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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 Summary:

  • 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

Primary Job Functions:

  • 50% - Direct Care Supervision - 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.
  • 30% - Client Management -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.
  • 10% - Direct Care Monitoring - 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.

Secondary Job Functions:

  • 10% - 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.


  • 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:
    • 1. Associate of Arts (AA) degree with related course work in criminal justice, psychology, sociology or related field; and,
    • 2. 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 Activity and Requirements of Position:

  • 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.
  • Ability to endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of clients.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Visual Acuity Requirements: Sufficient sight to complete tasks which involve visual perception and discrimination.

Required Competencies:

Communication - Creates an atmosphere in which timely and high-quality information flows smoothly at all times.

  • Asks open-ended questions that encourage clients to give their points-of-view and is approachable at all times.
  • Keeps relevant people accurately informed and up-to-date of both positive and potentially negative information.
  • Uses appropriate communication styles to reduce tension and/or conflict between two or more people; communicate directly but diplomatically.
  • Delivers criticism in a way that demonstrates sensitivity to the feelings of others and waits for others to finish their intended message before responding.

Reliability - Demonstrates a high level of dependability in all aspects of the job.

  • Shows commitment/dedication and accountability in one's work, and follows through on all projects, goals, aspects of one's work.
  • Completes all assigned tasks on time and with minimal supervision.
  • Arrives at work on time every day.
  • Fulfills all commitments made to clients, peers, co-workers, and supervisor.

Interpersonal Skills - Has good listening skills, builds strong relationships, is flexible/open-minded, negotiates effectively, solicits performance feedback, and handles constructive criticism.

  • Notices and accurately interprets what others are feeling, based on their choice of words, tone of voice, expressions, and other nonverbal behavior.
  • Anticipates how others will react to a situation.
  • Establishes good interpersonal relationships by helping clients feel valued, appreciated, and included in discussions.
  • Works cooperatively with other team members

Leadership - Communicates a vision and inspires motivation; engages with others in team process to solve problems; works to find a win/win resolution of differences; helps team stay focused on major goals while managing within a context of multiple directives.

  • Provides assistance to others when they need it.
  • Consistently maintains high levels of activity or productivity; works with vigor, effectiveness and determination over a sustained period.
  • Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Sets clear goals and expectations and commits to follow through.
  • Suggests ideas to improve quality, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Stress Management / Tolerance - Maintains effective performance under pressure; handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.

  • Controls his/her response when criticized, attacked or provoked.
  • Manages own behavior to prevent or reduce feelings of stress.
  • Stays calm and maintains focus in turbulent, threatening, or emergency situations. Makes rational decisions and continues to perform effectively.

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.
  • 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.
  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

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: CO120117

Open Date: 12/1/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 12/15/2017 11:59:59 PM