County Employment Opportunities

Human Resources Department
17 Courthouse
Mercer, PA 16137
Fax: 724-662-2189

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

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Positions Currently Available

Correctional Officer (Part-Time) | Enforcement Officer | Senior Procedure Clerk

Position: Correctional Officer (Part-Time) Posted: December 21, 2018 Deadline: January 19, 2019 Printer Icon


Department:   Mercer County Jail


Position Title: Correctional Officer (Part-Time)


Pay Classification:  JCO 00-00 ($14.97/hr. Entry Wage)


Reports To:  Warden and Deputy Warden(s)


Date of Job Description Creation/Update: 1/1/19





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:  January 19, 2019


Must be postmarked by Deadline date


Position: Enforcement Officer Posted: January 8, 2019 Deadline: January 22, 2019 Printer Icon


Department: Mercer County Court of Common Pleas; Domestic Relations Section

Position Title: Enforcement Officer/UIFSA Officer

Pay Classification: P&A Grade 4 (Entry wage $16.34/hr.)

Reports to: Enforcement Supervisor/UIFSA Supervisor

Updated: 1/2/2019


Description of Position:

Enforcement/UIFSA Officers will work within the Domestic Relations Section serving as a point of contact for persons involved in an ongoing case as both a resource for questions and for assistance in actions necessary for the enforcement of a Support Order using individual initiative and the PACSES system.

Position Requirements:

  • Multitasking-able to deal with many time sensitive issues at one time.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to work in a professional and confidential environment.
  • Technical knowledge of personal computer operations including Microsoft Word, Excel, Windows and general data entry.
  • High level of organizational and prioritization skills.
  • High level of accuracy.
  • Ability to work effectively when dealing with time constraints as imposed by law.
  • Decision making ability and skills in negotiation and mediation.
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills allowing for effective interaction with clients, attorneys and other DRS personnel.
  • Ability to comprehend a variety of documents; including case files, civil complaints, modification petitions, earnings reports, pays stubs, W-2’s, tax returns and other records related to income data.
  • A mastery of basic mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to work effectively with potential emotional individuals in a stressful and sometimes adversarial environment.
  • Ability to work with clients who have poor life skills and a sometimes limited education.
  • Ability to interview and elicit information from individuals in a non-threatening, calm, yet authoritative manner.
  • Ability to analyze information for appropriate action and resolution of case specific situations.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Able to work independently.

Position Duties:

The following duties are typical for the position. They are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Meet with clients as scheduled or upon their appearance in the DRS for assistance in initiating actions in established cases and/or to answer questions regarding DRS Law, case status or payment records.
  • Investigate and resolve problems that clients may have concerning missing/late payments, enforcement problems and issues surrounding medical coverage.
  • Schedule all modification review and contempt conferences via PACSES.
  • Schedule and prepare matters for hearing with the appropriate Judge when demands are filed for Hearing De Novo or when contempt is necessary.
  • Mail out Orders to Appear.
  • Using PACSES, generate the appropriate forms for case enforcement and mail out all forms required for the following programs:
    • Financial Institution Data Match Freeze/Seize
    • Income Withholding
    • Passport Denial
    • Lottery Intercept
    • Professional and Recreational Licenses Revocation
    • Driver’s License Suspension
    • Credit Bureau Reporting
    • Liens on Real Property
    • Unemployment Compensation Attachment
    • New Hire Report
    • Federal and State Tax Refund Intercept
    • Defendant Contempt
    • Employer Contempt
  • Respond to worker alerts and located on the MAIL screen in PACSES and the Performance Improvement Module (PIM) in order to determine appropriate enforcement actions needed.
  • Keep updated of the frequent change in Rule, case law, and PACSES functionality as provided by the Director, Assistant Director and Supervisor’s, or as made available daily on the Daily Production Report.
  • Using PACSES, making adjustments to case financial balances based on the result of hearings/conferences or the request of parties.
  • Review incoming TASKS generated by the computer system daily assuring priority matters receive appropriate attention and respond within two (2) days of receipt unless management direction is necessary.
  • Monitor time limits given for the response of enforcement notices.
  • Contact or communicate with any agency or entity involved in any support matter as necessary including attorneys, employers, County Assistance Office (CAO), other Courts, Children and Youth Services, Juvenile Probation, Child care information services, the Social Security Administration and the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement (BCSE).
  • Perform work in accordance with established regulations, policies, directives or policy as set by the Courts, DRS management and BCSE.
  • Attend meetings, training and/or workshops as required.
  • Must complete New Hire Training with PACSETI within six (6) months from date of hire.
  • Work with designated Locate staff in any case where a defendants name and/or address is unknown.
  • Update all case information in PACSES following hearings/conferences.
  • Work the financial Non-Compliance Report (E009) routinely as well as designated reports assigned by the management staff of the DRS including self-assessment reports, actionable case lists, % paid report and data integrity lists in order to maximize performance in an effort to maintain a minimum of 80% as per Federal requirements in all performance measures.
  • Enter a NOTE in PACSES for each interaction (personal contact, phone, ect) with anyone related to a case and for updated activities.
  • Utilize the computer system to scan in any relevant documents into the PACSES Imaging system under case ID or Member ID.
  • Communicate with the Work Search Coordinator and Bench Warrant Officer as needed on shared cases.

Note: The following tasks are specific to UIFSA Officers who manage cases involving interstate cases.

  • Process incoming UIFSA cases and register cases out-of-state once either party moves.
  • Contact out-of-state Courts as necessary using telephone, text message, email and Child Support Enforcement Network (CSENet) communications.

Minimum Education and/or Experience Required:

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Psychology, Sociology, Administration of Justice, Social Sciences or any other related area, or any other related area, or a minimum of four (4) years’ experience in Child Support Enforcement.

Previous DRS experience is helpful but not essential.


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

                                    Mercer County Human Resources

                                    17 Courthouse

                                    Mercer, PA 16137


Deadline to Apply: January 22, 2019




Position: Senior Procedure Clerk Posted: January 14, 2019 Deadline: January 25, 2019 Printer Icon


Department:  Mercer County Treasurer  


Position Title:   Senior Procedure Clerk


Pay Classification:   TCC 06 (Entry Wage - $ 16.29/hr.)


Reports To:    County Treasurer


Date of Job Description Creation/Update:  1-14-19



Overall Descriptions of the Position: 


Handles technical administrative activities by processing taxes, recording all receipts and keeping records of the individual tax collectors that report to the County on a weekly or monthly basis.


Position Requirements:


  • High School Diploma and/or one to three years related experience and or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use  Microsoft Office Products (Access and Excel)
  • Professional Verbal and Written Communication
  • High level of basic Mathematical Skills for the purpose of financial record keeping
  • Must know and understand Tax Collectors Laws.
  • Ability to work against tight time deadline.
  • Ability to maintain records and files on a daily basis.
  • Must be organized at all times.
  • Ability to type quickly and efficiently.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals either on computer or calculator
  • Ability to use computer or calculator with speed and accuracy.
  • Must establish and maintain an effective working relationship, both over the phone and in person with the Tax Collectors.
  • Must have the ability and tact to train and answer questions from the Tax Collectors.
  • Ability to communicate  and work with various other county departments



Position Duties:


  • Responsible for the collection of approximately $28,000,000.00 annually from the individual tax collectors.
  • Maintain up to date tax records for each individual tax collector.
  • Print daily direct deposits reports from the bank for each tax collector.
  • Prepare deposits and balance deposits with individual tax collector reports.
  • Enter the Collectable Amount of Taxes to be received per tax collector on their individual accounts at the beginning of each year.
  • Daily post & balance money received to the proper taxing district in database on computer in three places in access.
  • Post the Ads and Exons received from the Commissioners to the individual Tax Collectors accounts daily.
  • Prepare receipts for Tax Collectors and a copy for the Controllers Office.
  • Calculate Tax Collectors Commissions and give to Controllers Office.
  • Work with Tax collection agencies. - Post all money received from Sharp and Berkheimer to the proper taxing district and the correct year. (these are late payments)
  • Calculate Tax Distribution (Monthly) – calculate the amount of monies to be transferred to different County accounts from the County Tax Collectors Bank account.
  • Responsible for the filing system for each individual Tax Collector.
  • Confirms Tax Collectors Annual Audit with the Controllers Office.  Treasurer’s records, Controller’s records and Tax Collectors records.  Ensures balancing.
  • Know and understand the difference between paying taxes at Discount, Face and Penalty.
  • Performs duties of a general to complex nature such as computer work, typing, filing, handling mail, proofreading, and issuing license.
  • Duties may also involve both accounting or procedural tasks and the handling of money.
  • Provides service to the general public, waiting on the counter and selling various licenses.
  • Knowledge of issuing licenses (hunt, fish, dog, pistol permits, and boat) from the counter computer system.
  • Ability to question applicants to obtain information needed to issue the licenses.
  • Ability to operate the cash register.
  • Back Up for balancing daily sales of license for the commonwealth and recording on the daily computer reports of sales.
  • Assist in the balancing and inputting on the computer the individual dog license and the Dog Agent reports.
  • Assist in the issuing of doe licenses on the computer.
  • Types letters, forms, reports, memorandums, and other correspondence from drafts.
  • Proofreads typed materials.
  • Back up in obtaining the incoming mail and preparing the outgoing mail.
  • Back up in answering and directing phone calls to the appropriate parties.
  • Assists in the reconciling of bank statements.
  • Must have the ability to operate all office machines. (Computers, Printers, Copier, Folder, Calculator, Cash Register, Typewriter, etc)
  • All other duties as assigned


Physical Requirements:


  • Must be able to stand, sit, and walk at will.
  • Must have the ability to engage in frequent or constant computer use.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, kneel , squat
  • Must be able to lift up to 20lb on a regular basis and up to 50lb on an occasional basis.



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

                                    17 Courthouse

                                    Mercer, PA 16137



Deadline to Apply:  January 25, 2019