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Job Specification


SENIOR CORRECTION OFFICER

DEFINITION

 Under the supervision of a correction Sergeant, Lieutenant,
 Captain, and/or other supervisory officer in the Department of
 Corrections, during an assigned tour of duty, has responsibility
 for the custody and care of a group of inmates in a wing, housing
 unit, kitchen or on relief assignment in one of these areas; does
 related duties as required.

 NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
 purposes only. A particular position using this title may not
 perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely,
 all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

 NOTE: Appointments may be made to positions requiring bilingual skills.

 32642C - Bilingual in Spanish and English
 SPECIAL SKILL
 Applicants must be able to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate 
 in Spanish and English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

 As assigned, has responsibility for the custody of a group of
 inmates in a wing, housing unit, kitchen, or on relief assignment
 in one of these areas.

 May be responsible for specialized assignments in Center,
 Sanitation, School, Hospital, Shops, Gates, Yard, Range,
 Transportation or other details.

 May be responsible for specialized assignments including
 transportation, sentry duty, and special duty during serious
 disturbances, escape, riot, pursuit, or stakeout requiring the
 utilization of firearms as specified by the Commissioner,
 Department of Corrections.

 Performs assigned duties according to established policies,
 regulations, and procedures to encourage and assist persons
 deprived of their liberty toward complete social rehabilitation.

 Conducts periodic counts of assigned unit inmates; reports absent
 inmates.

 Controls the general conduct and behavior of inmates according to
 established institution procedures and prevents disturbances and
 escape attempts.

 Reports violations of institutional rules to supervisory officers.

 Maintains discipline.

 Sees that contraband articles are not concealed on the bodies of
 the inmates or in any part of the concerned unit and that
 institution property and equipment is kept in clean, safe and
 orderly condition.

 Conducts periodic inspections of the locks, windows, bars and
 grills, doors and gates, and other places of possible egress from
 the unit.

 Escorts inmates to and from their quarters.

 Notes suspicious persons and conditions and takes appropriate
 measures in reporting significant actions, and occurrences in the
 buildings and on the grounds; reports conditions constituting
 dangers and hazards; and takes the necessary steps to assure safe
 and orderly conditions.

 As a member of a group, attends formal classes and receives
 instruction in the principles, procedures, practices, and
 terminology of correctional methods.

 Attends demonstrations to learn the proper methods of utilizing
 available institution equipment and accessories.

 Receives training to prepare reports and maintain essential
 records.

 Conducts the initial investigation of violations of rules,
 regulations, policies and procedures by inmates and visitors.

 Issues disciplinary charges to inmates violating rules,
 regulations, policies and procedures.

 Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
 and/or manual recording and information systems used by the
 agency, office, or related units.

 REQUIREMENTS:

 EDUCATION:

 High School Diploma or its equivalent.

 EXPERIENCE:

 One (1) year of experience in the care and custody of inmates in
 a penal and/or correctional institution.

 SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

 Appointees to this position shall be required to qualify in the use
 of firearms on an annual basis.

 LICENSE:

 Appointee must possess a driver's license valid in New
 Jersey.

 NOTE:  The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess the
 required motor vehicle license, commensurate with the class and 
 type of vehicles they operate, rests with the Appointing Authority.

 KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

 Knowledge of the problems likely to be encountered in work
 involving the social rehabilitation, care and custody of persons
 deprived of their liberty.

 Knowledge of the methods likely to be useful in working in an
 effective manner with persons of varied types, abilities, and
 personalities.

 Knowledge of the problems, procedures, and methods involved  in
 taking suitable action as to suspicious persons and conditions
 and in reporting significant occurrences and conditions.

 Ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral and written
 directions, and to learn quickly from oral and written
 explanations and from demonstrations.

 Ability to analyze custodial problems, organize assigned
 custodial work, and to develop effective work methods.

 Ability to recognize significant conditions and to take proper
 action according to established procedures.

 Ability to maintain efficiency in the use of firearms including
 revolvers and shoulder-held weapons.

 Ability to understand the emotional adjustment and other problems
 of inmates deprived of their liberty.

 Ability to deal firmly and effectively with varied types of
 persons according to established policy and procedures.

 Ability to perform repetitive work without loss of equanimity,
 patience, or courtesy, to remain calm and decisive in emergency
 situations, and to retain emotionally stability.

 Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate and informative reports
 of significant conditions and actions taken.

 Ability to maintain records.

 Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
 manual recording and information systems used by the agency,
 office or related units.

 Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in
 English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
 American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as
 acceptable forms of communication.

 Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
 as they can perform the essential functions of the job after
 reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If
 the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the
 employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code(s) which
are different work week or work month and/or variants of the job class title:
Job
Spec
Code
VariantState,
Local or
Common
Class of
Service
Work
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Note
32642SC4017N/AL18-
32642CBilingual In Spanish & EnglishSC4017N/AL18-

This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

10/29/2005