DCS Officer-051618-167745

State of Tennessee Nashville, TN
Minimum Qualifications Benefits Supplemental Questions


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

Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications: Applicants for this class must:

* Be willing to and able to qualify with, carry, and use assigned weapons;

* Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age on the date of application;

* Be a citizen of the United States;

* Have a good moral character, as determined by investigation;

* Complete a criminal history disclosure form in a manner approved by the appointing authority;

* Agree to release all records involving their criminal history to the appointing authority;

* Supply a fingerprint sample in a manner prescribed by the TBI for a fingerprint based criminal history records check;

* 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;

* 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;

* Submit to and pass a pre-employment screening test for use of illegal drugs OR certify that they have not used any controlled substance illegally within the past twelve months;

* Possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license at the time of appointment;

* Upon appointment, successfully complete a prescribed course of instruction at the Tennessee Correction Academy.

Examination Method: Non-Competitive Selection for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview:

Summary: Under immediate supervision, performs children's services work of average difficulty in the supervision, observation, and security of youths; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: This is the entry-working class in the DCS Officer sub-series. An employee in this class is assigned to work in an institutional setting providing youth supervision and may be assigned to work a fixed or rotating schedule. This class differs from DCS Corporal in that an incumbent of the latter performs supervisory duties.

Competencies (KSA's):


1. Learning on the Fly

2. Problem Solving

3. Priority Setting

4. Time Management

5. Conflict Management

6. Standing Alone

7. Action Oriented

8. Drive For Results

9. Career Ambition

10. Written Communications

11. Composure

12. Listening


* Knowledge of operating a motor vehicle


* The skill to understand written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents

* The skill to understand verbal communication and convey verbal communication effectively and efficiently

* The skill to listen to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times

* The skill to make appropriate decisions on a daily basis

* The skill to make the appropriate judgment decisions on a daily basis


* The ability to track youth movement on campus at all times

* The ability to recognize inappropriate behavior at all times