Department Administrator, Senior Sheriff, Jail Administrator

Hennepin County
Full Time 24 per week $98,440 - $156,246 Per year MN Hennepin County Sheriff, 350 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415, United States


Hennepin County's Sheriff's Office is seeking a Senior Department Administrator - Jail Administrator. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office operates the largest pre-trial detention facility in the state of Minnesota. Each year, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office books approximately 40,000 inmates. The Adult Detention Division has consistently earned the distinction of being accredited by the American Correctional Association for maintaining the highest standards of inmate custody and care.

Location and hours:

This position will be performed on-site in downtown Minneapolis located at 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415. The primary work schedule will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include occasional hours outside of those listed e.g., evenings, holidays and/or weekends. This position requires working a flexible schedule including days, evenings, overnights, weekends, holidays, and is subject to emergency call back 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

About the position type


This is a full-time, benefit earning position.You must be a  of Hennepin County's Sheriff's Office to apply to this position. Limited duration employees are not eligible.
This position is internally classified as a Department Administrator, Senior. Click to view the job classification specification.

In this position, you will:
  • Plan, assign, review, and evaluate the selection, training, and work of law enforcement and civilian personnel assigned to the Detention Services bureau. Assist in formulating annual budget.
  • Review and approve employee performance evaluations, timecards, and other documents requiring administrative approval.
  • Confer with Sheriff and Chief Deputy regularly regarding development and interpretation of office-wide and jail specific policies, practices, legislation, and procedures.
  • Provide effective communication and direction to Sheriff’s Office staff, contracted vendors, and volunteers to ensure the proper establishment and integration of programs and functions that support strategic services within the jail, Sheriff’s Office, and county. 
  • Actively participate in planning, evaluation, and measurement of services in order to develop proposals for change. Ensure the optimum use of financial and human resources for the success of the facility. 
  • Prepare reports and maintain required records of the Detention Services Bureau and to represent the Sheriff or Chief Deputy in internal and external responsibilities.
  • Compose correspondence and represent the Sheriff's Office in public relations matters related to the jail facility.

Need to have:
  • One of the following:
    • Bachelor's degree in business administration or other field appropriate to the position and six years of program administration experience in government or an organization closely related to government.
    • Note: Experience can be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.

Nice to have:
  • Experience managing and operating a jail facility or other field appropriate to the position.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of correctional practices and standards
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations that govern a jail facility.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of modern jail management that apply to the operations of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Analyze and interpret jail facility problems and provide effective courses of actions.
  • Ability to establish effective relationships with others and provide leadership.

About the department:

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office serves the county's 1.2 million residents. State law mandates most of the sheriff's office duties, including managing the county jail, providing security to the district court, and patrolling the waterways in the county.

The Sheriff's Office also runs specialized initiatives like Criminal Information Sharing and Analysis (CISA), Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF), Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Investigation, Community Outreach and Employee Wellness. The mission of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is: Providing quality professional services while building meaningful relationships that are sustainable within our communities, and with our partners, to ensure justice and safety for all.

About Hennepin County:

Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.

Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at

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Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.

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