Resident Specialist I - C0001

Juvenile Corrections Staff
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice - Richmond, Virginia

Sep 9, 2020

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Application Deadline:
Nov 2, 2020

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$Minimum $35,278 (Salary commensurate w/ qualifications) annual

Job Description

Safety, Purpose, Connection and Fairness. Here at the VA Dept. of Juvenile Justice we believe in the capacity to change, to promote healthier and safer communities. Our employees make the difference!

_The Bon Air Juvenile Correctional facility is looking to hire YOU as a Resident Specialist I (RSI)____. _The RSI provides direct care to residents in a secure correctional environment and is assigned to security posts to ensure orderly facility operations and the safety of the youth, visitors, and staff. This position oversees and monitors all activities, maintaining security and control in an assigned housing unit community to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents and staff. The incumbent shall conduct and document security/safety checks and intervene in behavioral crisis situations to ensure safety through the use of approved intervention/de-escalation strategies and techniques to include but are not limited to, verbal de-escalation, physical restraint, and mechanical restraints.

The Bon Air Juvenile Correctional facility located in Chesterfield, VA operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As such, facility staff members are required to work on either a 12 hour day or night shift. This position will be assigned to and required to work any shift which best meets the needs of the facility at the time of hire.

The roles and responsibilities of the RS I ++directly++ impact the residents’ quality of institutional life and foster rehabilitation. Change a life just by being you.

First Start Date: October 19, 2020.

Additional Information

Minimum Qualification(s):

Possess a working knowledge of safety and security procedures and practices. Demonstrate the ability to execute safety and security procedures and practices; crisis intervention techniques; and facilitate and/or implement treatment programs in a secure/residential setting. Demonstrated ability to quickly assess situations and provide the appropriate response, performing physical intervention (restraint) techniques as needed. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Working knowledge of conflict resolution and the use of verbal intervention techniques and effective verbal communication skills. Serves as role model and mentor to residents. Ability to communicate effectively in writing as well as maintaining records, documentation and preparing reports. Valid driver’s license at the time of employment required. High School graduate or equivalent required.

Preferred Qualification(s):

Prior experience participating in group counseling sessions in a group home, detention center, or non-secure residential setting, with the ability to utilize techniques to keep the population engaged. A background in youth development, criminal justice or the social sciences, to include some college or post-high school education in these fields are desired. Experience supervising and interacting with at risk or adjudicated juveniles is desired.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Experience: Previous experience working in corrections, law enforcement, military, or working with at-risk youth preferred but not required.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants who meet the outlined qualifications for this position will be contacted and invited to interview at the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center in Chesterfield, VA. Due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the interview process may consist of a panel interview via telephone and/or interviews using virtual platforms such as Google Meets. Those applicants who are recommended to move forward in the selection process will be required to complete documentation for a background investigation, physical agility test including push-ups, sit-ups, running ½ mile within a set timeframe.

Hired candidates will be required to attend and successfully complete a 12 week training and certification program to include physical elements. This will be held in Hanover County at the Department of Juvenile Justice Training Academy.

All applications for employment must be submitted online by visiting the following website:

See special requirements and instructions. Please view list of barriers to employment in online ad. Pre-employment drug screen and background investigation are required. Please contact Human Resource Office at (804) 323.2505 with questions.

Contact Informaton

Sheanita Carter

Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
Richmond, Virginia
phone: 804-527-6627

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