Juvenile Justice Officer I (PCN 06-4831)
Workplace Alaska - Palmer, AK

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The Division of Juvenile Justice is recruiting to fill a Juvenile Justice Officer I (JJO I) position at the Mat-Su Youth Facility (MSYF)

Juvenile Justice Officers (JJO's) are the primary staff in providing care, custody, and supervision for Alaska juveniles detained and institutionalized in group-living situations within a correctional facility. JJO's are responsible for maintaining adequate security within this correctional facility and addressing behavioral problems as needed.

The MSYF JJO positions provide care in a safe environment for detained at-risk youth who are awaiting court actions, diagnostic evaluation, and placement in a long or short-term treatment facility; or who may be too difficult to deal with in other placements due to behavioral issues or unwillingness to remain in less restrictive placements.

The successful candidate will possess many of the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
  • Experience supervising and instructing juveniles or young adults is preferred.
  • Ability to work with juveniles that have serious mental health issues.
  • Ability and desire to work with aggressive/angry juvenile offenders.
  • Willingness to work in a locked environment with juveniles that have committed criminal offenses.
  • Ability to build positive relationships with adolescents from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to write objective reports.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the principles of restorative justice.

*This is a flexibly staffed position in the Juvenile Justice Officer (JJO) I/II series. The JJO I position is an entry-level position, earning $3,119.00/month. Incumbents are eligible to flex up to a JJO II after 6 months, by completing designated training and becoming proficient at the job duties of a JJO II, earning $3,519.00/month.*

Minimum Qualifications:

Six months of experience as a Juvenile Justice Officer I with the State of Alaska and demonstrated achievement of department approved performance standards.


One year of experience supervising juvenile or adult offenders remanded to the custody of a correctional facility.


One year of experience administering, supervising, advising on or performing professional level probation, parole, social casework or residential treatment casework.


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in counseling, education, psychology, corrections, criminal justice, the behavioral sciences, or a closely related field.

Special Note:
Prior to appointment successful candidates for Juvenile Justice Officer II positions are subject to a criminal record check, background investigation, and a medical examination to determine that the essential duties of the position can be safely performed.

Juvenile Justice Officers II are required to be on call and must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Occasional travel may be required.

A valid Alaska driver license is required at the time of appointment.

Additional Required Information:

At time of interview applicant must submit:
1. Three (3) names & phone numbers of professional references
2. Two (2) performance evaluations from previous employers, if available
3. Copies of transcripts if education is used to meet minimum qualifications

Please read the below information carefully. This applies to your application submission.

This position is flexibly staffed. This vacancy may be filled at either the I or II level, depending on the applicant's training and/or experience. The full range of salaries is listed above. Starting salary will be determined by the level the position is hired at. If filled at Level I, promotion to the Level II will only occur upon successful completion of the probationary period and required training, as well as the applicant meeting the minimum qualifications of the higher job class and final approval by supervisor.

A cover letter is required. Please attach it as a separate document for this position. The cover letter should explain what experience, knowledge, skills, abilities you posses as they pertain to the bulleted list above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting. The cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process .

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

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Contact Information:

David Matthews, Juvenile Justice Unit Supervisor
Fax: (907) 261-4551
Email: david.matthews@alaska.gov

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