Jail Administrator Position - Hinds County

Feb 06, 2020 – Dec 31, 2020

Position: Jail Administrator
Location: Raymond Detention Center
Salary: Negotiable
Work Hours: Varies
Closing Date: Open

Essential Functions: The Jail Administrator is responsible for the overall performance, safety and compliance of the Hinds County Detention facilities. Position establishes short and long-term priorities, goals, and objectives to carry out the mission and vision of the department. Position implements strategies to ensure continuous improvement, data-driven decision making, employee engagement and dignified inmate services. Position will serve as the subject matter expert, and act as the agency's spokesperson

Duties and Responsibilities
- Oversees, directs and implements policies, programs, rules and regulations to ensure effective administration of the jail; develops and implements standard operating procedures to address inmate behavior and management of staff
- Serves as the leader of the executive leadership team, equips, trains and empowers key leadership positions to execute the agency's goals and objectives.
- Briefs Sheriff on operations activities and status of daily operations and incidents; attends Sheriff Command briefings to report on operational and staffing issues and updates; facilitates the development and dissemination of detailed progress reports and facility updates; holds regular meetings with key staff to review operations and performance, making improvements as needed.
- Oversees the regular formal and informal inspections of the jail facilities; coordinates and facilitates State and Federal inspections and implements recommended changes
- Ability to implement and execute strategic plans, organization objectives and directives, such as programs and policies to alleviate deficiencies
- Ensures activities are performed in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures; ensures the proper management of all required programs related to the housing, booking, and releasing of inmates.
- Ensures that inmates are informed of jail rules, proper inmate release dates are accomplished, the detentions facility maintains fire and safety codes as required, and responsibilities related to the transportation and care of inmates are being followed 
- Assumes responsibility for the delivery and performance of all services, activities, inmate records, inmate transfers, inmate medical health, inmate mental health and treatment; reports and identify areas which require adjustment or action
- Direct/perform the investigation and resolution of complaints/ concerns related to departments/divisions operations and activities as assigned and upon request; identify and initiate solutions to major issues involving policy, service delivery, and organizational changes and directions
- Communicates with a variety of agencies and administrators both internal and external regarding the detention operations and management; performs community relations and citizen relations work as needed
- Researches and evaluates Jail safety problems or concerns and prepares information to be utilized in clarifying or resolving issues. Reports findings and/or conclusions to Sheriff
- Maintains membership and actively participate in nationally recognized associations and networks such as the National Institute of Corrections or the American Jail Association.
- Maintain current knowledge of laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures related to areas of responsibility; modify programs, projects, procedures and services to assure compliance with standards and best practices.
- Ability to establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Performs other duties as required

Minimum Qualifications
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Business Management or other related field; at least five (5) years of supervisory/ managerial experience and five (5) years' experience working in large jail administration
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of business management, public administration and jail administration; knowledge of the principles and practices of management and supervision in order to effectively operate a bureau within the Sheriffs Office; knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and county laws, codes and the policies of the Sheriff in order to make appropriate decisions concerning Adult Detention Center operations; demonstrated experience developing and tracking a departmental budget and execution in order to plan for and oversee the financial operation of a bureau; and knowledge of the principles and practices of good personnel (human resources) management in order to effectively deploy human capital. 
- Skill in creating and maintaining effective working relationships both within and outside the Sheriffs Office; and skill in communicating with a variety of agencies, administrators (stakeholders) regarding Hinds County Sheriffs Office operations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security, the Hinds County District Attorney's Office, Jackson Police Department, various law enforcement agencies, members of the clergy, medical professionals, regulatory organizations.
- Ability to lead and retain motivated employees; ability to conduct complex analytical studies of agency operations and functions, using a wide variety of specialized computer systems to prepare data for program evaluation (Data-driven decision making); ability to make verbal and written presentations in a clear and concise manner; ability to plan and organize manpower and financial resources into an effective and efficient organization; ability to gather and analyze data, come to a conclusion and develop a plan of action to solve problems; ability to evaluate situations, based on training and experience, and make good decisions; and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, co-workers, other County employees, Department/Division Heads, Elected/ Appointed Officials, outside agencies and the general public.
- Physical requirements include occasional lifting/carrying of 5-10 lbs.; visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate computer keyboard and basic office equipment. Subject to handling, walking, sitting, standing, bending and reaching to perform the essential functions
- Must possess and maintain a valid Mississippi Driver's License
- Must pass a polygraph examination and a criminal background check by the Sheriffs Office
- Must clear a pre-employment drug screen test

Working Environment and Physical Demands:
Working conditions are primarily in an office within a jail environment with occasional exposure to irate or hostile individuals


Submitting Applications: Any interested individual may apply by completing a County Application Online. COUNTY EMPLOYEES may make applications through the Personnel Division, Second Floor, Chancery Court Building. When applying for employment, your application must be in this office by 5:00pm on the closing date mentioned in the job listing.

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