Supervisor in Charge
Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center 14 reviews - Chicago, IL

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Cook County is currently looking for a Supervisor in Charge to work in the JTDC Facility. Under the direction of the Deputy of Admissions, Security & Control, Transportation, and Facilities Management, the Supervisor in Charge is responsible for the administration, supervision of all staff within the Division of Admissions, Security & Control, Transportation and Facilities Management. Coordinates and directs staff job activities to ensure compliance with all JTDC objectives and regulatory and operational standards.

This position is responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:
  • As a major responsibility, oversees, supervises, and ensures the implementation of all JTDC safety, security, and sanitation plans.
  • Serves as a liaison to the Administrator on Duty (AOD) and Executive Director for all matters requiring administrative attention.
  • Initiates facility inspections consistent with policy and procedures and recommends any necessary corrective action plans.
  • Provides critical analysis and reports of issues and problem resolution related to the mission, goals, and objectives of division activities to the Deputy Executive Director.
  • Chairs various operational and program committees and recommends new policy and training initiatives that contribute to the facility mission, goals, and core values.
  • Reviews and approves all incident reports and staff responses and initiates any necessary follow up.
  • Coordinates critical incident drills and chairs the drill debriefing committee.
  • Conducts regular staff meetings and establishes clear expectations regarding compliance with policy and procedures for all division staff.
  • Develops, approves, and monitors work schedules of all assigned unit staff to ensure accountability within the assigned division.
  • Mediates employee disputes to promote reconciliation and professional growth, develops strategies to improve staff accountability and performance, and initiates corrective action when necessary that is proportionate to non-compliance of policies.
  • Evaluates the work of assigned staff in performance evaluations. Develops strategies to improve accountability and work performance. Initiates corrective action proportionate to performance issues or non-compliance of policies and procedures.
  • NOTE: This position does not involve direct and continuous supervision of residents.


The Supervisor in Charge should meet the following requirements:
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, or related Social Services field.
  • A minimum of five (5) years work experience in secured correctional or detention facilities required, three (3) of which must be in a supervisory capacity.
  • Knowledge of safety, security, and sanitation plans, as well as emergency management (e.g. emergency plans, fire drills, and critical incidents).
  • Knowledge of general facility management and maintenance of buildings (e.g. housekeeping, laundry, food service).
  • Knowledge or background in law enforcement, security, or armed forces strongly preferred.
  • Ability to physically restrain residents, including the ability to manage weights of 75 to 200 lbs, and to recognize abnormal behaviors and adverse health conditions in juveniles and follow proper medical reporting procedures.
  • Ability to effectively listen, understand, and communicate in English (verbally and in writing) at the appropriate level with juveniles, family members, staff, attorneys, investigators and court officers.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize competing demands, problem solve, and to be flexible, creative and proactive under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must possess general computer skills, including word processing.
  • Highly accountable, reliable, and prompt, with a strong work ethic.
  • Must have open availability to work any shift at a 24-hour facility, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Must be a resident of the State of Illinois within 90 days of date of hire.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must have reached 21 years of age or older at the time of application submission
  • Pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check including but not limited to LEADS, CANTS, and professional references
  • Selected candidates must also 1) meet additional minimum requirements for eligibility established by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC), and 2) pass required and nationally recognized written examination(s) for direct care and supervisory positions.