Taos County Employment Opportunity: Juvenile Detention Officer I

Internal and External

JOB TITLE: Juvenile Detention Officer 1 - Temporary

ENTRY LEVEL: $12.55 per hour 

CLASSIFICATION: Temporary/Non-Exempt

DEFINITION: Performs a variety entry level technical and correction/detention duties intended to assure compliance with juvenile detention center operational polices, practices and procedures. Maintains safety and security of the detention center and proper day-to-day care of detainees.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school and successful completion of specialized training provided by an approved standards and training organization or through in-service;

AND

B. No experience necessary;

 

2. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some knowledge of the juvenile justice system; care and detainee management; general supervision techniques applied in a detention environment;  juvenile justice; principles, methods and techniques of effective supervision; legal environment associated with juvenile justice; local, state and federal laws and regulations; juvenile codes and jail standards; departmental standard operating procedures; fundamentals of proper search and seizure; detainee classification methods and guidelines, federal, state and local laws and regulations related to jail activities; New Mexico Juvenile Code, New Mexico Jail Standards, courtroom security methods and processes, court processes and protocol, computer operations and related software; elementary first aid techniques and procedures and CPR; basic principles of psychology and sociology; complex records management systems and legal guidelines. Some skill in the operation of security equipment. Ability to deal effectively with work related stress related workplace liabilities; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; manage physical aggression in detainees;  direct and maintain confidentiality in managing sensitive legal issues and cases; restrain physically violent prisoners;  react quickly to novel situations under conditions of stress;  operate a variety of types of office machines;   personal computer or terminal operation; write legible reports;  develop effective working relationships with elected officials, legal professionals, juvenile justice agencies; subordinates, and the public.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be 21 years of age.

Must possess a valid New Mexico driver’s license.

Must be willing to work on-call and shift assignments.

Must be willing to undergo various physical, mental and background examinations prior to hiring.

Must complete “Defensive Driving” course.

Must complete “Safe Physical Management & Passive Restraint” course.

Must be a certified Detention Officer and maintain annually required training hours.

 

TAOS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, AGE, SEX, ANCESTRY, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, SPOUSAL AFFILIATION OR GENDER IDENTITY.

Open Until Filled

This job announcement gives only a brief description of the position.  A complete job description can be obtained at the Taos County Administration Office, 105 Albright Street, Suite J, Taos, NM 87571 or by calling (575) 737-6312.  


Taos County Job Description



Job Title:
Juvenile Detention Officer I

Job Code: 1308

Division: Operations

Effective Date: 11/30/10

Department: Juvenile Detention

Last Revised: 2014

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Paygrade: 12


GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety entry level technical and correction/detention duties intended to assure compliance with juvenile detention center operational polices, practices and procedures. Maintains safety and security of the detention center and proper day-to-day care of detainees.

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Juvenile Detention Lieutenant or Sergeant.

 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Resident Supervision: Operates observation devices as needed to maintain order and compliance with center programs, practices and policy; observes activities and behaviors of residents; assures proper operation of security devices, locks, etc.; admits visitors and officials into facility and various sections of the center; maintains suicide watch log

Observe, interact, listen and respond to conduct and behavior of detainees; utilizes effective inter-personal communication skills as need to manage the behavior of detainees to enhance the safety and environment for detainees and staff; effecting disciplinary process when appropriate.

Observes conduct and behavior of detainees to prevent disturbances and escapes; searches detainees and cells for contraband articles; patrols assigned areas for evidence of forbidden activities, infractions of rules and unsatisfactory attitudes or adjustment of prisoners, and reports observations to supervisor; performs detainee supervision during recreation and meal periods. 

Assures proper and regular maintenance of facility during assigned shift; performs general cleaning and sanitization of offices according to established cleaning schedules; supervises residents in performing general work assignments; performs minor repairs, paints, etc.

Transports and escorts detainees in transit between jail, courtroom, prisons, or other points, traveling by automobile or public transportation as required; secures detainee(s) in cell.

May serve as bailiff under the direction of the district court; performs a variety of security tasks specific to maintaining courtroom order and insuring that courtroom processes are adhered to; serves as jail security officer by carrying out specific plans and programs to assure safety of court personnel and protection of jail facilities and others; follows specific instructions from appropriate supervisors.

Performs cell checks and observes resident behaviors; conducts suicide watch to prevent related self-inflicted injury.

Booking: Performs various tasks associated with detainee admissions; collects intake fees and issues receipts; fingerprints; searches detainees; books prisoners; reviews offense status and classification (violent, non-violent, etc.) to assess appropriate level of security and confinement; processes detainees for release; maintains paper work on each detainee being detained to include intake forms, acknowledgement of rights forms, daily reports court papers and other documents relating to detention, resident conduct and care; assures proper intake of resident, issues uniforms and personal care supplies, administers medications and provides meals.

Operates personal computer to input various types of detainee information into Sleuth program; updates resident records and files; assists to compile information and detail needed to prepare regular reports related to resident status, behavior and detention activities.

Releasing: Assures proper processing of release documents for detainees; updates records as required and out-processes juveniles according to established procedures; secures proper signatures on formal documents.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school and successful completion of specialized training provided by an approved standards and training organization or through in-service;

AND

B. No experience necessary;

 

2. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some knowledge of the juvenile justice system; care and detainee management; general supervision techniques applied in a detention environment;  juvenile justice; principles, methods and techniques of effective supervision; legal environment associated with juvenile justice; local, state and federal laws and regulations; juvenile codes and jail standards; departmental standard operating procedures; fundamentals of proper search and seizure; detainee classification methods and guidelines, federal, state and local laws and regulations related to jail activities; New Mexico Juvenile Code, New Mexico Jail Standards, courtroom security methods and processes, court processes and protocol, computer operations and related software; elementary first aid techniques and procedures and CPR; basic principles of psychology and sociology; complex records management systems and legal guidelines. 

Some skill in the operation of security equipment.

Ability to deal effectively with work related stress related workplace liabilities; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; manage physical aggression in detainees;  direct and maintain confidentiality in managing sensitive legal issues and cases; restrain physically violent prisoners;  react quickly to novel situations under conditions of stress;  operate a variety of types of office machines;   personal computer or terminal operation; write legible reports; develop effective working relationships with elected officials, legal professionals, juvenile justice agencies; subordinates, and the public.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be 21 years of age.

Must possess a valid New Mexico driver’s license.

Must be willing to work on-call and shift assignments.

Must be willing to undergo various physical, mental and background examinations prior to hiring.

Must complete “Defensive Driving” course.

Must complete “Safe Physical Management & Passive Restraint” course.

Must be a certified Detention Officer and maintain annually required training hours.

 

4. Work Environment:

Functions of the position generally performed in a controlled environment, but subject to occasional travel.  Many functions of the work pose high degree of hazard uncertainty.  Physical readiness and conditioning may be a condition of job retention. Tasks require variety of physical activities, occasionally involving muscular strain, such as walking, standing, turning, stooping, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing and seeing.  Periodic lifting of 50 pounds is required. Mental application utilizes memory for details, ideas and written and verbal communications, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, guided and creative problem solving.  Occasional local travel required in performance of daily work assignments.  Occasional physical and muscular stress and potential injury related to dealing with aggressive, violent and combative offenders.

Disclaimer:  The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons.  Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice.  This job description supersedes earlier versions.



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