Chief Jail Administrator

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description

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Work involves supervisory and administrative responsibility to plan, organize, and direct all operations and activities of the Birmingham Municipal Jail. Assignments are received from the Police Chief in broadly defined terms and employee uses independent judgment in performing duties within established policies and procedures. Work is reviewed through conferences and reports.

  • Serves as public relations representative for jail by responding to inquiries, grievances, complaints, or other concerns regarding jail activities or operations.
  • Prepares, monitors, and administers departmental or organizational budget by reviewing spending trends, expenditure reports, analyzing financial data and ensuring expenditures are within annual budgetary limits.
  • Enforces jail operating procedures by overseeing jail operations and security, ensures operations are in compliance with rules, regulations, laws, policies and procedures pertinent to jail operations, and maintains the facility, supplies, and equipment.
  • Supervises staff by assigning and distributing work, directing staff in their job duties, monitoring progress of work, providing feedback and/or training.


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.

  • Driver's License.
  • Supervisory experience in a jail/detention facility to include planning, assigning, and evaluating the work of subordinates and training corrections staff on duties, policies, and procedures.
  • Experience conducting investigations of internal and external complaints related to jail activities.
  • Experience in directing all operational aspects of a municipal, county, or state jail (e.g., administration, booking, court relations, food service, maintenance, medical services for inmates, etc.).
  • Experience developing or assisting with the development of a budget for a department/division.

  • Completion of Supervisor Training Course, Management Training Course, Jail Management Training Course, or related courses.
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in a related field (e.g., Law, Criminal Justice, Social Science).
  • APOST certification.

  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Computer & Technology Operations.
  • Creativity & Innovation.
  • Customer Service.
  • Leadership & Management.
  • Learning & Memory.
  • Mathematical & Statistical Skills.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Researching & Referencing.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Training & Facilitation.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.

  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and city regulations, laws, policies, and procedures governing operation of a municipal jail.
  • Knowledge of care and custody of inmates.
  • Knowledge of City and Police Department rules and regulations, policies, and procedures regarding jail operation.
  • Knowledge of principles, methods, and practices of criminology and penology (e.g., incidence, forms, causes and consequences of crime).
  • Knowledge of standard safety precautions and hazards of jail operation.

Work is conducted almost exclusively indoors in a secured detention facility setting with occasional visits to external locations such as court rooms or medical facilities. Work involves use of standard office equipment, as well as other equipment used in a jail setting, including various restraints such as handcuffs and shackles, radios, etc. Employees may be required to deal with physically aggressive or violent individuals and be exposed to potential and real physical violence, as well as potential exposure to bodily fluids, contagious or infectious diseases, unpleasant smells, etc. Job may require working nights and weekends.

Job involves physical exertion required for sustained periods of light physical activity such as walking or standing. May involve occasional lifting of items or objects weighing in excess of 75 lbs. with coworkers’ assistance. Work involves physical abilities necessary for applying self-defense and restraint tactics in order to defend oneself from physical attack.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

Birmingham, Alabama United States View Map