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Iowa Department of Administrative Services Correctional Officer in Newton, Iowa

Correctional Officer



Correctional Officer


$42,307.20 - $62,691.20 Annually


Newton - 50208 - Jasper County, IA

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245 Corrections - Newton Correctional Facility

Job Number



1/17/2021 11:59 PM Central

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Point of Contact or 641-792-7552 ext. 678

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Newton, Iowa is a progressive, family friendly community, a shining star of Central Iowa and a place to call home. Whether you’re raising a family, starting a business or building a home, you’ll want to get to know Newton. The community has many great amenities aside from excellent schools. Unique entertainment, beautiful art displays and parks, and great attractions for families to enjoy.

Centrally located in Iowa just off I-80, Newton,, boasts a diverse array of shopping, recreational and dining choices, both locally and within short driving distances. Des Moines is just 35 miles west, Ames is 62 miles NW, and Iowa City is 87 miles east. “America’s Dutch Treasure”, Pella,, lies just 23 miles to the southeast. Enjoy camping, boating, fishing and swimming activities at nearby Lake Red Rock,, 20 miles south. Take in some fast-paced action at an Indy Car or NASCAR race at the Iowa Speedway,, or visit the Sprint Car Capital of the World,, just 25 miles south in nearby Knoxville.

At Newton Correctional Facility, we offer a wide range of career opportunities in various departments; i.e., Security, Treatment, Medical, Administrative, Business, Records, Maintenance/Trades, Warehousing, Food Service and other support areas. Join our team of dedicated professionals who provide an environment that facilitates change for incarcerated individuals as they prepare for release. Come be a part of creating opportunities for safer communities. You’ll find an exceptional workplace where mutual respect and support are part of the culture.

The Correctional Officer

Patrols facilities and makes security checks; inspects all areas of the institution (e.g., perimeter towers, control centers, cell areas, rooms, halls, dormitories, recreation/work areas and grounds) for safety/security deficiencies; searches individuals, vehicles, packages, mail, equipment, clothing and offender quarters for contraband items.

Escorts offenders, visitors and staff inside/outside of the institution and verifies possession of appropriate passes or legal documents; verifies offender population in an assigned area at regular/irregular intervals and participate in offender counts.

Interacts with the general public, visitors and victims in person or via phone. Provides information, security, and assistance.

Observes offender behavior/interaction with staff, other offenders, and visitors; communicates observations to supervisory and program staff to ensure effective security and consistent application of offender change principles.

Continuously interacts with offenders, assisting in the development of problem solving skills, providing positive reinforcement when appropriate, and instituting corrective measures (informal counseling or sanctions, formal disciplinary action, or physical force) when necessary and as authorized by law/policy.

Instructs offenders in policy, procedure, expectations, and assists offenders in the development of attitudes and skills necessary for successful adaptation to life within an institution.

Role models pro-social attitudes and behaviors that convey respect for others and the acknowledgement that offenders can change their lives by development of skills and the adoption of pro-social attitudes and behaviors.

Maintains logs, prepares reports, and enters information into the DOC electronic offender record system.

Supervises offender work assignments and evaluates work performance.

Operates electronic doors, telephone systems, two-way radios, intercom, alarm systems, closed circuit TV systems, computer terminals and uses weapons/offender control devices.

Attends training classes and seminars; may train or serve as team leader for other staff.


• Active Listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

• Monitoring – Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

• Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

• Social Perceptiveness – Awareness of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

• Speaking – Talking to others to convey information effectively

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from high school, GED, or equivalency.

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Whether it's caring for those in need, making highways safer, or improving agriculture production, the work that we do matters to the people of Iowa.

We take our responsibilities and the public trust very seriously. We are committed to delivering the services that matter most to the people of Iowa. If you have the skills, the commitment and the desire to make a difference, then we invite you to explore the career opportunities available with the State of Iowa.


State government is one of the largest employers in Iowa, and also one of the most diverse. From state trooper to nurse to engineer, the state offers a wide variety of career opportunities.


The state offers paid vacation, sick time and holidays, a defined benefit retirement plan, health, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance along with flexible spending accounts. For more information, please visit the executive branch employee benefits website.

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245 Corrections - Newton Correctional Facility


307 S 60th Ave WBox 218Newton, Iowa, 50208



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