State of Nebraska Corrections Unit Caseworker - Lincoln Area in Lincoln, Nebraska

Corrections Unit Caseworker - Lincoln Area


$18.94 Hourly


Lincoln, NE

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Department of Correctional Services

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Headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) employs nearly 2,300 team members operating 10 institutions, which house approximately 5,200 inmates, statewide. The department's focus includes inmate programming and education, physical and behavioral health care, re-entry services, and community programs, and is accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). NDCS is seeking candidates for the Corrections Unit Caseworker at the Lincoln Correctional Center & Nebraska State Penitentiary. Candidates will model the NDCS Values of integrity, respect, compassion, growth, and excellence as we accomplish our mission, "Keep people safe."

Information about the Department can be found at: For more information call 402-479-6171. For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations, please contact ADA Coordinator Lisa Mathews at 402-479-5812, or

Examples of Work

Schedules, distributes/balances, and guides the work assignments of inmates/offenders in accordance with work flow/assignment requirements, to complete work in a timely fashion. Monitors and reports on work performance of assigned inmates/offenders, to determine overall conformity with established timetables and quality standards and to document and communicate performance and training needs. Trains inmates/offenders in specific task and job practices of sanitation to improve and maintain their performance levels. Inspects unit and living areas to ensure required safety and sanitation standards are met. Reports observations and information to assist in the development of personalized treatment programs. Writes reports on inspections, inmate/offender grievances, disciplinary actions, and inmate/offender performance to document activities, to have a permanent record, and to provide management with information. Observes inmates/offenders in the housing unit area to detect abnormalities, problems, or unrest and to initiate corrective actions. Instructs inmates/offenders on the rules and regulations of the unit and expected behavior, in order to orientate new inmates/offenders to the prison environment and to develop a constructive rapport with them. Researches inmates'/offenders' backgrounds to establish a treatment file and to provide information for proper classification. Counsels inmates/offenders, including crisis intervention, to assist them in adapting to the prison environment; solving problems; filing grievances; and planning for treatment changes, furloughs, and parole. Directs compliance with all administrative regulations, operational memorandums, post orders, State statutes, and agency policies and procedures to maintain prison order and effective prison operation. Evaluates specific charges and facts and recommends appropriate corrective action by participating in disciplinary hearings to properly discipline inmates/offenders for noncompliance with established policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. Recommends changes in inmate/offender programming by participating on committees, disciplinary hearings, and unit staff team meetings to better recommend programming that would be beneficial for the inmate/offender and contribute to the security of the facility. Overtime, voluntary and mandatory, includes weekends, holidays and double-shifts.

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, behavioral science, human services or related field OR Associate's degree in criminal justice, behavioral science, human services or related field and two years of experience working with persons referred through the legal system OR four years of experience working with persons referred through the legal system. Must be at least 18 years of age. No felony or domestic abuse related convictions.

PREFERRED: Bilingual skills in English and Spanish desired and assessed.

OTHER: Must have a valid driver's license. Transcripts required at time of appointment. Applicants accepting a job offer must pass a medical exam, and at a randomly announced time, pass a drug test. Once at the Staff Training Academy, must successfully complete the fully paid NE Corrections Training Program.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: organizational structure; administrative regulations; operational memorandums; unit policies and procedures; counseling techniques and procedures; programs and opportunities open to inmates; caseload management. Ability to: communicate effectively with inmates/offenders, staff, and the public; exercise leadership and sound judgment; operate within established guidelines; plan, assign, and monitor the work of others; effectively counsel inmates/offenders; write reports and make recommendations; observe inmates/offenders and detect problems or unrest; understand and apply instructions.