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3 weeks ago

Corrections – Security Coordinator

Travis County
Flag us Austin, TX

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Job Description

Job Summary

Are you interested in serving your community? Have you been considering a Corrections and/or a Law Enforcement career? If you answered yes, then you need to apply for Travis County Sheriff’s Office Security Coordinator position. This is a great position to introduce you into the Corrections and Law Enforcement environment. Travis County offers a premier Total Rewards package that includes a highly rated retirement plan, vacation and sick leave, personal holidays, longevity pay, tuition reimbursement, medical, dental, and vision, and a free employee health care clinic.

The Security Coordinator, under general direction, maintains accurate inventory of keys, updates and maintains complete detainee rosters and daily activity log, and performs a variety of administrative, skilled, or technical tasks of a specialized nature. Security of inmates and the public is a major element in the performance of duties assigned to this job classification.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is a job classification within the Public Safety/Emergency Management job family. This classification possesses knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures. This classification is distinguished in that incumbents are directly responsible for security of the inmates and public visiting detention centers. This classification may require work in secure facilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Operates base radio within the jail detention complex and maintains contact with all jail posts. Monitors radio for routine and emergency transmissions.
  • Monitors and operates security alarm systems in the detention complex. Operates electronic control panel for access to unit. Operates screening devices, such as the X-ray machine. Monitors security cameras to track normal inmate movement and identify security violations in all areas, including MPA and isolation areas. Provides surveillance of activity in passive dayrooms.
  • Maintains accurate inmate count for each unit, including individual building counts. Reports all suspicious behavior and activity to appropriate personnel. Responds to panic and fire alarms throughout the courthouses and other locations. Writes reports or supplements to incidents or violations of the law. Maintains running count sheet showing inmate movement. Records counts at shift change.
  • Dispatches officers to various tasks on or off the complex. Coordinates traffic flow during detention and other hearings. Responds to and coordinates emergency situations.
  • Coordinates access into, within and out of the complex. Answers telephone and relays information between buildings, supervisors, officers and the general public.
  • Enters information into computer system and drafts correspondence using computer software. Performs administrative duties, such as filing, photocopying, answering phones and data entry.
  • Provides first line of security to buildings within the complex. Assists with inmate visitation, ensures that all visitors are properly signed in and accounted for with appropriate identification before allowing access into secured area.
  • Processes new inmates by booking, interviewing, completing paperwork, fingerprinting, taking photos, searching inmates and takes all property, including clothes and money to be held while in custody. Maintains accurate inventory and account of inmate property and money when they are detained. Returns appropriate belongings, such as money or clothing, to detainees when released.
  • Initiates and develops files on inmates who participate in the weekend work release program. Conducts warrant checks on inmates processed at both intake and release.
  • Handles classification and tracking of inmates who are a part of specific programs. Completes program processing, gives orientation, and reviews protective order information with inmate. Accepts fine payments for inmates on the weekend program.
  • Performs inmate's sentence calculations and releases by reviewing court commitments, calculating time served, tracking and projecting release dates, and tracking credit for inmates who work upon completion of sentence. Researches back time for credits for courts and attorneys. Audits files, as required.
  • Interacts with courts and other agencies to verify defendant has been sentenced to a particular program or is authorized for release. Contacts immigration, as required.
  • Supervises and monitors key control.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:
High School diploma or G.E.D. AND up to one (1) year experience in corrections, security or computer operations;


Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience and required knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this job.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:
Must be a U.S. citizen.
TCIC/NCIC Certification must be obtained within six (6) months of employment.
Jailer's License must be obtained within six (6) months of employment.

***Physical participation is required to obtain a jailer’s license. A jailer’s license is obtained through Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). The physical participation includes defensive tactics, which may include basic self-defense, defensive techniques, and inmate handling techniques. TCSO will provide training for licensure.***

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Methods, procedures and techniques used in operating jailhouse security systems.
  • Modern office/clerical and administrative practices, procedures and methods related to operating jailhouse security systems.
  • File management and techniques.
  • Principle and procedures of record keeping.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations and a variety of software packages.
  • Business English, spelling and arithmetic.

Skill in:

  • Record keeping.
  • Operating a variety of modern office equipment, including a computer.
  • Both verbal and written communication.

Ability to:

  • Physically perform assigned security duties with alertness.
  • Use firmness and tact in enforcing regulations.
  • Communicate effectively with inmates.
  • Understand and carry out verbal and written directions.
  • Handle stressful situations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental clientele, representatives of outside agencies, other County employees and officials, and the general public.

Work Environment & Other Information

Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 20 – 50 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, walking, sitting, repetitive motion, reaching, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, balancing, client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential functions. Subject to continual contact with persons accused or convicted of crimes. Subject to stressful court environment and client and customer contact for extended periods of time.

Travis County employees play an important role in business continuity. As such, employees can be assigned to business continuity efforts outside of normal job functions.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Work Hours: Shift Work Required, 24 Hour Operation
Works some holidays, some evenings, some nights, some weekends.

Location: Austin, TX

Department: Sheriff

TCOLE, Physical Exam, Drug Test, Alcohol Test, Psychological Exam Required. Criminal, Credit, Driving, Education, Employment Required.


Employment at Travis County comes with a full array of benefits. We offer comprehensive health insurance, a no-cost, on-site Health and Wellness clinic, longevity pay, paid vacations, sick time and personal holidays, not to mention an industry competitive salary structure and a friendly, stable work environment.

FY2024 Travis County Benefit Guide

In this valuable Travis County Benefits Guide you will find benefit summaries, eligibility requirements, costs, contact numbers and addresses as well as other general information on the benefits available to Travis County Employees and Retirees.

Credit Union
Employees may join the Travis County Credit Union which offers low-interest loans, savings plans through payroll deduction, safe deposit boxes and other benefits.

Deferred Compensation
Employees may enroll in a tax- free sheltered investment plan through payroll deduction.

Direct Deposit
Employees may sign up for direct bank deposit.

Employee Assistance Program
Travis County provides a confidential counseling and referral service free of charge to county employees and their family.

Employee Organizations
Membership in the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union is available through payroll deduction.

Employee Health & Wellness Clinic
Employees may access the clinic for a variety of wellness program and health care services with no co-pay, no deductible and no co-insurance costs.

An average of eleven paid holidays are designated by the Travis County Commissioners Court at the beginning of each fiscal year.

Employees may select from four plans: an Exclusive Physician Organization (EPO), Choice Plus Preferred Physician Organization (PPO), Consumer Choice or a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA). All four options include a Pharmacy Plan. Travis County’s current policy is to pay 100% of the employee’s health insurance premium for the Consumer Choice and HDHP. Employees will pay a premium for both the EPO and PPO. Other insurance benefits include $50,000 Basic Life and AD&D paid by the County.

The following benefits are employee paid:

  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Supplemental Life, AD&D
  • Dependent Life
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Long Term Care

New employees are covered on the first day of the month following 28 calendar days of employment.

Longevity pay is paid for each year completed after three years of continuous service. Peace Officers in a law enforcement activity, whose job requires state peace officer certification, receive pay after one year of certification.

On the regular payday on or after the employee's fourth and subsequent adjusted service dates, he or she receives a single payment for the previous year.

A limited number of assigned parking spaces are available to employees in the Courthouse Complex.

Personal Holidays
Regular, full-time employees are eligible for up to three paid personal holidays each calendar year. Part-time employees shall be granted personal holidays on a prorated basis. New employees earn personal holidays for the calendar year in which he/she begins employment, based on the month in which employment begins:

January – March
3 personal holidays
April – June
2 personal holidays

July – September

1 personal holiday

October – December

New employees are eligible to take personal holidays after 90 days of employment.

Travis County is a member of the Texas County & District Retirement System with mandatory participation by certain classes of employees. Seven percent (7%) of the gross salary is deducted each pay period. An employee is fully vested after eight years of service. Benefits are prorated for part-time employees.

Sick Leave
Regular employees earn sick leave at a rate of eight hours per month with unlimited accrual during employment. Part-time employees earn sick leave on a pro-rated basis.

Parental Leave
Each Full-time Paid Parental Leave Eligible (PPL) Employee is entitled to a total of 320 hours of Paid Parental Leave in a 12 month period. Paid Parental Leave for Part-time PPL Eligible Employees is prorated based on the number of hours that they are regularly scheduled to work.

Tuition Refund
Certain classes of full-time employees may receive reimbursement for fees associated with pre-approved, job related course work completed satisfactorily.

Based on years of county service, regular, full-time employees earn vacation time at the following rates:

0 to 5 years
4.0 hours per pay period
6 to 10 years
4.5 hours per pay period
11 to 15 years
5.0 hours per pay period
16 to 20 years
5.5 hours per pay period
21 plus years
6.0 hours per pay period

Part-time employees earn vacation leave on a pro-rated basis.

Workers' Compensation
The county provides all employees workers' compensation coverage with benefits in accordance with state statute, if the employee sustains an injury out of, or in the course of work.

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