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Correctional Caseworker

Date Posted:  Oct 15, 2021
Requisition ID:  260943
Location: 

Michigan City, IN, US, 46360

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. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

 

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 Caseworker, you will cover an assigned caseload as the initial point of contact for day-to-day offender case management issues which includes identifying and addressing needs such as providing referrals to employment, rehabilitative services, mental health programs, and preparation for re-entry. You may provide direct supervision and assist with the operations of the housing units. 

 

A Day in the Life:

​The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Provide guidance to offenders on issues such as job assignments, housing changes, facility transfers, and other facility procedures. 
  • Act as a liaison between prospective employers, courts, community, and governmental agencies for the purpose of job development and release adjustment. 
  • Assess each assigned offender's risk and needs utilizing the Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS). 
  • Coordinate with all appropriate facility staff to address re-entry and release issues. 
  • Prepare documentation related to an offender’s temporary absences and progress reports, including case notes and program referrals over the course of an offender’s incarceration. 
  • Coordinate with the classification department staff to make appropriate classification recommendations for offenders. 
  • Conduct unit orientation for newly received offenders. 
  • Adhere to the re-entry policies to ensure all quality assurance job tasks are completed in accordance with policy. 

 

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. 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role. 

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Possession of a High School Diploma or High School Equivalent (HSE) 
  • At least one (1) year related work experience in social work, corrections, criminal justice, or related field. Substitutions: Each one (1) year of related education may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience. 
  • Within 90 days of hire, you must obtain the Indiana Risk Assessment System Certification through the Indiana Office of Court Services.  
  • Must test negative on all drug screenings.  
  • Upon hire, the ability to successfully complete all mandatory training including the DOC Training Program, First Aid, and CPR courses. 

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) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the 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 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Nearest Major Market: Michigan City