Juvenile Correctional Officer I

Minnehaha County, SD
Full Time
Sioux Falls, SD 57104 (Downtown area)
$21.89 - $24.16 an hour
Posted 30+ days ago
Job description

The Minnehaha County Juvenile Detention Center invites you to apply for a Juvenile Correctional Officer I position to perform entry level professional work in the supervision, care, guidance, and custody of juveniles detained by the courts. This is a great opportunity to be part of a collaborative team and serve as a positive role model for juveniles.

Standard shift times are 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. to provide coverage in a 24/7 operation. Shifts may include some overnights, weekends, and holidays.

A comprehensive benefits package includes paid holidays; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; generous PTO program; extended sick leave program; inclusion in the South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS); and a deferred compensation plan!

Newly hired Juvenile Correctional Officers are eligible to receive $1,000 at 9 months, 18 months, 27 months, and 36 months of service with good performance!!
This posting will remain open until filled. Application review begins on May 26, 2022.

Keywords: Corrections, Criminal Justice, Mentor

Examples of Duties Include

Supervise and observe juveniles in activities to ensure safety and security of themselves and others. Activities include intake, personal hygiene, meal periods, laundry, visitations, and phone calls. Give personal guidance and employ methods to reduce tension and anxiety in juveniles. Enforce facility and disciplinary rules. Plan, organize, and direct daily group educational activities and programs and recreational and leisure time activities. Ensure safety of juveniles by conducting room checks and ensuring safe completion of daily activities including kitchen assignments, educational and leisure activities. Complete proper documentation for warrants, incident reports, daily activity logs, admissions, releases, reports, and observations of juveniles' overall behavior. Provide guidance, crisis counseling, and mediation to youth inside the facility, as well as youth and families on community supervision. De-escalate volatile situations using non-violent crisis intervention. Physically restrain youth, when necessary, to ensure their safety as well as the safety of others. Admit and release juveniles by completing paperwork and verifying accuracy of information and checking juveniles' property and medication in and out of the computer system. May act as a Special Lay Magistrate. Gather testimony from law enforcement. Determine placement of the juvenile. Schedule court date and time. Notify guardian of determination. Assist in food preparation, kitchen duties, and cleaning of classrooms, showers, and laundry areas. Assist in facility maintenance and operation. Transport youth as directed to required appearances and appointments. Assist with Community Supervision program by checking on youth placed on the community supervision program; communicate with Juvenile Placement Coordinator and other staff regarding need for referrals on youth supervised in the community; and install and remove electronic monitoring devices as directed. Collaborate with community resources providers.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate's degree in criminal justice, social science, or related field and one year of related work experience. Comparable combination of education or experience may be considered. Must possess a valid driver's license. Must maintain a safe driving record. Must successfully complete pre-employment background process. Ability to work effectively with juveniles by gaining their confidence and respect. Strong communication, observation, and interpersonal skills. Ability to sense, evaluate and manage tense group situations as they develop. Ability to de-escalate volatile situations. Ability to perform all functions of physical restraint techniques, as instructed, for youth safety and the safety of others. Basic knowledge of the growth, development, needs, and problems of adolescents. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with youth, employees, other agencies and the public. Ability to maintain professional appearance and demeanor.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, social science, or related field. Experience working with adolescents or juveniles in a variety of environments. Training or certification in non-violent crisis intervention, CPR, and First Aid. Training or experience with diverse cultures.


  • Coverage effective 1st of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Available for employees and dependents.

Health/Prescription - Minnehaha County's health benefit plan offers low deductibles with two network options for coverage: Avera or Sanford. The county pays for 70% of the premium rates. Pharmacy benefits included.

Dental - Minnehaha County offers dental insurance through Delta Dental which covers 100% of diagnostic and preventative services.

Life Insurance - Minnehaha County provides a $15,000 basic life insurance policy for every full-time employee along with and additional $15,000 accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) benefit. Additional term life insurance and AD&D may be purchased by employees for themselves and dependents through payroll deduction.


Retirement Plan - Minnehaha County participates in the South Dakota Retirement System. Employees receive a 6% match (8% for certified law enforcement). Other SDRS benefits include long term disability. Employees are vested after 3 years of continuous employment.

Deferred Compensation Plan - Employees may choose to save additional funds toward retirement on a pre-tax or after-tax (Roth IRA) basis through our supplemental retirement program.

Paid Time Off

Paid Time Off - approximately 128 hours (16 days) per year

Holiday Leave - 11 days per calendar year

Extended Sick Leave - approximately 48 hours (6 days) per year

Flexible Spending Plan

Flexible Spending Reimbursement Accounts (FSA) - Minnehaha County offers FSA for Health Care and Dependent Care. This is a great way to put money aside for health and dependent care costs on a pre-tax basis.

Eye Med Vision Policy

Eye Med Insight Network - Minnehaha County offers a vision plan for employees and dependents! The plan offers low premiums with a frame or lens allowance of up to $130 per year and an annual eye exam. Chose from many participating retailers such as Pearle Vision, Target Optical, LensCrafters and many others!

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