County Employment Opportunities

Human Resources Department
17 Courthouse
Mercer, PA 16137
(724)-662-7514
Fax: 724-662-2189
hr@mercercountypa.gov

Office Hours:
Monday ~ Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Except Holidays


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Position(s) Currently Available

Correctional Officer | Correctional Officer (Part Time) | Law Clerk
Court Reporter | Caseworker I and/or II | Fiscal Assistant







Position: Correctional Officer Posted: August 2, 2022 Deadline: August 31, 2022 Print Job Description

 

Department: Mercer County Jail

 

Position Title: Correctional Officer (Full-Time w/Full Benefit Package)

 

Pay Classification:  JCO 00-01 ($17.87/hr. Entry Wage)

                                    Raise after 6 Months to $19.41 and at one year to $20.17

                                    Shift Differentials in Addition to base rate

                                   

Full Benefit Package Includes: Paid Vacation and Paid Sick time; Medical, Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability, Life Insurance (Single and Family level plans) and participation in the Mercer County Retirement System Pension Plan

 

Reports To:  Warden and Deputy Warden(s)

 

 

Date of Job Description Creation/Update: 5/18/2022

 

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General Overview:

Correctional Officers will perform the direct supervision of inmates at the County Detention Facility according to laws, regulations, and policies of the State of Pennsylvania and Mercer County.  Officers will enforce the facility rules and maintain facility security.  Officers are responsible for the care, custody, and control of inmates at the facility.

 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Directly supervises inmates in the facility during all aspects of their incarceration such as housing, visitation, meals, medication distribution, searches, activities, work programs.
  • Enforce the rules and regulations of the facility
  • Must be able to act quickly, assess situations carefully, act in accordance with policy and procedure, and protect self and others (inmates and co-workers)
  • Conducts periodic cell pod checks, performs searches of inmates, performs searches of cells and other areas for contraband
  • Maintains discipline among inmates
  • Responds appropriately to emergencies in the prison (which may include assaults, fires, riots, disturbances, natural disasters, medical emergencies and hostage situations)
  • Maintains and updates Facility records (written, typing and basic computer skill required)
  • Receives and books inmates (perform fingerprinting, photographs and searches)

 

Physical/ Age Requirements:

 

  • Must be trained on and be able to perform weaponless self-defense and restraining techniques
  • Must be trained on and be able to perform the operation and use of restraining devices
  • Must be trained in and be able to perform initial first aid services to inmates as needed
  • Regularly walk, stand or stoop; occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects weighing up to and over 100lbs.
  • Use tools and equipment requiring a high degree of security
  • Walk, stand, crouch or run on narrow, slippery inclining or erratically moving surfaces
  • Stair climbing required (all cell pods are 2 levels)
  • Sit and stand for sustained periods of time
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must pass a physical, drug and psychological evaluation post employment offer
  • Must pass a criminal background check post offer of employment.

 

Other Requirements:

 

  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in criminal justice, social service or related field
  • Ability to perform multiple activities and quickly identify inappropriate inmate conduct
  • Ability to perform basic math
  • Ability to communicate via radios
  • Ability to work the rotating shifts (including weekends and holidays) as require by a 24/7 operating facility
  • Ability to train for 4 weeks or more at the Academy at the Department of Corrections.
  • Ability to work mandatory overtime
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License
  • All other duties as assigned

 

 

Full on-Site Training Program:  The Mercer County Jail is a state approved training center for Corrections Officers.  All training will be provided on-site at the Mercer County Facility.  No travel for training is required.

 

How to apply:

 

All interested applicants must print and complete the Standard County of Mercer Application for employment.

 

Please send the completed standard application, a letter of interest, salary history, resume, and three references to the following:

 

                                    Mercer County 

                                    HR Department

                                    17 Courthouse

                                    Mercer, PA 16137

 

Deadline to Apply:  August 31, 2022

 

Must be postmarked by Deadline date








Position: Correctional Officer (Part-Time) Posted: August 2, 2022 Deadline: August 31, 2022 Print Job Description

 

Department:   Mercer County Jail

 

Position Title: Correctional Officer (Part-Time)

 

Pay Classification:  JCO 00-00 ($16.09/hr. Entry Wage)

                                    Raise after 520 hours worked to $17.87

                                   Shift Differentials in Addition to base rate

 

Reports To:  Warden and Deputy Warden(s)

 

Date of Job Description Creation/Update: 7/7/22

 

________________________________________________________________

 

General Overview:

Correctional Officers will perform the direct supervision of inmates at the County Detention Facility according to laws, regulations, and policies of the State of Pennsylvania and Mercer County.  Officers will enforce the facility rules and maintain facility security.  Officers are responsible for the care, custody, and control of inmates at the facility.

 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Directly supervises inmates in the facility during all aspects of their incarceration such as housing, visitation, meals, medication distribution, searches, activities, work programs.
  • Enforce the rules and regulations of the facility
  • Must be able to act quickly, assess situations carefully, act in accordance with policy and procedure, and protect self and others (inmates and co-workers)
  • Conducts periodic cell pod checks, performs searches of inmates, performs searches of cells and other areas for contraband
  • Maintains discipline among inmates
  • Responds appropriately to emergencies in the prison (which may include assaults, fires, riots, disturbances, natural disasters, medical emergencies and hostage situations)
  • Maintains and updates Facility records (written, typing and basic computer skill required)
  • Receives and books inmates (perform fingerprinting, photographs and searches)

 

Physical/ Age Requirements:

 

  • Must be trained on and be able to perform weaponless self-defense and restraining techniques
  • Must be trained on and be able to perform the operation and use of restraining devices
  • Must be trained in and be able to perform initial first aid services to inmates as needed
  • Regularly walk, stand or stoop; occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects weighing up to and over 100lbs.
  • Use tools and equipment requiring a high degree of security
  • Walk, stand, crouch or run on narrow, slippery inclining or erratically moving surfaces
  • Stair climbing required (all cell pods are 2 levels)
  • Sit and stand for sustained periods of time
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must pass a physical, drug and psychological evaluation post employment offer
  • Must pass a criminal background check post offer of employment.
  • Position requires up to 30 hours of work per week on an average annual basis.

 

Other Requirements:

 

  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in criminal justice, social service or related field
  • Ability to perform multiple activities and quickly identify inappropriate inmate conduct
  • Ability to perform basic math
  • Ability to communicate via radios
  • Ability to work the rotating shifts (including weekends and holidays) as require by a 24/7 operating facility
  • Ability to train for 4 weeks or more at the Academy at the Department of Corrections.
  • Ability to work mandatory overtime
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License
  • All other duties as assigned

 

 

How to apply:

 

All interested applicants must print and complete the Standard County of Mercer Application for employment.

 

Please send the completed standard application, a letter of interest, salary history, resume, and three references to the following:

 

                                    Mercer County 

                                    HR Department

                                    17 Courthouse

                                    Mercer, PA 16137

 

Deadline to Apply:  August 31, 2022

 

Must be postmarked by Deadline date

 







Position: Law Clerk Posted: August 4, 2022 Deadline: August 19, 2022 Print Job Description

Law Clerk

 

Mercer County Court of Common Pleas (Mercer, PA) currently has an immediate opening for a Judicial Law Clerk.  This is a full-time position; 35 hours per week; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The successful candidate will be an employee of Mercer County, subject to the control of the Courts.

           

            There is a comprehensive benefits package, including paid holidays. An optional health insurance component does require an employee contribution. 

 

The 2022 salary is $41,927.25; extra compensation is available by processing Protection From Abuse petitions.

 

The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited law school. If not already licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, successful completion of the Pa. Bar exam is required within one year of the date of hire by Mercer County.

 

Interested candidates should submit the following:

 

  • A letter of interest in the position
  • Complete resume
  • Law School transcript
  • Writing sample

 

            This information may be submitted via email, or regular mail to:

 

            Bo D. McCleary, District Court Administrator

            Mercer County Courthouse

            North Diamond Street

            Mercer, PA  16137

 

            Tel: (724) 662-3800 ext. 2516

            Email: bmccleary@mercercountypa.gov

 

            Submissions will be accepted until August 19th, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

 

 








Position: Court Reporter Posted: August 4, 2022 Deadline: August 26, 2022 Print Job Description

           

Court Reporter

Full Time

 

Mercer County will have an opening for a Court Reporter beginning in September, 2022.  This is a full-time position, 35 hours per week.  The salary range is $31,558.80 to a top end of $45,154.20.  Additional income is earned by processing court orders and transcripts.  Starting salary is dependent upon experience.  There is a comprehensive benefit package included.  An RPR status is preferred, but not required.  Mercer County pays for required continuing education as well as association memberships. A Steno writer, laptop, and Case CATalyst software are also provided by Mercer County.     

 

How to Apply:

 

Please send the standard County Application (which can be found here: https://www.mercercountypa.gov/Employment/Applications/Employment.Application.2022.pdf), a letter of interest, resume, and three references to the following:

 

Bo D. McCleary

District Court Administrator

Mercer County Courthouse

North Diamond Street

Mercer, PA  16137

(724) 662-3800 ext. 2516

bmccleary@mercercountypa.gov

 

Deadline to Apply:  August 26, 2022

Applications can be made by regular mail, e-mail, or hand delivered.

 

 







Position: Caseworker I and/or II Posted: August 9, 2022 Deadline: August 27, 2022 Print Job Description

 

Department:  Children and Youth Services

 

Position Title: Caseworker I and/or II

 

Pay Classification:   YCW 00-00 (Caseworker I Entry $19.18/hr.)

 

                                    YCW 00-01 (Caseworker II Entry $19.92/hr.)

                                    Moves to $20.69/hr. after one year

Includes 13 paid holidays, paid Vac., paid sick

Full Insurance/Medical Benefits available.

 

Reports To:  CYS Director/Assistant Director and Casework Supervisor

 

Date of Job Description Creation/Update:  2/9/2022

 

 

 

Overall Descriptions of the Position: 

 

This is professional social service work with Mercer County Children and Youth Services. Caseworkers provide a full range of social and casework/management services to children, youth and families to assist them in attaining a more satisfactory social, economic, emotional, or physical adjustment. An important aspect of this work is the employment of casework skills in obtaining essential information, counseling clients and members of their families, and helping them to utilize all available resources. Work also involves the application of problem- solving techniques, providing counseling to maximize service delivery and to achieve service plan goals, monitoring client behavior, and interacting with agencies which make up the service network. Work is performed in accordance with established regulations, policies, and procedures but employees are expected to exercise initiative and judgment in discharging their duties.

 

 

Position Requirements:  (Below listed requirements will determine if a new hire begins employment as a CWI or CWII.  Training period for a CWI is approx. 6 months, prior to transitioning to a CWII.

 

Caseworker I

 

  • Required Minimum Experience and Training:  A bachelor’s degree which includes or is supplemented by successful completion of 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences.

 

Caseworker II

 

  • Required Minimum Experience and Training:  Six months of experience as a County Caseworker 1; OR Successful completion of the Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates (CWEB) program or County Social Casework Intern program; OR A bachelor's degree with a social welfare major; OR A bachelor's degree which includes or is supplemented by 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences and one year of professional social casework experience in a public or private social services agency.

AND

  • Child Welfare Direct Service Worker Certification

 

Additional Position Requirements:

  • Standard hours of Work are either M-F from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM with a ½ hour lunch (37.5 hrs./week) or M-F 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM with a ½ hour lunch (37.5 hrs./week).
  • Additional time at work may be required and flexibility of work times may be required to accommodate clients.
  • Must have the ability to fulfill on-call client services on nights and weekends on a rotation basis. 
  • Once training is complete, remote work from home is an available option in order to provide flexability. 
  • All Required Child Abuse Clearances
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Demonstrates the ability to professionally express ideas.
  • Demonstrates the ability to complete written documentation that is not only grammatically correct, but also professionally prepared. Possesses the ability to articulate and communicate the roles and responsibilities for the Agency.
  • Provides casework and counseling services to clients and members of their families to aid them in achieving a more satisfactory adjustment to their specific problems or situations.
  • Provides protective and supportive services for clients who are in situations detrimental to their well-being or that of the community, or who are undergoing treatment or hospitalization.
  • Possesses a clear understand of the Child Protective Service Law, the Juvenile Act, and all regulations governing child welfare practices, as well as Agency policies and procedures. Possess clear understanding of child welfare principles, philosophy and mission.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of current social, economic and health problems and resources and the ability to understand and accept the needs and rights of others.
  • Possesses the ability to engage clients and works with a light level of resistance.
  • Possesses the ability to engage clients and works with a high level of resistance.
  • Possesses excellent crisis management skills to de-escalate hostile, angry situations.
  • Ability to complete thorough initial and ongoing risk and safety assessments, child and family assessment. Ensure that children are provided a safe, stable environment and will take emergency measures if child appears to be at risk.
  • Possesses the ability to conduct individual and family interviews to identify problems and formulate plans for intervention. Basic knowledge of family system theory; genograms; and casual factors associated with abuse and neglect of children.
  • Possesses the knowledge of the steps of child development and ways to work effectively with parents of children with developmental delays.
  • Teaches clients home and budget management, child/adult care, and parenting skills; and assists with housing, employment, recreation and living arrangements, as required.

 

 

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Ability to complete thorough initial and ongoing risk and safety assessments, child and family assessments. Ensure that children are provided a safe, stable environment and can take emergency measures if child appears to be at risk.
  • Conduct and complete investigations of referrals of abuse and neglect as defined by law, regulation and agency policy.
  • Provide supportive and protective services to children of abuse and neglect.
  • Develop family service plans and assess the goals on an ongoing basis to determine the adequacy of the plan and make revisions as required, prepare petitions, court summaries and documents as well as testify in court, schedule meetings with other agencies, dictation and documentation of case activities through correspondence, reports, case histories and other records.
  • Attend individual supervisory meetings, unit meeting and staff meetings to assist in developing performance and case management skills and to continue to become familiar with current methods and techniques as well as changes in laws, regulations, and Agency policies.
  • Conduct phone intakes to collect appropriate information and to screen incoming referrals and make collateral contacts as necessary.
  • Obtains information from clients, members of their families, and others, necessary for the identification of social, economic, emotional, health or physical problems and assists clients in obtaining a wide variety of services on the basis of established policy, regulations and statutes.
  • Participates in team meetings for the purpose of developing service plans to address the needs of clients and their families.
  • Identifies appropriate community resources for clients, refers and links them to those resources, and advocates on behalf of client for resource service delivery.
  • Continually assesses the adequacy of client service plans and revises, when necessary, to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Possesses the ability to work effectively with people and develops and maintains working relationships with clients, their families, other staff and outside agencies as well as the general public.
  • Works collaboratively with social agencies, hospitals, clinics, courts, and other community resources.
  • Participates and when necessary conducts team meetings such as MDITs, Team Meetings, etc. to develop appropriate strategies for effective intervention and work collaboratively with other resource agencies.
  • Demonstrates the ability to plan and organize their work, prepares adequate records and reports, and sets proprieties and maintains a caseload in an effective and timely manner. Possesses excellent time management skills.
  • Possesses knowledge of agency’s internal resources.
  • Possesses the ability to be a team player, asks for feedback and accepts supervision, is flexible and non-judgmental.
  • Possesses the ability to be physically mobile over rough terrain in community while making home visits; verbally engages in conversation, utilizes phone, and observes and identifies physical indicators of abuse and neglect.
  • The ability to lift 15 to 20 pounds and physically supervise young children.
  • Complete all requirements for certification and attend trainings.
  • Interpret Agency policies, laws, regulations and procedures as well as programs to individuals, groups, and other agencies.
  • Participate in Emergency on-call duties and/or other non-traditional hours as required to meet client needs.
  • Provide proper use of equipment such as computers, printers, personal vehicles, copy machines, telephones, fax machines, video and camera equipment and cell phones.
  • Engage in placement planning including a determination of appropriate placement home or facility, sharing information regarding the child’s treatment, education and medical needs and preparation of the child and families for placement.
  • Develop and modify Family Services Plans to address the needs for families and children in the home and prepare Child Permanency Plans for children who are placed out of the home. Perform all duties regarding placement as defined by regulations and policy.
  • Prepare court packets and memos, attend court hearings, and provide testimony in a clear and concise manner.
  • Provide for visitation for children in placement, including scheduling visits, providing transportation and/or supervision when appropriate.
  • Engage in permanency planning for children in placement by identifying a permanent home for the children. Provide proper documentation and testimony for termination of parental rights. Complete appropriate adoption assessments and court materials. Identify and prepare the adoptive home and prepare the child and family for adoption.
  • Provide or arrange transportation services on behalf of clients when necessary and appropriate.
  • Performs all other work-related duties as required.

 

 

Physical and Mental Requirements:

 

  • Must possess the ability to record, convey and present information, explain procedures and follow instructions.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods throughout the workday, with intermittent periods of standing, walking, bending, twisting and reaching, as necessary to carry out job duties.
  • Dexterity requirements range from simple to coordinated movements of fingers/hands, feet/legs; torso necessary to carry out duties of job.
  • Sedentary work that may incur occasional lifting/carrying objects with a maximum weight of thirty pounds.
  • Must be able to cope with the physical and mental stress of the position.
  • Must be able to react quickly physically and mentally in the event of a disturbance or physical outbreak.

 

How to Apply:

 

Please send a completed and signed standard County application, a letter of interest, salary history, resume, and three references to the following:

 

                                    Mercer County Human Resources Dept.

                                    17 Courthouse

                                    Mercer, PA 16137

 

Copies of College transcripts and clearances will be required upon interview.

 

Deadline to Apply:  August 27, 2022

 









Position: Fiscal Assistant Posted: August 12, 2022 Deadline: September 3, 2022 Print Job Description

 

Department:              County Fiscal Office

 

Position Title:            Fiscal Assistant

                                    (Full Time – 35 hrs. per week)

                                    M-F 8:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

 

Pay Classification:   P&A 04 (Entry $17.35/hr. - $24.81/hr.) plus annual increases

                                    Paid Time off (Vacation and Sick)

                                    13 Paid Holidays per year

                                    Insurance Benefits Package

                                    County Pension Plan benefit

 

Reports To:              Fiscal Administrator

 

Date of Job Description Creation/Update:  July 7, 2022

 

 

Overall Description of the Position

 

The Fiscal Assistant will support the key functions of the Fiscal Office (budgeting, grant accounting, and finance) through detail processing of expenditures and receipt transactions, general ledger coding, and special/routine projects and reports.

 

 

Position Requirements:  

  • Education and experience in one of the following combinations:
    • Bachelor’s degree with an accounting major; some experience in a general accounting function strongly preferred.
    • Associate’s degree with a minimum of nine accounting credits and four years’ experience in general accounting, high volume accounts payable invoice audit, and revenue invoicing;
    • 4 year high school diploma/GED with six years dedicated experience in a fast-paced office environment, performing accounts payable, revenue invoicing, and data entry.
  • Comprehension of general ledger structure and fiscal accounting periods.
  • Computer skills: Windows network environment, intermediate Microsoft Excel and Word; demonstrated ability to learn new systems.  
  • Communicate in an effective and friendly manner with other County departments, vendors, and grantors to accomplish fiscal objectives of accurate, timely, and helpful records and reports. 
  • Good organizational skills; self-starter able to establish and meet deadlines; exceptional problem-solving abilities; detail-oriented.
  • Data entry 10-key style; use of copier, fax and scanner.
  • Familiarity with government funds a plus.

 

 

Position Duties:

  • Accounts receivable – generate invoices with supporting documentation and collection follow-up Administrative – daily mail, telephone messages, report distribution.
  • Accounts payable – evaluate payment requests for budget, fiscal year, object account, and appropriate fund.
  • General – support Fiscal Department managers as needed.
  • Coordinate as directed with other offices, particularly Controller, Treasurer, Human Resources, and Purchasing.
  • Reporting – as directed generate monthly reports and account analysis.
  • Budgeting – assist with preparation of annual budget and analyze variances.
  • Support preparation for a variety of audits.
  • All other duties as assigned.

 

 

How to Apply:

 

Please send a letter of interest, salary history, resume, and completed standard County of Mercer Application for Employment to:

 

                                    Mercer County /Human Resources Dept.

                                    17 Courthouse

                                    Mercer, PA 16137

 

**Standard Application can be printed from the link above or can be obtained at the Mercer County HR office located on the basement level of the Courthouse.

 

Deadline to Apply:  September 3, 2022