CORRECTIONAL COUNSELOR 1 – Part Time Job in Franklin TN

Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 078131
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree.
Substitution of Education for Experience: None.
Substitution of Experience for Education: Full time social or psychological counseling experience can be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis to a maximum of two years.

Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications:  A valid vehicle operator’s license may be required for employment in some positions.
Examination Method: Experience and Education, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview:

Summary: Under general supervision, employees in this class are responsible for correctional counseling duties of routine difficulty.

Distinguishing Features: This is the entry level class in the Correctional Counselor sub-series. Employees in this class are responsible for counseling juvenile and adult offenders. This class differs from the Correctional Counselor 2 in that incumbents of the latter are responsible for performing at the working level.

*An applicant appointed to this flexibly staffed class will be reclassified to the next higher class in the series after successful completion of a mandatory one-year training period. Inadequate or marginal performance during the training period will result in automatic demotion or termination.

Work Activities:

Processing Information:

  1. Learns to calculate sentencing information to determine accuracy of an offender’s sentence computation.
  2. Under close supervision, verifies that offender sentencing complies with judgment order.
  3. Learns to complete initial intake packages and/or risk-needs assessments for offenders.
  4. Learns to prepare reports on offender history, progress, adjustment, rule violations, visitation, recommendations for special visits, and other related statistics. 
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:
  1. Evaluates all offender records, case notes, and information to ensure compliance with all applicable standards, laws, policies, rules, and regulations while under the guidance of a higher ranking Correctional Counselor.
Getting Information:
  1. In a training capacity, conducts Prison Rape Elimination Act screenings to determine potential victim or aggressor status.
  2. Learns to administer risk-needs assessments to offenders using motivational interviewing techniques.
  3. Learns to gather information relevant to offender history from appropriate agencies and personnel.
  4. Learns to interview offenders to evaluate progress in accomplishing recommendations and parole board mandates. 
Coaching and Developing Others:
  1. Under supervision, facilitates workshops for offender reentry and career development.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:
  1. Learns to monitor environment to identify security related concerns in order to assure continued safety of facility.
  2. In a training capacity, participates in classification and reclassification hearings in order to review information relevant to offender behavior, program, participation, and other factors for the purpose of determining offender custody levels and programmatic needs and goals.
  3. In a training capacity, supervises a case load of up to 150 offenders in an institutional setting.
  4. Learns to monitor offenders to ensure compliance with recommendations and parole board mandates.
  5. Learns to review offender files for various institutional needs.
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:
  1. Learns to provide appropriate interventions in interactions between staff and offenders to resolve issues of conflict.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:
  1. Under supervision, assists offenders with communicating with persons or agencies outside of the institution to expedite release plans or respond to emergencies.
Selling or Influencing Others:
  1. Learns to use motivational interactions with offenders to realign offender behaviors, thinking, and reactions to conform to facility rules and societal norms.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems:
  1. In a training capacity, identifies appropriate intervention techniques to deal with offender behavioral issues.
  2. Under guidance, assists offenders in addressing their concerns regarding job pay, trust fund, sentence information, and educational needs and programs.
Scheduling Work and Activities:
  1. Learns to schedule outside services to assist with offender transition from prison to the community.
Developing Objectives and Strategies:
  1. In a training capacity, develops reentry plans for offenders within established time frames and in accordance with departmental procedures.
  2. Under guidance, provides counseling and instruction specific to the needs of a reentry caseload.
  3. Learns to provide information to offenders with regards to community resources, methods of finding and keeping employment, and improving family relationships.
  4. Learns to counsel offenders concerning risk of reoffending.
  5. In a training capacity, observes appropriate counseling staff contacts with offender family members concerning release.
Interacting With Computers:
  1. Learns to enter or retrieve information concerning offenders using computerized databases on a daily basis.
  2. Uses web-based programs to communicate with persons inside and outside of the agency concerning offender needs.
Assisting and Caring for Others:
  1. Learns to address offender mental health and medical needs with appropriate staff.
  2. Under supervision, assists assigned offenders in adjusting to incarceration by conducting individualized or group sessions to discuss facility and program rules and regulations.
  3. Under supervision, counsels offenders regarding personal and family issues.
  4. In a training capacity, collaborates with medical professionals to provide information to offenders regarding advanced directives.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:
  1. Attends various mandated training to enhance job skills and performance.
Analyzing Data or Information:
  1. Learns to analyze disciplinary reports to determine offender behavior trends.
Documenting/Recording Information:
  1. Learns to maintain reports on offender history, progress, adjustment, rule violations, visitations, recommendations for special visits, and other related statistics.
  2. Learns to record risk-needs assessments for quality assurance.
  3. Learns to document referrals made to offenders regarding outside services.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:
  1. Learns to identify offender movement to ensure caseload accuracy.
Communicating with Supervisor, Peers, or Subordinates:
  1. Communicates with other counseling personnel to gain knowledge or understanding of counseling responsibilities.
  2. Communicates with various institutional personnel to meet offender needs.
  3. Under supervision, provides information in treatment team/staff meetings to other team members regarding offender progress in programming.

Competencies (KSA’s):


  1. Listening
  2. Time Management
  3. Written Communications
  4. Integrity and Trust
  5. Functional/Technical Competencies
  6. Ethics and Values
  7. Understanding Others
  8. Priority Setting
  9. Patience
  10. Organizing


  1. Basic clerical knowledge
  2. Basic computer knowledge as it relates to web-based databases, word processing, email systems, and data entry
  3. Basic education and training
  4. Basic law and government
  5. Basic mathematics
  6. Basic knowledge of psychology as it relates to human behavior, performance, individual differences in ability, personality, and interests, and learning and motivation
  7. Basic public safety and security
  8. Basic knowledge of sociology as it relates to group behavior and dynamics as well as societal trends and influences


  1. Active learning
  2. Active listening
  3. Critical thinking
  4. Basic learning strategies
  5. Basic math
  6. Intermediate reading comprehension
  7. Intermediate speaking
  8. Basic writing as it relates to reports
  9. Coordination as it relates to offender behavior
  10. Basic instructing
  11. Basic negotiation
  12. Basic persuasion
  13. Basic service orientation
  14. Social Perceptiveness
  15. Complex problem solving
  16. Judgment and decision making
  17. Time management


  1. Basic deductive reasoning
  2. Fluency of ideas
  3. Inductive reasoning
  4. Oral comprehension
  5. Oral expression
  6. Originality
  7. Problem sensitivity
  8. Selective attention
  9. Spatial orientation as it relates to institutional safety
  10. Time sharing
  11. Written comprehension
  12. Auditory attention
  13. Speech clarity
  14. Speech recognition

Tools and Equipment Used:

  1. Personal Computer
  2. Printer
  3. Word Processing Software
  4. Electronic/Paper Documents
  5. Multi-line Telephone
  6. Calculator
  7. Copy Machine
  8. Fax Machine
  9. Digital Recorder
  10. 2-Way Radio
  11. Keys
  12. Lamination Machine
  13. Calendar/Planner
  14. Files
  15. Shredder
  16. Lamination Machine


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