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Correctional Rec Leader

Date Posted:  Jun 26, 2022
Requisition ID:  350983

Logansport, IN, US, 46947

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.


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 the Indiana Department of Correction:

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 $28,652.

About the Job:

As the Correctional Recreation Leader, you will serve as the facilitator of the recreation programming for a state juvenile correctional institution.  You will plan, organize, coordinate, facilitate, and direct recreational services as well as providing input into the continued monitoring of program effectiveness.  The Recreation Leader reports to the Recreation Coordinator and performs duties with general supervision.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Assist in planning, development, performance and review of the facility recreation program including researching, designing, developing and executing strategies to achieve program purpose, goals and objectives.
  • Assist in assuring that recreational programming includes components of leisure awareness, self-awareness, decision making, leisure skills, leisure resources and social interaction.
  • Assist in assuring that recreational programming includes activities in the areas of arts and crafts, hobbies and collecting, outdoor recreation, sports and games, music, service activities, social activities, mental and linguistic activities and special events using appropriate professional skills, methods and techniques.    
  • Work closely with treatment personnel, therapeutic personnel, custody personnel and volunteer services personnel to assure that recreational programming reflects and enhances programming from these departments.
  • Collaborate with operations, health care, and treatment in order to enhance the leisure environment of offenders.
  • Promote positive social values and personal accountability.
  • Assist in assuring that all procedures, guidelines, and standards in area of responsibility comply with the American Correctional Association standards and National Correctional Association standards.
  • Maintain the maintenance of accurate departmental records including offender evaluations.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary treatment teams providing input on offender recreational needs and progress.
  • Assist in assessment of student recreational interests and needs.
  • Respond to and report disciplinary problems arising from recreational events. 
  • Intervene as per policy in critical incidents preventing injury, escapes, or property damage.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Operate all job related equipment and tools necessary to perform the job and assure that equipment is maintained.

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.
  • Upon hire, the ability to successfully complete all required training and certificates.  This includes participation in the required 40 hours of in-service certifications such as CPR and First Aid training.
  • Must attend and participate in training programs at least 40 hours annually.
  • Must possess excellent observational skills.
  • The ability to work flexible hours that could result in working any of the seven days per week and varied hours within those days.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of institutional recreation programming.
  • The knowledge and skills to assist development and implementation of recreation program goals and objectives and to develop a well-rounded recreational program.
  • A thorough knowledge of recreational issues, leisure planning, policies and procedures.
  • The ability to interpret and react to behavior patterns and to communicate with tact and understanding in order to promote maximum student recreational development.
  • The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • The ability to work within a culturally diversified environment.
  • A working knowledge of community social services available and referral methods. 
  • A thorough knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations and guidelines for the care, treatment and the rights of the mentally ill.   
  • A thorough knowledge of and ability to engage offenders in recreational activities at several developmental levels.
  • Based on the determined learning level of each offender, the ability to set and help offenders achieve their prescribed recreational and behavioral goals and objectives. 

What You'll Need for Success:

  • A thorough knowledge of Department of Correction policy and procedure.
  • A working knowledge of basic street slang and security threat groups.  
  • A working knowledge of and ability to perform approved self-defense techniques.
  • A working knowledge of offender manipulation techniques.
  • A working knowledge of community recreational agencies and the ability to supervise and plan the coordination of recreational programs with other related agencies.
  • The ability to plan and supervise extra-curricular activities for offenders.
  • The ability to tailor instructional techniques to individual needs and provide individualized instruction.
  • The ability to maintain and control recreational supplies, equipment, and tools.
  • The ability to recognize and report overt basic systems of illness, dysfunctional, and inappropriate behavior.
  • The ability to accept supervision and constructive feedback.
  • The ability to provide documentation of each individual offender’s recreational performance and progress.
  • The ability to work within a multidisciplinary treatment team that provides a holistic treatment approach to each individual offender.
  • The ability to adhere to Departments’ dress code and grooming requirements.
  • The ability to work under emergency situations.
  • The ability to role model positive, mature behavior to offenders and staff at all times.
  • The ability to recognize crisis situations and react to a crisis situation in a calm, mature manner.
  • The ability to positively interact with external agencies and the public.  
  • The ability to develop, implements, and adhere to facility procedures and Department of Correction policies.
  • The ability to identify, react to and report security concerns.
  • The ability to assure that offender’s daily recreational needs is being met.
  • Working knowledge of crime scene preservation.

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: 

  • 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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