Detention Officer - Nights (Male)

Ada County - Idaho Boise , ID 83701

Posted 3 months ago

General Summary

Supervises delinquent youth in a secure facility. Security and safety of residents and staff is a primary consideration. Meeting individual and group needs of residents through counseling, training, education, and a wide variety of programming through various outside resources is another area of broad focus. The position is with Ada County Juvenile Court Services.

Essential Functions

  • Supervises the nightly activities of the Juvenile Center's residents;

  • Facilitates or co-facilitates nightly groups for the residents;

  • Maintains safety of the unit on night shift and assures that security procedures are followed;

  • Handles intake and release functions when admitting or releasing juveniles from the facility;

  • Prepares a file on each juvenile admitted to the facility, and maintains a written record of activities;

  • Observes and records behavior, assists in physically controlling disturbed juveniles and responds to emergency situations;

  • Makes regular security checks on rooms and facility and disciplines juveniles for rule infractions;

  • Provides supportive encouragement and guidance to youth on a personal basis, either in one-to-one or small group situations, and gives instruction, advice and assistance on personal problems;

  • Helps juveniles cultivate appropriate social, behavioral, and interpersonal skills and attitudes useful in community living adjustments;

  • Responsible for handling emergency situations without immediate backup;

  • Responsible for handling minor medical issues and providing first aid;

  • Supervises the cleaning of rooms and other areas;

  • Escorts medical staff to disperse medications to the residents, assists medical staff if necessary and transports residents to the hospital as needed;

  • Responsible for monitoring the control room, which includes controlling electric doors, monitoring telephones, keeping log books;

  • Responsible for building maintenance, stocking clothing areas, and removing facility trash;

  • Completes reports such as incident reports, child protection reports, and special reports;

  • Assists with the completion and distribution of all daily detention paperwork;

  • Assists with the completion of all end of the month accounting procedures;

  • Responsible for determining resident program level and assigning residents to program units; and

  • Responds to inquiries within scope of knowledge or transfers inquiries to the shift supervisor.

ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Takes photographs and fingerprints;
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Psychology or related field or any equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience;
  • Knowledge of care and management of delinquent and dependent children;
  • Knowledge of basic first-aid procedures and identifying contraband;
  • Knowledge and experience in working with culturally diverse groups of children;
  • Ability to learn and apply the policies and procedures (including the Code of Ethics) of the Ada County Juvenile Court Services;
  • Ability to obtain the cooperation of others, exercise good judgment and demonstrate patience and firmness;
  • Ability to learn and apply the policies and procedures under which the residents must live and keep and maintain a variety of records related to the residents;
  • Ability to interact with law enforcement, community professionals, and parents;
  • Ability to operate a computer terminal, audio monitor, control room console, and electronic locks;
  • Ability to perform the duties of this position without a direct threat to the health or safety of the incumbent or others.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must possess a valid Idaho driver's license;
  • Incumbents will be required to obtain certification for First Aid and CPR;
  • Incumbents will be required to possess a Group Facilitator Certification to be completed at the Ada County Juvenile Court Services within one year of employment;
  • Adherence to the Ada County Juvenile Court Services Code of Ethics;
  • Must become POST certified as a Detention Officer within one year of hire;
  • Incumbents are subject to fingerprinting for the purpose of background investigation;
  • This position has been designated safety sensitive and therefore the incumbent is subject to random drug testing.

POST CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

The position requires that the incumbent meet POST Standards for Detention Officers. Upon an offer of employment as a Detention Officer, a medical examination is required, as well as a vision and a hearing examination. All such examinations are at the expense of the applicant. The applicant shall meet the POST medical standards to qualify for employment as a Detention Officer at Ada County Juvenile Court Services. All medical examinations shall be completed within two (2) weeks of an offer of employment. Work Environment & Physical Demands

  • Most of the work is performed in and around the Ada County Juvenile Detention Center;
  • Requires sufficient physical ability to subdue a resident in time of confrontation or to break up a fight between residents;
  • Must be able to remove an unconscious person from the center in time of emergency, use first aid when necessary, and search residents' rooms for contraband.

DISCLAIMER:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the primary job responsibilities satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being assigned to this job. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of individuals in the job. This job description is not an employment agreement and/or an expressed or implied employment contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. Ada County provides Veteran's Preference for all County jobs except for those deemed "key positions" in accordance with Title 65, Chapter 5 of Idaho Code.


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