. As with all employees of the Department of Correction, the Caseworker's first responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of the facility.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Counsels offenders on issues such as job assignments, housing changes, institutional transfers, committee actions and other institutional procedures;

  • Evaluates offender and family counseling needs and provides the counseling services and/or makes the proper referrals;

  • Contacts institutional departments in order to answer offender questions;

  • Act as a liaison between prospective employers, courts, community and governmental agencies, for the purpose of job development and release adjustment;

  • Serves as a member of CAB (Conduct Adjustment Board) and/or other related committees;

  • Prepares case studies and offender progress notes to include parole agreements, temporary member lists, visitation lists and telephone lists;

  • May serve as a Team Leader in the absence of a Correctional Casework Manager;

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What We're Looking For:

  • Must test negative on all drug screenings

  • Upon hire, the ability to successfully complete all required training and certifications;

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Working knowledge of principles and practices of sociology, psychology, physiology, group therapy and community organizations;

  • Ability to write case histories and records of offenders;

  • Ability to observe offender behavior, to recognize symptoms and to make recommendations to staff;

  • Ability to observe offenders and staff and accurately recall detail in order to write correct, concise reports;

  • Specialized knowledge of counseling and interviewing techniques;

  • Ability to effectively counsel offenders and families and resolve problems such as social reintegration;

  • Working knowledge of Indiana Penal Code and the Indiana Department of Correction policies and procedures;

  • Working knowledge of correctional programs and security procedures in an institutional setting;

  • Ability to abide by the Department's Standard of Conduct and all behavior expectations;

  • Ability to work under emergency conditions;

  • Ability to research and interpret all program material;

  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing;

  • Ability to work within a culturally diversified environment;

  • Working knowledge of the Indiana Department of Correction and institutional policies and procedures which are applicable to the assigned area of responsibility;

  • Working knowledge of basic street slang and security threat groups;

  • Working knowledge and the ability to perform approved self-defense techniques;

  • Ability to adhere to the Indiana Department of Correction's dress code and grooming standards;

  • Ability to be a positive role model;

  • Ability to organize and prioritize duties;

  • Ability to establish a working relationship with staff and offenders;

  • Ability to accept supervision and constructive feedback;

  • Ability to recognize, analyze, and formulate solutions to problems;

  • Ability to maintain a positive image to staff, offenders and the general public;

  • Ability to operate radios, computers, fire extinguishers and/or applicable office equipment;

  • Specialized knowledge of the State of Indiana's ethics rules and regulations;

  • Specialized knowledge and the ability to utilize conflict resolution techniques;

  • Ability to work in a confidential office and perform a variety of duties;

  • Ability to meet given deadlines and maintain acceptable work attendance;

  • Ability to work overtime.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides supervision for offenders and requires a high level of judgment and care.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages

  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan)

  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)

  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match

  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options

  • Group life insurance

  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits

  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off

  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs

  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years

  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

  • New Parent Leave

  • Free Parking

  • Free LinkedIn Learning

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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