Youth Attendant (w/Benefits - 30-36 hours per week set schedule)

Sarpy County, NE - Papillion, NE (30+ days ago)


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Under the direction of the Shift Supervisor and/or Sr. Juvenile Services Officer, performs semi-skilled duties requiring some decision making and independent judgment. Provide direct supervision regarding the care of juveniles who are in the custody for placement at the Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) and/or custody and/or supervision of the Sarpy County Sheriff's Department.

Provide supervision, structure, and discipline for youth detained at the JJC or assigned to the alternative programs.
Coordinate, direct, and monitor the daily activities of juveniles.

Adhere strictly to established departmental policies, procedures, and orders.

Communicate and establish rapport and trust with juveniles to facilitate meaningful interactions, problem solving, and exchange of ideas.

Ensure the confidentiality of all departmental communications, documents, and correspondence.

Review resident pass-on information and reports from previous shift.

Maintain security, order, and discipline to prevent disturbances, escapes, and safety of all residents, staff, and the community.

Process new juveniles including, but not limited to intake procedures, escorts, and providing orientation to the rules and regulations of the JJC.

Search and maintain a log of behavior incidents, movement and observations, sustain knowledge of room assignments and classifications, and monitor juvenile's physical location at all times.

Perform intake and release functions according to established procedures, interview and book juveniles, as well as establish criteria for admittance or release from detention.

Review, search, and remove personal property from detained juveniles; provide clothing and hygiene articles; and assign beds.

Search and maintain records pertaining to behavior and personal history; file and/or route forms, records, reports, and evaluations; and complete and file booking sheets with reports on all juvenile's behavior.

Receive incoming phone calls, and interact with the general public in a courteous and tactful manner.

Route/handle juvenile requests.

Release juveniles and return personal property according to established procedures.

Operate and maintain the security and integrity of the JJC Master Control Room Security System.

Maintain and enforce security procedures, search juvenile's and facility to locate contraband, conduct perimeter checks, identify unusual situations, ensure building security, and safeguard the juveniles and staff.

Resolve differences and disagreements between juveniles, intervene in altercations, assist in restraining juveniles, deal with behavior problems in accordance with prescribed guidelines, and recommend discipline to supervisor.

Complete incident, damage, discipline, and/or emergency medical reports as well as other records.

Administer preliminary breath tests to juveniles and obtains and tests juvenile urine samples.

Observe juvenile behavior; notice emotional and physical needs; maintain a "watch list" for high risk juveniles showing signs of depression, suicide, disturbance, escape plans, and other potential problems/issues; and report to supervisor any unusual behavior, condition, or activity.

Maintain group control, manage noise levels and undesirable behavior, and diffuse potentially escalating situations using both verbal and non-verbal deescalating techniques.

Provide a therapeutic environment promoting accountability and appropriate consequences for delinquent behavior, introduce juvenile to adaptive and social skills training, teach and mentor responsibility and self-control, and ensure attendance at required educational classes.

Monitor juvenile intake of prescribed medication, alert medical unit to juvenile's request or need for medical attention, respond to medical emergencies, consult with supervisor, and take appropriate action in strict accordance with established procedures.

Prepare a list of supplies needed for the holdover facility, clean laundry, restock supplies, and distribute personal hygiene items to juveniles.

Consult with and provide input to supervisors on matters involving discipline and takes action as directed.

Compile information; and prepare clear, accurate, and comprehensive reports.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, supervisors, County employees, attorneys, law enforcement, judges, other agencies, and the general public.

Review rules with parent/guardian of juvenile and ensure understanding prior to being placed in the program.

Communicate regularly with parents and assist the family in establishing effective communication, structure, and discipline.

Communicate regularly with the referring agency (JPO, Diversion, HHSS).

Prepare reports on each client in any of the programs; assist with statistical data documentation.

Update the Juvenile Court on the client's progress or lack thereof.

Collect specimens as needed to screen for substance abuse.

Establish and monitor tracking equipment for each client in the program based on predetermined schedules.

Conduct phone checks of clients, approve outings, and make necessary schedule changes.

Monitor alarms and make changes to schedule as needed.

Assist the teacher in creating an effective classroom environment that is conducive to learning and enables students to achieve their full potential.

Assist the teacher in designing special strategies for reinforcing material or skills based on the learning ability, needs, and interests of all students.

Serve as an aide in the classroom and handle disciplinary matters as necessary.

Act as a positive role model and provide guidance with decision making; Discuss various matters of concern with the youth and serve as an empathic listener.

Maintain a cooperative attitude and work together with the teacher in planning and implementing activities.

Plan and assist the teacher in preparing materials and supplies in advance for activities and share in the development and implementation of written lesson plans.

Provide transportation for youth as needed and directed.

Work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce the understanding of materials and skills introduced by the teacher.

Assist with daily attendance for all programs.

Report to assigned worksite with regular, predictable, and consistent attendance.

Peripheral Duties
Attend meetings, training sessions, and team conferences, as directed.

Serve as a member of various committees as assigned.

Perform other duties as directed and assigned.

Education and Experience
Two (2) years of College-level coursework in social service, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, teaching, or social service area required*.

Experience working with juveniles preferred.

  • Approved combination of training and/or work experience that would provide equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered and substituted for the stated education.
Special Requirements
Must be at least 21 years of age at time of application.

Must possess and maintain throughout employment a valid driver's license without record of suspension or revocation in any state.

Must meet and maintain meet eligibility requirements of "acceptable driver standards" as defined by the County.

Must be able to successfully complete an extensive criminal background check and other checks.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Incumbents are required to physically engage juveniles in order to protect the juvenile, themselves, and others. This may involve subduing and restraining one or more juvenile while calling for backup. Incidents requiring physical intervention may arise occasionally and while these incidents do not consume much time, they do require incumbents to exert physical effort.

Youth Attendants must be able to:
Standing/Walking/Bending: Constant, up to 80% of shirt of as needed
Running: Occasional, typically one to two minute duration
Kneeling/Stooping/Crouching: Occasional
Balance: When restraining combative juveniles
Ability to Quickly Change Position: From kneeling to standing
Lifting: Frequent up to 20 lbs., Occasional up to 200 lbs., as a team
Visual: Constant near, far, and peripheral vision plus depth perception
Auditory: Frequent to constant moderate sound with occasional loud sound

Work is generally performed indoors in a detention setting on an assigned shift supporting a 24 hour, 7 day a week operation. Incumbents must be willing and able to work any shift, including weekends, holidays, and overtime. Work involves the potential for contact with or exposure to blood borne pathogens or other body fluids and infectious materials. Work requires close interaction with juveniles and may be difficult or emotionally challenging when dealing with those who are irate or verbally abusive, their family members, or when dealing with critical situations.

An incumbent must possess the hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate computers, control panels, radios, locking/unlocking doors, alarms, and other equipment used to perform the essential functions of this job. Communication abilities include the ability to talk with co-workers, detainees, and their family members, superiors, etc.

Formal application, rating of education and experience, interview, reference checks, successful completion of a national criminal background check, successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen, and other job related tests or checks as may be required.

The job description is current as of the date signed. Any omission of specific statements does not exclude them from the position if they are similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.