CORRECTIONS SPECIALIST I

8115L1

Pay Grade: 23

DEFINITION OF WORK

Summary

This is specialized or supervisory corrections work enforcing designated laws, rules and regulations.

Incumbents in this class supervise lower level officers at a corrections facility or perform specialized corrections duties.

Incumbents in this class are certified Corrections Officers and exercise delegated statutory powers.

Standard Classification Factors

Supervision Received - LEVEL B: "Under general supervision…" Employees working under general supervision usually receive some instructions with respect to the details of most assignments but are free to develop their own work sequences within established procedures, methods and policies. They are often physically removed from their supervisor and subject to only periodic checks.

Difficulty - LEVEL B: Average… Where the employee is confronted with a variety of duties susceptible to different methods of solution which, in turn, places a correspondingly higher demand upon resourcefulness and concentration. Positions which require the analysis and evaluation of raw data and the rendering of conclusions would, in many instances, fall into this category.

Complexity - LEVEL A: Work is a simple or routine nature requiring very little analytical thought. Tasks are clearly defined, highly organized, closely related and often repetitive. Few if any alternatives exist for methods or procedures to be used. Work is usually in the form of specific assignments and is closely reviewed for accuracy and progress. When guidelines exist at this level, they are usually detailed, easy-to-follow instructions that cover all or most of the important aspects of the work. Workers at this level can readily determine the actions which need to be taken.

Consequence of Actions or Decisions - LEVEL B: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are minor as the work is normally reviewed regularly and errors are usually detected in following operations. Errors may be disruptive to co-workers or may cause minor inefficiency. Costs due to errors are minimal.

Contacts - LEVEL B: The purpose of the contact is to plan, coordinate and advise on work efforts, interpret guidelines or instructions, elicit opinions or give guidance on the basis of facts to resolve common issues or problems when the information is not sensitive in nature or the individuals or groups are working toward mutual goals and have basically cooperative attitudes. Well developed communication skills are required.

Physical Demands - LEVEL C: The work requires moderate physical exertion.

Environmental Conditions - LEVEL C: The work environment involves hazards, risks or discomforts typical of working with or around machinery with exposed moving parts, irritant chemicals, heavy equipment or abusive or hostile clientele and patients. Exposure to disagreeable weather conditions and extreme levels of temperature, ventilation, lighting and sound are normal. Protective clothing or gear and specific safety standards or procedures may be required. Serious injury is possible.

Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL C: Typically involves limited supervisory responsibility which entails performing as a "first line supervisor" for a small number of employees. Supervision is not the primary responsibility of the job. Responsibility includes training, instructing, scheduling, and reviewing work and recommending hiring and disciplinary actions to a higher level of authority.

Distinguishing Features

Differs from the Safety and Security Officer series in which the work involves property protection and not exercise of statutory powers.

Differs from the Juvenile Corrections Specialist class series in which the work involves responsibility for developing program elements for staff and juvenile offenders.

Differs from the Corrections Officer II class in which the work involves full performance correctional work and functional supervision of lower level officers.

Differs from the Corrections Specialist II class in which the work is primarily supervisory.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Enforces all laws, rules and regulations of the Secretary of Corrections, department policies and unit orders pertaining to operation of the department.

Plans, organizes and directs the work of subordinate personnel; routinely provides on-the-job training and may serve as an instructor in a more formal training program.

Supervises, or is responsible for, the operation of an institution's control center; insures the efficiency of tower operations; verifies the security level of all inmates leaving the institution to determine need for escort; directs emergency communications activity to assure accurate response; makes random check of security posts by radio to assist shift commander in making rounds.

Supervises all security activities in a cellhouse of a major institution. Serves as a member of a unit team responsible for inmate rehabilitation programs. Advises Chief of Security and Unit Team Manager of any security problems that need correction.

Directs or is a member of a specialized investigation/intelligence team responsible for investigating incidents involving inmates, institutional personnel or other individuals on the premises; determines investigative procedures; obtains evidence by observation and interview; analyzes information and prepares summary reports.

Serves as officer in charge of institutional K-9 unit; is responsible for care and training of the institution's dogs; handles the unit dogs during operations; works with local law enforcement agencies providing canine assistance.

Supervises or handles specialized posts or units that have proven to be extremely critical to the safety and security of the inmates or staff of an institution.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, SKILLS AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Knowledge

Knowledge of Department of Corrections and institutional policies, procedures, administrative regulations and operational memoranda.

Knowledge of the Department of Corrections' inmate handbook.

Knowledge of basic inmate counseling techniques.

*Knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.

*Knowledge of the attitudes, problems, and behavior of individuals under restraint.

*Knowledge of the methods, procedures, and practices of controlling and supervising inmates confined to a corrections institution.

Knowledge of prison rules, regulations, and practices.

Abilities

*Ability to count accurately.

*Ability to perform simple addition and subtraction.

*Ability to observe and recall inmate behavior, surroundings and events.

*Ability to write clear and complete sentences.

*Ability to communicate effectively.

*Ability to operate security devices and equipment.

*Ability to read, understand and apply written instructions.

*Ability to interact with inmates and co-workers to establish and maintain an effective working relationship.

*Ability to operate simple communications equipment such as hand held radios, telephones, intercoms, etc.

Ability to explain and apply inmate rules, regulations and Departmental and Institutional policies and procedures.

*Ability to fire a handgun or rifle.

*Ability to supervise and control inmates individually and in groups.

*Ability to think and act quickly during an emergency.

*Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

Skills

*Capacity to remain alert over long periods of time.

*Capacity to remain calm during stressful situations.

*Capacity to physically restrain inmates.

Personal Characteristics

*Good physical condition, including the capacity to respond to emergencies quickly, to climb stairs, and to use physical force to subdue violent and resisting inmates.

*Necessary at Entry

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Must meet all minimum qualifications and necessary special requirements for CO I A; be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment; have two years of relevant experience in the field of corrections or in the detention of convicted offenders; and have successfully completed the Corrections Officer Training Program (COTP).   At the discretion of the agency, relevant college coursework or completion of corrections officer training in another jurisdiction may be substituted for some or all of the required COTP. .

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