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Correctional Officer - Adult Correctional Facility

OPENING DATE: 01/04/21
CLOSING DATE: 01/15/21 11:59 PM Central Time

JOB TYPE: Full-time

LOCATION: Plymouth, MN, Minnesota
DEPARTMENT: Community Corrections and Rehabilitation
The Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCCR) seeks Correctional Officers at the Adult Corrections Facility (ACF) to promote public safety and provide for victim restoration by holding offenders accountable and providing opportunities for change through assessment and supervision. The ACF is a confinement center for adult offenders committed by the courts to serve a maximum sentence of one year.
Location and hours:
This position is located at the Adult Corrections Facility at 1145 Shenandoah Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55447. There is no public transportation to this facility. Candidates must be available to work various shifts, which includes day, evening, overnight, holiday, and weekend hours. Anyone indicating limited availability will not be considered. 
This position is subject to 12-hour, 10-hour, and 8-hour shifts. 
  • The 12-hour shifts include 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., and 6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
  • The 10-hour shifts include: 6 a.m. - 4 p.m., 8 p.m. - 6 a.m.
  • The 8-hour shifts include 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. 
A shift differential of $1.00 per hour will be paid for nights and weekends. Meals are provided and a uniform allowance is given for qualifying positions.

About this position:
This posting will be used to hire various full-time, part-time, regular, and limited-duration positions.

Approximate hiring timeline:
  • Screening starts January 19
  • Virtual interviews week of January 25
  • Conditional offers early February
  • Background checks in February
  • Start date in mid-March
In this position, you will:
  • Maintain a safe institution for staff and residents by building relationships, employing de-escalation techniques, using verbal commands, and using physical and mechanical restraints when necessary.
  • Enforce Minnesota laws, American Correctional Association (A.C.A.) standards, and Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards relating to the confinement of prisoners, security regulations, rules of conduct, and work rules.
  • Search residents and inspect cells, recreation areas, work locations, and other activity areas for unauthorized objects or materials.
  • Respond to and manage emergency or crisis situations using communication skills to resolve volatile situations.
  • Observe behavior of residents and utilize behavioral management techniques/skills to assist residents in self-management of their behavior, and report observations of unusual behaviors to medical or social service personnel.
  • Escort individuals and groups of residents to work and other activities, supervise and instruct residents in work crew activities and the operation of equipment (i.e., laundry, kitchen, industrial production, stockroom, cleaning, and grounds maintenance equipment), and participate in work crew activities as needed.
  • Write reports (e.g. disciplinary reports, incident reports) and maintain records (i.e. records of residents' funds and personal property).

Need to have:
  • One of the following:
  • Two years or more (90 quarter/60 semester credits) of college or vocational/technical coursework in corrections, law enforcement, or a related criminal justice or behavioral/social science field.
  • Two years or more of experience in corrections, law enforcement, or criminal justice.
  • Active military duty with an honorable discharge.
  • Note: Completion of an Evidence-Based Practice Corrections Professional Certificate from an approved school may be substituted for one year of relevant coursework or experience.
  • A valid driver's license.
  • Ability to stand, stoop, bend, reach, run, and walk both inside and outside.

Nice to have:
  • Experience:
  • As an intern, volunteer, and/or work in a correctional institution and/or similar environment where individuals are secured in a facility/area for a period of time.
  • Working under stressful conditions and having contact with aggressive and/or confrontational individuals.
  • Supervising, training, and/or directing individuals who are secured in a facility/area for a period of time.
  • Using de-escalation techniques at work.
  • Understanding of human relations and of bias and the impact of such to promote handling situations equitably and with a high level of respect.
  • Ability to:
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Interpret and enforce rules and regulations.
  • Manage difficult situations with a diverse population with a high level of objectivity, minimizing the impact of personal implicit bias.
  • Identify suspicious behaviors/activities and taking appropriate actions.
About the department:
The Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation's mission is to promote community safety, community restoration, and reduce the risk of re-offense. The department runs institutions, a treatment center, adult and juvenile probation, supervised release, provides mediation in parenting custody disputes, and administers alternative sentencing programs. It is the largest community corrections organization in Minnesota. On any given day, Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation employees collaborate with their criminal justice partners, dozens of community-based organizations, and a dedicated group of volunteers and interns, to supervise and deliver sustainable correctional services to approximately 26,000 adult and juvenile clients. The department's strategic goals for 2019 and 2020 are the following:
  • Reduce racial disparities within our practices
  • Sustain foundational evidence-based practices and expand upon them to address clients' overall well-being
  • Build equity into our workforce and support workforce needs
  • Increase the community's input and influence in our practices

About Hennepin County: 
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.
Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at
Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
Your future. Made here.

This posting may be used to fill current and future full-time, part-time, permanent, BFOQ and limited duration (temporary) Correctional Officer vacancies at the Adult Corrections Facility (ACF).
This position is internally classified as a Correctional Officer.
Click here to view the job classification specification.

Under facility licensing requirements, positions at the County Home School and/or Juvenile Detention Center are required to undergo a Department of Human Services Background Study (MS 245C.13). Convictions for certain crimes will have an effect on your ability to be hired according to the disqualification schedule listed in Minnesota Statute 245C.15. Individuals convicted for any level of Criminal Sexual Conduct are disqualified from being hired into any position within the DOCCR under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Other past involvement with the criminal court system will not automatically disqualify you from working at the DOCCR; individual circumstances are reviewed and evaluated confidentially. If you do not know your exact conviction information, you can refer to your sentencing order or contact the county where you were convicted.

Invitations to interview will be based on an assessment of education and experience. Job offer will be contingent on passing a pre-employment physical, drug test, employment history/reference check, criminal background check including fingerprinting, and driver's license check prior to employment.