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Instructor Specialist, DJC

Posting Begin Date: 2024/02/26
Posting End Date: 2024/03/26
Category: Education
Sub Category: Teacher
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Lewiston, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 29.39
Maximum Salary: 35.79
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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State of Idaho Opportunity

Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections

Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. 

The Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections (IDJC), Lewiston is seeking an engaging Instructor Specialist (Teacher) to join our team. This position is located at our on-site school Juniper Hills, a special purpose school accredited through Cognia at our Lewiston Facility.

The Instructor Specialist will plan, develop, implement, and evaluate specialized educational programs; provide leadership, direction and consultation to instructors and treatment staff; provide individual and group educational programs in academic OR vocational areas to youth in a rehabilitation/treatment setting; perform related work.

A $2000 hiring bonus is available to our next teacher addition! Bonuses will be paid upon the successful completion of entrance probation. 

The Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, Lewiston: has regionalized state services for juveniles committed to its custody, making it possible for most juveniles to remain close enough to their communities so parents and other key community members can take part in the juvenile's treatment. State juvenile correctional centers are located in Nampa, and St. Anthony and provide a full complement of services for youth who range from 10 to 20 years of age. Nampa is located just minutes from the capital city of Boise in southwestern Idaho. It is the second largest city in Idaho with all the amenities one would expect of an urban area while still retaining that hometown atmosphere.

This position must attend a two week POST academy in Meridian, Idaho. Training and time is paid by IDJC and must be completed within first year of employment.

To learn more about Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections visit our website: IDJC 


1. Program delivery and coordination:

  • Participates as member of treatment team to determine treatment goals; applies and provides instruction in Applies and provides instruction in accordance with special education, 504, and programmatic needs, as applicable; serves as liaison to assigned living unit and integrates educational programs with other treatment services; coordinates student educational goals with staff; consults with other instructors, program staff, to discuss student progress; consults with staff, parents, and officials regarding student management techniques, academic and behavioral progress.

 2. Educational programs: 

  • Determines educational goals; plans and develops a Course of Study compatible with open-entry, open-exit practices; utilizes assessment instruments for intervention purposes; assesses student needs and capabilities; plans and implements individuals' educational plans; determines appropriate instructional methods; guides peer-group interaction to enhance student learning and problem resolution; develops course materials; develops and implements classroom activities; evaluates student progress; meet with students regarding progress in meeting their educational goals; maintains records and prepares reports. Works with special education teachers to to meet Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and for students who have special learning needs.

3. Student guidance: 

  • Serves as role model for appropriate social behavior; encourages and motivates students in developing self-esteem, academic knowledge and vocational skills; instructs in living skills, fosters protection of individual rights, and ensures student safety and positive interactions; intervenes in student conflicts and confrontations; reports accidents, changes in health, and emergencies; escorts students on and off campus for various activities; obtains and monitors use of classroom equipment and materials; willingness to participate in aspects that foster the safety and security of the youth, staff and facility including assisting in searches, conducting pat searches, de-escalating youth, and interacting with combative youth .

Please note that the person hired for this position must be willing to teach outside their content area.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Applicant must hold, or be eligible to obtain, an Idaho Education Credential in accordance with State Department of Education certification standards (see
  • Meet entrance requirements established by the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) academy for correction officers including the following: Be at least 21 years of age Be eligible for and in good standing to obtain a POST certification within 12 months of hire Possess a high school diploma, GED or equivalent For those that served in the military, must have a discharge indicating honorable, uncharacterized, or general under honorable conditions. 
  • Hold a current and valid driver’s license in your state of residence. 
  • Be a U.S. Citizen No conviction, withheld judgment, suspicion or imposed conviction of the following: See POST IDAPA Code 11.11.01 for more information. A felony age eighteen (18) years old or older at the time of conviction A misdemeanor DUI within the last 2 years or had 2 or more misdemeanor DUI within the last 2 years or had 2 or more misdemeanor DUI offenses within 5 years immediately preceding application. A misdemeanor crime involving domestic violence within the last 5 years preceding this application. A misdemeanor crime of deceit or a misdemeanor sex offense within the last 5 years preceding this application. A misdemeanor drug-related offense within one (1) year immediately preceding this application. 
  • No purchase or possession of marijuana, cannabis, hashish, hash oil, or THC in synthetic and natural forms marijuana within one (1) year immediately preceding job application. 
  • Willingness to: deal with violence, harassment, threats, verbal abuse; break up fights, control disturbances, and physically restrain offenders; perform searches for contraband and weapons; work alone unarmed among unrestricted offenders; work in secure/locked facility in confined spaces; learn and follow department policies, procedures, rules, and instructions; set aside personal prejudices and be fair; work in high-stress, hostile environments; transport juveniles; become certified in CPR. 
  • Physical requirements: no hearing, sight, or physical limitations that would prevent performance of duties. 
  • Meet Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Juvenile Facility Standards and must never have been the subject of the following: Been the perpetrator of sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution; Been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; Been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse. D. Had allegations substantiated against me for an incident(s) of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and/or child abuse against another person; Resigned from a job where I was the subject of a pending investigation being conducted for an allegation of sexual abuse against another person. 

Benefits: We offer a competitive benefits package that includes the following -


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.

Salary: The salary listed is the Department's minimum starting rate for an Instructional Specialist and tiers up from there. New hires can join the Agency at a higher rate/tier dependent upon relevant work experience and professional endorsement.

Impact Assessment: Applicants must be willing to take the IMPACT Assessment examination and receive a passing score in order to be considered for this position. Applicants will be contacted by IDJC to schedule this examination.

In order to protect the safety of our vulnerable juvenile population, the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections requires incumbents for this position to pass a thorough background check including, but not limited to, a pre-hire criminal history check, post-offer drug screen, and an FBI criminal history fingerprint check. Applicants will also be required to complete a comprehensive self-disclosure application and personal history at the time of interview.


Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections

P.O. Box 83720

Boise, ID



[email protected]