Goverment Jobs
January 14, 2020
Bledsoe County, Tennessee
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Minimum Qualifications

The 6,800 professionals who make up the Tennessee Department of Correction are our most valuable resource. Visit the link below to hear some of our team members explain why they chose a career with the TDOC:

Education and Experience: Education equivalent to graduation from a standard high school. Other Requirements

Necessary Special Qualifications:

Applicants for this class must:

1. be willing to and able to qualify with, carry, and use assigned weapons

2. be at least eighteen (18) years of age on the date of application

3. be a citizen of the United States

4. have a good moral character, as determined by investigation

5. complete a criminal history disclosure form in a manner approved by the appointing authority

6. agree to release all records involving their criminal history to the appointing authority

7. supply a fingerprint sample in a manner prescribed by the TBI for a fingerprint based criminal history records check

8. have no conviction for a felony or have been discharged under any other than honorable conditions from any branch of the United States armed forces

9. pass a physical examination administered by a licensed physician that is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that relates to the essential functions of the position

10. pass a psychological evaluation administered by a licensed mental health professional that is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that relates to the essential functions of the position

11. submit to and pass a pre-employment screening test for use of illegal drugs

12. possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license at the time of appointment in some positions

13. upon appointment, successfully complete a prescribed course of instruction at the Tennessee Correction Academy.

During their careers, most correctional security employees can expect to be assigned to any one of three different work shifts and any number of different post assignments. While employee work preferences are considered, there is no guarantee that the employee will remain assigned to any specific shift and/or post assignment.

Examination Method: Non-competitive selection forPreferred Service positions.

Job Overview

Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for correctional work of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: This is the entry working class in the Correctional Officer sub-series. An employee in this class performs correctional work at a state penal institution involving the custody, transport, and rehabilitation of inmates, and may be assigned to work any shift. This class differs from that of Correctional Corporal in that an incumbent of the latter acts as a minor supervisor.


  • Insurance
    There are a variety of insurance options available to state employees including:
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
  • Annual Leave
    Full-time employees earn annual leave each month at a rated based on years of service as follows:

    Years of Service

    • 0 up to 5
    • 5 up to 10
    • 10 up to 20
    • 20 or more

    Annual Leave Earned per Month

    • 1 day
    • 1 and days
    • 1 and days
    • 2 days

    Maximum Allowable days

    • 30 days
    • 36 days
    • 39 days
    • 42 days

    *Leave earned in excess of the maximum allowable days will be transferred to the employee's sick leave account annually on the employee's anniversary hire date.

  • Sick Leave
    All full-time employees accrue 1 day (7.5 hours) of sick leave per month, provided they work the major portion of that month.
  • Bereavement Leave
    Leave with pay is granted for three days in the event of the death of an employee's spouse, child, stepchild, grandchild, parents, grandparents, siblings, stepparents, foster parents, or parents-in-law without charge to the employee's leave time. Two additional days of sick leave may be granted to provide a total of five days absence for this purpose.
  • Family Medical Leave
    Allows up to twelve work weeks of leave* each year to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons. Continued health insurance coverage is provided during the leave period, and the employee is reinstated to the same or an equivalent position once the leave period has ended.
    *Leave may or may not be paid leave, depending on individual employee's leave balances for earned leave.
  • ParentalLeave
    Parentalleave is an absence from work granted anyemployee who has been employed in state service for at least 12 consecutive months as a full-time employee.Parental leave is a combination of sick, annual, or special leave without pay for a period not to exceed four months following the birth of a child.
  • Military Leave
    Granted in accordance with applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Holidays
    Each year, full-time state employees receive 11 holidays off with pay.
  • Retirement
    State employees are automatically members of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System . (TCRS) Employees must accrue 5 years of creditable state service to be vested (guaranteed retirement benefits when age requirements are met). Vested members of TCRS become eligible for service retirement upon completion of 30 years of creditable service or upon attainment of age 60.
  • Deferred Compensation
    Employees may choose to make pre-tax contributions to a variety of investment options through the 401(k) plan or the 457 plan. A minimum $20 monthly contribution is required to participate in the plans. For the 401(k) plan, the state will match the $50 per month minimum contribution. The $50 match policy is evaluated on an annual basis.
  • Flexible Benefits Plan
    Under this program certain specific expenses (e.g.,medical and dental insurance premiums, medical expenses, dependent day care expenses) can be deducted from an employee's paycheck prior to taxes, resulting in a lower taxable income level.
  • Higher Education Fee Discounts and Waivers
    A 25% discount on undergraduate tuition at any state operated institution of higher learning in Tennessee is available to children 23 years of age or under of full time state employees. In addition, full-time state employees with six months of continuous service are eligible to have tuition fees waived for one course per semester at a state institution. For further information on higher education discounts, click on Chapter 1540 on the Secretary of State Rules and Regulations web page.
  • Baccalaureate Education System Trust (BEST) Program (BEST)
    The Baccalaureate Education System Trust (BEST) was created by the Tennessee General Assembly for the purpose of providing Tennessee families with a means to save for their children's future college education costs.
  • Wellness Program
    The State Employee Wellness Program works to increase employees knowledge of options for healthier lifestyles through information and events that focus on improving behaviors affecting your health. Some specific benefits offered through the program include health risk assessments, fitness events, smoking cessation programs, and various other benefits.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    EAP is a confidential counseling and referral service for all employees and their dependents. All services are strictly confidential and can be accessed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
This job requires education equivalent to graduation from a standard high school (completion of G.E.D. is also acceptable). Do you meet this requirement?

  • Yes
  • No
Have you been convicted of a felony?

  • Yes
  • No
Are you a citizen of the United States?

  • Yes
  • No
Applicants for this job must be at least eighteen (18) years of age on the date of application. Do you meet this minimum age requirement?

  • Yes
  • No
Do you have basic knowledge of math?

  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a basic knowledge of computers and software?

  • Yes
  • No
Do you have law enforcement experience? Describe briefly.

    Have you attended a POST certified or equivalent basic training academy?

    • Yes
    • No
    Do you agree to, upon appointment, successfully complete a prescribed 4 consecutive week course of instruction at the Tennessee Correction Academy?

    • Yes
    • No
    What supervisory experience do you have? Describe briefly.

      What experience do you have working with people with mental illness? Describe briefly.

        What experience do you have working with people with severe behavioral challenges? Describe briefly.

          What experience do you have working with people with intellectual disabilities? Describe briefly.

            Are you willing to work overtime and/or shift work?

            • Yes
            • No
            Are you available to work a flexible or rotating schedule which could include nights, weekends, and holidays?

            • Yes
            • No
            Do you have experience preparing written reports? Describe briefly.

              Do you have experience monitoring people and surroundings to determine if there are any possible public safety risks? Describe briefly.

                Are you willing to work outside in all types of inclement weather and on difficult terrains?

                • Yes
                • No
                This position is located in Bledsoe County. Are you willing to work in Bledsoe County?

                • Yes
                • No
                Are you currently employed with the State of Tennessee?

                • Yes
                • No
                Do you have active military service? Describe briefly.

                  Did you answer "Yes" to Agency-Wide Question #2, which indicates you are a veteran or current member of the US Armed Forces, including the National Guard and/or Military Reserve or the spouse of a qualifying veteran?

                  • Yes
                  • No
                  Do you acknowledge by answering "Yes" to the previous question supporting documentation must be provided (visit for details)? Please note: Failure to provide essential documentation may result in NOT meeting necessary special qualifications for this position vacancy.

                  • Yes
                  • No
                  A pre-employment drug screen is required for this position. Are you willing to submit to a pre-employment drug screen?

                  • Yes
                  • No

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