Resident Care Specialist III

Recruitment #220524-Z60C-03


'This position is a safety sensitive position as defined by 63 O.S. § 427.8 (K)(1)(i)(2) due to providing direct child care. Therefore, those applicants testing positive for marijuana will not be hired even when in possession of a valid medical marijuana license.'

Positions in this job family are involved in providing direct care, supervision and security, and role modeling to adjudicated residents in a state operated facility of the juvenile justice system.  This will include providing paraprofessional guidance and counseling to residents, interventions to control aggressive behaviors, documentation of behaviors and activities, and maintaining a presence at the facility in order to monitor and moderate resident behavior and activity.

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include and are not limited to the following:
•Provides security and supervision to adjudicated residents in a variety of situations and activities.
•Performs routine duties in care, custody, education, and treatment of residents; observes, records, and reports health symptoms, behavior, and activity of residents.
•Manages aggressive and non-aggressive behavior through verbal and physical intervention using prescribed and approved techniques; quickly responds to physical assaults, riots, and other emergency situations.
•Conducts counts of residents and enforces institutional rules and regulations; observes resident and staff activities on multiple surveillance monitor screens.
•Provides paraprofessional counseling and instruction to residents by directing their daily activities, maintaining order, providing support, and helping them develop and achieve personal goals; serves on a treatment team to review residents’ progress, treatment and educational plans; serves as a group leader by reviewing and assessing the adjustment and functioning of a group of residents.
•Inspects the facility's living areas and work locations to ensure health and safety standards are being met, conducts searches for unauthorized objects, materials, and contraband; maintains security in an assigned area or post; controls movement of residents to and from living quarters for activities and off-campus appointments; maintains order and discipline during programs, meals, and recreation periods by utilizing empathic verbal communication skills.
•Patrols facility grounds, juvenile living quarters and work areas on an assigned shift while observing the activities and movements of residents; checks authorized persons in or out of buildings and grounds area while assuring unauthorized persons are denied access.
•Checks the physical security of the facility, including doors, windows, and lighting.
•Completes written and/or typed reports on a variety of incidents and residents' behaviors; sends and receives verbal transmissions over a hand-held radio; maintains a written log of daily facility activities; communicates by telephone with emergency responder agencies in crisis situations.
•Assists other OJA employees as needed/other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES required at this level include knowledge of security methods; of basic human physical and psychological needs; of basic first aid methods; of crisis intervention techniques; of simple health and safety precautions; of behavioral problems typically found in delinquent residents; of methods and practices of household management; of environments and events that impact the problems of youth in custody; of state statutes and agency policies concerning care of residents in secure facilities; and of supervisory principles and practices. Ability is required to interact with juveniles; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to follow written and oral instructions; to gather facts and effectively communicate those facts in reports; to positively interact with residents of various racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; to remain alert and act quickly and appropriately in emergency situations; to physically and appropriately handle escapees and violent or unruly juvenile residents; to exercise good judgment in the evaluation of situations and in making decisions; to efficiently organize and supervise the work of others; and to conduct investigations and investigative interviews.

Must be able to pass background check and drug screening.
•Applicants must possess a valid Oklahoma Driver License at the time of employment and maintain a valid license while employed in this job family.
•Applicants must be willing and able to work overtime and to work on any designated shift that may span the late evening hours or the early morning hours commonly known as the night shift.
•Applicants must be able to successfully complete all training requirements for sole supervision of residents including, but not limited to first aid certification, CPR, and unarmed restraint training.
•Applicants must be willing and able to perform any/all job-related travel.


Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of the statutory requirements of OAC 377:3-13-43(c)(1): All direct-care staff shall be at least 21 years of age and possess a high school diploma or its equivalent (10 O.S. § 401 et seq.); and the completion of thirty semester hours from an accredited college or university; or one year of security experience plus one year of security experience working with juveniles in a residential care and treatment facility.

NOTE: There is no substitution for the required one year of experience working with juveniles in a residential care and treatment center.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.