Corrections Unit Case Manager - NCCW

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) employs nearly 2,300 team members operating 10 institutions, which house approximately 5,200 inmates, statewide. The department's focus includes inmate programming and education, physical and behavioral health care, re-entry services, and community programs, and is accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Candidates will model the NDCS Values of integrity, respect, compassion, growth, and excellence as we accomplish our mission, "Keep people safe."
Information about the Department can be found at: www.corrections.nebraska.gov. For more information call 402-362-8833. For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations, please contact ADA Coordinator Lisa Mathews at 402-479-5812, or lisa.mathews@nebraska.gov.
Examples of Work
Supervise and evaluate the attainment of staff work goals and to ensure safety and security by consistent application of policies, procedures, and guidelines. Confers with and counsels staff to exchange information and/or explain work policies, procedures, and guidelines and to identify work related problems and formulate possible solutions. Reviews and compares work performance of staff with established standards to determine production levels and training needs. Serve as a positive role model and provide leadership while training staff in the principles, practices, policies, and procedures of a unit case worker to maintain and/or improve the performance levels of employees in accordance with established work performance standards. Oversees the work activity to ensure appropriate sanitation levels, behavior, and conduct of inmates assigned to their respective housing units. Evaluates specific charges and facts and recommends appropriate corrective action by participating in disciplinary hearings to properly discipline inmates for noncompliance with established policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. Writes progress reports and release plan proposals to make recommendations and to maintain a case file on each inmate. Observe inmates in the housing unit area to detect abnormalities, problems, or unrest and to initiate corrective actions. Instructs inmates on the rules and regulations of the unit and expected behavior to orient new inmates to the prison environment and to develop a constructive rapport with them. Research inmates' backgrounds to establish a treatment file and to provide information for proper classification. Coordinates inmate treatment plans to ensure timely follow-up on programs enrolled in and proper referral to needed programs and diagnostic assessment including self betterment, chemical dependency, mental health, medical, academic and vocational, or special referrals. Counsel inmates, including crisis intervention, to assist them in adapting to the prison environment; solving problems; filing grievances; and planning for treatment changes, furloughs, and parole. Directs compliance with all administrative regulations, operational memorandums, post orders, State statutes, and agency policies and procedures to maintain prison order and effective prison operation.
Qualifications / Requirements
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, behavioral sciences, human services or related field and two years of corrections experience OR Associate's degree in criminal justice, behavioral sciences, human services or related field plus four years of corrections experience; OR six years of corrections experience. Must be at least 18 years of age. No felony or domestic abuse related convictions.
PREFERRED: Bilingual skills in English/Spanish are desired and assessed.
OTHER: Must have a valid driver's license. Transcripts required prior to appointment. Applicants accepting a job offer must pass the following pre-employment exams in this order: medical exam, and at a randomly announced time, pass a drug test. Once at the Staff Training Academy, must successfully complete the fully paid Nebraska Corrections Training Program.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the correctional organizational structure; administrative regulations; operational memorandums; unit policies and procedures; personnel administration; counseling techniques and procedures; programs and opportunities open to inmates; caseload management. Ability to effectively communicate with inmates, staff, and the public; exercise leadership and sound judgment; operate within established guidelines; plan, assign, and supervise the work of others; effectively counsel inmates; communicate with a wide range of people in various situations; write reports and make recommendations; observe inmates and detect problems or unrest; understand and apply instructions.

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