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Employer: Geary County
Division: Community Corrections
Job Title: JUVENILE PROGRAM SPECIALIST
Salary: $126.56 Hourly
GEARY COUNTY JOB DESCRIPTION
Job Title: Juvenile Program Specialist
FLSA: Non-Exempt Salary Range: EE - $16.56/hr.
Reports To: Intensive Supervision Officer II PCN: DC1017
(ISO II) and/or Director
Department: Community Corrections Date: July 2019
The job duties of the Juvenile Program Specialist include but are not limited to: providing supervision to juvenile clients assigned to the 8th Judicial Community Corrections Immediate Intervention Program and providing a Kansas Department of Corrections approved cognitive behavioral curriculum to juvenile offenders assigned to intensive probation.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties described below are indicative of what the Juvenile Program Specialist might be asked to perform. This job description is to incorporate any County Ordinances for the position of Juvenile Program Specialist. This position description is not designed to list all tasks and responsibilities of this position. Geary County reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need may arise. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.
- Facilitate groups by utilizing a cognitive behavior curriculum. Group participants will be identified through the YLS/CMI risk/needs instrument.
- Provide supervision of an assigned caseload of youth placed on the Immediate Intervention Program.
- Gather collateral information from supervising officer, school officials, treatment providers, and others as needed to determine appropriate referrals to services and programs for the youth and his or her family.
- Utilize skills in communicating with clients to assist them in developing motivation for change.
- Obtain signed releases of information for all employers, treatment providers or other individuals as needed.
- Enter client records into the statewide computer management information systems and/or databases; keeping client’s records current.
- Maintain a case file on all clients on caseload; document all contacts with the client in a current and concise summary.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required at the time of hire or for the continuation of employment. This position is subject to pre-employment and random employment drug and alcohol testing/screening.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, corrections, psychology, sociology, counseling, social work or a closely related field.
- Prior experience in the child and family service settings (guidance/development of challenging youth), and/or mental health services and/or substance abuse services preferred.
- Level of Service Inventory – Revised (LSI-R) and/or Youthful Level of Service – Case Management (YSL-CMI) certification preferred.
- Motivational Interviewing certification preferred.
- Participate in a minimum of 40 job-related hours of training each fiscal year, as funding allows.
- A valid Kansas driver’s license required.
- Must pass a thorough criminal background check, including Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry, FBI, and KBI,
- Must reside within a 30 mile radius of worksite within 90 days of employment.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Working knowledge of Kansas criminal law needed as well as a strong understanding of the related Kansas Administrative Rule and Regulations.
- Knowledge of evidence-based practices in corrections:
- Kansas Department of Corrections Standards.
- Kansas Criminal Code
- Kansas Sentencing Guidelines
- Kansas Juvenile Offender and Child-in-Need of Care Codes.
- Best Practices of Behavioral Health Systems
- Knowledge of the policies and procedures of Community Corrections.
- Knowledge of policies and procedures unique and specific to Geary County and the 8th Judicial District.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with probation departments, outside service providers, and the community.
- Ability to maintain a professional demeanor when dealing with the public.
- Ability to take control of situations in a responsible manner.
- Ability to comprehend, retain and apply County, State, and Federal policies and legislation, i.e. local ordinances, procedure manuals, MSDS sheets, safety manuals; and warning labels.
- Flexible schedule to include some evenings and some weekends based upon the needs of the clients.
- Self-Starter and able to work with minimal supervision.
- Frequent worktime travel to all counties of the District.
EQUIPMENT KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
- Ability to operate various types of equipment – standard office equipment, computer and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software, etc.
- Ability to operate state approved electronic information systems.
- Other equipment could be required.
- Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a professional and friendly manner with customers, citizens, co-workers and management.
- Ability to communicate in a professional, clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing.
- Professional contacts include clients, members of the public at large, County Attorney’s office personnel, the defense attorney and district court or magistrate judges.
- Ability to develop, interpret and implement local policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence, Federal, State, and local regulations, safety manuals, operating and repair manuals, etc; and warning labels.
- Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
- Ability to respond to complaints and grievances posed by the public.
- Ability to define problems and deal with a variety of situations.
- Ability to think quickly, maintain self-control, and adapt to stressful situations.
- Ability to use good judgment and effectively solve problems.
PHYSICAL AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical and work environments described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.
- The duties of this job include physical activities such as stooping, kneeling, standing, reaching, walking, lifting and/or move (up to 20 pounds), grasping, talking, hearing/listening, seeing/observing, and repetitive motions.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.
- Works primarily in an office setting.
- Possible physical danger exists occasionally as employee works with criminal population both in the field and in the office.
- Requires travel during the working hours.
- Requires work outside of the normal 8-5 daytime schedule.
- Due to the volume, scope, size of staff and nature of public service this office provides, full-time regular attendance is essential.
Approved: Date: (Director)
I have reviewed the Job Description for the position of Juvenile Program Specialist as well as the list of expectations for 8th Judicial District Community Corrections employees. I understand the position requirements described and agree to uphold the requirements to the best of my ability. Any questions I may have in relation to the work required of the position shall be brought to the attention of my supervisor.
Employee Signature Date
7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM