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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: Department of Corrections
Job Title: Corrections Officer
Salary: $14.40 Hourly

Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.

Job Description:

Job Objectives:
Performs routine work involving the observation, security and training of juvenile or adult clients in a 24-hour correctional or residential facility. Monitors client activities within the facility or, as approved, outside the facility, with emphasis on security, behavior modification, control and modeling of prosocial attitudes, beliefs, values and behaviors.


Essential Job Duties:

  • Supervises and monitors the care and security of juvenile and adult clients in detention or residential facilities; leads recreation, instructional or educational activities; conducts searches of clients in facilities.  Reviews reports and other communications to maintain awareness of activities within the facility and its residents.
  • May initiate consequences when clients violate rules; writes disciplinary reports; supervises the application of consequences; investigates incidents; recognizes positive behaviors and acknowledges with incentives.
  • Assists in providing situational counseling for clients regarding their behavior to help them cope with program requirements; provides crisis intervention or suicide prevention; application of approved emergency intervention or restraint when appropriate; administers and documents first aid and medication provided to clients.
  • May escort clients to and from school, court, visitation, meals and other activities; engages in liaison and other communication necessary to monitor activities of clients in the community.
  • Inspects living areas to ensure doors, windows and other areas are secure to prevent unauthorized departure and to promote facility security.
  • May assist the counselor or ISO with client job placement; assists client in practicing interviews, completing application and other planned activities.
  • Administers urinalysis and breathalyzer tests.
  • Attends meetings and scheduled training.
  • Prepares and maintains records and reports; controls, as necessary, client monies and possessions.
  • Assists in the admission and release of clients.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Responsible use of county resources.


  • Facility staff shall be at least twenty-one (21) years of age with a minimum of three (3) years age difference between the staff member and the oldest client who can be admitted to the facility.
  • Minimum of twelve (12) earned college credits with at least three (3) in adolescent development, psychology, criminal justice or a related subject.  Transcript verifying education credits is required.
  • Preferred:
    • Associate of Arts (AA) degree with related course work in criminal justice, psychology, sociology or related field; and,
    • Two years’ experience working with youth and families.  Professional references are required to verify the related work experience.
  • Valid Driver’s License and good driving record that meets the requirement of Sedgwick County Fleet Vehicle Operation and Usage Policy.  Personal vehicle for use when county vehicle is not available (employee reimbursement is provided by County).  Proof of liability insurance on personal vehicle.
  • Must possess first aid, CPR and physical restraint certification or the ability to acquire within initial period of employment.
  • Pass legal background check, Child and Adult Abuse & Neglect Central Registry checks, KCJIS Security Policy (fingerprint) check, and pre-employment screen for alcohol and drugs.  Must also meet the required conditions contained in KSA 65-516 and KAR 28-4-356


  • PC, General Office Equipment, Two-Way Radio.

Physical Demands:

  • Requires sufficient strength and coordination in the ability to apprehend and restrain violent clients; assist in carrying the weight of a restrained client; and defend one’s self from attack.
  • Work may be conducted in a noisy, crowded area, with possible exposure to chemicals, solvents, grease, oils, inks, illnesses, diseases, blood borne pathogens, allergens, etc.
  • Ability to endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of clients.
  • Requires sufficient hand-eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements such as keyboarding.  Tasks involve visual perception and discrimination as well as oral communications ability.
  • Requires bending, color identification, gripping hands and fingers, hearing voice conversations, keyboarding, occasional lifting/carrying light to moderately heavy objects, operating passenger vehicle, pulling, pushing, reaching, running, rapid stair climbing, sitting, standing and walking for long periods.
  • Requires ability and knowledge to operate basic office machines, such as personal computer, fax, copy machine, etc.
  • Requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Requires ability to use first aid, CPR and physical restraint when necessary.
  • Dependable and timely attendance is required.

Required Competencies:

  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to comprehend and comply with policies, procedures and standards.
  • Ability to demonstrate and deliver quality customer service.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective professional working relationships.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records on paper and electronically.
  • Ability to react quickly and calmly in an emergency.
  • Ability to receive certification in first aid, CPR and physical restraint training.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Knowledge of health and safety practices in a correctional residential/detention setting.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques for reporting problem behaviors and positive reinforcements.
  • Knowledge of physical and emotional needs of adult and juvenile clients.
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures governing care of adults and juveniles in correctional settings.
  • Knowledge of transportation and safety procedures.
  • Skill in keyboarding/typing.

Work Environment:

  • Work is performed indoors and outdoors in a corrections setting.
  •  Management may change the facility assignment as needed to respond to changing conditions.
  •  Will have exposure to hostile people.
  • Must be available to work varied days and shifts, including weekends and holidays.
  • Contact with teachers, professional visitors and resident’s family members.
  • May have contact with service providers when transporting residents to appointments.
  • May be called upon to work mandatory overtime in addition to regularly scheduled shift.


*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice.*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov. Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.
Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.
Immediate family and family of the employee’s spouse shall be considered husband, wife, son, step-son, son-in-law, daughter, step-daughter, daughter-in law, brother, step-brother, brother-in law, sister, step-sister, sister-in-law, mother, step-mother, mother-in law, father, step-father, father-in-law, grandchildren, grandparents and grandparents-in-law.

Vacancy Number: CO061617

Open Date: 6/16/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 6/30/2017 11:59:59 PM