Correctional Officer-ECF

Job Description:
Works under general supervision from a Correctional Sergeant and follows post orders and Department of Correction and institution policies. Contributes to the welfare of inmates through informal counseling, supporting treatment programs and encouraging inmates to accept responsibility within the institution. Must make quick decisions in emergency situations. Unusual problems or situations are referred to the supervisors for guidance. Consequence of error is usually moderate; however, errors may involve the safety and security of other employees and inmates.
Works on an assigned shift in a specific unit/or post under general supervision of a Correctional Sergeant. Maintains the security of the unit as well as the safety of staff and offenders while ensuring daily activities and programs proceed on schedule.
A Day in the Life
Must remain awake and alert for up to 16 hours at a time and monitor offenders for signs of disorder, aggression or tension.
Must be alert and responsive to surroundings; be able to make critical decisions quickly; and must be able to select the most appropriate guidelines or procedures to follow in a variety of situations.
Must be able to recognize suicidal behavior. Must have keen observation and hearing skills in order to ensure the safety and security of the facility.
Able to work any shift, day or night and overtime as needed.
Understanding that shifts are assigned based on facility need, and include working weekends and Holidays. There are no permanent shift/post assignments.
Average gross and fine motor skills of the arms and hands for such things as performing first aid and CPR; restraining offenders; operating a vehicle; using a hand radio; performing frisk searches and shakedowns; accurately discharging a firearm; locking and unlocking doors repeatedly, selecting keys etc.
Must have good verbal communication skills - be able to speak English; understand and carry out directions from a supervisor and provide direction to an offender.
Have the ability to read, write, and comprehend English - able to follow written instructions/guidelines; read and understand post orders, departmental, facility and State policies, rules and procedures; maintain records and write reports legibly. Able to perform basic arithmetic functions such as counting offenders in a dormitory or cell house block.
Able to defend oneself physically, assist others and react with control in emergency situations. Physical strength and stamina to manage aggressive offenders with other staff, i.e., when offenders are fighting must be able to follow proper procedures to keep the offenders from hurting themselves or others.
Must be flexible and able to change according to facility conditions, offender or staffing conditions, or a change in post or shift assignment. Able to work in extreme and/or changing temperatures.
Able to deal effectively with offenders, some who may be mentally/physically ill or violent in nature and not take their behavior or language personally or attempt to retaliate.
Able to act as a positive role model with offenders, work in a culturally diverse environment and portray a positive, professional image in all contacts with others, including offenders, staff, the public, vendors and staff representing regulatory agencies.
Able to test negative on all drug tests.
Attend, participate and complete annual training; and remain current on all mandatory certifications including first aid, CPR and weapons (where required).
May work as a member of a treatment team.
Obtain and maintain driver's license and/or CDL license.
What we are looking for
Possession of a high school diploma or possession of a General Education Development (GED) certificate. Work experience, military experience and/or completed accredited college credits preferred.
Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
Willingness to undergo a background investigation.
Possession of a valid driver's license from state of residence comparable to an Indiana license required. (Proof of license must accompany application.)
Able to lift, walk, stand, bend, stoop, crawl, kneel, crouch, climb stairs and/or ladders, run without limitation consistent with operational needs of the overall security to offenders, staff, public and vendors.
Able to be punctual i.e., arrive at work on time.
About State Government
Join U.S News & World Report's #1 state government! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering applicants stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana's communities every day.
Edinburgh Correctional Facility
The Edinburgh Correctional Facility is located in Edinburgh, Indiana on Camp Atterbury and was founded in 1991. Edinburgh is a minimum security facility that houses 320 offenders. They have approximately 44 work crews supporting Camp Atterbury and other community and state agencies. With these partnerships they save the taxpayers of Indiana thousands of dollars every year.
Correctional Officer
The Correctional Officer is an exciting opportunity to launch your Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement career. In the role of a correctional officer you will build your experience by ensuring maintenance of order, control and supervision of offenders in a state correctional institution and internal and external security. You will advise and instruct offenders in their adjustment to institutional living. Work normally consists of relatively standardized tasks, following departmental and institutional policy. However, work at times requires on-the-spot decision making when coping with one or more unruly or irate offenders. This position carries weapons when assigned to tower duty, transportation assignment, escape assignments or special assignments as determined by the appointing authority.
The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes:
Choose from four medical plans (including RX coverage), vision and dental
Wellness program that offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan
Health savings account, offered for most medical plans, includes state contributions
Deferred compensation account (similar to a private sector's 401 K plan) with employer match, as well as a choice between two fully funded pension plans
Group life insurance
Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
The State of Indiana offers other generous leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
New Parent Leave
12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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