Deputy Inspector General-Investigator V

The Office of Inspector General for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department is seeking qualified peace officers to fill Deputy Inspector General-Investigator V vacancies at our duty stations in Edinburg, Giddings, and Mart.  Interested individuals can find additional information for the Mart vacancy at this link: https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=00015580&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FChicago

The Office of Inspector General is the independent law enforcement function of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and is responsible for criminal investigations, administrative investigations, and abuse, negligent, and exploitation (ANE) investigations committed in juvenile justice systems. http://www.tjjd.texas.gov/index.php/inspector-general

TJJD – Investigator V – Deputy Inspector General – (MCL) – 15580 (00015580) 

Organization: TEXAS JUVENILE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 

Primary Location: Texas-Mart 

Work Locations: 

OIG Field – McLennan 

116 Burleson Road 

 Mart 76664-1107

Job: Protective Service 

Employee Status: Regular 

Schedule: Full-time Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00 

State Job Code: 1354  

Salary Admin Plan: B 

Grade: 20  

Salary (Pay Basis): 3,763.16 – 4,436.83 (Monthly) 

Number of Openings: 1 

Overtime Status: Non-exempt 

Job Posting: Jun 17, 2021, 8:26:43 AM 

Closing Date: Ongoing 

Description

HOW TO APPLY

Complete a State of Texas Application for Employment and the following additional forms (available athttp://www.tjjd.texas.gov/index.php/doc-library/category/304-forms):

  1. TJJD Employment Application Supplement (HR-003)
  2. Child Abuse Registry Check Consent Form (HR-028)
  3. Disclosure of PREA Employment Standards Violation (HR-975)
  4. Authorization to Release Information (HR-074)

Failure to complete and submit the above forms will cause delays in your consideration for this position.

Apply Online at https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/644/jobdetail.ftl?job=00015580&tz=GMT-05:00 and attach to the application the above additional forms along with copies of high school/college diploma(s), copy of official college transcripts, any licenses/certifications, and, if a military veteran, any Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214).

Apply through Work-In-Texas at https://www.workintexas.com/vosnet/loginintro.aspx.  You will also need to complete and attach to the application the supplemental questions/forms indicated above along with a copies of high school/college diploma(s), copy of official college transcripts, any licenses/certifications, and, if a military veteran, any Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214).  The additional forms are available at:  http://www.tjjd.texas.gov/index.php/doc-library/category/304-forms) and can be submitted via email to:  [email protected].

Apply via Email to [email protected].  Send completed application, supplemental questions/forms, and copies of high school/college diploma(s), copy of official college transcripts, any licenses/certifications, and, if a military veteran, any Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214).

PLEASE NOTE

Your job application must be completely filled out and include all employment, do not limit employment to the past 10-15 years.  Your application must contain complete job histories, which include job titles, name of employer, dates of employment (month & year), supervisor’s name and phone number, and a description of duties performed, and whether it was full-time or part-time and hours per week.  If any of this information is not provided, your application may be rejected as incomplete.  Resumes do not take the place of this required information.

Applicants must be able to pass a Criminal Background Check and any other requirements listed under Minimum Qualifications.

BENEFITS

State of Texas Benefits and Retirement Information can be found at https://www.ers.texas.gov.  Benefits include:  Retirement plan, paid group health & life insurance for employee, paid holidays, paid vacation leave, paid sick leave, longevity pay, educational assistance program, employee assistance program.  Optional add-on benefits include:  Dental, Vision, Optional Life Insurance, Voluntary AD&D Insurance, Dependent Health & Life insurance, Health & Dependent care flexible spending accounts, etc.  Additionally, certain designated positions are eligible for hazardous duty pay, career ladder advancements, and free meals while on duty.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is responsible for investigating crimes committed by Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) employees, crimes and delinquent conduct committed at a TJJD state-operated facility or contracted facility, and crimes involving TJJD interests; detection, interception, and investigation of contraband within secure and non-secure TJJD-operated and contracted facilities; locating and apprehending TJJD youth who have escaped, absconded, or violated a condition of their release from TJJD; operating a 24-hour Incident Reporting Center (IRC) to receive and document allegations of criminal activity involving TJJD interests and reports of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation of TJJD youth; preparing and submitting reports regarding criminal investigations and OIG operations to the TJJD board, members of the legislature, and other state agencies; and monitoring compliance with the TJJD Use of Force Plan.

Performs highly complex (senior-level) investigative work.  This position serves as a Commissioned Peace Officer for the TJJD Office of Inspector General.  Work involves planning, organizing, and conducting investigations of criminal violations occurring on TJJD property or involving TJJD interests and allegations of serious employee misconduct to include allegations of excessive and unnecessary use of force, harassment, retaliation, sexual assault and other criminal allegations involving youth and/or staff.  Work may also require use of canine partners to aid in the detection, interception, and investigation of contraband within secure and non-secure TJJD-operated and contracted facilities and detection of articles and human scents in the event of an escape.

Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. This position is required to live within 45 minutes of the duty location.  This position is subject to working in excess of 40 hours per week and to being on call.  Extensive statewide travel is required, including instances of travel with very little notice.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Conducts investigations, evaluates allegations of employee misconduct, identifies investigative issues, recognizes administrative violations, collects and evaluates evidence to formulate defensible investigative conclusions, and testifies in court and in other official proceedings.

Investigates criminal offenses, obtains and executes warrants, assists other law enforcement agencies, conducts undercover investigations, pursues escapees and fugitives, makes arrests, and provides security.

Conducts routine, random, or specifically requested searches and inspections of facility premises and vehicles entering or on facility premises.

Manages investigative caseloads.

Prepares reports of investigations and criminal cases for prosecution and maintains records of investigative cases, evidence, and property.

Documents and coordinates maintenance of seized contraband in compliance with agency policies; contacts local law enforcement as necessary.

Records all training and other activities and maintains such records; completes monthly activity reports.

Collaborates with departmental staff in meeting established objectives and goals; shares information, identifies concerns and trends; recommends improvements to resolve problems or enhance operations.

May be assigned a canine partner for whom housing and care at the employee’s personal residence will be required; trains the assigned canine partner in accordance with established standards to ensure continued certification; evaluates potential canine partners; ensures appropriate kennel maintenance and sanitation; ensures timely access of the canine partner to emergency veterinary care and other authorized medical services; and transports canine partner as needed.

May participate in joint homeland security initiatives with other governmental law enforcement agencies.

May train others.

Monitors outcomes for racial, ethnic and gender disparities and takes action to address identified disparities.

Performs a variety of related duties not listed, to be determined and assigned as needed.

Performs all duties in compliance with TJJD safety policies and procedures.

  • Reports safety hazards and, when possible, corrects hazards.
  • Completes required documentation in the event of an accident/injury within requested time frames.

Regularly attends work in a predictable manner, as scheduled and on an as-needed basis, in accordance with agency attendance and leave policies.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

High School diploma or equivalent.  Six years of full-time wage-earning experience that may be any combination of the following:  investigative or law enforcement work; canine officer or canine handler; military police; or experience as a correctional officer, case manager, social worker, human services specialist, parole officer, or probation officer working with juveniles or adults. 

Requirements:

  • Must currently hold an active Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Peace Officer license and be eligible for appointment as set forth in Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Part 7, Chapter 217. 
  • Must have a valid driver license.

Preferences: 

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, social work, behavioral science, legal studies, or a related field.
  • TCOLE Intermediate Peace Officer certification.
  • Law enforcement investigative experience.
  • Military police experience.

Completed undergraduate course hours may be substituted for up to four years of the required experience on a basis of 30 undergraduate course hours for one year of experience.  Completed graduate or doctorate course hours may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience on a basis of 12 course hours for one year of experience.

A current TCOLE peace officer proficiency certification higher than the basic level may substitute for experience as follows: (1) intermediate – one year of experience; (2) advanced – two years of experience; (3) masters – four years of experience. 

Requirements for continued employment

  • Maintain a valid driver license.
  • Maintain a valid TCOLE peace officer license.
  • Obtain and maintain required annual certification as a canine handler, if assigned a canine partner.
  • Failure to maintain required licensure/certification will result in termination of employment.

Note:  Any degree, diploma, high school equivalent, or course hours required to meet minimum qualifications must be obtained from an accredited educational institution. Experience requirements may be satisfied by the prorated part-time equivalent.

This position is subject to mandatory pre-employment drug testing and any offer of employment is contingent upon acceptable results from a drug screen conducted for the agency.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

The following physical demands and working conditions are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing

Ability to feel

Ability to hear (with or without aid)

Ability to see

Analyzing

Climbing ladders

Climbing stairs

Crawling

Depth perception

Grasping

Heavy lifting, 45 lbs. & over

Heavy carrying, 45 lbs. & over

Identify colors

Kneeling

Operate motor equipment

Pulling

Pushing

Reaching above shoulder

Repeated bending      

Restraining combative youth

Running

Sitting

Standing         

Stooping

Twisting          

Walking

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES

  1. Knowledge of or ability to acquire knowledge of TJJD programs, policies, and procedures, including facility rules and regulations.
  2. Knowledge of the criminal justice system’s functions and operations, of investigative and law enforcement methods and practices, of federal and state law enforcement laws, and of methods and procedures for defusing and managing volatile situations and those involving violent and hostile offenders.
  3. Knowledge of court procedures, practices, and rules of evidence.
  4. Knowledge of investigative principles, techniques, and procedures.
  5. Knowledge of the federal and state statutory procedural law to include the Texas Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedures; current case law that impacts the functions of the Investigations division, legal and procedural rules of evidence, and laws of arrest, search, and seizure.
  6. Skill to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate being fair, impartial, and unaffected by personal biases in professional dealings.
  7. Skill in and willingness to physically restrain youth in the appropriate manner.
  8. Skill in the use of firearms.
  9. Skill in maintaining written files and records.
  10. Skill in maintaining order and discipline and acting quickly in emergencies.
  11. Ability to secure and process crime scenes, to collect and preserve physical evidence, to prepare concise reports, to prepare criminal cases for prosecution, to communicate effectively, and to train others.
  12. Ability to plan, organize, and conduct investigations.
  13. Ability to appropriately respond to abusive language and conduct in a manner consistent with instructions received in training.
  14. Ability to remain alert, observant, and physically able to respond appropriately to work situations or emergencies including, but not limited to, physical restraint of youth.
  15. Ability to interpret and apply laws and regulations.
  16. Ability to conduct interviews, gather facts, prepare comprehensive and detailed reports of investigations, and prepare criminal cases for prosecution.
  17. Ability to evaluate findings and prepare reports.
  18. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  19. Ability to comprehend and execute written and verbal instructions.
  20. Ability to follow ethical standards and enforce agency policies.
  21. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks; plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments; and meet deadlines.
  22. Ability to work collaboratively with all stakeholders and maintain a professional, courteous demeanor.
  23. Ability to process information logically, make decisions, and demonstrate the soundness of those decisions.
  24. Ability to travel and work overtime.

If assigned a canine partner:

  1. Knowledge of proper canine and narcotic training techniques and procedures.
  2. Skill in handling canine partner.
  3. Ability to form a close bond with canine partner and to safely house canine at his/her own residence.

Ability to appropriately train canine partner.

VETERANS

In order to receive veteran’s preference, a copy of your DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), VA disability rating (if applicable), or a DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty) must be attached to your application.

Go to https://texasskillstowork.com/https://www.onetonline.org/, or http://www.careeronestop.org/ for assistance translating your military experience and training courses into civilian job terms, qualifications/requirements, and skill sets.

Additional Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Code or Crosswalk information is available from the Texas State Auditor’s Office at Inspectors and Investigators MOS Codes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you are scheduled for an interview and require any reasonable accommodation in our interview process, please inform the hiring representative who calls you to schedule your interview.  Whenever possible, please give the hiring representative sufficient time to consider and respond to your request.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Due to the high volume of applications, we do not accept telephone calls.  If you submitted your application through the CAPPS Career Center (https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en), you may also check the status of your application by accessing your profile and selecting My Jobpage and selecting My Submissions.

Thank you for considering employment with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services.