Juvenile Justice Officer I (PCN 3523)

locationAnchorage - Alaska (AK),

atState of Alaska

Estimated salary $19.38 an hour

Job Description:

This position is open to Alaska Residents only.
Please check our residency definition to determine if you qualify.

The McLaughlin Youth Center is recruiting to fill a Juvenile Justice Officer I position for the Boys Detention Unit.

What you will be doing:
Juvenile Justice Officers (JJOs) are the primary staff in providing care, custody, and supervision for Alaska juveniles detained and institutionalized in group-living situations within a correctional facility. JJOs are responsible for maintaining adequate security within this correctional facility and addressing behavioral problems as needed.

Successful candidates will influence, inspire, and transform the lives of juvenile offenders and their families through therapeutic programs that incorporate the restorative justice approach to community protection, offender accountability, and competency development. You will build strong relationships with the youth we serve and use these relationships to deliver skills through groups such as anger management, drug and alcohol education, and life skills. As part of a treatment team, you will work with residents on their individual treatment needs while maintaining the focus of the Division’s mission. You will ensure the security of residents, visitors, staff, and facility buildings during assigned shifts.

Our organization, mission, and culture:
Through restorative justice, we hold juvenile offenders accountable for their behavior; promote the safety and restoration of victims and communities; and assist offenders and their families in developing the skills to prevent crime.

Our core values include:

  • Prioritizing safety – of our youth, staff, families, and communities.
  • Responsiveness – providing timely response to youth, families, victims, staff, and justice partners.
  • Professional relationships – recognizing that successful treatment services provided to our clients, coworkers, victims, and others rely on positive, respectful, and collaborative relationships and a spirit of inclusiveness.
  • Dedication – doing the right things for the right reasons and modeling relentless integrity and leadership.
  • Respect – for the inherent value of each person’s unique strengths and individual differences.

The benefits of joining our team:

Joining our team will bring the opportunity to make a meaningful change in youths’ lives and our community. We are dedicated to doing our best work, despite adversity and setbacks. We believe in enhancing the strengths in our staff by promoting training, goal setting, and professional development in the workplace

The work environment you can expect:
This position is located at the McLaughlin Youth Center, 2600 Providence Drive, Anchorage. This is a 24-hour facility and shift work is required. This can include evening and grave shifts in addition to working weekends and holidays.

Who we are looking for:

In addition to the Minimum Qualifications below, we are looking for a candidate with the following competencies:

  • Conscientiousness: Displays a high level of effort and commitment towards performing work; demonstrates responsible behavior.
  • Integrity/Honesty: Contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization; displays high standards of ethical conduct and understands the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self, and others; is trustworthy.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or destressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
  • Stress Tolerance: Deals calmly and effectively with high stress situations (for example, tight deadlines, hostile individuals, emergency situations, dangerous situations).

To view the general description and example of duties for the Juvenile Justice Officer I, please go to the following link:

Minimum Qualifications

Six months of paid or volunteer work experience working with youth in an education/development program.


Six months of paid or volunteer work experience with any age in a casework, correctional, educational, law enforcement, medical, military, nursing, psychiatric, residential, security (having human interaction), or social services program or setting.


Post-secondary education from an accredited college in any combination of coursework in the behavioral sciences, corrections, counseling, criminal justice, education, psychology, or a closely related field (2.67 semester/4 quarter hours equals one month) may substitute for the required experience.

Special Note:

Prior to initial appointment, successful candidates for the Juvenile Justice Officer series and Juvenile Justice Unit Supervisor positions are subject to a background investigation, criminal record check, and medical examination to determine the essential duties of the position can be safely performed.

A valid driver license is required at the time of appointment.

Additional Required Information

At time of interview applicant must submit:
  • Copy of transcripts if using to meet MQs (unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution name/URL is listed on the transcripts).
  • Three (3) names & phone numbers of professional references.
  • Two (2) performance evaluations from previous employers, if available.

Please read the below information carefully. This applies to your application submission.

The successful candidate must pass a comprehensive background investigation, which includes a state and FBI fingerprint-based background check.

For your application to be evaluated you must answer the Supplemental Questions. Be specific in your answers and tell us how you acquired the relevant experience. Please use complete sentences and proof-read your submissions when answering the supplemental questions. Your responses will be considered a writing sample and will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment process.

This is a flexibly staffed position in the Juvenile Justice Officer (JJO) I/II series.
The JJO I position is an entry-level position. Incumbents are eligible to flex up to a JJO II after six (6) months by completing designated training and becoming proficient at the job duties of the JJO II.

To verify education being used to meet the required minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials being used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application, provided at the time of interview, or if/when requested prior to scheduling an interview.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes
in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.

When using work experience not already documented in your application, please provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. Work experience needed to meet the minimum qualifications must be documented in the application. If the application does not support minimum qualifications, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment. A resume will not be used to determine that minimum qualifications have been met for the position in which you are applying.

If you are currently or previously been appointed to a flexibly staffed position please ensure your work experience within a flexibly staffed position indicates the actual dates employed at each level. Ensure your time and any subsequent flex promotion(s) are documented as a separate position. This is required as there are minimum qualifications that require experience at a particular level in which the lower level may not be considered. If this information is not accurately reflected in your application this may cause the processing of your application for consideration to be delayed.

NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

The State of Alaska does not provide VISA Employer sponsorships.

This position is open to Alaska Residents only. Please check our residency definition to determine if you qualify.

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.
You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to successfully apply. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here:

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Contact Information

Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to [email protected]

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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at:

Name: Jalmar Robinson, Juvenile Justice Unit Supervisor
Fax: (907) 261-4551
Email: [email protected]

Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefits

The following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska. Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.

For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an orientation video from Division of Retirement and Benefits. (Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)

Insurance Benefits
  • Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental
    • The following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See for additional information.
      • AVTEC
      • Confidential
      • Correctional Officers
      • Marine Engineers
      • Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers
      • Supervisory
      • Unlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman's Union
      • Exempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining)
    • The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts. Contact the appropriate Union for additional information.
      • General Government
      • Labor, Trades and Crafts
      • Public Safety Employees Association
      • Masters, Mates & Pilots
  • Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)
Optional Insurance Benefits
  • Group-based insurance premiums for
    • Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents)
    • Long-term and short-term disability
    • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
    • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)
    • Supplemental Survivor Benefits
  • Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expenses

Retirement Benefits
  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers' Retirement System (TRS)
  • Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees)
  • Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees)
  • Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social Security
  • Option to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation Program
  • Note: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment options
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Paid Leave & Other Benefits
  • Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served
  • Eleven paid holidays a year
  • Gym discounts at participating fitness providers in multiple locations throughout the state.

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