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Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Springfield.

We strongly encourage prospective applicants to review the City of Springfield's Recruitment and Selection Process before applying for a position with the City. 

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Posting Number: 2018-38
Job Title: Detention Officer
Closing date: 12/03/2018
Closing time: 05:00 PM
Job Class: Protective Services
Job Hours: Shift Work
Salary: $24.19 - $29.42 per hour depending on qualifications and experience.(Grade: 231 SPA, steps 1 to 5)
 Full benefits including Police/Fire PERS plus an additional 5% for a Bachelor's Degree and/or 2.5% for intermediate Spanish ability.
       The City  of Springfield is dedicated to providing exceptional service, with emphasis on fairness and equity, to all our constituents. We respect differences, knowing that both in government and in the community, strength comes from combining all of what we know. Women and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Springfield Municipal Jail began accepting inmates on January 29, 2010. The 100 bed facility is the largest municipal jail in the State of Oregon. For more great information about the City of Springfield Municipal Jail, check this out:

Please note that this recruitment will require written and physical testing.  Tentatively, the written test and the ORPAT are scheduled for Saturday, December 15, 2018. Please reserve this date, in the event you are invited to test.  All testing and selection processes will be done in accordance with the Oregon Veteran's Preference in Public Employment Law.

In order to prevent unnecessary time spent in applying for this position, the following elements will disqualify you for this position.  Therefore, you will not be considered for this position if any of the following applies:
  • You are not a United States Citizen, or cannot become a Citizen in less than one year.
  • You are not 21 years of age, or you will not be 21 years of age by time of appointment.
  • You have not earned a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate from an accredited school.
  • You do not have a valid Oregon Driver's license, or can't obtain a valid Oregon Driver's license by time of appointment.
  • You have any felony convictions.
  • You can't refrain from using tobacco products while on duty.
  • You are unable to work rotating shifts and assignments; unable to report for duty at any time an emergency arises; or unable to work overtime with little or no notice.

Position Overview:
Under the supervision of a Detention Supervisor, controls, directs, and monitors inmates within the Springfield Municipal Jail, and when escorting inmates off institution or facility grounds.

Application, Testing and Selection Process:
The department is establishing an eligibility list from which it will choose candidates for consideration as Detention Officers. The eligibility list will be established by a series of screening tools and tests, to include an Employment Application, Qualifying Questionnaire, Written Test, Physical Ability Test, Psychological Exam, Comprehensive Background Investigation, Medical Examination to include drug screening for controlled substances, and Oral Interviews. 

Aptitude, personality profile, mental and physical fitness, and communication skills will all be evaluated.

Education and Experience:
We are interested in finding applicants who have the education and experience necessary to be successful as a Detention Officer for the City of Springfield.  The educational requirement is two years college education, or any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience or training.  We invite you to consider how your experience can be transferred to meet the requirements for the Detention Officer position. We are looking for applicants with any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this position.

•Ability to learn and apply principles of municipal jail operations

•Skill in meeting with and dealing with a wide range of people

•Ability to prepare clear and concise reports and to present findings in an objective and professional manner

•Ability to effectively deal with behavior and adjustment problems of adult offenders

•Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

•Ability to maintain complete and accurate records

•Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and clients

•Ability to make decisions in accordance with established police and procedures

•Ability to use initiative and good judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities

Required Special Qualifications:
•DPSST Certification as a Corrections Officer or successful completion of the State of Oregon DPSST Corrections Officer Certification within twelve (12) months from the date of appointment.

•United States citizenship, or obtain citizenship in less than one year

•21 years of age or older by time of appointment

•Earned a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate from an accredited school

•Must have no felony convictions that could have resulted in a sentence to a federal or state penitentiary

•Must meet minimum physical and psychological requirements as determined by a physician.

•A valid State of Oregon Driver's license at the time of appointment, or have a valid Driver's license from another state that allows you to drive in Oregon while you obtain an Oregon Driver's license (see Oregon DMV rules)

•Must refrain from the use of tobacco products on duty

Effective July 2017, the Springfield Municipal Jail is housing female inmates.  Due to this, female applicants may be given preference in order to meet the job requirements and correctional standards.

*Please note that the Springfield Police Department has a personal appearance policy, which includes but is not limited to:  No visible tattoos are allowed while on-duty; no body piercing (some exceptions for ear piercings), hair must be neat and not pose any safety issues, "alterations" to any area of the body that is not concealed by authorized uniform or attire.  If you have specific questions about the personal appearance policy, please email HR@springfield-or.gov 

Written testing and physical testing is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 15, 2018.  Applicants selected to test will be contacted via email with additional testing details.  Please be sure we have a valid email address so that we may contact you with information.  All applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable fee of $15.00 at the time of the written exam, to cover testing and scoring costs.  You will also be required to show picture identification at the time of the written exam.

The physical test will consist of the Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT).  Review the 'ORPAT' document:
Oral Boards:
Oral Boards (Interviews) will be held for applicants who successfully pass written and physical testing.   Tentatively, Oral boards will be scheduled for Sunday and Monday, December 16 and 17, 2018.

How to Apply:
The on-line Application and Qualifying Questionnaires must be received electronically prior to the closing date/time listed at the top of this job posting. Please review our Tips for Applying
page for more information about how to complete your application materials. The “Apply for this Job” link below will start the application process. You are allowed to upload a copy of your resume and/or cover letter as part of the application, but these two items are not required unless otherwise indicated in the posting. After completing the application, the questionnaire(s) and the voluntary EEOC form follow. The last page of the application process allows you to print your application information if you choose. You are not allowed to review your information after moving to the next page of the process.
Before clicking “Apply for this Job” below, please preview the application and questionnaires (both can be viewed by clicking on the links below).   Once you begin the online application process you will not be able to save your work and return at a later time.  Most applicants prepare their application materials ahead of time using word-processing software and then cut and paste their responses into the online application. The application only allows for four employers as part of your work history. Please use the form (linked below) to include additional work history. Email completed form to HR@springfield-or.gov before the closing date/time of this posting.
Applicants who include a valid email address will receive a system-generated email verifying that the application has been received.  If you do not receive a system-generated email verifying receipt of your application, your application may not be eligible for consideration for this position.  We recommend that you add our email domain (@springfield-or.gov) to your "safe senders" list in your email software to ensure that you receive communication from us.  Please contact us at 541-726-3705 if you have any questions.

Veterans Preference Points:
The City of Springfield recognizes the extensive contributions of men and women who have served in the Armed Services. As a veteran, you may be entitled to preference when seeking employment with city government. If you would like to claim Veteran's Preference points, please submit a completed form (linked below) along with the appropriate documentation prior to the closing date listed at the top of this job posting. You may submit your documents via mail, email, fax or in person (please see form for contact information). If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Blomquist at 541-726-3705 or HR@springfield-or.gov  for more information.

Additional Information and Forms:

Work History Continuation Form
• Veteran's Preference Form

NOTE: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

Click here to download a job application in PDF format
Click here to download a job description in PDF format
Click here to download a supplemental questionnaire in PDF format

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