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Juvenile Detention Officer

Company: Public Health Seattle & King County
Location: Seattle
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Summary THIS POSITION IS OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT UNTIL FILLED. Newly hired Juvenile Detention Officers may be eligible for hiring incentives up to $5,000*. Qualified lateral Juvenile Detention Officers may be eligible for hiring incentives up to $10,000*. Together, we are changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. King County is currently recruiting to fill the critically important role of Juvenile Detention Officers (JDO) at our Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center in Seattle. We are offering solid careers with competitive pay and a comprehensive benefit package. We are looking for candidates who understand that making a difference in the lives of detained youth can change the course of their future. Investing in the lives of these individuals can have lasting impacts on the communities all around us. JDOs are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe, secure environment for juveniles and ensuring that their care and programming needs are met. If you are selected for this position, you will work in a secure juvenile detention facility with detainees typically under the age of 18 years old. Interacting with youth in this setting, you will focus on managing behavior by the least restrictive means, coaching and using conflict resolution skills to teach and promote pro-social behavior. The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD), is looking for prospective Juvenile Detention Officers who have a strong interest in working with our community's youth. The Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center works through a trauma-informed lens. If this type of approach aligns with your passion, then we encourage you to apply! Job Duties Some of the important duties in this position will include: * Providing safeandsecure custodyof juveniles,ensuringthat they have access to health and mental health services, as well as educational resources and exercise. * Maintaining proper living standards to include good health habits, instructing juveniles in housekeeping, sanitation responsibilities, and personal hygiene. * Creating afirm, fairandconsistent environmentwhich modelspro-social behaviorsfor juveniles andsupportsthem in changing behaviors and patterns to achieve positive goals. * Managing behavioranddiffusing disruptive behaviorsthroughproblem solving, crisis intervention, and/or counseling. Other Regular Job Duties: * Monitoranddocumentthe movement and location of all juveniles at all times,complete reports regarding incidents and violations ofDAJDpolicy and procedures, andoperateelectronic audio/videosurveillance equipment. * Provide educationaland/orrecreationalstructuredprogrammingwhich includes both overseeing a program performed by volunteers/contractors and directly providing programs and groups aimed at teaching pro-social behavior, games, and other activities. * Payspecialattentiontoindividual considerations, such as mental health, emotional needs, gender identity, cultural or ethnic requirements, etc. * Useappropriate physical defensive interventionsand restraint techniques tosubdue and restrain juveniles as necessary and in accordance with local,stateand federal law; achieve and maintain proficiency in application and useof defensive interventions and physical agility. * Ensurethat theconstitutionaland otherrights of the detainees are upheldthrough ensuring access to health and mental health services, attending educational, gym and library services, serving meals and snacks, maintaining proper living standards and health habits by instructing juveniles in housekeeping, sanitation responsibilities, and personal hygiene. * Conduct inspectionsof facility, juveniles, visitors and packages delivered to the facility, aswellas conduct searches related to safety and security to include but notlimited to vehicles, facilities, property and person for contraband, healthhazards, safety and security violations. * Must be physically able to run, sit, climb stairs, and perform physicaldefensive tactics. * Operate a motor vehicle to transport juveniles. We are looking for candidates who: * Make well informed decisions based on a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment. * Works equitably with all classes of people, dealing effectively with all races, nationalities, cultures, disabilities, ages, and both sexes. * Are widely trusted. They are seen as direct and truthful, people who present truth in an appropriate and helpful manner. * Demonstrate ethics and integrity, adhering to an appropriate and effective set of core values in both good and bad times. * Excellent conflict resolution skills; can assess situations quickly; can find common ground and get cooperation with individuals. * Maintain composure and performs well under stress when confronted with emergency, critical or dangeroussituations; handles multiple activities simultaneously; exercise good judgmentunder stressful circumstances. * Have empathy and compassion for others. * Practice attentive and active listening; has the patience to hear people out. * Exercise patience and tolerance with people and processes; try to understand the people and the data before making judgments and acting; and follow established policies. Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: * Usingappropriate physical defensive interventionsand restraint techniques tosubdue and restrain juveniles as necessary and in accordance with local,stateand federal law. * Conducting inspectionsof facility, juveniles, visitors and packages delivered to the facility, aswellas conduct searches related to safety and security to include but notlimited to vehicles, facilities, property and person for contraband, healthhazards, safety and security violations. * Monitoringanddocumentingthe movement and location of all juveniles at all times,complete reports regarding incidents and violations ofDAJDpolicy and procedures, andoperateelectronic audio/videosurveillance equipment. * Willing and available to work at least 40-hours per week. The normal workday is eight (8) hours, including a paid meal break. DAJD is currently accepting applications tofill current vacancies andcreate an eligibility list for vacancies in the future. * The Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center is operational 24-hours per day, 7-days per week. Incumbents must be available to work varied shifts which include days, swing, graveyard, holidays, weekends and overtime as required. * Must be willing and able to work mandatory overtime as required to meet operational needs. Minimum qualifications: * High school diploma or equivalent and three years' experience working with youth in a paid or voluntary capacity. OR * Associate's degree and one year of experience working with youth in a paid or voluntary capacity. OR * Bachelor's degree in all fields of study from an accredited college or university. * A valid Washington State Driver's license by the date of hire. Ideal Qualifications: * Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Law and Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or related area of study and 1-year full time experience working with youth or juveniles in a correctional or security oriented environment. How to apply: Completion of a King County employment application including the supplemental questionnaire is required. Resumes or letter of interest alone will not substitute for full application. You can apply online at: http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs. *Recruitment will remain open until vacancies are filled. Demonstrated/related work experience, if applicable, must be detailed in the job application. Examples of work with youth may include, but is not limited to: * Probation or Community Corrections * Mentoring programs * Coaching or teaching * Recreation or after school programs * Any programs where the mission is for progressive transformation and focus is on youth with behavior problems. Selection process: Incumbents selected for this position must submit all required forms and materials, and successfully complete each of the following: * King County application for employment. Once the applications are screened, incumbents will be contacted byDAJDto precede to the next phase * Successful incumbents will be contacted byDAJDto proceed to the department's background investigation process. TheDAJDbackground investigation process is a thorough and extensive process which includes, but is not limited to: completion of finger-prints, extensive Background Investigation Questionnaire to include personal reference check, employment references check, and criminal background check * Oral Board Interviews * Polygraph examination and/or eye detect * Personality Test and/or Psychological testing/evaluation * Final interview * Physical examination (pre-employment physical) Important note:Candidates who are not successful in passing the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention's background investigation will be required to wait two years to reapply. For assistance or with questions regarding this positionor the selection process, please contact: Ayana Hawkat 206-477-2720 or ayana.hawk@kingcounty.gov; or Alan Wedgeat 206-263-3080 or awedge@kingcounty.gov For technical assistance with the online application process, please contact GovernmentJobs Customer Support toll free at:1-877-204-4442or Governmentjobs.com Conditions of continued employment includes but is not limited to: * Successful candidates must successfully pass a physical ability test (PAT). * The post-hire PAT is administered by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center (WSCJTC) which is required for admission to the Juvenile Corrections Officer Academy. * Additional information regarding the WSCJTC PAT requirements can be found at: new-pat-form-v-5-1-5-21.pdf (wa.gov) and descriptions at - Update To The Physical Ability Test (PAT) (wa.gov) Maintain ability to participate in rigorous physical training at the academy. Must be physically able to work with juvenile detainees in physical situations throughout employment.Must complete a three week orientation period.Fourweeks participating in Field Training Officer program.Must complete atwo week Juvenile Corrections Officer Academy.Successful completion of a one-year probationary period.Employees are required to maintain a satisfactory background, criminal and driving record throughout employment in this role. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment if adverse information is obtained during employment. Supplemental Information More About King County: As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history; King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together, we are changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of ourresidents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make this King County one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. More information about this job and the department can be found on the DAJD website at www.kingcounty.gov/dajdjobs. Union Membership: Positions in this classification are represented by the King County Juvenile Detention Guild. Assignments and schedules are based on the department's staffing needs and subject to bargaining unit bid processes which are seniority based. PREA Notification: The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including: * Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution; * Convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or, * Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above. Additionally, PREA standards require that the department consider any incidents of sexual harassment involving an inmate or detainee in determining whether or not to hire or promote anyone. The above is in compliance with PREA and its implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 115, Subpart A, Section 115.17, Hiring and Promotion Decisions. ForbesrecentlynamedKing CountyasoneofWashington State'sbestemployers. Together,with leadership and ouremployees,we'rechanging thewaygovernment deliversservice and winning nationalrecognition asamodelof excellence.Areyou readyto makeadifference?Comejoin theteamdedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. Guided by our"True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.(New)Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office. King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

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