DEPARTMENT: Community Corrections
HIRING AUTHORITY: Community Corrections Director
F.L.S.A STATUS: Non-exempt; overtime pursuant to Human Resources policy
EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP: Just cause subject to probationary period
CURRENT HOURS AND STARTING TIME: Full-time (37.5 hours per week) position. The starting time for this position is currently 6:00 a.m., working Sunday - Thursday with the flexibility of working a hybrid remote/in office schedule.
Under direction, works directly with jail inmates, court personnel, jail corrections and program staff to identify inmates who may be appropriate for diversion to community-based alternatives as a condition of bond or as a condition of sentencing modifications. Assists in preparing and implementing recommendations to the courts for alternatives. Provides case management of offenders in community-based alternative programs. Assists with gathering and analyzing criminal justice data. Responsible for the enrollment and monitoring of community service participants.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Conducts non-observed, face to face interviews and/or assessments with inmates within a confined jail setting.
Collaborates with jail, community professionals, and program staff in order to exchange ideas, information and opinions to arrive jointly at conclusions regarding program recommendations.
Analyzes data and verifies background information of inmates.
Identifies mental health issues that are coordinated with the Mental Health Division.
Coordinates sequences of events related to community placement of offenders within specified time constraints.
Assists, prepares and implements recommendations to the courts for alternatives to incarceration, if appropriate.
Provides case management of offenders in community-based alternative programs.
Identification of and communication with community service sites, monitors participants and notifies the courts and probation of progress.
Performs related duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience
- Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Criminal Justice or a related field from an accredited college or university
- Two (2) years of experience with human or community service delivery systems
Preferred Education and Experience
- Previous experience working in a correctional setting
Required Licenses or Certifications
- Possession of a valid Michigan driver’s license and operable, insured automobile for authorized travel
COMPETENCIES FOR SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE OF JOB DUTIES
- Community and human service agencies and services provided
- Basic concepts of human behavior, specifically related to substance use and criminality
- Job related software including Microsoft Office and other computer programs
- Legal terminology and court procedures
- Interpersonal skills necessary to develop and maintain effective and appropriate working relationships
- Performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature
- Communicating with clients, probation officers, judges and other court personnel
- Assigning, prioritizing, monitoring, and reviewing work assignments
- Review information from multiple sources and succinctly condense into report format for court use
- Read and understand disposition from the court
- De-escalate and defuse difficult situations
- Work in an environment which embraces the county’s Dignity Campaign
- Effectively speak, write and understand the English language
- Effectively speak, write and understand a language other than English is preferred
- Understand and carry out oral and/or written instructions
- Accurately organize and maintain paper documents and electronic files
- Maintain the confidentiality of information and professional boundaries
- Work independently