Detention Specialist

Organization: City of Newport News
City: Newport News
State: VA
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Phone Number: (757) 926-1800

Job Description:

What would a typical day on the job be like — what work would I do?
Do you have a passion for working with youth? Would you like to make a difference working with youth within the City and making a meaningful impact in your community? Well, this may be the opportunity for you!

As a Juvenile Detention Specialist, you would be responsible for the care, custody, discipline, and overall safety and security of juveniles assigned to various programs within the Juvenile Services Department. The goal of the Detention Specialist is to have a safe and smooth operation of the Detention Center.

A typical day would include monitoring clients’ eating, exercising and working activities, enforcing discipline, and escorting clients to court or family meetings. Some Specialists may participate in programs created to help at-risk clients, such as life skills and substance abuse workshops. You would also be conducting incoming and outgoing orientation, which gives you the opportunity to see the full life cycle of the process. There is also some administrative work that will require paperwork and logs to be completed, and in some circumstances you may be subpoenaed to testify in court.

Safety is our top priority for employees and youth, so you must constantly monitor activity to ensure that youth are complying with the Center’s rules. Your help may be the spark that helps some troubled kids turn their lives around – doesn’t that sound rewarding?

How much money can I make?
In the Juvenile position, you could make a competitive salary ranging from $36k to $63k annually depending on education, qualifications, and experience. In addition to salary, the City provides a comprehensive benefits package to meet all of our employee’s needs!

What are the qualifications for this position?
This position requires an Associate’s Degree and 2 years of closely related work experience, preferably with juveniles, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

An acceptable comprehensive background investigation to include a local, state, and sex offender criminal history check as well as FBI Fingerprinting; a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record is required. In addition to a background check, this position requires pre-employment medical evaluation, PPD, and substance abuse testing and is subject to random alcohol and controlled substance testing. Individuals in this job classification cannot be listed as having a founded child abuse or neglect complaint.

There are a few certifications that must be maintained in crisis intervention techniques (verbal and physical such as
‘Handle With Care’), First Aid and CPR.

The job is considered Essential Personnel and will be required to work during and following natural disasters and emergency situation.

Are there advancement opportunities in this position?
There are opportunities for career advancement and lateral movement from this position. You will have exposure to all aspects of Juvenile Services department. This position will work with other positions within the department to ensure the Detention Center is running like a well-oiled machine.

Why should I work for the City of Newport News?
The City of Newport News is an organization committed to excellence in public service with strong communication and teamwork. As an established employer of choice in the Hampton Roads area, the City is also dedicated to maximizing employee potential. Join the City Newport News and embrace the City's values of "Commitment, Caring, and Collaboration."