- Application Requirements
NO PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST DATE HAS BEEN SET AT THIS TIME. APPLICATIONS WILL REMAIN "UNDER REVIEW" UNTIL THE NEXT AGILITY TEST IS SCHEDULED.
PLEASE CONTACT SHERRY CHRISTMAN AT 610-829-6382 OR SCHRISTMAN@NORTHAMPTONCOUNTY.ORG WITH QUESTIONS.
Northampton County's Department of Corrections is recruiting Corrections Officers!
As a prerequisite for employment, appointees will be required to pass all of the following:
The following post-offer, pre-employment tests are also required:
- Physical Agility Test - see details below
- REACT Corrections Officer Video Test - see details below
- Oral Interview
- Background Investigation (including criminal history check, child abuse clearance, credit check, and motor vehicle driving record check)
- Medical Examination (including a drug screen)
- Psychological Examination
- Successful completion of the Corrections Officer Academy training within the time period prescribed and successful completion of one year probationary period
- Firearm certification
- Oleoresin Capsicum Spray certification
After applications are reviewed, eligible applicants will be invited to participate in the Physical Agility Test, which consists of the following:
PHASE I - To be completed within ninety (90) seconds:
You will receive a sixty (60) second break.
- Stair Climb/Respond to Assist Call: You will run a moderate distance and proceed to complete three (3) cycles of climbing and descending of stairs, being sure to hit each step. After the third cycle, you will negotiate a three (3) foot "over-under" obstacle and low crawl through an eight (8) foot length. Advance to "Ladder Drill".
- Ladder Drill: You will negotiate ladder spaces positioned in two (2) parallel rows. You must high-step and plant your foot in the center of each ladder space while maintaining footing and balance. You will be required to start the Ladder Drill over if your foot touches the ladder or if you skip any ladder spaces. Advance to "Mannequin Drag".
- Mannequin Drag: A mannequin weighing one hundred and sixty-five (165) pounds will be positioned. You must drag the mannequin for a distance of fifty (50) feet.
PHASE II -To be completed within sixty (60) seconds:
You will receive a sixty (60) second break.
- Unconscious Victim Support: You must elevate a hanging heavy bag, weighing one hundred (100) pounds, continuously for sixty (60) seconds. The chain from which the bag is hanging must remain free of tension for the entire sixty (60) seconds.
PHASE III -To be completed within one hundred and twenty (120) seconds:
- Suicides (Relay): You must sprint from the designated starting point to the marked lines, returning to the starting point between each sprint. After your final return to the starting point, you will advance to the "push-ups"
- Push-Ups: MALES - must complete a minimum of twenty (20) standard push-ups with hands placed slightly wider than shoulders, legs straight behind you, and the balls of your feet on the mat. FEMALES - must complete a minimum of twelve (12) modified push-ups with hands placed slightly wider than shoulders, knees on the mat with feet remaining elevated. ALL - back and body must remain straight as you lower yourself, bending elbows to an angle of at least ninety ( 90) degrees, and then rising back up to the starting position. You may rest if needed, as long as you finish within the designated timeframe.
Candidates who pass the agility test will continue in the selection process. These candidates will receive email notification to schedule the REACT Video Test, which takes up to three hours and consists of the following:
- Human Relations Video Test
- Counting Test
- Reading Test
- Report Writing Test
Candidates who pass the test will receive an email notifying them of their ranking on the eligibility list and will be contacted by the Prison Administration regarding the next step in the recruitment process. Candidates who do not pass the test will receive an email notification as well. Test results will not be available by phone.
- Job Description
- GENERAL PURPOSE
The Corrections Officer is responsible for maintaining order and securing inmates in the county jail.
This position reports directly to a Corrections Supervisor (Lieutenant) and/or other higher level supervisory officer as designated.
This position is not responsible for the supervision of other employees.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES OF THE POSITION
When necessary, it is required that Corrections Officers be able to work in excess of eight (8) hours at one time and without restrictions and be able to perform the duties and responsibilities at 100% of capacity in order to be fit for duty.
Processes incoming inmates.
Conducts searches within the facility and searches inmates' cells in accordance with established policies, regulations, and/or procedures.
Transports inmates as necessary.
Monitors inmate activities, including both supervision and interaction with inmates.
Coordinates daily activities of inmates.
Makes required rounds to check safety and welfare of inmates.
Processes paperwork, completing required reports and forms on a daily basis, such as incidents of misbehavior or violation of rules.
Interacts with the public via telephone or face to face and coordinates activities with outside agencies and internal county personnel.
Enters information into the jail's computer system.
Reviews and interprets Court orders, remands and releases.
Observes inmates to detect violations of jail regulations or any unusual physical appearance or behavior of inmates.
Physically restrains inmates when necessary to prevent injuries to staff and other inmates and to maintain security.
Uses weapons, handcuffs, and minimum amount of physical force to maintain discipline and order among inmates in situations which necessitate.
Learns names and identification numbers and recognizes faces of problem inmates by observing and receiving information from other officers so that such persons can be closely observed; briefs officers on incoming shift as to unusual activities and inmate status.
On reporting to work, attends shift briefings and reads bulletins issued by the department or institution to keep abreast of changes in policies/regulations; receives work assignments.
Directs inmates in housekeeping duties in the cell block area such as sweeping/mopping of floors, making beds, and dusting/vacuuming to maintain sanitary conditions.
Other job duties as necessary. Performs related work as may be required.
*An employee assigned to this title shall perform a majority, but may not perform all, of the duties listed in this job description. Conversely, minor level duties performed on the job may not be listed. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE - Completion of a high school, or general equivalency, diploma; AND
Corrections Officers are required to possess a valid driver's license and maintain a clean driving record; AND
Preferred age requirement is twenty-one (21) years of age. We will consider applicants between eighteen (18) and twenty (20) years of age based on maturity and documented work experience, education and/or military experience.
MEDICAL EXAMINATION – a post offer medical examination, including a urine drug screen, is a requirement for employment. Any medical or physical condition or defect which would cause the officer to be a hazard to himself, herself or others, or become aggravated as a result of the performance of these duties, will be cause for the offer to be rescinded.
Corrections Officers must pass a physical agility assessment test on an annual basis.
PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION - A post-offer psychological examination must be completed prior to hire. Failure to demonstrate sufficient capacity to perform duties of this position may be cause for the offer to be rescinded.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION - A post-offer criminal history check, child abuse clearance, credit check, and motor vehicle driving record check will be completed for all Corrections Officers candidates. Failure to successfully pass the background investigation will be cause for the offer to be rescinded.
Additionally, criminal history, child abuse clearance, and credit check will be completed for the purpose of compliance every five (5) years. Motor vehicle driving record checks will be completed on an annual basis.
ACADEMY TRAINING – All Corrections Officer candidates shall be required to successfully complete a training program within the time period prescribed by law and successfully complete a one (1) year probationary period.
FIREARM CERTIFICATION– A Corrections Officer's assignment requires carrying a firearm, and the officer must qualify upon hire as well as requalify annually to maintain his or her firearm certification.
OLEORESIN CAPSICUM (OC SPRAY) – A Corrections Officer's assignment requires carrying an OC spray, also known as pepper spray, and the officer must qualify upon hire as well as requalify annually to maintain certification.
ALL STAFF MUST CLEAR THE X-RAY MACHINE UPON ENTRANCE TO THE FACILITY AND ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH AT ANY TIME.
ALL MANDATORY TRAINING AS OUTLINED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS ADMINISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED AS AN ESSENTIAL FUNCTION OF THE JOB.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of procedures to perform inmate and institutional searches.
Knowledge of rules and regulations of the jail, as well as local, state and federal laws.
Knowledge of first aid treatment.
Knowledge of recreational activities utilized in an institutional setting.
Ability to cope with crisis situations.
Ability to react to emergency situations and use physical force necessary to defend oneself and others.
Ability to follow orders explicitly.
Ability to write concise/accurate reports/correspondence.
Ability to empathize with persons of different backgrounds.
Ability to communicate with inmates, co-workers and the public both verbally and in writing.
Ability to perform simple mathematic calculations, i.e. calendar dates for entry/release, count money and maintenance of inmate inventory.
Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems and/or equipment used by the agency, office, or related units.
Ability to operate and drive a motor vehicle.
Ability to qualify and use firearms properly.
Ability to use fingerprint machine, handcuffs and shackles/body belt.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Telephone, personal computer (including word processing and other specialized software), calculator, two-way radio, cell phone, fax machine, copy machine, communications equipment, fingerprint machine, firearms, OC spray, control panel for doors/keys, electronic charge devices (e.g. X26-Taser), handcuffs, shackles/body belt, and first aid equipment.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.
The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. The employee must be able to lift, pull, bend, or physically restrain a combative or injured inmate weighing 165 pounds or more. The employee is regularly required to carry supplies weighing up to 30 pounds while climbing or descending stairs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. May be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and/or blood/body fluids.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check as well as job related tests may be required.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
FLSA STATUS: FLSA NON-EXEMPT (ELIGIBLE FOR OVERTIME)
DESIGNATION: CAREER SERVICE
PAY GRADE: PR-1
UNION STATUS: AFSCME PRISON 2549
Updated January 2020
- Full-time employees of the County of Northampton are afforded a package of benefitswhich includes the following:
Vision and Prescription
I. Medical InsuranceCoverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents. Cost to the employee to participate in the plans varies by the coverage selection and number of dependents; and may be subject to collective bargaining, if a union member. The employee may also elect to opt out of the County's medical insurance if proof of coverage through the spouse's employer is provided. Under this arrangement, the employee is provided with an annual $1,500.00 opt out payment.
II. Vision and PrescriptionCoverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents. Copayments may vary, subject to collective bargaining, if a union member. Coverage under the vision plan varies and depends upon the employee's choice of doctor and frame selection.
III. Dental CoverageCoverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents. Copayments may vary, subject to collective bargaining, if a union member.
IV. Life InsuranceA life insurance policy is afforded to full-time employees beginning on the first day of employment, unless specified differently in a collective bargaining agreement. It remains in effect as long as the employee is actively employed and terminates upon resignation or retirement. $20,000 is afforded to all eligible employees.
V. RetirementAll full-time employees and part-time employees working more than 1000 hours per year qualify for County of Northampton retirement benefits, in which employees must contribute 5% of their earnings, and employees may choose to add additional voluntary contributions, not to exceed an additional 10%. Additionally, employees may participate in an optional deferred compensation plan [457(b)] which may provide present tax advantages and future retirement savings. Such arrangements are made directly with the providers and the County will administer payroll deductions only.
- 01Each applicant must complete this supplemental questionnaire as a part of the applicant screening and selection process. The information you provide will be reviewed and used to determine your eligibility to move forward in the selection process. Incomplete responses, false statements, omissions, or partial information may result in disqualification from the selection process. Do you agree to answer each supplemental question truthfully and that your responses can be verified from information included within the application?
02Do you have a High School Diploma or equivalent?
03Do you possess a valid and current motor vehicle operator's license?
04Are you at least twenty-one (21) years of age?
05New Corrections Officers will be assigned to a specific shift, according to availability. Are you willing to work any shift after training?
06Please describe your experience working with an incarcerated population.07Staffing levels must be maintained, even on weekends and holidays. Are you willing to work weekends and holidays?
08I acknowledge that I have read the requirements section of this job posting and understand that I will be required to successfully pass the Written Exam, Physical Agility Test, Oral Interview, Medical Examination, Psychological Examination, and Background Investigation steps involved in the recruitment process for this position. Questions regarding the hiring process should be directed to the Prison Administration.