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February 13, 2020
Rapid City, South Dakota
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Position Description

If you are excited to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth, and join a team that works towards a meaningful purpose, apply to be a Juvenile Correctional Officer today!
The Western South Dakota Juveniles Services Center (JSC) is an accredited facility seeking Juvenile Correctional Officer applicants. JSC Officers supervise the day-to-day activities of detainees while ensuringsafety and security. Officers also assist with programming. Please visit ourwebsiteto learn more about our operation.

The facility is operated around the clock; therefore, shift assignments will include days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. Correctional Officers are provided with initial classroom and on-the-job training.
The Pennington County Sheriff's Office can offer you job security, amazing benefits and meaningful work serving our community.

Position Functions

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Performing suicide watch visual checks and other required visual checks
  • Interacting with and documenting juvenile behavior
  • Maintaining crisis prevention supervision and applying non-violent crisis intervention techniques
  • Responding to emergencies and acting as a member of a response team able to restrain out-of-control detainees
  • Writing detailed reports documenting various situations or incidents
  • Orienting juveniles to rules, programs, and procedures
  • Encouraging positive behavior and applying disciplinary sanctions for rule violations
  • Dispensing approved medication and documenting same
  • Encouraging, documenting and leading residents in daily activities and programs
  • Documenting behavior observations on an on-going basis
  • Referring to Corporal or Sergeant regarding detainee requests or needs
  • Role modeling appropriate behavior by treating all with dignity and respect
  • Attending meetings and trainings as required.
  • Performing other duties a assigned

Age: Successful candidates must be 20 years of age
Education: HS Diploma or GED required
Experience: None required
License / Certification: SD Driver's License (within 90 days of moving to SD)
Criminal History : No felony conviction
Background Standards: Please review our background requirements through this link.

Additional Information

Hiring Process
Physical Agility Test: This physical agility test is designed to test a person's physical strength, muscular endurance, coordination and agility by performing basic physical tasks.
Written Exam: Candidates must pass the EMPCO written exam, which is designed to measure cognitive ability, observational skills, and mental acuity. There is a $25 fee to the applicant to take this exam. While passing the written exam is mandatory, it is not a guarantee of a job.
Panel Interview: The Interview panel will interview the top candidates. The panel will be made up of representatives from the Sheriff's Office.
Background Investigation: A complete and thorough background investigation will be conducted on each candidate to whom a conditional offer of employment has been extended. The purpose of the background investigation is to assist the department in determining a candidate's suitability for employment.
Psychological Evaluation: A qualified psychologist will conduct a complete and thorough evaluation. Each candidate will be administered a variety of psychological tests, the purpose of which will be to identify a variety of personality, emotional, and psychological characteristics, traits, qualities, attributes and tendencies.
Medical Evaluations: A complete and thorough medical evaluation will be conducted on each candidate to whom a conditional offer of employment has been extended. A licensed physician will conduct the exam. The medical exam will be conducted for the purpose of ensuring that a candidate possesses the general health status necessary to perform the essential job functions of a Law Enforcement Officer.

Candidates must pass all medical, physical, written, and psychological examinations. Candidates can be disqualified at any time during the hiring process at the discretion of the Chief Deputy, Human Resources Hiring Manager or The Sheriff.

Pennington County Benefit Summary
The following is a summary of benefits available to full-time and part-time benefited employees of Pennington County.
Heath Care Program
Health ? Pennington County has a self-funded health care program for employees and their dependents. Health Insurance and Prescription Drug is covered through Wellmark (Blue Cross Blue Shield). The County pays up to 75% of the employee's premium, and 50%of the dependent premium. There is a $1000 single, $1500 employee 1, and $2000 family deductible per calendar year. There is a $25 co-pay on in-network doctor visits.
Dental ? Dental coverage is provided through Delta Dental of South Dakota. 100% of usual and customary charges for preventive and diagnostic procedures are covered, after a $50 deductible per individual / $150 per family. Routine and restorative procedures, endodontics, periodontics, and major services are covered at 50%. There is an annual maximum of $1000 per individual. Orthodontics are not covered under this plan.
Prescription ? The Health care program includes retail and mail order (90-day supply) prescription coverage, both requiring an affordable co-pay. Co-pays do not accumulate toward satisfaction of the deductible or co-insurance limit.
Note: Health care program coverage is effective on the 1st of the month following one complete month of employment. The program is available for employees and their dependents.
Life Insurance
Pennington County provides a $20,000 basic life insurance policy for every benefited employee.Optional supplemental life insurance can be purchased for employee, spouse, and dependent children.
Employee Assistance Program
Pennington County employees and family members may receive counseling services for issues relating to financial difficulties, marital and family distress, emotional problems, and alcohol or drug abuse.Generally speaking, as many as three visits annually are provided at no charge. Services are confidential.
Retirement Plan
Pennington County is a member of the South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS).The employee contributes 6% (8% for public safety) of gross wages.The contribution is matched by the County. Upon separation from employment with Pennington County, individuals who are fully vested in SDRS (three years of contributory service) have the right to receive a monthly lifetime retirement benefit at retirement age.
Employees may choose to save additional funds toward retirement on a pre-tax basis through the SDRS supplemental retirement program.Other SDRS benefits include long term disability, family,and spouse benefits.
Supplemental Insurance
AFLAC offers various supplemental insurance policies for employees and family members.These policies are portable and guaranteed renewable.Premiums are deducted from payroll.
Paid Time Off
Vacation ? Vacation time accrues monthly at the rate of 6.67 hours (years 0-4), 10 hours (years 4-15), and 13.34 hours (years 15 and above).Maximum hours of accumulation apply.
Sick Leave ? Sick leave accrues at the rate of 8 hours per month.Employees may use up to 80 hours of available sick leave annually for other designated reasons.Sick leave separation benefits are available after 10 years of employment.
Holidays ? Employees are eligible for up to 10 paid holidays per year.
All Paid Time Off benefits are prorated accordingly for part-time benefited employees.
This summary is for general information only.Employees have access to complete and detailed policies, procedures, or summary plan descriptions for all benefits cited.
Do you have a high school diploma or GED?

  • Yes
  • No
This position requires you be free of any felony convictions. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

  • No, I have never been convicted of a felony.
  • Yes, I have been convicted of a felony.
This position requires rotating shiftwork to include days, afternoons, nights, weekends and holidays. Are you willing to work all of these types of shifts?

  • Yes
  • No

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