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If you are passionate about public safety and have a knack for organizational efficiency, a Coordinator role at the Texas Public Safety Association (TPSA) may be the perfect fit for you. Coordinators are the backbone of our operations, working diligently to execute strategic plans, manage resources, and oversee projects in various domains like education, marketing, events, and volunteer coordination.

By becoming a Coordinator, you'll be part of a collaborative team effort, working closely with our Executive Council, Regional Board, and other specialized teams. Your skills and expertise will directly contribute to the advancement of our mission: ensuring a well-prepared, career-ready public safety workforce in Texas.

Benefits of Being a Staff Member

When you become a Coordinator at TPSA, you're gaining more than just a volunteer role—you're becoming part of a community that values career readiness, public safety, and professional development. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Networking opportunities with professionals in public safety
  • Gaining leadership and project management skills
  • Contributing directly to the betterment of public safety education and training in Texas

Ready to Make an Impact?

If you have the dedication, organization, and attention to detail that it takes to be a Coordinator, we'd love to hear from you. Together, we can prepare the next generation of public safety professionals in Texas. Apply today!

Digital Content Coordinator

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If you love writing and have a passion for the digital world, then the role of Digital Content Coordinator is perfect for you! As the mastermind behind the website's content, you'll be responsible for keeping it fresh and up-to-date, ensuring visitors can access the latest and greatest information. You will also push content out through our various social media platforms, ensuring that information reaches as many people as possible. Plus, you'll get to work alongside the Secretary, collaborating to ensure everything runs smoothly. With no coding/website design experience required, all you need is your writing skills and grammar expertise to excel in this exciting role!

Registration Coordinator

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If you're looking for a role that involves technical and interpersonal skills, then the Registration Coordinator position is just what you need! You will be the go-to person for advisors needing assistance starting new chapters, updating current ones, and registering for events. You will also be assisting the Region Reps with creating their competition schedules. With regular reports on registration numbers and trends, this role is perfect for someone who loves data and analysis, too!

Leadership Coordinator

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As a Leadership Conference Coordinator, you will play a pivotal role in shaping and executing a premier leadership event that brings together advisors and students and helps them grow and learn as leaders. This position offers a dynamic blend of strategic planning, logistical coordination, and leadership opportunities.

Volunteer Coordinator

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Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference and get involved in your community? Then the role of Volunteer/Exhibitor Coordinator is just what you need! As part of the TPSA leadership team, you'll develop and maintain volunteer databases, coordinate schedules, and ensure event participation. Plus, you'll have the chance to recruit exhibitors for the state conference, making this the perfect role for anyone passionate about community involvement and networking!

Awards & Recognition Coordinator

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Are you dedicated to fostering a culture of excellence and recognizing the achievements of our students and advisors? If so, the Awards & Recognition Coordinator role may be perfect for you! We are looking for a dynamic and organized individual to join our team and help us not only recognize student achievement in competition but also recognize chapters, students and advisors outside of the events!

Judge Coordinator

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The Judge Coordinator is a volunteer staff position responsible for managing the recruitment, training, scheduling, and coordination of judges for the state conference, assisting regional reps in finding judges, and maintaining databases.

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Competition Rulebook

75 days ago

TPSA Members, I hope this letter finds you well and thriving. As we navigate the 2023-2024 school year and implement our new policies and procedures, there may be instances where revisions are necessary to clarify existing policies and procedures. After the successful conclusion of our first regional conference, we received valuable feedback from advisors regarding the 60-point minimum score required to advance to the State Conference. It has come to our attention that there is a gap in the scoring policy, particularly in addressing scores falling between 59.00 and 59.99 points. Following thorough discussions among the Executive Council and Board of Directors, we have reached a resolution to address this scoring policy gap. Effective immediately, the updated rulebook states that if a competitor or team scores between 59.50 and 59.99 and secures 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place at the Regional Conference, they will advance to the State Conference. However, if a competitor or team scores between 59.00 and 59.49 and places 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at the Regional Conference, they will not advance to the State Conference. We understand the importance of clear and transparent competition rules, and this amendment seeks to enhance the overall experience for all participants. As we move forward with the TPSA events throughout the year, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the updated rulebook to ensure a smooth and equitable competition for everyone involved. Thank you for your continued support of TPSA, and we look forward to an exciting and successful school year. Best regards, Kira Hassler Newsom Executive Director

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Competitive Events Update

Competitive Events Update

210 days ago

TPSA Advisors, I hope that you have had a successful start to the 23-24 school year. I wanted to take a moment to update you on the progress our leadership team has been making in updating various aspects of our organization. One key area of our focus has been ensuring that our competitive events provide the best possible experience for our students. To demonstrate our commitment to excellence, all competitive events have been intensively reviewed. As you read through our event offerings, you will notice that some events, such as Team Fire Agility, Foot Pursuit, Job Interview, Fiber Analysis, and Crash Investigation, are no longer available. Some of these events will be back next competition season after an intensive overhaul, some have been melded into other events, and some will not return. With the sunsetting of events, it became apparent that we needed to create new events to fill the gap. We are excited to announce the addition of Parliamentary Procedure, Hair Analysis, Fire Press Conference, and Job Exhibit. In addition to updating our event offerings, all scoring rubrics have been rewritten. By updating the rubrics, we aim to align them with the most current industry standards and provide clearer guidance to participants. This will enable our students to gain a deeper understanding of the skills and knowledge required for success in the public safety sector. I am pleased to present a new scoring system for the rubrics. Each rubric now totals 100 points. This provides a standardized measure for evaluation and comparison across various competitions. The state advancement criterion has also been revised. Starting this year, only those competitors who score at least 60 points and place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at their Regional Conference will be eligible to advance to the state-level competition. This threshold ensures that participants showcase a solid foundational understanding of the subject matter and have the necessary skills to excel further in their public safety journey. As advisors and key stakeholders, we invite you to review the updated rubrics. Your valuable input and suggestions are crucial in ensuring that the rubrics are comprehensive, fair, and effectively measure the skills and abilities of our talented participants. We welcome any feedback or revisions that you believe would enhance the rubrics' clarity, accuracy, or relevance to real-world scenarios and industry expectations. Should you have any questions or require further clarification, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team or me via email at [email protected]. We will be more than happy to assist you. We kindly ask that any suggested revisions or comments be submitted no later than September 15th, 2023 to allow us sufficient time for thorough consideration and implementation. Your input will play a vital role in bolstering the quality of our competitions and providing an enriching experience for our students. After the posted deadline, no changes will be made to the rubrics, and the event scoring guidelines will be finalized. Thank you for your continuous support and dedication to TPSA's mission of preparing the next generation of public safety professionals. Your guidance and expertise are deeply valued, and we look forward to your contributions toward achieving excellence. Sincerely, Kira Hassler Newsom Executive Director Competitive Events for 2023-2024 Correctional Services | Name | Type | Event Code | Guidelines/Scorecard | | :--------------------------------- | :---------------- | :--------- | :------------------- | | Correctional Institute Design | Prepared | CPCD | Download | | Inmate Processing | Roleplay | CRIP | Download | | Cell Extraction | Roleplay | CRCE | Download | Fire Services | Name | Type | Event Code | Guidelines/Scorecard | | :--------------------------------- | :---------------- | :--------- | :------------------- | | Press Conference | Prepared | FPPC | Download | | First Responder | Roleplay | FRFR | Coming Soon | | Agility Course | Skills Assessment | FSAC | Download | | Search and Rescue | Skills Assessment | FSRR | Download | Forensic Science | Name | Type | Event Code | Guidelines/Scorecard | | :--------------------------------- | :---------------- | :--------- | :------------------- | | Crime Scene Investigation | Roleplay | SRCS | Download | | Anthropology | Skills Assessment | SSAN | Download | | Hair Analysis | Skills Assessment | SSHA | Download | | Bloodstain Pattern Analysis | Skills Assessment | SSBS | Download | | Fingerprint Collection and Analysis | Skills Assessment | SSFC | Download | Law Enforcement | Name | Type | Event Code | Guidelines/Scorecard | | :--------------------------------- | :---------------- | :--------- | :------------------- | | Job Exhibit | Prepared | XPJE | Download | | Building Search | Roleplay | LRBS | Download | | Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) | Roleplay | LRSW | Download | | Disturbance Call | Roleplay | LRDC | Download | | Felony Traffic Stop | Roleplay | LRFT | Download | | Traffic Stop | Roleplay | LRTS | Download | | 911 Call Taking | Roleplay | LRCT | Download | | DWI Traffic Stop | Roleplay | LRDI | Download | | Report Writing | Skills Assessment | LSRW | Download | | Agility Course | Skills Assessment | LSAC | Download | Legal Studies | Name | Type | Event Code | Guidelines/Scorecard | | :--------------------------------- | :---------------- | :--------- | :------------------- | | Qualifying an Expert Witness | Prepared | JPQE | Download | | Closing Argument | Prepared | JPCA | Download | | Opening Statement | Prepared | JPOS | Download | | Parliamentary Procedure | Roleplay | JRPP | Download |

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