Under close supervision, provides for the care, custody and discipline of juveniles; helps to ensure and sustain a safe and secure environment for juveniles; coordinates counseling and behavior modification activities associated with the operation of Juvenile Hall.
Essential Job Functions
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.
- Follows department rules and procedures to maintain a safe and secure facility, helps to provide a healthy and nurturing environment for the physical and emotional well being of juveniles.
- Monitors juveniles, activities and facility environment; observes and documents juvenile behavior; helps to create a safe and functional environment for juveniles; follows established safe practices; protects inmates from personal injury; follows safety protocols, and calls for assistance as required.
- Responds to and manages mental and behavioral health issues, including assaultive behavior, anger management, physical abuse and verbal abuse that may be directed by a minor to him/herself, another minor, or towards employees.
- Counsels and advises juveniles on a range of issues pertaining to family, personal hygiene, education and other areas as needed.
- Responds to medical needs of juveniles; provides first aid for minor problems and assists with more serious health issues; delivers medication as prescribed and approved.
- Facilitates and monitors extracurricular activities of juveniles; acts as recreation leader, coach and referee for a variety of recreational activities; determines availability of activities for juveniles; controls and issues an assortment of athletic equipment; communicates and enforces game and safety rules, and good sportsmanship attitudes.
- Performs case management functions; develops and implements programs for each juvenile based on needs; discusses and develops goals for juveniles in education, family relationships, job skills and other critical areas; performs follow up action and revises plans as required.
- Updates and maintains a variety of files, records, charts and other documents; gathers, compiles and synthesizes data for management purposes; maintains appropriate records and prepares reports.
- Performs routine clerical duties; types, edits and prepares letters, reports, messages and general communications; answers phones and responds to questions and concerns of parents, outside agencies and others.
- Transports juveniles individually or in groups to and from locations outside the facility.
- Performs other duties as assigned or required.
- High School diploma or equivalent GED certificate.
- One (1) year of experience involving the supervision, care, and leadership of juvenile groups of adolescent youth, outside of the home.
- Sixty (60) units earned for course work completed through a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or from an institution authorized to award degrees pursuant to Section 94900 of the California Education Code may be substituted for the required experience.
- Must obtain and maintain a valid California 832 Peace Officer Certificate within one (1) year.
- Must pass a stringent background investigation including fingerprinting, records checks, a written and oral psychological exam, and medical evaluation.
- Valid State of California driver's license is required.
Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements
- Working conditions are typical juvenile detention facility settings; involves the potential for high stress levels and exposure to hostile situations; some non-standard work hours are required.
- Must work with a highly manipulative and psychologically challenging client population; must be able to maintain professional composure and effectiveness.