How to write a Correctional Officer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Correctional Officer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Correctional Officer job titles

    Corrections Agent
    Juvenile Correctional Officer
    Senior Correctional Officer
    Correctional Officer (Part-Time)
    Corrections Advisor (Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science Preferred)

Correctional Officer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Correctional Officer job summary

Our facility is a minimum security correctional institution housing 600 inmates. This population is typically serving short-term sentences and are preparing to reintegrate back into society when they’re released. We’re looking for a Correctional Officer with experience working in rehabilitative environments. Our ideal candidate is a team player, fluent in English and Spanish and comfortable working 16-hour shifts. You must possess excellent judgment and leadership skills. The Corrections Agent will supervise and monitor inmates in several areas of the correctional institution, such as their cells, the cafeteria and their work sites. A level head in emergency situations will serve you well at our facility.

Correctional Officer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Correctional Officer responsibilities

    Monitor inmate behavior and ensure their safety and security
    Escort inmates to their job sites
    Assist other officers with inmate management
    Inspect inmate cells for unauthorized goods
    Write reports on your activities on a daily basis
    De-escalate confrontations when they arise

Correctional Officer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Correctional Officer skills

    High school diploma
    Security Guard experience
    Behavioral Science, Criminology or Corrections Services training and education
    Cultural diversity training
    Ability to work 16+ hour shifts
    Fluent in English and Spanish

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