Hays County | San Marcos, TX, 78667, US

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This Required Form must be UPLOADED into your application in the Attachments Section as the HCSO Required Forms when applying for a Sheriff's Office position

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Include the responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics listed below. This list of responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Under supervision, the Counselor provides guidance for the spiritual and social needs of the inmate population through and for the Hays County Jail. The work involves addressing a variety of problems and situations. This position affects the immediate staff and inmates of the Sheriff's Office and requires the timely provision of services to others. They must understand the behavior and ethics expected of an Counselor. The Counselor must have a deep personal commitment to their calling, enjoy working with people and takes a supportive and tactful approach to people's situations.

Individuals in this position serve at the pleasure of the current elected official.


  • Responds directly to inmate requests for assistance using in-house or referral sources
  • Provides regular assessments for 17-year-old inmates.
  • Provides GED instructions and study materials to inmates.
  • Receives referrals from Corrections Officers who believe an inmate needs intervention.
  • Serves as liaison with other professional criminal justice employees, medical and social workers.
  • Counsels' individuals, in the absence of the Chaplain, through times of crisis due to death, illness, relationship breakdown, and other incidences.
  • Provides guidance and counseling to inmates with struggles such as drug/alcohol abuse, family violence, parenting, and other issues and situation.
  • Provides spiritual intervention for inmates seeking spiritual guidance.
  • Assists the Chaplain in planning ceremonies or services such as baptisms and Bible study.
  • Assists in providing other services that are allowed by the administration.
  • Immediately reports any circumstance that jeopardizes the safety and security of the facility to immediate supervisor or corrections staff.
  • Keeps records of requests for religious materials, baptisms, and other services as required by the Hays County Sheriff's Office.
  • Renders credible testimony in court proceedings, including Justice Courts, County Courts, District Courts, and any U.S. Federal Court.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Education and/or Experience

  • Requires High School Diploma or GED.
  • Three years of experience providing counseling and spiritual guidance to others.

Other Qualifications, Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Class C TX driver's license.