Travis County Texas Security Coordinator in Del Valle, Texas

Job Summary

Under general direction, provides care custody and control of inmates in the detention complex. 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: TCIC/NCIC Certification must be obtained within six (6) months of employment. Jailer License must be obtained within six (6) months of employment. Must complete a 40-hour basic adult or juvenile correctional training course within six (6) months of employment.

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.

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 Works some holidays, nights and weekends

Department: Sheriff

Location: 3614 Bill Price Rd., Austin and 509 W. 11th Street, Austin

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

Salary: $32,345.46 - $39,623.17 Annually

Location: Del Valle, TX

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Sheriff

Job Number: 15-03947

Closing: 9/29/2017 11:59 PM Central

Agency: Travis County

Address: 700 Lavaca Street, Suite 420 Austin, Texas, 78701.

Phone: 512-854-9165