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Job Specification 40808

SENIOR CORRECTION OFFICER, JUVENILE JUSTICE

 

DEFINITION


 Under general supervision of a supervisory officer in the Juvenile
 Justice Commission, assumes responsibility for and is in charge of
 appropriate care, well-being, security, and custody of convicted
 juvenile offenders assigned to various institutions, facilities, and
 boot camps throughout the state; utilizes a balanced approach of
 supervision and instruction to encourage juvenile offenders'
 self-involvement and personal esteem to participate in
 rehabilitation/educational programs; interacts with law enforcement
 agencies in the search, apprehension, and arrest of escaped juvenile
 offenders from custody; does other custody 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.

 
EXAMPLES OF WORK:


 Exercises all powers and rights of enforcement to function as a law
 enforcement officer for the detection, apprehension, arrest, custody,
 and prosecution of offenders against the law.

 Ensures enforcement of and adheres to rules, regulations, policies,
 directives, practices, operational methods, procedures, and processes
 related to juvenile correctional institutions, facilities, boot camps,
 and satellite locations.

 Conducts and leads military style training and regimented activities
 associated with close order drill and physical fitness conditioning
 and training for juvenile offenders.

 Interacts and reenforces program objectives developed for the
 social/emotional habilitation initiatives of juvenile offenders.

 Participates in programs to assist juvenile offenders gaining access
 to privileges and specialized programs.

 Attends demonstrations and training courses on proper methods of
 utilizing available institution equipment, accessories, and
 programming initiatives.

 As member of an assigned group, attends formal training/classes for
 instruction of specialized program awareness needs addressing the
 practices, principles, and procedures designed to implement custody
 directives and correctional methods utilized in juvenile institutions,
 facilities, and boot camps.

 Performs military style inspections of juvenile offenders' clothing
 attire, living quarters, and hygiene practices on a regular daily
 basis.

 Supervises the well-being, care, inspection, and maintenance of
 juvenile offenders' living quarters to ensure that a safe, clean, and
 secure environment exists.

 Performs regular patrolling and surveillance activities of assigned
 areas, grounds, buildings, and living quarters, and renders regular
 periodic reports via telephone or electronic communications of
 whereabouts of all assigned juvenile offenders.

 Interacts and directs juvenile offenders in development of acceptable
 conduct/behavior in accord with established directives and assertive
 mannerisms to prevent disturbances and attempted escapes from custody.

 Reports violations and discrepancies of facility's rules/regulations
 to superiors. Issues disciplinary charges to juvenile offenders that
 violate stated rules, regulations, directives, policies, and
 procedures.

 Oversees and maintains appropriate discipline in living quarters,
 recreation areas, grounds, school classrooms, hospitals, theaters,
 churches, eateries, trade shops, and other areas/places where juvenile
 offenders gather in groups.

 Conducts searches and surveillance activities to identify and prevent
 stated contraband and unauthorized articles from entering the
 facility's grounds, buildings, and living quarters.

 Conducts regular periodic inspections and denotes conditions of living
 quarters, secured areas, door and window locks, and other restricted
 areas of the facility and surrounding grounds.

 Escorts juvenile offenders to/from living quarters to various areas of
 the facility and other authorized locations.

 Notifies superiors immediately of differing or suspicious actions
 displayed by juvenile offenders or visual contact of suspicious
 persons/conditions that warrant review/investigation, and makes note
 and records changing conditions to determine possible dangerous or
 hazardous situations to ensure a safe, orderly environment.

 Drives and escorts juvenile offenders to job/training sites which are
 off grounds and to courts of law and other formal proceedings which
 may require issuance and carrying of a firearm.

 Transports juvenile offenders to/from other jurisdictions and
 facilities as required which may require issuance and carrying of a
 firearm.

 Engages in searches and apprehending of escaped juvenile offenders
 which may require issuance and carrying of a firearm.

 When assigned to a medical area of treatment, assists civilian
 employees in performance of their duties.

 When assigned to boot and/or institution camps and other outside
 assigned details, is responsible for safety, security, well- being,
 and custody of juvenile offenders under said charge.

 Prepares reports.

 Maintains records and files.

 Attends training classes/seminars in preparation of specialized and/or
 specific programming requirements to record for report preparation.

 Performs various types of investigations and prepares detailed reports
 reflecting determined findings.

 Adheres to facility's procedures for monitoring enforcement programs
 and ensures juvenile offenders' rights are not violated.

 Prepares program incident reports of recorded juvenile offenders'
 violations to stated rules/regulations and the investigation process
 required to complete reports thereon.

 Composes memoranda and other communications and statistical reports
 related to custody responsibilities and program activities.

 May be required to testify as a witness for the State before formal
 hearings, Grand Juries, Courts of Law, administrative hearings, or
 other judicial bodies. Recognizes and rapidly evaluates potentially
 dangerous/hazardous situations involving juvenile offenders' safety
 and well-being; exercises caution and good judgment in identifying
 these circumstances quickly to avoid personal injury or to prevent
 endangerment to the general public, serious personal injury to
 juvenile offenders, and/or property damage.

 Interacts with juvenile offenders' parents and/or guardians,
 coworkers, superiors, and other assigned employees to develop/maintain
 desired team leadership initiatives of positive reenforced values,
 incentives, and sanctions to address each juvenile's assessment needs,
 treatment, and educational requirements the facility can offer for
 rehabilitation objectives and goal attainment.

 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:

      Possession of a High School Diploma or its equivalent.

      EXPERIENCE:

      One (1) year of experience in the supervision, care, and custody
 of convicted juvenile and/or adult offenders assigned to a
 correctional institution, facility, and/or boot camp.

      LICENSE:

      Appointees 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.

      AGE:

      Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.

      CITIZENSHIP

      Must be a United States' citizen at time of appointment.

      NOTE: At time of appointment, eligible candidates for this
 position must submit acceptable proof of meeting the above indicated
 requirements.

      NOTE: Appointees must have successfully completed the NJ Police
 Training Commission and agency training course standards for custody,
 supervision, investigations, and related law enforcement requirements,
 and shall have qualified in the use of firearms and be able to
 requalify on a semiannual basis.

      NOTE: Appointees will be required to have successfully completed
 all aspects of the one (1) year training program and have met all of
 the stated requirements of a Correction Officer Recruit, Juvenile
 Justice to be an eligible candidate for appointment to the Senior
 Correction Officer, Juvenile Justice title. Selected eligible
 candidates shall meet the qualifications for juvenile corrections
 officers and shall be employed as juvenile corrections officers
 pursuant to section 6 of PL 1995, c. 284 (NJSA 52:17B-174).

 KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

 Knowledge of the care, usage, security, and integrity of firearms and
 other restraints and defense equipment.

 Knowledge of electronic communications equipment and database software
 utilized in the performance of assigned duties.

 Knowledge of surveillance methods and procedures.

 Knowledge of administrative procedures for reporting violations to
 applicable rules, regulations, policies, and program procedures.

 Knowledge of methods/techniques for performing investigations of
 recorded juvenile offenders' inappropriate actions and violations to
 stipulated rules/regulations.

 Ability to exercise all powers/rights of a law enforcement officer in
 criminal matters and function as an officer for the detection,
 apprehension, arrest, custody, and prosecution of offenders against
 the law.

 Ability to interpret problems/circumstances likely to be encountered
 in a working environment involving the social rehabilitation, care,
 well-being, and custody of juvenile offenders detained and deprived of
 specific freedoms throughout a custodial supervision period of
 confinement.

 Ability to perform techniques of assertiveness methods utilized
 properly in a confined work environment with persons of varying ethnic
 and language backgrounds, education, abilities, economic levels, and
 personalities.

 Ability to recognize/identify potentially dangerous/hazardous
 situations involving juvenile offenders and to evaluate available
 options and when/how to exercise independent judgment in handling
 these circumstances and procedures on warranting caution.

 Ability to communicate with juvenile offenders to foster self-
 assurance attitudes and esteem for themselves and toward others.

 Ability to interpret administrative procedures for reporting
 incidents/violations to defined directives.

 Ability to establish/maintain cooperative relationships with juvenile
 offenders, their family members, coworkers, and superiors.

 Ability to adhere to aspects/techniques of positive reenforcement
 methods to gain confidence/respect of juvenile offenders to assist and
 provide direction with their personal development and emotional
 stability during their period of incarceration.

 Ability to recognize/utilize varying levels of supervision over
 juvenile offenders to be applied and instances when to recommend and
 enforce sanctions and/or loss of privileges.

 Ability to lead military style training and regimented activities.

 Ability to lead and conduct rigorous physical fitness activities.

 Ability to participate and lead calisthenics, exercises, and close
 order drill activities.

 Ability to perform military style inspections of living
 areas/quarters, proper clothing/uniform attire, appropriate self
 hygiene habits, safety issues, and liabilities of juvenile offenders.

 Ability to apply principles/practices of Commission directives as they
 apply to custody related juvenile delinquency problems/issues.

 Ability to interpret what types of circumstances/events may be
 encountered in closely following prescribed rules/regulations.

 Ability to interpret, remember, follow through, and carry out
 oral/written directions and to learn oral and written explanations
 from classes/demonstrations as they apply to custodial
 responsibilities.

 Ability to utilize firefighting equipment and adhere to stipulated
 emergency procedures.

 Ability to recognize specific occurrences and differing instances
 learned in classes and workshop demonstrations for
 comprehending/utilizing essential facts/data gleaned useful for
 specialized custody work and programming reenforcement initiatives
 utilized in an institution or facility housing juvenile offenders.

 Ability to recognize suspicious persons/events by taking suitable
 action and reporting requirements to supervisor in a very timely
 manner.

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

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

 Ability to follow instructions and render to others clear, accurate,
 and explicit directions to follow.

 Ability to utilize and instruct others in use of electronic
 communications, computer information systems, other types of recording
 equipment, devices, and manual recordings used by the agency,
 institutions, facilities, satellite locations, and other related
 units.

 Ability to prepare detailed correspondence, reports, and
 communications on custody issues/problems and other program issues.

 Ability to provide instructions to Correction Officer Recruits,
 Juvenile Justice.

 Ability to gather, collect, maintain, collate, and interpret
 statistical information.

 Ability to make decisions and determine when circumstances should be
 referred to superiors for appropriate action.

 Ability to qualify with firearms on a semiannual basis.

 Ability 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, and communicate in English
 sufficiently to perform 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 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.

 CODES: 17/L18 - 40808           RKR/mk                       5/11/98