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Correctional Rec Leader

Date Posted:  Jan 19, 2023
Requisition ID:  418689

Bunker Hill, IN, US, 46914

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At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About Miami Correctional Facility:
Miami Correctional Facility is located on the former Grissom Air Force Base, on the southeast corner of the Grissom Aeroplex, just south of Peru, Indiana, in Miami County.  This facility is classified as a medium/high maximum security correction facility, housing a maximum of 3,188 offenders.  At the DOC, we promote public safety by providing meaningful, effective opportunities for successful re-entry.  As the model of best correctional practices, we strive to return productive citizens to our communities and inspire a culture of accountability, integrity and professionalism. 


Salary Information:

This role starts at a base salary of $42,900.00

About the Job:

In this role as a Correctional Recreation Leader, you will be responsible for leading recreation programs for offenders at a correctional facility.  As with all employees of the Department of Correction, your first responsibility will be to ensure the safety and security of the facility.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Plan, organize, and conduct recreational activities for offenders including sports, crafts, or other related activities.
  • Work closely with education, theraputic, custody, and volunteers to ensure that recreation programs run in accordance with agency policies and procedures.
  • Act as a dispute resolver for all recreational acitivities.
  • Teach offenders new recreational acitivities as needed.
  • Design recreational programs that include components of leisure awareness, self awareness, decision-making, and social interaction.
  • Ensure that the safety and security of the facility is maintained during recreational activities.  

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What We're Looking For:

  • Must test negative on all drug screenings.
  • The ability to successfully complete all required training.
  • Broad knowledge of recreational acitivities to include sports, arts and crafts, dance, drama, music, and hobbies and collecting.
  • Specific knowledge in one (1) or more of the areas of sports, arts and crafts, dance, drama, music, and hobbies and collecting.
  • Working knowledge of community resources available.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • The ability to plan, organize and supervise extra-curricular activities for offenders.
  • The ability to maintain control of recreational equipment, tools and supplies.
  • The ability and the specialized knowledge to engage offenders in recreational activities at multiple levels.
  • Generalized knowledge of rules and laws that apply to specific sports and/or the ability research those rules or laws.
  • Working knowledge of basic street slang and security threat groups.
  • The ability to perform approved self defense techniques.
  • Working knowledge of offender manipulation techniques.
  • The ability to recognize and report signs of illness and inappropriate behavior.
  • The ability to work within a culturally diverse environment.
  • The ability to communicate effectively both oraly and in writing.
  • The ability to adhere to the Department of Correction's dress code and grooming standards.
  • The ability to respond appropriately to an emergency situation.
  • The ability to be a positive role model.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.
This role provides supervision for offenders and requires a high level of judgment and care.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans.
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave; 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; 
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Nearest Secondary Market: LaFayette