Career Ladder Promotion Opportunity: This position has been established as a TJJD career ladder position. Juvenile Correctional Officers (JCOs) who have not reached the highest level of the JCO I - IV career ladder will receive career ladder salary adjustments upon meeting established eligibility criteria per agency policy (PRS.15.08).
Pre-Service Training Academy Requirement: Newly hired part-time JCOs or rehired JCOs that have been separated more than 18 months will be required to attend the pre-service academy and complete on-the-job training on a full-time basis, and will be placed in a part-time status immediately after their first two months of service. JCOs that have worked for TJJD and return to employment within 18 months of their separation date will not have to attend the pre-service academy and will be placed in a part-time status on their date of employment.
General Description of Work Performed:
The part-time Juvenile Correction al Officer (JCO) I/II/ III /IV is responsible for the direct care of juveniles in a correctional residential facility. The position is routinely scheduled to work 24 hours per workweek. However, due to unpredictable circumstances that occur in this line of work, there may be times when part-time JCOs will work more than 24 hours. The JCO is subject to be on call .
Levels of Work Performed:
JCO I: Performs entry-level work under close supervision with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
JCO II: Performs routine (journey-level) work under moderate supervision with limited latitude for the
use of initiative and independent judgment.
JCO III: Performs moderately complex (journey-level) work under general supervision with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
JCO IV: Performs complex (journey-level) work under general supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Minimum: Must be at least 18 years of age. Must have graduated from an accredited high school or earned a certified GED.
Preferred: Some experience working with juvenile delinquents, including youth who are emotionally/behaviorally at risk, or experience in an adult or juvenile correctional, mental health, or detention program is helpful.
Applicants with the following will not be considered:
- Felony conviction of any kind.
- Class A or B misdemeanor conviction within the past five (5) years.
- Conviction of a crime (Felony, Class A or B misdemeanor) involving a juvenile victim or direct endangerment of a juvenile.
- On probation or parole for any criminal offense, or have criminal charges pending, or have an outstanding warrant.
An offer of employment is contingent upon acceptable results from mandatory:
Continued employment is contingent upon the following:
- psychological tests to determine the applicants suitability;
- pre-employment drug test;
- finger printing, criminal records check, and driving record check; and
- pre-employment medical exam.
Must pass and maintain certification in TJJDs Use of Force techniques, which requires physical restraint of juveniles.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
1. Knowledge or the ability to obtain knowledge of individual and group behavior.
2. Knowledge of child development and the role of the family.
3. Knowledge of the causes of juvenile delinquency and current methods of juvenile offender treatment.
4. Knowledge of the general techniques of communicating with and counseling adolescents.
5. Ability to work with youth in an empathetic and understanding manner.
6. Ability to foster the cooperation of the youth in the treatment process.
7. Ability to communicate effectively with youth and to explain the progress of the youth to their family members and other treatment staff.
8. Ability to remain alert, observant, and physically able to respond appropriately to work situations or emergencies including, but not limited to, physical restraint of youth.
9. Ability to intervene and correct behavior and facilitate group discussions and activities.
10. Ability to learn verbal and physical crisis intervention/de-escalation techniques and emergency treatment procedures.
11. Ability to accept and adapt to changes in assignments, methods, policies, etc.
12. Ability to physically restrain youth when necessary in a manner consistent with instructions received in training.
13. Ability to appropriately respond to abusive language and conduct in a manner consistent with instructions received in training.
14. Ability to transport youth and travel as necessary.
15. Ability to work a variety of shifts, weekends, holidays, and overtime when required.