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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2171 - EO Juvenile Detention Officer

Job Description


Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in supervising, counseling and taking care of the physical and emotional needs of residents in the County Youth Detention Home; performs related work as required.

Employees in this class perform responsible professional social service work with behaviorally maladjusted adolescents in a secure residential setting. The primary responsibility is to supervise and control the residents' behavior so that they are not a danger to themselves or others, and to work with residents in therapeutic ways which make detention a positive experience for behavior change.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Maintains the physical security of the Youth Home
• Ensures the safety of the residents and that they remain in secure custody
• Manages residents' behavior by supervising wake-ups, personal hygiene and grooming, meals, showers, bedtimes
• Distributes medication under direction of a physician or Registered Nurse
• Oversees the emotional needs of residents by humane personal interaction, individual counseling, group counseling, guidance and assistance in handling stress and behavior problems
• Assists residents with their school work and provides individual tutoring
• Conducts physical education classes and arts and crafts programs
• Screens police intake phone calls and makes the decision regarding detention or alternative placement
• Processes residents into the Youth Home
• Performs intake interview to obtain information for case files
• Performs orientation with resident
• Releases residents from Youth Home with the accompanying return of personal property and completion of necessary forms and getting signatures
• Maintains a daily log of Youth Home events
• Processes and records information from Court Orders regarding residents
• Transports residents to and from and supervises them while at Court
• Attends shift, staff and resident staffing meetings; supervises residents
• Visits with their families and deals with parents with regard to issues they might have with their children and/or Youth Home policies and procedures
• Handles/screens all emergency phone calls for Probation Officers during non-business hours
• Prepares behavior diagnostic reports on residents upon request
• Confers with and provides diagnostic information to other professionals, such as probation officers, case workers, attorneys, psychologists, psychiatrists regarding residents' behavior patterns.
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Professional methods of handling socially maladjusted and emotionally disturbed children
• Dynamics of normal and abnormal adolescent behavior
• Sound security measures
• Criminal justice system as related to juveniles and detention
• Family dynamics and systems
• Child and adolescent development
• Learning theories and patterns
• Individual and group counseling.
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Applying professional methods of handling socially maladjusted and emotionally disturbed children
• Observing, diagnosing, and recording behavior patterns of individuals
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a Bachelor's degree in the Behavioral Sciences or related field or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

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

Light Work: Requires the ability to up to 10 pounds frequently and up to 20 pounds occasionally. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to maintain visual contact and alertness with video monitoring equipment and slight movement by personnel in containment and access areas.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work will occur in the field environment and regularly include working in a potentially hazardous work station in close proximity to jailed or restrained criminals.