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31 Jan 2023

Full-Time Juvenile Detention Leadworker

Clark County Human Resources – Posted by Clark County Human Resources Vancouver, Washington, United States

Job Description

Job Summary

The Juvenile Detention Lead Worker is responsible for the overall operation of the assigned shift. Under the supervision of the Detention Manager and Supervisor, the Lead delegates tasks to Detention Officers, ensures adequate staffing, ensures completion of tasks in accordance with established policies and procedures, communicates policies, procedures, and job expectations, provides training and resolves problems as they occur. The incumbent Juvenile Detention Lead Worker coordinates the work of a specific shift (days, evenings, and night shifts). While responsibilities for each shift are distinct and staffing levels differ, the Lead Worker is expected to have a functional working knowledge of each shift and is required to perform the duties of a Detention Officer



Education and Experience: 

Three years’ experience within the juvenile justice system involving direct care and supervision of youth either in a detention or a group care facility; college level education in criminal justice or a related field may substitute for up to a year of experience.


Other combinations of education, training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.


Possession of, or ability to obtain, a motor vehicle operator’s license.


Completion of Juvenile Security Officers Academy (80 hours training and passing of final examination) within one year of employment.


Knowledge of: 

Juvenile Detention and Juvenile Court system; security and safety management; human behavior, adolescent brain development, group dynamics; some knowledge of organizational management and employee supervision.


Ability to: 

Coordinate shift activities for both employees and youth; understand and communicate policies, regulations and procedures associated with Juvenile Detention; positively enforce facility rules and regulations and motivate staff; assign and lead work; evaluate employee performance and youth behavior; exercise good judgment and apply constructive attitudes toward youth; apply effective counseling skills in a crisis situation; understand and exert appropriate use of force, and maintain sufficient physical fitness to perform duties; communicate clear, sometimes complex, regulatory and procedural information to youth, their parents or guardians, members of the general public and Detention staff; communicate orally with youth and adults to gain their respect and confidence; effectively work with persons from all levels in the organization and diverse backgrounds including: age, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, socioeconomic status, physical characteristics, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; identify and put into practice strategies for improving work processes; use various PC applications such as word processing, spread sheets and databases; be available and willing to work 40-hour, rotating shift coverage for a 24-hour per day, 7-day per week operation.


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Salary Grade: Juvenile Detention.606 $28.51 – $36.51- per hour

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 41 days.

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