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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2172 - EO Senior 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.

An employee in this class is responsible for performing professional social service work with behaviorally maladjusted adolescents in a secure residential setting. Work assignments include coordinating and evaluating programs and services provided to the residents, assuming the lead with more challenging cases and acting as the lead officer in training new staff. General supervision is received from the Detention Officer Supervisor.

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.

• Recommends hires and promotions, directs, evaluates and appeals of employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Participates in the development and implementation of individualized programming for youths; assumes lead responsibilities with more challenging or difficult youth cases
• Functions as a parent communication liaison regarding a resident’s stay in detention or placement in home detention
• Provides information to juveniles related to their detention
• Assists with questions regarding program guidelines
• Prepares applicable reports as required
• Functions as the lead training officer for new staff
• Interns and volunteers
• Acts as the shift coordinator in the absence of a Supervisor
• Completes cross training in both detention and home detention programs
• Conducts facility tours
• Performs the duties of the Juvenile Detention Officer
• 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:
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Professional methods of handling socially maladjusted and emotionally disturbed children
• The dynamics of normal and abnormal child and adolescent behavior and development
• The criminal justice system as related to juveniles and detention
• Family dynamics and systems
• Learning theories and patterns
• Individual and group counseling
• Sound security measures
• Leadership principles

Skill in:
• 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
• Applying professional methods of handling socially maladjusted and emotionally disturbed children
• Observing, diagnosing, and recording behavior patterns of individuals
• Dealing effectively with others
• Verbal and/or written communication
• Training new staff and interns on programs and procedures; considerable skill in coordinating the work of volunteers.

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 and two years of experience working within a Juvenile Detention Facility 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.