Correctional Officer - Adult Correctional Facility

Correctional Officer
Hennepin County - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Oct 18, 2021

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Application Deadline:
Apr 16, 2022

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$49,807.95 annual
Top Pay:
$$74,709.76 annual

Job Description

++OPENING DATE:++ 10/15/21

++CLOSING DATE:++ Continuous

++JOB TYPE:++ Full-time

++LOCATION:++ Plymouth, MN, Minnesota

++DEPARTMENT:++ Community Corrections and Rehabilitation

++THE POSITION++

The Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCCR) seeks Correctional Officers at the Adult Corrections Facility (ACF) to promote public safety and provide for victim restoration by holding offenders accountable and providing opportunities for change through assessment and supervision. The ACF is a confinement center for adult offenders committed by the courts to serve a maximum sentence of one year. Location and hours: This position is located at the Adult Corrections Facility at 1145 Shenandoah Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55447. The ACF is a medium level security facility, it is located 13 miles from downtown Minneapolis, and there is no public transportation to this facility. Candidates must be available to work various shifts, which includes day, evening, overnight, holiday, and weekend hours. Anyone indicating limited availability will not be considered. This position is subject to 12-hour, 10-hour, and 8-hour shifts. 

  • The 12-hour shifts include 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., and 6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
  • The 10-hour shifts include: 6 a.m. - 4 p.m., 8 p.m. - 6 a.m.
  • The 8-hour shifts include 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.  

A shift differential of $1.00 per hour will be paid for nights and weekends. Meals are provided and a uniform allowance is given for qualifying positions.

About this position: This posting will be used to hire various full-time, part-time, regular, and limited-duration positions. Starting September 1, 2021, all new job offers are conditional based on the candidate being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated” means 14 days after receiving the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a full or emergency-use basis, or 14 days after receiving a single-dose vaccine approved by the FDA on a full or emergency-use basis. After a conditional job offer is made, the candidate must show proof of full vaccination prior to their start date. A COVID-19 vaccination card from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a vaccination record from your doctor’s office or a personal digital vaccination record constitutes sufficient “proof.” The candidate must also attest they are vaccinated by completing a form on the first day of employment. Reasonable accommodations to this vaccination requirement will be considered upon request by a candidate for medical or religious reasons as required by applicable law.   In this position, you will:

  • Maintain a safe institution for staff and residents by building relationships, employing de-escalation techniques, using verbal commands, and using physical and mechanical restraints when necessary.
  • Enforce Minnesota laws, American Correctional Association (A.C.A.) standards, and Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards relating to the confinement of prisoners, security regulations, rules of conduct, and work rules.
  • Search residents and inspect cells, recreation areas, work locations, and other activity areas for unauthorized objects or materials.
  • Respond to and manage emergency or crisis situations using communication skills to resolve volatile situations.
  • Observe behavior of residents and utilize behavioral management techniques/skills to assist residents in self-management of their behavior and report observations of unusual behaviors to medical or social service personnel.
  • Escort individuals and groups of residents to work and other activities, supervise and instruct residents in work crew activities and the operation of equipment (i.e., laundry, kitchen, industrial production, stockroom, cleaning, and grounds maintenance equipment), and participate in work crew activities as needed.
  • Write reports (e.g. disciplinary reports, incident reports) and maintain records (i.e. records of residents' funds and personal property).

Need to have:

  • One of the following:
    • Two years or more (90 quarter/60 semester credits) of college or vocational/technical coursework in corrections, law enforcement, or a related criminal justice or behavioral/social science field.
    • Two years or more of experience in corrections, law enforcement, or criminal justice.
    • Active military duty with an honorable discharge.
  • Note: Completion of an ++Evidence-Based Practice Corrections Professional Certificate++ from an approved school may be substituted for one year of relevant coursework or experience.
  • A valid driver's license.
  • Ability to stand, stoop, bend, reach, run, and walk both inside and outside.

Nice to have:

  • Experience:
    • As an intern, volunteer, and/or work in a correctional institution and/or similar environment where individuals are secured in a facility/area for a period of time.
    • Working under stressful conditions and having contact with aggressive and/or confrontational individuals.
    • Supervising, training, and/or directing individuals who are secured in a facility/area for a period of time.
    • Using de-escalation techniques at work.
  • Understanding of human relations and of bias and the impact of such to promote handling situations equitably and with a high level of respect.
  • Ability to:
    • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
    • Interpret and enforce rules and regulations.
    • Manage difficult situations with a diverse population with a high level of objectivity, minimizing the impact of personal implicit bias.
    • Identify suspicious behaviors/activities and taking appropriate actions.

About the department: The Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation works to enhance community safety, promote community restoration, and reduce the risk of re-offense. Department staff and volunteers serve Hennepin County at more than 20 service locations ranging from correctional facilities to probation reporting offices and occupational training centers, delivering sustainable correctional services to more than 26,000 adult and juvenile clients. It is the largest community corrections organization in Minnesota. Learn more at www.hennepin.us/corrections.
About Hennepin County:  Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.

Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at ++www.hennepin.us/employees++.

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.

Your future. Made here.

This posting may be used to fill current and future full-time, part-time, permanent, BFOQ and limited duration (temporary) Correctional Officer vacancies at the Adult Corrections Facility (ACF).

This position is internally classified as a Correctional Officer. Click ++here++ to view the job classification specification.

Under facility licensing requirements, positions at the County Home School and/or Juvenile Detention Center are required to undergo a Department of Human Services Background Study (MS 245C.13). Convictions for certain crimes will have an effect on your ability to be hired according to the disqualification schedule listed in Minnesota Statute 245C.15. Individuals convicted for any level of Criminal Sexual Conduct are disqualified from being hired into any position within the DOCCR under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Other past involvement with the criminal court system will not automatically disqualify you from working at the DOCCR; individual circumstances are reviewed and evaluated confidentially. If you do not know your exact conviction information, you can refer to your sentencing order or contact the county where you were convicted.

Applications will be forwarded to the hiring supervisor on an on-going basis until the vacancy is filled. Invitations to interview will be based on an assessment of education and experience. Job offer will be contingent on passing a pre-employment physical, drug test, employment history/reference check, criminal background check including fingerprinting, and driver's license check prior to employment.

Job Requirements

  • Age: No Age Requirement
  • Education: See Additional Requirements
  • Experience: See Additional Requirements

Need to have:

One of the following:

Two years or more (90 quarter/60 semester credits) of college or vocational/technical coursework in corrections, law enforcement, or a related criminal justice or behavioral/social science field.

Two years or more of experience in corrections, law enforcement, or criminal justice.

Active military duty with an honorable discharge.

Note: Completion of an Evidence-Based Practice Corrections Professional Certificate from an approved school may be substituted for one year of relevant coursework or experience.

A valid driver's license.

Ability to stand, stoop, bend, reach, run, and walk both inside and outside.

Nice to have:

Experience:

As an intern, volunteer, and/or work in a correctional institution and/or similar environment where individuals are secured in a facility/area for a period of time.

Working under stressful conditions and having contact with aggressive and/or confrontational individuals.

Supervising, training, and/or directing individuals who are secured in a facility/area for a period of time.

Using de-escalation techniques at work.

Understanding of human relations and of bias and the impact of such to promote handling situations equitably and with a high level of respect.

Ability to:

Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Interpret and enforce rules and regulations.

Manage difficult situations with a diverse population with a high level of objectivity, minimizing the impact of personal implicit bias.

Identify suspicious behaviors/activities and taking appropriate actions.

Contact Information

Department of Human Resources Service Center

Hennepin County
300 S 6th St
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55487
phone: 612-348-7855

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