The County of Yuba is currently recruiting for the position of Juvenile Corrections Officer I/II (Group Counselor) in the Institutions Division of the Probation Department. This lock down facility operates 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. The primary responsibilities of this flexibly staffed position are to provide care, custody, supervision and control of juveniles in a secured juvenile detention facility which requires a restricted environment while legal action is pending; helps to ensure and sustain a safe and secure environment for juvenile detainees while housed in Juvenile Hall and/or the Youth Guidance Center; and coordinates counseling and behavior modification activities associated with the operation of Juvenile Facilities.
Juvenile Corrections Officer I is the entry-level position. Initially under close supervision, incumbents will perform basic intake, orientation, security and oversight of juveniles while learning County and departmental policy and procedures. Juvenile Corrections Officer II is the journey-level position, fully competent to independently perform a variety of responsible work with juveniles during an assigned shift. Responsibilities include monitoring and enforcing safety, security, treatment, education and other activities for juvenile detainees; monitoring and enforcing sentencing rules and regulations; searching juveniles for contraband, weapons and other prohibited materials; restraining physically abusive detainees; transporting detainees; providing juveniles with information regarding their legal rights; and performing related duties as assigned. Both positions require the ability to act promptly and effectively in emergency situations; write comprehensive reports, administer first aid; interact effectively and maintain relationships with those contacted in the course of their work; and successfully complete a comprehensive in-service training program. Additionally, Group Counselor II requires knowledge of the principles and practices of juvenile counseling, behavior modification and safety practices and procedures related to a detention facility. Skill in assessing and evaluating the needs and risks of juvenile detainees; directing individuals; enforcing rules and safety regulations; and using initiative and independent judgment within established procedures are essential.
The minimum and preferred requirements are listed below. While the following requirements outline the minimum qualifications Human Resources reserves the right to select applicants for further consideration who demonstrate the best qualifications match for the job. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee further participation in selection procedures.
Juvenile Corrections Officer I: Minimum: Graduation from high school, some college course work in a related field or at least one year of related work experience involving public contact. Preferred: In addition to the minimum, an Associate’s Degree in Psychology, Administration of Justice/Criminology, Sociology, Social Work or a related field and one (1) year experience working with juveniles in a Title 15 detention facility.
Juvenile Corrections Officer II: Minimum: In addition to the I-Level minimum, at least 1 year of experience counseling and overseeing juveniles in a Title 15 detention facility (equivalent to County’s class of Juvenile Corrections Officer I) and successful completion of Juvenile Correctional Officer Core curriculum approved by Standards of Training and Corrections. Preferred: In addition to the minimum, an Associate’s Degree in Psychology, Administration of Justice/Criminology, Sociology, Social Work or a related field and up to three (3) years experience working in counseling and overseeing juveniles in a Title 15 detention facility at a level equivalent to the County’s class of Juvenile Corrections Officer I.
Licensing & Certifications: Must possess a valid California Class C driver’s license within ten days of employment; possess or obtain a valid CPR and First Aid Certification within one year of appointment; possess or obtain CA PC 832 Certification for limited peace officer status within 1 year of appointment. Juvenile Correction Officer I must successfully complete the CA STC Certified Juvenile Correctional Officer Core Course within one year of employment.
Special Requirements: Both classifications must meet the State of CA requirements for peace officer status, including: passing a detailed background investigation with a fingerprint check, having no felony convictions, passing a medical and psychological exam, being at least 18 years of age, being a US citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
Working Conditions: Work any scheduled rotational shift as assigned; including evening, night, weekend, and holiday shifts. Typical juvenile detention facility settings or public safety setting; involves the potential for high stress levels and exposure to loud noises and hostile situations. Work with highly manipulative and psychologically challenging client population. Exposure to blood/air borne pathogens. Depending on assignment, occasional exposure to adverse weather conditions (extreme heat/cold, wet conditions). Meet and maintain appropriate state standards concerning physical and psychological characteristics.
MERIT INCREASE: Typically 5% each year for the first 7 years
RETIREMENT - Safety Classification:
New: 2% @ 50
Classic: 2.7% @ 57 (1/1/13 CalPERS Pension Reform)
VACATION: 12 days for first 5 yrs with incremental increases every 5 yrs thereafter, up to 20 yrs
HOLIDAYS: An average of 13 paid holidays per year (this includes 2 floating holidays)
SICK LEAVE: Accrued every payroll period, up to 12 days per yr
HEALTH: County pays 90% Basic Plan premiums for employee only or 70% for employee and eligible dependent(s)
DENTAL/VISION: County pays 100% Basic Plan premiums for employee only or 80% for employee and eligible dependent(s)
LIFE: County provides $50,000 in life insurance coverage
DEFERRED COMP: Voluntary Deferred Compensation plan(s) are available
EE ASST. PROGRAM: County paid confidential family wellness plan
UNION AFFILIATION: Probation Peace Officers Association
FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
TO APPLY FOR JUVENILE CORRECTIONS OFFICE I/II:
Submit an official Yuba County employment application, copies of valid license(s), certificate(s) and college transcripts, diploma or grade reports to County of Yuba – Human Resources and Organizational Services, 915 Eighth Street, Suite 113, Marysville, CA 95901 or apply on-line. Official County applications and all related materials are available online at www.co.yuba.ca.us or at the Human Resources and Organizational Services Department. Note: All diplomas or degrees must be from an accredited college or university. To obtain information regarding accreditation, refer to the US Department of Education Office of Post Secondary Education at: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx
To begin the hiring process, an applicant must submit a completed County application prior to the final filing deadline. Applications must be completed legibly, all questions must be answered, and the required documentation must be provided. Please be sure to use the current application located on the County website. Old applications cannot be accepted. All applicants will be given written notice regarding the status of their application and selection procedures. The County prefers to communicate via email, if provided, to expedite communication. It is also recommended that applicants review their SPAM mail daily as to not miss any important communication from the County. Please refer to the Employment Application Instructions, which accompanies the County application, for additional details. Failure to provide the required documentation may result in rejection of your application. Any and all experience and/or training MUST be identified on your application. Resumes, letters and other materials will not be evaluated or considered in lieu of the application.
Applicants must provide the following documents by the filing deadline:
- Yuba County Employment Application—complete & signed
- Supplemental Questionnaire—complete & signed
- Diploma and Unofficial Transcripts
- Copies of Certifications
A completed supplemental questionnaire is an essential part of the examination process for this position. The responses will be reviewed for sufficient detail and will be rated according to pre-determined guidelines. Please include; 1) Places of employment; 2) pertinent dates; 3) duties performed, etc. when responding to the questions. If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely. Any experience and/or training listed MUST be identified on your application. Resumes, letters and other materials will not be evaluated or considered as responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT - Peace Officer Form 2-251:
All applicants that successfully complete the examination processes and are certified to the employment list, will be notified and must submit a complete Personal History Statement to the Probation Department at the time of interview. A review of the PHS will be conducted for each candidate to determine which candidates best meet the professional standard criteria adopted by the Department.
Applicants that have successfully completed the application screening process and supplemental questionnaire will be invited to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Juvenile Corrections Officer Exam. The Selection Exam Juvenile Corrections Officer Candidate Orientation for this exam is located on the Human Resources and Organizational Services website and also under the STC Publications tab at: www.bscc.ca.gov The booklet provides an overview of the exam format and some sample questions. It is not intended to be a study guide but rather is aimed at reducing test anxiety and giving candidates some information about what to expect on the test. Applicants are expected to provide their completed PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT at this event upon entry.
TESTING ACCOMMODATION: If special accommodations are required at any stage of the selection process, complete the Request for Reasonable Accommodation in the Examination Process Form and provide the required documentation by the final filing deadline. The form can be obtained by accessing the link on the Human Resources and Organizational Services homepage or by contacting Human Resources.
All applicants that have successfully completed the application/selection procedures and examination process may be eligible for veteran’s credit. Applicants must have served on active duty for a period of not less than 90 days in the armed forces in time of war of national emergency, or in time of peace in a campaign or expedition for service in which a medal has been authorized by the government of the United States and who has been discharged or released under honorable conditions, and widows of such persons shall be allowed credit. Military Records Form DD214 must be submitted for further review and determination of appropriate credits.
WAIVER OF SELECTION PROCEDURES:
When selection procedures have been publicly announced and the number of applicants meeting the minimum qualifications for the position is five or less, the Human Resources Director may, at her/his discretion; a) Waive the competition entirely and submit the names of the applicants meeting the minimum qualifications to the appointing department, b) Revise the conditions of competition to a more practical basis under the circumstances.
EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY LIST:
An employment eligibility list is established for those applicants who successfully pass all phases of the examination process. This list will be held for a maximum of six months from the date the list is certified. For each vacancy the top five (5) ranks on the list will be certified to the department for final selection, which will include a departmental interview.
The Probation department will notify the applicant of the date and time of his/her interview. The applicant will be asked a series of questions about his/herself and his/her related experience, education and training that exhibit the knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the job. The applicant may also be asked questions about hypothetical situations to test his/her ability to make decisions and use sound judgment and common sense.