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Correctional Caseworker

Date Posted: 
Requisition ID:  35441

Edinburgh, IN, US, 46124

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


Salary Information:

This position traditionally hires at a salary of $26,702; however, pay may be commensurate with experience.

About the Job:

In this role as a Correctional Caseworker, you will be responsible for providing counseling and resource information to offenders at an adult Correctional Facility in the Indiana Department of Correction. As with all employees of the Department of Correction, the Caseworker’s first responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of the facility.


A Day in the Life:

In this role, you will:

  • Counsel offenders on issues such as job assignments, housing changes, institutional transfers, committee actions and other institutional procedures.
  • Evaluate offender and family counseling needs and provide the counseling services and/or make the proper referrals.
  • Contact institutional departments in order to answer offender questions.
  • Act as a liaison between prospective employers, courts, community and governmental agencies, for the purpose of job development and release adjustment.
  • Serve as a member of CAB (Conduct Adjustment Board) and/or other related committees.
  • Prepare case studies and offender progress notes to include parole agreements, temporary member lists, visitation lists and telephone lists.
  • May serve as a Team Leader in the absence of a Correctional Casework Manager.
What We're Looking For:
  • Working knowledge of principles and practices of sociology, psychology, physiology, group therapy and community organizations.
  • Working knowledge of Indiana Penal Code and the Indiana Department of Correction policies and procedures, including knowledge of correctional programs and security procedures in an institutional setting.
  • Must test negative on all drug tests.
What You'll Need for Success:


  • The ability to write case histories and records of offenders, in addition to the ability to observe offender behavior, to recognize symptoms and to make recommendations to staff.  Additionally, the ability to observe offenders and staff and accurately recall detail in order to write correct, concise reports will lead to success.
  • Specialized knowledge of counseling and interviewing techniques, and the ability to effectively counsel offenders and families and resolve problems such as social reintegration.
  • The ability to abide by the Department’s Standard of Conduct and all behavior expectations, and to work under emergency conditions.
  • The ability to work within a culturally diversified environment.
  • The ability to research and interpret all program material, and to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Working knowledge of the Indiana Department of Correction and institutional policies and procedures which are applicable to the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Working knowledge and the ability to perform approved self-defense techniques, and the working knowledge of basic street slang and security threat groups.
  • Ability to adhere to the Indiana Department of Correction’s dress code and grooming standards, and to be a positive role model, maintaining a positive image to staff, offenders, and the general public.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize duties, and to establish a working relationship with staff and offenders.  In addition, the ability to recognize, analyze, and formulate solutions to problems.
  • The ability to accept supervision and constructive feedback, and to successfully complete all required training and certifications.
  • Specialized knowledge of the State of Indiana’s ethics rules and regulations, and the specialized knowledge and the ability to utilize conflict resolution techniques.
  • Ability to work in a confidential office and perform a variety of duties, including the operation of radios, computers, fire extinguishers and/or applicable office equipment.
  • Ability to meet given deadlines and maintain acceptable work attendance, and to work overtime.
Supervisory Responsibilities/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:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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