Work involves patrolling the grounds of the hospital, escorting patients to various appointments and watching an area of the hospital from a tower. Also, keeping daily reports, guarding against loss or damage from fire, theft, or vandalism, and preventing unauthorized departures of patients from Maximum Security Units. Will provide relief on towers when regular assigned tower staff is off duty. Receives general instructions from supervisor and work is reviewed at intervals and thorough results obtained. Works under the immediate supervision of a Security Shift Supervisor, with general supervision provided by the Assistant Director of Security. Must understand that duties, location of work, shift and shift patterns are subject to change as determined to meet the needs of the Hospital. Must maintain a driving record that allows for transporting of patients in State vehicles. Must be physically able to perform required duties.
Essential Job Functions:
Observes fence lines and surrounding areas for possible unauthorized departures and reports anything suspicious within line of vision, to prevent unauthorized departures and to investigate concerns promptly. % Time Spent: 15%
Assists with the Admission of patients into the maximum-security area, ensuring a safe environment for other patients and employees. % Time Spent: 5%
Observes for all suspicious activities such as fires, vandalism, theft or inappropriate patient activity and question and report anything observed that does not seem appropriate, in order that all concerns may be investigated. % Time Spent: 10%
Monitors patients in a general hospital, per policy, to protect hospital staff, prevent unauthorized departures and to protect the patient. % Time Spent: 5%
Transports patients to medical appointments, court, and to other treatment facilities located in Texas to ensure patients receive services and to protect the public. % Time Spent: 5%
Verifies by observing that anyone entering and exiting the Maximum Security Unit, has the proper identification badge to ensure only authorized personnel are entering and exiting and that a badge has not been lost. % Time Spent: 20%
Check anyone entering the Maximum Security Unit, utilizing metal detecting devices and searching all carry in items, to confirm contraband is not entering the Maximum Security Unit. % Time Spent: 20%
Patrols grounds and checks doors to ensure a safe environment. % Time Spent: 15%
Supports the dispatcher in the discharge process of a patient in order for the patient to be transported back to the county of commitment. % Time Spent: 5%
Actively participate and/or serve in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Ability to work long hours in varying climate conditions; and to stay awake and alert if on a night shift
Ability to remain calm and act quickly in emergencies
Ability to maintain a driving record that allows for transporting of patients in State vehicles
Ability to be flexible in location of work and shift patterns as determined by administration to meet the needs of the hospital.
Ability to qualify in Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior yearly and be physically able to perform duties.
Knowledge of Security practices
Knowledge of Security related equipment
Skill in verbal and written communication
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers
Skill in using two-way radios
Skill in search techniques
Skill in observation techniques
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must possess a valid driver’s license
Must produce a Type III (Life) Driving Record reflecting eligibility to transport patients within the State mandated 10 point system
Initial Selection Criteria:
One year of experience working in a secure type environment performing security related functions OR one year experience working in a secure type environment working with a potentially aggressive population.
Experience working hours other than 8 to 5.
High School graduate or GED
Must have a valid Drivers License.
This position is located in North Texas at a Maximum Security Forensic Hospital.
This position works a rotating shift.
5:15AM-1:15PM for one week, then 1:15PM-9:15PM the next week.
This position works every other weekend.
Carefully READ the Initial Screening Criteria and SHOW on the application how you meet each one.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview. req#221798
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - 14 months ago