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SC Department of Public Safety Juvenile Specialist IV-Birchwood School in Richland County, South Carolina

Job Responsibilities

Under general supervision of the Unit Manager, assist in instructing and directing juveniles to assigned classrooms and programs as scheduled, ensuring paperwork accurate, completed and transfer to Central Institutionalized Operation Center. Physically respond appropriately to emergency situations. Participate physically and successfully complete the agency’s selected Behavioral Management training which includes the Primary Restraint and Take Down techniques and on-the-job functions but not limited to: Handcuffing (hands extended behind back), prone positions (flat on stomach and/or back), Kicks and Strike Motions, Joint Manipulations, bending at the waist and torque motions. Lifting hands above the head Lifting 50+ pound, repeated breathing (inhaling/exhaling) techniques for CPR/First Aid/AED. Kneel on knees (together and individually) unsupported. Work in extreme heat/cold/ humidity/inclement weather; safely operate a motor vehicle to include having a valid state issued driver’s license. Walk and/or stand extended periods of time, Sit in a desk chair for up to eight hours per day at least 5-7 days per week, Visually distinguish subjects at distances of up to 75 yards, Wear Protective Equipment in case of emergencies. Supervises, manages, leads, train and mentor all Juvenile Specialists assigned to the unit in a secure environment in the performance of duties to ensure the safety and security of all staff, juveniles, and state property. Ensure that proper staff coverage is maintained at all times. Respond to and handle situations of concern by maintaining the master line up; Monitors Birchwood High School to ensure compliance with safety, security, sanitation, and maintenance regulations. Maintains inventory of all security equipment to include but not limited to keys, vehicles, security devices, etc. Provides subordinate staff with policy and procedure interpretations. Supervises staff to ensure officers are complying with school standards of operation procedures. Responds to special requests from supervisors for information and/or action. Pay special attention to those juveniles having difficulty adjusting. Provides supervision to juveniles and officers, works to assist directly with crisis invention disputes among juveniles, assign specific duties to subordinate officers in the care, custody, supervision, protection and treatment of juveniles. Supervise and conduct checks of classrooms and buildings at all times relative to security, safety and ensure that juveniles well-being is being address. Ensure juveniles are in compliance and to ensure that officers are posted. Physical head count being conducted between movement. Supervises/ attends daily shift briefings to ensure proper communication/ teamwork for all staff on all shifts at assigned to the facility. Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum and Additional Requirements

State Requirements: A high school diploma and experience in correctional, security or police work.

Agency Requirements_: _A high school diploma or GED and 30 months experience in correctional security, military, correctional police work or have combination of education and experience. Must be an officer in compliance with and certified under CLEE (Continuing Law Enforcement Education) within six (6) months of employment and must successfully pass all required exams and performance assessments.

Special Requirements: Some positions require completion of the Correctional Officer Basic Certification Course and completion of the Correctional Officer Supervisory Course or completion of both courses within the first six months after placement into the position. Incumbents may be required to fulfill all South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Board requirements for law enforcement certification. Some positions may require a commercial driver's license.

Note: If any Agency Requirements are listed above, applicants must also meet those requirements to be considered for the position. Salary may vary depending on experience and qualifications. Candidates must present documentation of their attainment of college degree(s) at the time of interview. Documentation must be either an official or unofficial copy of the college transcript or Letter of Verification of Degree from the institution's Registrar's Office. If the candidate selected for the position provided an unofficial copy, it must be replaced with an official copy on or before the HR processing date.

Preferred Qualifications

Prefer a bachelor’s degree in a social science field. Ability to meet and maintain certification by the Continuing Law Enforce Education (CLEE). Ability to learn state laws/institutional rules/regulations/requirements for the control of juveniles/Child Abuse Statutes: knowledge of purpose/methods/practices of secure facilities: ability to learn of various methods of instructing/handling/supervising juveniles in various activities: ability to exercise good judgment/initiative in a variety of situations: ability to establish/maintain satisfactory working relationships with juveniles/fellow employees/families/general public. General supervision: annually scheduled performance review. Individual works with minimum supervision, independence and discretion in all matters relating to juveniles and staff. Essential Position: Must perform restraints on juveniles without restrictions. Willing to work any shift and stay over if necessary. Work in locked quarters, be able to bend over, Lift 50+ lbs., must be mobile, no sedentary duties must be able to work around juveniles without restrictions. This position performs job duties to the custody control transportation or recapture of juveniles within the jurisdiction of the Department of Juveniles Justice. Training applicable to these duties will be provided.

The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice offers an exceptional benefits package for FTE positions that includes:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance for Employee, Spouse, and Children
  • 15 days annual (vacation) leave per year
  • 15 days sick leave per year
  • 13 paid holidays
  • State Retirement Plan and Deferred Compensation Programs
  • Employees with a Bachelor's degree will receive a 4% increase and those with a Master's degree will receive a 6% increase. SCDJJ Office of Human Resources (OHR) will process a salary increase for degrees obtained from an accredited college or university that are relevant to your current position.

Additional Comments

Applications are incomplete if you fail to answer all supplemental questions, education and work history. Incomplete applications are not referred to hiring managers. Applications are accepted until 5:00 p.m. on the stated closing date.

You will be asked to provide a certified transcript if selected for a position requiring a degree. A background investigation will be conducted that may include, but not limited to, criminal records, driver's license and child abuse registry prior to an offer of employment. Additionally, a medical examination and drug testing may be required. Please provide an explanation for any gaps in employment. A resume maybe attached with your application, but not substituted for completing the work history section of the application.

Salary: $27,527.00 - $50,930.00 Annually

Location: Richland County, SC

Job Type: FTE - Full-Time

Job Number: 109489

Closing: 4/28/2021 5:00 PM Eastern

Residency Requirement: No

Class Code: JC35

Position Number: 60031106(109489)

Normal Work Schedule: Other

Pay Band: Band 4

Hiring Range - Min.: $36,116.00

Opening Date: 01/28/2021

EEO Statement: Equal Opportunity Employer

Agency Specific Application Procedures: You must apply online at, and follow your application status online.

Normal Work Schedule (Other): Work hours vary. Work every other weekend. When school is out will assist with the units, programs, or other assigned duties.

Agency: State of South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice

Address: P O Box 21069 4900 Broad River Road, Building 2007 Columbia, South Carolina, 29221-1069

Phone: 803-896-5600