Volunteer/Inmate Activities Coordinator

Ada County - Boise, ID4.2

General Summary
Plans, organizes, and coordinates volunteer services to provide inmate activities at the Ada County Jail. This position assists in maintaining a successful Jail Volunteer Program by acting as a liaison between inmates, volunteers and the Jail; performs related duties as required. The position is located in the Ada County Sheriff's Office, Jail Services Bureau.

Shift Information
Generally Monday - Friday, day shift hours. Occasional evening and flexible hours are required.

Essential Functions
Develops volunteer program goals and objectives;
Promotes the mission of the volunteer program to the community;
Plans and implements a program to recruit and place volunteers;
Initiates background checks, reviews eligibility, and assists with the approval process of volunteers;
Orients and provides information and resources to volunteers;
Provides general supervision of volunteers;
Coordinates recognition of volunteers;
Maintains volunteer records;
Collaborates with the appropriate Division Director and underlying chain of command to determine needs and assess volunteer program and inmate participation;
Participates in and speaks to community groups to promote the volunteer program;
Solicits donations and receives books from local libraries and other organizations;
Oversees the operation of the inmate popular library;
Provides religious materials to indigent inmates when appropriate;
Answers inmate questions or concerns including faith-based or other inmate activities; and
Prepares a variety of reports.

Additional Functions
Assists with grant applications pertaining to volunteer programs for the Sheriff's Office;
May assist in inmate education programs;
Develops cooperative relationships with community resources; and
Performs related duties as assigned.
Job Requirements
Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent;
Prior experience in a law enforcement or corrections environment is preferred;
Knowledge of volunteer program coordination and development;
Knowledge of community resources;
Knowledge of procedures and techniques of volunteer recruitment, orientation, training, and supervision;
Skill in the operation of a computer and Windows-based software, such as Word, Outlook, Excel, and Access;
Skill in English grammar, spelling, and punctuation;
Ability to motivate and supervise the work of others;
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
Ability to exercise tact, discretion, and to obtain the cooperation of others;
Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships;
Ability to analyze data and use professional judgment to reach appropriate conclusions;
Ability to record data in a narrative fashion which documents all conclusions and recommendations;
Ability to maintain confidentially;
Ability to maintain an image of self-confidence and control and deescalate situations where an inmate may use criticism or verbal abuse;
Ability to recognize potentially adverse or unsafe situations and react according to department policy; and
Ability to perform the duties of the position while maintaining safety of staff and inmates and security of the facility.

Other Requirements
Must appear before an oral board and complete a polygraph and background check prior to hire;
Required to become certified in CPR within 6 months of hire;
This position has been designated safety sensitive and therefore the incumbent is subject to random drug testing; and
Occasional evening and flexible hours may be required.
Work Environment & Physical Demands
Work is performed primarily in an office environment and the employee in this class is subject to inside environmental conditions;
Most of the work is performed in and around the jail facility and involves an element of personal danger; and
Requires sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to function in a general office environment to accomplish tasks.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential functions satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being assigned to this job. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of individuals in the job. This job description is not an employment agreement and/or an expressed or implied employment contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. Ada County provides Veteran's Preference for all County jobs except for those deemed "key positions" in accordance with Title 65, Chapter 5 of Idaho Code.