Juvenile Detention Officer I

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Job ID. Number:
Number of Positions: 1
Close Date: Until Filled
Salary: $31,200 per year
Location: San Antonio
Contact: Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department
301. E. Mitchell
San Antonio, TX 78210
Website Address: http://www.bexar.org
Job Description
SUMMARY: The overall purpose and general responsibilities of the job.

Monitors activities and behavior of juveniles, including safety and security procedures; transports detainees inside the facility; documents activities; responsible for the care, custody and control of assigned youth and maintaining control in the juvenile facility; and processes youths remanded to the facility custody.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

1. Supervises daily activities and behavior of juveniles in the facility;
2. Monitors living conditions to ensure clean and safe environment for juveniles;
3. Monitors youth interaction, observes youth on suicide watch, intercedes in verbal or physical confrontations, and maintains authority and youth compliance with established procedures;
4. Prepares behavior and incident reports on detained juveniles, including documentation of module checks and daily activities;
5. Transports juveniles to classrooms, cafeteria, medical appointments, and court hearings within facility;
6. Monitors youths during visitation with their families;
7. Conducts body searches of youths;
8. May be required to conduct physical searches, pat downs, disrobing of suicidal youth and supervise showers of juveniles who are residents of the facility and/or provide sole supervision of residents during these activities;
9. Distributes uniforms, towels, and blankets to juveniles;

Minimum Education and Experience. A high school diploma, a GED from a high school or issuing authority within the United States of America, a United States Military record that indicates the education level received is equivalent to a United States high school diploma or GED, a foreign high school or home schooling diploma that meets the validation requirements under §349.(b)(2) of the Texas Administrative Code or unconditional acceptance into an accredited college or university accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Special Requirements. Must secure and maintain certification as a Juvenile Supervision Officer by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD). Must secure and maintain a favorable background investigation. Must clear a pre-employment physical, pre-employment drug test and a psychological assessment. Must have valid driver’s license and motor vehicle, or alternate available means of transportation. Must secure and maintain a certification in First Aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and authorized physical restraint technique within sixty (60) days of employment.
May be required to work more than 40 hours during the workweek.
May be required to work weekends and perform shift work.

Knowledge. Must have knowledge of facilities practices and procedures; knowledge of aggressive behavior control methods; knowledge of facility safety and security policies and procedures, including CPR and First Aid; knowledge of safe handling methods of children, including authorized restraint techniques; knowledge of facility transportation procedures; and knowledge of standard probation and Texas Juvenile Probation Commission practices and procedures.

Skills. Must have interpersonal skills to interact effectively with co-workers, the general public, and hostile, irrational or troubled individuals.

Abilities. Must have the ability to adjust to rapidly fluctuating situations; ability to operate duress alarms, two-way radio, handcuffs and shackles; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, juveniles, County employees and the general public; ability to safely and properly restrain juvenile detainees; and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Supervisory Responsibility. Employee receives general supervision when performing the essential job functions. Well-defined procedures are used when completing work assignments. Job has significant impact on work unit operations. Employee is directly responsible for the safety of self and detained juveniles and indirectly responsible for the safety of co-workers. No supervision of other employees is required.

Judgment, Initiative and Decision-Making. Independent judgment is required to diffuse and respond to potential and actual violent situations and behavior. Initiative is frequently required to complete work assignments. Conflicting or incomplete data is frequently encountered in decision-making.

Contacts. Constant contact with detained juveniles, and co-workers and occasional contact with the general public and other County employees. Communication is primarily in person and via telephone or two-way radio.

Working Conditions. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working conditions are primarily inside either at a pre-adjudication or post-adjudication facility environment. Generally required to restrain physically violent youth. While performing the essential duties of this job, the employee regularly is exposed to emergency situations in which there is the possibility of danger or physical injury. The employee has frequent contact with other employees both within and outside of the assigned division, law enforcement and juvenile justice system officials, and juveniles. The employee must remain calm and professional in tense, emotionally charged, and stressful situations. The employee frequently must work under time pressures to meet deadlines and must perform multiple tasks simultaneously. The employee must work closely with others as part of and/or a leader of a team. The employee constantly must present a positive attitude as a role model for juveniles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but may be noisy and distracting.

Physical Demands. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, run, twist, kneel, and climb. The employee is required to utilize hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate duress alarms, two-way radios, handcuffs, and shackles. The employee is required to reach with hands and arms, and talk and hear. The employee may be required to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.