Juvenile Program Worker - Cook

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in South Portland, Maine, United States

Job Description

Juvenile Program Worker – Cook

South Portland , Maine , United States | Correctional Services | Full-time Apply by: June 20, 2024 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Be that influence of change in the lives of Maine’s justice-involved youth. A Juvenile Program Worker (JPW) at Long Creek Youth Development Center is more than a traditional Youth Correctional Officer role. The detained and committed juvenile residents of Long Creek are up to 21 years old, often with a history of trauma and concurrent mental health and substance use disorders, chronic behavioral issues, and/or aggression. We recruit moral, ethical, and dependable candidates as JPWs to be a role model, life coach, and a positive, supportive adult that can be missing in their lives. JPWs blend youth correctional officer and social worker responsibilities and provide direct supervision, safety, security, assistance, and accountability. If you enjoy a challenge, thrive in high-pressure situations, have confidence that you will make a difference, and want to join a team of like-minded professionals dedicated to the transformation and treatment of juvenile residents, read on to learn more.

As a Juvenile Program Worker – Cook, your work will involve preparing and serving approximately 180 meals per day. Responsibilities include monitoring security of assigned areas, instructing and training residents in kitchen sanitation and basic food preparation, serving food, and assisting the Correctional Cook Supervisor. This position will also cover juvenile program worker’s duties in the units when needed. To affect change in those in our care, a JPW is also a role model, life coach, and positive, supportive adult. A JPW truly can impact Maine’s justice-involved youth towards a better path.

Pay Grade: 16 $24.27 – $28.16 hourly(This rate includes $1/hr. institutional stipend)

No experience necessary. Paid training with State Certification provided.

Lateral credit considered for experience in working with adolescents or as a Correctional Officer.

+ Base pay with no experience: $24.27 per hour

+ Base pay with experience: up to $28.16 per hour

+ Volunteer Overtime Incentive Pay: A base of $45.41-$51.40 per overtime hour depending on experience. Earn more with shift and weekend differentials.

+ Annual range: $50,481.60-$58,572.80 when averaging 40-hours per week, not including shift differentials or Premium Overtime rate.

There will be a 3% across the board general salary increase effective June 30th, 2024

Minimum Requirements to Apply:

- At least 18-Years-Old.

- HS Diploma or Equivalent (HiSET, GED, etc.).

- Valid driver’s license to apply, Maine driver’s license upon hire.

- No serious criminal or extensive motor vehicle records. See Automatic Disqualifiers.

- Two (2) years’ experience in food preparation, serving and/or cleanup is required.

Work/Life Balance:

A base schedule of working 7 out of 14 days per pay periodADDS UP TO HALF OF THE YEAR OFF!

We are a 24/7/365 secured facility with 12-Hour shifts, Night, Weekend, and Shift Differentials, Premium Overtime Pay, and Merit and Longevity Increases. Day Shift – A two-week rotation includes a three-day weekend off every two weeks.

+ Week 1 Schedule: Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat

+ Week 2 Schedule: Sun, Wed, Thurs

Night Shift – A two-week workweek includes three consecutive days off each week and every other Saturday off:

+ 3 days on and 4 days off one week

+ 4 days on with 3 days off the next week

NO MANDATED OVERTIME ON YOUR SCHEDULED DAYS OFFunless in extremely rare, emergency cases. Volunteer Overtime incentive available to all certified Juvenile Program Workers to help reduce mandated overtime across staff(time-and-a-half hourly pay + differentials + additional $9/hr. volunteer incentive when on overtime).


We believe that compassion plays a vital role in the transformation process and seek candidates who are able to foster positive relationships with juvenile residents while maintaining appropriate boundaries. As a Juvenile Program Worker, you are responsible for ensuring the safety and security of all individuals under your care. This includes enforcing rules and regulations, monitoring juvenile resident behavior, utilizing crisis de-escalation techniques, and assisting residents in obtaining pro-social skills.

Responsibilities Include:

+ Be a mentor, act as a role model, and encourage positive pro-social change in juvenile residents.

+ Provide a safe and secure environment for adjudicated and detained youth.

+ Assist juvenile residents in meeting appropriate standards of behavior.

+ Ensure residents’ compliance with rules and regulations.

+ Communicate with and de-escalate juvenile residents exhibiting difficulty interacting within the milieu.

+ Promote a normalization culture within Long Creek’s total learning environment.

+ Supervise, guide, and motivate juvenile residents to maintain a safe and healthy environment.

+ Perform searches of living quarters and areas, buildings, and grounds to prevent possession of contraband.

+ Transport juvenile residents to court, appointments, and daily activities.

+ Observe and report individual and group interactions and resident participation in treatment programs.

+ Update logs, maintain detailed records, and share information to support the rehabilitation process.

+ Counsel, support, and advise residents regarding peer interactions, rules, and regulations, health and safety standards, and treatment strategies.

+ Utilize pro-social communication, de-escalation techniques, and skills obtained through training provided to maintain safety and security.

+ Evaluate the potential for negative interactions and respond with trauma-informed interventions and behavior management.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

To successfully perform the assigned work once hired, one must possess certain knowledge, skills, and abilities. These can be learned on the job and through the top-of-the-line education and training that is provided by Maine Department of Corrections. These include:

Knowledge of:

+ Adolescent development and behavior.

+ Methods of providing care, custody, and supervision of juvenile residents in our care.

+ Counseling techniques and modern security principles and practices.

+ Trauma informed care.

+ Restorative justice practices.

Ability to:

+ Model appropriate behavior, attitude, ethics, and morals.

+ Provide guidance and leadership to juveniles.

+ Communicate clearly and effectively in both verbal and in writing.

+ Maintain order and supervise juveniles, individually and in groups.

+ Assess adverse situations and act according to appropriate protocol.

+ Exercise independent judgment, discretion, and self-control.

+ Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

+ Observe and communicate situations and resident behavior in detail.

+ Prepare detailed reports of activities.

+ Understand and follow instructions, interpret, and enforce youth center rules.

Benefits Summary (further details below):

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

+ Health, Dental, Vision, and Life insurances.

+ 25-year MainePERS Retirement.

+ Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Sick leave.

+ 6 weeks of Paid Parental Leave for new parents.

+ 17 days of paid Military Leave for active-duty soldiers.

+ Employee Assistance Program offering free support on work/life, financial, legal, and confidential counseling matters.

+ Gym Membership Reimbursement up to $40 per month.

+ We are an eligible employer in the Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

+ Uniforms provided.

+ Free meals when service is during your shift.

+ Paid Education, Training, & State Certification

Successful JPWs come from all walks of life.Bring your desire and commitment to be a

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Job Posting: JC260921293

Posted On: Jun 07, 2024

Updated On: Jun 23, 2024

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