Department of Correctional Services - Nebraska Religious Coordinator - Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Nebraska
: Hiring rate is \$21.968/hour PLUS an additional \$3.00/hour facility differential for hours worked.\ \ 13 paid holidays\ Vacation and sick leave (24 days your first year, accruing immediately)\ Military leave\ 156% state-matched retirement\ Tuition reimbursement\ Employee assistance program\ 79% employer paid health insurance plans\ Dental and vision insurance plans\ Employer-paid \$20,000 life insurance policy\ Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) eligible through the Federal government\ Wide variety and availability of career advancement\ Meaningful public service -- service with a purpose!\ Numerous training and development opportunities\ \ The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) employs nearly 2,300 team members operating nine 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). The Religious Coordinator 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: www.corrections.nebraska.gov. For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations, please contact ADA Coordinator Mike Carr at 402-479-5812 or email@example.com.
Examples of Work
: The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) does not employ faith-specific chaplains. Rather, the role of the Religious Coordinator is to administrate the accommodation of all 21 NDCS-accommodated religions, ensuring that inmates constitutional right to worship is honored while maintaining the safety and security of the facility. Its a position that requires a rare combination of passion for service, mental agility, administrative skills, compassion, expert knowledge of religious practices (AND a willingness to keep learning more), and excellent written and oral communication skills. Some of the specific duties of the position include:\ Coordination of religious services and activities within the facility,\ Recruitment and supervision of volunteers to assist with the religious program,\ Serve as a liaison between the facility and local community churches, synagogues, and other religious, civic, and service organizations,\ Answering religious questions, provision of spiritual advice, and assistance to inmates in the purchase of religious items,\ Providing staff training regarding the agencys religious programs,\ Periodic assessment of the religious needs of the inmate populations,\ Assurance of equal status and protection of all religions represented by the inmate population.
Qualifications / Requirements
: REQUIREMENTS: Post high school coursework and/or experience in theology, sociology, psychology, counseling, or other behavioral sciences areas.\ \ OTHER: Applicants accepting a job offer must pass the following pre-employment exams in this order: medical exam, and at a randomly announced time, pass a drug test. Once at the Staff Training Academy, must successfully complete the fully paid Nebraska Corrections Training Program.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
: Excellent candidates will have (or have the ability to acquire) a knowledge of the goals, laws, rules, policies and operations pertinent to the Department of Corrections; the psychological, mental, religious and social needs of individuals within the institution; the religious rites, beliefs and practices of major religious organizations; the principles and practices of clinical pastoral care, including counseling, basic psychology, the basic principles of developmental theory and group dynamics; community religious organizations and resources. They will ha e the ability to supervise the religious rites practiced by various religious groups; communicate productively with institutional individuals, their families and staff members both orally and in writing; assess the religious needs of individuals; develop policies, goals and standards for the operation of the religious program; recruit, train and supervise volunteers who assist with the religious program; organize and coordinate a program involving the religious needs of many separate and different religious preferences.