I. JOB SUMMARY
Performs moderately complex correctional work involving the care and custody of offenders. Work involves the direct supervision of offender work groups in their daily assigned duties; preventing escapes; and maintaining discipline in conformance with strict rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures. Works under general supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
II. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
A. Assumes a high level of responsibility for the care and custody of assigned offenders through knowledge of and adherence to laws, rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures governing the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).
B. Searches for contraband and provides security; counts, feeds, and supervises offenders in housing, work, and other areas accessed by stairs; and maintains security of assigned areas involving long periods of sitting and standing, climbing stairs and ladders to reach assigned areas, and working at heights.
C. Provides custody and security of offenders including observing actions of offenders, squatting and bending to conduct “pat” and “strip” searches of offenders, restraining and securing sometimes assaultive offenders, and transferring and transporting offenders by walking or riding in various vehicles such as trailers, vans, buses, and other forms of transportation.
D. Supervises and provides security of offenders performing technical skills such as construction, maintenance, laundry, food service, and in varied industrial and agricultural operations which involve climbing stairs and ladders and climbing around the inside or outside of buildings; works outdoors and indoors without air conditioning; works around motorized or moving equipment and machinery; and is subject to all types of weather.
E. Ability to work protracted, irregular, and overtime hours as needed; responds to emergencies, including climbing stairs and ladders while searching for escaped offenders, hearing calls for and calling for help, giving first aid at the emergency site, carrying an injured or unconscious offender or employee various distances to safety up or down stairs and ladders; and uses force and deadly force, including the use of chemical agents and firearms, to control offenders.
F. Reads, reviews, and properly applies information found in offender records which is related to the offender’s health and safety and to the security of the facility; provides leadership and technical guidance to other staff; complies with policies, procedures, rules, and regulations; enforces offender disciplinary rules; and prepares and maintains records, forms, and reports. * Performs a variety of marginal duties not listed, to be determined and assigned as needed.
III. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
A. Education, Experience, and Training 1. Graduation from an accredited senior high school or equivalent or GED. 2. Successful completion of an accredited TDCJ-approved Correctional Officer Training program or TDCJ Correctional Officer Pre-service Training Academy. Continued employment is contingent upon passing exams and skills tests B. Knowledge and Skills 1. Skill to communicate ideas and instructions clearly and concisely. 2. Skill to coordinate with other staff, departments, officials, agencies, organizations, and the public. 3. Skill to interpret and apply rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. 4. Skill to prepare and maintain accurate records, files, and reports. 5. Skill in correctional methods, techniques, practices, and procedures preferred. 6. Skill in the supervision of offenders preferred.