Correctional Juvenile Acuity Specialist Employment Register

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

Job Description

Correctional Juvenile Acuity Specialist Employment Register

South Portland , Maine , United States | *Corrections- Employment Registers | Full-time Apply by: Aug. 25, 2022 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Job Class Code: 4117

Grade: 19

Salary: $22.70-$28.50

Open: August 11, 2022

Close: August 25, 2022


The Bureau of Human Resources is accepting applications to establish an employment register to fill a vacancy for a Correctional Juvenile Acuity Specialist. This position will work for the Department of Corrections, at the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, ME.

This register is being established to fill current vacancies only and will be open to current DOC employees as well as outside candidates.


This is investigative and protective services work involving the custody, security, treatment, rehabilitation, reentry, and emergency response to individuals who are housed in a minimum security and community custody setting. Work includes assessing risks and needs, advising/mentoring, as well as monitoring resident behavior. Directing and overseeing activities, crafting behavior modifications that reinforce long term behavior change. Preparing behavior and incident reports, participating in the development and implementation of treatment strategies and release planning, along with integrating daily activities with treatment reentry goals, recommending and/or implementing actions or interventions to enhance dynamic security practices. Providing technical support services to both correctional and case work staff in the application of daily unit and goal-oriented activities. Work is performed under limited supervision.

REPRESENTATIVE TASKS (A position may not be assigned all the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all the duties that may be assigned.)

+ Observes, monitors, controls, evaluates, and communicates directly with residents and are involved in activities with the residents that enhance communication between staff and the population and model prosocial interactions.

+ Intervenes when maladaptive antisocial behaviors are noticed and use reinforcements to incentivize the use of skills and techniques learned as part of the resident’s case planning.

+ Evaluates potential problems as well as emergency situations and takes corrective action in order to create a dynamically secure environment.

+ Participates in resident team meetings with both facility and community partners, in order to facilitate communication between the resident and the unit team, and to offer recommendations related to effective and successful resident reentry.

+ Serves as a fully participating, voting member of the unit treatment team, and makes recommendations regarding transfers, classification status, and job assignments in order to assist in the reentry process and ensure effectiveness of unit operations and individual case planning needs and resident success.

+ Responds to requests for guidance and/or mentorship from residents who might be struggling with situations in the milieu or in the community and work in tandem to help navigate solutions that decrease and anxiety amongst the resident.

+ Implement unit and individual programs and activities that promote healthy and prosocial reentry that also emphasizes strong boundaries and communication skills.

+ Provides functional supervision and instruction to staff in order to ensure consistent application of appropriate methods and techniques of skill and growth reinforcement.

+ Confers with other multi-disciplinary team members in order to provide information and make recommendations to develop and update case plan and reentry needs.

+ Trains and mentors’ other staff in specific unit norms, reentry needs of clients, dynamic security practices and techniques along with unit population and staff expectations.

+ Proposes changes to policies and procedures in order to improve the outcomes for the residents.

+ Participates in unit searches to secure contraband and reduce or eliminate threat of escalated resident behavior.


+ Knowledge of applicable laws, rules, policies, and procedures.

+ Knowledge of offender, motivation, and psychology.

+ Knowledge of problems associated with institutional life.

+ Knowledge of evidenced-based principles and practices.

+ Knowledge of trauma informed practices and the effect of trauma on the resident population.

+ Knowledge of motivational reviewing techniques.

+ Knowledge of resident needs and risks and the assessment tool used.

+ Knowledge of legal requirements and procedures related to the chain of custody of evidence, evidence recognition, and evidence preservation.

+ Knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s)

+ Knowledge of mental illness symptoms, treatments, and effects on functional ability.

+ Knowledge of resident rehabilitation and treatment programs.

+ Knowledge of mental health community support systems.

+ Knowledge of Reentry and community needs.

+ Knowledge of interpersonal and family dynamics as they affect the behavior of families of and individuals experiencing mental illness.

+ Ability to utilize standard desk-top computer and applicable technology.

+ Ability to interpret and enforce correctional rules, regulations, policies, practices, and procedures.

+ Ability to make decisions and act quickly in emergency and dangerous situations.

+ Ability to perform various strenuous duties such as climbing stairs and/or escorting unruly residents.

+ Ability to obtain, analyze, and interpret resident information and to collaborate with others to implement short-term treatment plans.

+ Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work.

+ Ability to review and advise juvenile residents based on individual circumstances.

+ Ability to respond effectively and appropriately in and to crisis situations.

+ Ability to establish, coordinate, and maintain effective working relationships.

+ Ability to model appropriate behavior, attitude, ethics, and morals.

+ Ability to observe changes in residents’ behavior.

+ Ability to acquire and retain all necessary certifications.

+ Ability to work independently.

+ Ability to identify safety hazards, evaluate threats, and take corrective action in compliance with applicable laws, rules, policies, procedures, and standards.

+ Ability to restrain residents using non-abusive restraint methods.

+ Ability to communicate effectively.

+ Ability to write clearly and effectively.


In order to qualify, you must have four (4) years of education and/or experience which would provide knowledge and abilities in the treatment of individuals with mental illness, or developmental disabilities and/or behavioral intervention in a correctional setting.


Certification of completion of the 80-hour Basic Corrections Training Course.

Certification of completion of Mechanics of Effective Restraint Control (MERC)


The information you provide with your application will be compared to criteria developed by experts who are familiar with this job and its requirements and converted to a numerical score. If you have met the minimum qualifications, you will be placed on a register with the Bureau of Human Resources.

Certification to Vacancies

Eligibility lists for each classification are comprised of applicants who have successfully completed all phases of the examination process.

When a request to fill a vacancy is received, the names of the top six candidates (more if there are tie scores) are sent to the hiring agency. Normal order of referral is:

+ Employees on lay-off status from Maine State Government

+ Current employees of the hiring agency

+ Current Maine State Emp

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Job Posting: JC221075493

Posted On: Aug 13, 2022

Updated On: Aug 29, 2022