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Location: Venus, TX
Job ID: 47484
Facility: Sanders Estes Correctional Ctr

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Work with a purpose! Climb the criminal justice career ladder while changing lives in the inside.

Job title: Lieutenant

Facility name: Sanders Estes Unit

Location: 1100 Hwy 1807, Venus, TX  76084

Pay:  $24.00 per hour 

Work schedule: Full-time; 12-hour shift 

Benefit package includes:

  • Health/dental/vision/life insurance
  • 401(k) with company match 
  • Paid time off
  • 9 paid holidays
  • Plenty of overtime
  • Professional development assistance
  • Career advancement opportunities

Job responsibilities: A lieutenant directly supervises assigned sergeants and correctional officers. This position is responsible for the custody and care of offenders; maintaining order and discipline among offenders; and scheduling, training and supervising staff in compliance with Management & Training Corporation (MTC) and Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) directives. In addition to leading a shift, the person in this role will make hiring decisions and maintain daily shift rosters ensuring all required posts are filled.

Essential functions:

  1. Serve as shift supervisor. Conduct daily shift briefings to provide updated information and issuance of chemical agents.
  2. Maintain daily shift roster to ensure required posts are filled; address staffing shortages and post vacancies.
  3. Supervise, protect, instruct, train, counsel and evaluate assigned employees and offenders; schedule employees’ and offenders’ work and off-duty time; assist in formulating security and work procedures.
  4. Supervise and direct searches for contraband and provide security.
  5. Supervise and provide custody and security of offenders including observation of offenders and offenders assigned to work duty, which includes long periods of sitting and standing.
  6. Perform specific security functions including “pat” and “strip” searches, by squatting and bending to perform such functions.
  7. Provide staff training, evaluates staff performance, investigate staff misconduct and implement organizational and personnel changes as approved by the warden and coordinated with the human resources manager prior to implementation.
  8. Participate in the interview and selection process of new employees, including making recommendations for new hires.
  9. Responds to emergencies including climbing stairs, steps, 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, steps, and ladders; and use force and deadly force to include the use of chemical agents and firearms to control offenders.
  10. Read, review and properly apply information found in offender records which is related to the offenders’ health and safety and to the security of the facility. Provide appropriate information as needed to other personnel and maintain confidentiality.
  11. Supervise the preparation and maintenance of records, forms and reports.
  12. Prepare and complete required incident reports and logs in a thorough, accurate, and timely manner.
  13. Oversee the count process and ensure accurate facility count at designated time intervals.
  14. Authorize and oversee planned use of force events; complete all notifications and reports as required.
  15. Complete rounds of all areas of the facility and be accessible to staff where needed.
  16. Conduct minor disciplinary hearings.
  17. Act as family liaison officer for visitation.
  18. Regular and predictable attendance is required.
  19. Promote the development of positive social skills through modeling appropriate behaviors and intervening when inappropriate behaviors are observed; provide regular feedback to staff regarding social skills procedures and intervention techniques.
  20. Maintain accountability of staff, offenders and property; adhere to safety practices.

It is expected that the incumbent shall perform other duties as assigned within his/her capabilities as determined by management.

Education and experience requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited senior high school or equivalent or GED.
  • Three years full-time, wage-earning correctional custody or law enforcement experience to include one year in the supervision of employees. Operational Review Sergeant or Security Threat Group Sergeant experience may be substituted for one (1) year of the required supervisory experience. Thirty semester hours with a minimum of six semester hours in Criminal Justice from a college or university accredited by an organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or United States Department of Education (USDE) may be substituted for one year of the required non-supervisory experience. 
  • A valid driver license in the state of Texas with an acceptable driving record required, unless waived by management.
  • Continued employment is contingent upon passing exams and skills tests in the TDCJ Correctional Officer Pre-Service Training Academy.

Why: Be the answer from the inside. Make a real difference every day!


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