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Paralegal, Correctional Officer/Control Room Operators and Part-Time positions with Minnehaha County

Minnehaha County Sioux Falls Full-Time/Part-Time
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PARALEGAL

All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2019.

SALARY: $21.92 - $23.60/Hour

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office invites applications for a URL blocked - click to apply to perform paraprofessional legal and administrative support work and assist in the preparation of cases for civil hearings, trials, and appeals. Responsibilities include collecting and reviewing evidence, reports, and records, preparing legal documents; interviewing clients and witnesses; performing legal research; and advocating, referring, and coordinating services for clients within and outside the criminal justice system.

***Please attach a cover letter to the online application that details your qualifications and interest in the position.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES INCLUDE:

Assist lawyers with criminal, administrative, and county matters by collecting evidence, obtaining and reviewing reports and records, taking photographs of evidence, reviewing and analyzing audio and visual evidence, scheduling and attending evidence viewings, preparing evidence for courtroom presentation, investigating, performing legal research, maintaining database of investigation results, and assisting in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of cases. Communicate and correspond with clients and their family members; locate witnesses; interview clients, witnesses, law enforcement, and alleged victims; prepare clients for legal proceedings; and schedule witnesses for appearances during legal proceedings. Draft, review, and route legal documents including criminal orders, grand jury requests, furlough requests, releases for treatment, and electronic monitoring, and prepare and serve subpoenas. Attend legal proceedings; testify; prepare jury questionnaires; review jury lists to screen for prospective jurors; and assist in voir dire. Advocate, refer, and coordinate services for clients and their families within and outside the criminal justice system including treatment programs, court ordered classes, counseling, and social services; monitor client progress in the treatment process.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Successful completion of a two-year program in paralegal or legal assistant studies. Comparable combination of education and experience may be considered. Possession of a valid driver's license and must maintain a safe driving record with Minnehaha County. Must successfully complete pre-employment background process. Knowledge of legal research and investigation techniques and procedures. Ability to organize and implement procedures. Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, co-workers, other agencies, and the public. Ability to maintain a professional appearance and demeanor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Associate's degree, or higher, in paralegal studies. Bilingual abilities a plus. Education or experience working with clientele with complex life situations, social work, mental health, or chemical dependency. 

CORRECTIONAL OFFICER

All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on October 30, 2019.

SALARY: $19.47 - $20.96/Hour

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office invites applications for URL blocked - click to apply to fill female and male posts maintaining safety and security within the county's correctional facility.

Previous experience is not required!

New officers will learn effective communication and de-escalation skills to manage inmate behavior for more than 400 inmates within the County's Jail. Our training program is facilitated by experienced trainers who teach first aid, report writing, crisis intervention, defensive tactics, investigation, problem solving, and other critical skills used by corrections and law enforcement professionals. 

**Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will receive an email to schedule for an interview.**

We offer you:

•             Full-time pay/hours by working only 15 shifts a month

•             Fri/Sat/Sun off every other week

•             Regularly scheduled opportunities for pay raises

•             12-hour shifts including overnights, weekends, and holidays

•             Overtime opportunities

•             Career advancement potential

•             Paid classroom and on-the-job training

•             County benefits including health, dental, life, and vision insurance; generous PTO program; extended sick leave program; retirement plan; and a deferred compensation plan.

The 2020 hiring range is $19.47/hr - $20.96/hr with a full earning potential up to $28.20/hr.

This recruitment may also be used to staff Correctional Systems Operator positions at a lower pay grade.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES INCLUDE:

Perform inmate head counts, cell checks, and searches. Monitor, log, and supervise inmate movement, recreation, visitations, cleaning, laundry, and security checks. Receive and release inmates by completing paperwork, fingerprinting, photographing, data entry, and conducting checks for outstanding warrants, protection orders, etc. Log and manage inmate property, money, and supplies. Exercise appropriate use of force and self-defense tactics to restrain disorderly inmates and deescalate volatile situations. Operate and maintain radios, telephones, and other communication equipment. Operate doors and intercoms and perform security checks of the perimeter, buildings, and grounds. Answer phones and assist callers with questions and concerns. Answer inmate questions and concerns and assist inmates with paperwork as necessary. Prepare and complete reports.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

High school diploma or GED and one year of relevant work experience. Comparable combination of education and work experience may be considered. Must pass a written examination. Must possess a valid driver's license and maintain a safe driving record with Minnehaha County. Must successfully complete pre-employment background process. Ability to make appropriate decisions quickly and with tact and impartiality. Ability to learn and apply the policies and procedures of law enforcement operations. Must maintain ability to be a credible witness in court. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the public. Ability to maintain a professional appearance and demeanor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Though not required to be considered for a position, an associate's or bachelor's degree in criminal justice or a related field is preferred. Experience working in corrections. Knowledge of legal terminology. 


CONTROL ROOM OPERATOR

All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on October 30, 2019.

SALARY: $16.79 - $18.07/Hour

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office invites applications for the position of URL blocked - click to apply. Our Control Room Operators serve as an integral part of the correctional team working together with Correctional Officers in the jail including the control room, front desk, and the housing units. No prior experience is required to be a Control Room Operator; all training is provided. This position can be an excellent kick start to a career in corrections and law enforcement!

The Minnehaha County Jail offers a rewarding career in corrections including:

•             Full-time pay/benefits by working only 15 days a month

•             Fri/Sat/Sun off every other week

•             12-hour shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays

•             Comprehensive, paid classroom and on-the-job training

•             Overtime opportunities

•             Health, dental, vision, and life insurance; generous PTO and extended sick leave programs; SDRS retirement plan; a flexible compensation plan; and a deferred compensation plan

The 2020 hiring range is $16.79/hr - $18.07/hr with a full earning potential up to $24.31/hr. 

This position is classified as a Correctional Systems Operator.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES INCLUDE:

Operate electronic surveillance equipment to maintain security and control of inmate and staff movement and interaction throughout the Jail. Positively identify all persons entering and leaving public areas and housing units and tracks intended destination. Monitor and direct response for all security, life safety, and communications systems including telephone and radios. Assist the public over the phone and in person with questions and concerns. Confirm and serve warrants. Conduct National Crime Information Center (NCIC) checks on visitors. Schedule clergy and attorney visits. Perform searches on incoming persons or property including metal detector searches. Process money and property received on inmate's behalf, including bond and commissary funds. Set up and log video visitations. Enter data into daily jail blotter. Prepare and complete reports. Function as Key Control Officer maintaining security of and accounting for all keys, radios, passes, and equipment in assigned area. Ensure equipment and supplies are maintained and functional. Provide daily meal count. Monitor all housing, program, and staging areas. Monitor and document inmate behaviors to facilitate on-going inmate classification.  Monitor recreation and exercise area use.  Log and search inmate mail. Conduct and maintain weekly inventory of all supplies used by the Jail staff and inmates.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

High school diploma or GED plus one year of work experience, including accurate and rapid operation of PC based computer system. Must successfully complete pre-employment background process. Ability to multitask and perform detail oriented responsibilities. Must maintain ability to be a credible witness in court. Ability to learn and apply the policies and procedures of law enforcement operations. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and to establish effective working relationships with co-workers, other agencies, and the public. Ability to maintain professional appearance and demeanor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Though not required to be considered for this position, an associate's or bachelor's degree in criminal justice or a related field is preferred. Experience working in corrections. Knowledge of legal terminology.





PART-TIME SAFE HOME PROGRAM WORKER


All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the date the position closes.

SALARY: $14.85 - $15.85/Hour OPENING DATE: 9/6/19 CLOSING DATE: Continuous

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The Minnehaha County Human Services department invites applications for part-time URL blocked - click to apply to provide program support for residents and staff. This is a part-time position with varied hours but primarily overnight (midnight to 8am), evening, weekend, and holiday hours to provide coverage in a 24/7 operation.

This posting will remain open until filled and review of applications begins on September 20, 2019.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES INCLUDE:

Manage the front desk area of Safe Home by answering the telephone, identifying and admitting residents and guests, providing security, and checking residents, guests, and outside property for contraband. Assist guests, coordinate with outside vendors, and operate and monitor the facility's camera and video equipment. Identify emergency situations and call for assistance and/or emergency services as needed. Assist the cafeteria by ensuring meals are prepared timely and maintain dining room cleanliness, organization, inventory, and supplies. Complete cleaning duties as directed for both residential and public areas. Enforce compliance to rules and guidelines for residents to support their case management. Supervise and support residents in the performance of their building maintenance duties. Manage the identification process by making badges for residents and staff. Provide documentation on relevant incidents and resident issues as needed. Activate and deactivate the badges appropriately. Address building maintenance issues by contacting appropriate personnel for laundry machines, coffee pots, TVs, heating and cooling, elevators, etc. Resolve emergency issues and communicate repair and cleaning needs accordingly.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

High school diploma or GED plus general office, security work, or related education and experience. Comparable combination of education and experience may be considered. Experience working successfully with difficult people and situations. Must be a minimum of age 21 at the time of hiring. Must successfully complete pre-employment background process. Ability to quickly and efficiently resolve issues while diffusing angry and intoxicated people. Strong problem-solving and multi-tasking abilities. Ability to operate a computer with working knowledge of frequently used computer programs. Demonstrate team participation and embrace a work place philosophy that enriches staff's ability to reach goals, and provide a high level of customer service. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, other agencies, and the public. Ability to maintain professional appearance and demeanor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Post-secondary education. Experience working in a similar environment and working with chemically dependent and homeless individuals.






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