Corrections Program Specialist

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on January 5, 2022
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Summary

** This is an internal King County Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention (DAJD) recruitment.  Only current DAJD employees will be considered as indicated below, see "Who May Apply". **

We are looking to fill one career service position. A list will be established from this recruitment to fill an immediate vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they become available. This list may remain in effect for up to 18 months but may expire sooner if the list of qualified candidates is exhausted.

Our ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to make sound decisions with limited resources, and work well under pressure. Additionally, the candidate will be well organized and have excellent written and oral communication skills.  The incumbent will work within a secure adult detention facility. Requires working directly with a diverse population of inmates on a one-to-one basis and with inmate groups within the inmate housing areas of the jail. Population serviced may be behaviorally, emotionally and/or mentally disturbed and some may be potentially dangerous. Work is performed independently under general supervision provided by Corrections Program Supervisors.
 
Responsibilities include: Determining inmate housing, placement and services needed. Plan and manage placements based on behavior, and security criteria; manage facility bed space; conduct infraction hearings and impose disciplinary sanctions as applicable; review special custody and administrative segregation placement; document decisions and actions in computer based/electronic systems. Access, update and retrieve information utilizing a variety of computer programs/database. Provide excellent customer service.
 
About the department:  The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) is a professional and nationally recognized organization that supports safe, vibrant, and healthy communities in partnership with other criminal justice and human service agencies. DAJD operates the largest county jail in the State of Washington, housing an average daily population of more than 1500 inmates.

Commitment to Equity & Social Justice:  As the only county in the United States named after one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, Martin Luther King, Jr. County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures.  We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies and policies that promote fairness, justice and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts. To learn more, please visit: http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx
 
Who May Apply:  This position is open to internal King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Employees only who have completed their probationary period.

**Preference will be given to current Local 21-AD members who meet the minimum qualifications.  

Job Duties

Only current regular DAJD employees who have completed probation and meet the following requirements will be considered.

Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct inmate intake and classification interviews to determine inmate security level and special custody/placement needs; assign inmate housing as appropriate and address placement needs.  Review/verify:  Criminal history information, charge status, incarceration/ conviction history, institutional behavior history and other risk factors to determine appropriate housing. 
  • Conduct inmate assessments to determine program eligibility and identify potential risk factors or issues relating to inmate housing/facility safety needs, including, but not limited to:  medical, mental health/psychiatric/anger issues, protective custody needs, and concerns/issues related to Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) issues, etc. 
  • Identify potential behavior management and disciplinary issues, conduct disciplinary hearings and administrative segregation placement and reviews, develop and implement inmate behavior management plans as needed. 
  • Manage facility inmate housing to ensure compliance with supervisor directions, related and authorized court orders, and DAJD and classification protocols. 
  • Review and respond appropriately to inmate requests to identify emerging or potential medical, psychiatric or safety issues. 
  • Compose clear and concise correspondence, reports and appropriate documentation.  Enter, retrieve and update records and documentation utilizing computer database programs and automated/electronic systems. 
  • Ensure and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information in all forms (verbal, written and electronic). 
  • Perform other duties as assigned within scope and area of responsibility.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

A bachelor’s degree with major coursework in the social sciences or criminal justice, plus two years (24 month) of full-time paid work experience in corrections, or providing social service delivery to clientele from various socio-economic backgrounds; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.  Six years of full-time paid work experience in the areas noted above will substitute for a bachelor’s degree.  Full-time paid work experience in the field of criminal justice/corrections is also required.

  • Demonstrated computer skills.  Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Outlook. 
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task; prioritize workload and work independently with minimal supervision. 
  •  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to a diverse population of internal and external stakeholders.  Must have good oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to work with clients and/or offenders with deviant behaviors, including multiple health, mental health, alcohol and/or substance abuse and anger management issues. 
  • Demonstrated experience providing excellent customer service. 
  • Ability to make timely decisions with limited resources and, at times, with limited information. 
  • Ability to provide direction during crisis and successfully manage conflict while maintaining composure. 
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain effective communication and objective interactions with others. 
  •  Demonstrated experience maintaining confidentiality, personal integrity and dependability. Ability to gain and maintain the trust of staff and the public.
Most competitive candidates will possess:  
  • Proficiency using JMS and data collecting systems; ascertaining conviction, criminal, booking and behavior history. 
  • Demonstrated experience supervising and or interviewing people from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. 
  • Direct experience interacting with inmates on a regular basis. 
  • Experience de-escalating angry and hostile inmates; skilled in de-escalation techniques. 
  • Excellent writing skills; ability to write clear, concise and grammatically correct summaries.  (Information written by CP Specialist may be used in court)
Necessary Special Requirements: The final candidate for this position must successfully complete a polygraph and psychological evaluation if not completed during initial hire.  Additionally, reference checks will be completed and disciplinary history will be considered in making final promotion decision.  Staff in this classification must also successfully complete the Adult Services Academy at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy, and must successfully complete a probationary period of six months.  The Corrections Officer Academy does not substitute for the Adult Services Academy.

Supplemental Information

Work Location:  Employees in this position may be assigned to either of two work locations: Seattle Division (King County Correctional Facility, 500 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA); or, the Kent Division (Maleng Regional Justice Center, 620 W. James, Kent, WA).  Candidates must be willing and able to work in all areas of the facilities and must be in close contact with the inmate population.  Facility/assignments are based on staffing needs of the department and collective bargaining unit bid processes.
 
Schedule: This is a 40-hour work week, overtime eligible position.  Candidates must be able to work a schedule that includes evenings, weekends and holidays and must be able to be contacted in emergency situations.  Facilities are operational 24-hours per day, seven days per week.  Candidates must be willing and able to work all shifts/schedules; assignments are based on staffing needs of the department and collective bargaining unit bid processes.

How To Apply:  Completion of the entire King County application and supplemental questionnaire is required.  Resumes or letter of interest alone will not substitute for full application.  Online applications are preferred.  To apply, go to: http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs   For assistance with the online application process, please contact NeoGov Customer Support toll free at: 1-877-204-4442 (Governmentjobs.com customer support)
 
Department Contact:  Questions regarding this announcement or position may be directed to:  Jacob Black, DAJD Human Resources Analyst; Phone Number:  206-477-0185; or via e-mail to: jacob.black@kingcounty.gov

Union Affiliation: This position is represented by Local 21-AD AFSCME.

Selection Process:  Initial screening will be based upon a review of application materials.  The employment history detailed in your application materials must validate/support your responses to the supplemental questions.  If your responses cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next step of the review/selection process.
 
Candidates determined to be most competitive based upon the initial application review will proceed to the oral board, which shall include a computer skills assessment in a written exercise to determine candidates writing skills and computer proficiency.
 
Temporary Telecommuting Requirement:  The work associated with this position may be performed remotely in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.
 
To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.  
 
PREA Notification: The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:

  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution; 
  • Convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or, 
  • Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above. 
Additionally, PREA standards require that the department consider any incidents of sexual harassment involving an inmate or detainee in determining whether to hire or promote anyone. The above is in compliance with PREA and its implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 115, Subpart A, Section 115.17, Hiring and Promotion Decisions.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:  King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer:  No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply:  If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
 
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
 
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

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Are you applying to this position as a Priority Placement Program Participant? AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
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Are you willing and available to work at any hours/shift, including days, swing, graveyard, weekends and holidays?
  • Yes
  • No
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Are you willing to work at any *facility location: Seattle (King County Correctional Facility, King County Courthouse) or Kent (Maleng Regional Justice Center)? (*To include working within the secure perimeter of a detention facility with inmate contact.)
  • Yes
  • No
05
Are you a current regular Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention (DAJD) employee? (A current regular DAJD employee is a current DAJD employee who has completed their probationary period, or has attained regular career service status in a prior DAJD position.)
  • Yes
  • No
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Do you have a bachelor's degree with major coursework in the social sciences or criminal justice, plus two years (24 month) of full-time paid work experience in corrections, or providing social service delivery to clientele from various socio-economic backgrounds; or any equivalent combination of education and experience?
  • Yes
  • No
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How many years of professional, full-time paid work experience do you have working with clients and/or offenders with deviant behaviors, including multiple health, mental health, alcohol and/or substance abuse and anger management issues?
  • None, but willing to learn
  • Training only, but no full-time paid work experience
  • More than 1 year, but less than 2 years full-time paid work experience
  • More than 2 years, but less than 4 years full-time paid work experience
  • More than 4 years, but less than 6 years full-time paid work experience
  • More than 6 years, but less 10 years full-time paid work experience
  • Over 10 years full-time paid work experience
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Tell me about your full-time paid work experience in corrections/criminal justice. Please put N/A if you do not have experience.
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How many years of professional, full-time paid work experience do you have working with clients and/or offenders with deviant behaviors, including multiple health, mental health, alcohol and/or substance abuse and anger management issues?
  • None, but willing to learn.
  • Training only, but no full-time paid work experience
  • More than 1 year, but less than 2 years full-time paid work experience
  • More than 2 years, but less than 4 years full-time paid work experience
  • More than 4 years, but less than 6 years full-time paid work experience
  • More than 6 years, but less 10 years full-time paid work experience
  • er 10 years full-time paid work experience
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Give a detailed description that will demonstrate your related experience working with clients and/or offenders with deviant behaviors, including multiple health, mental health, alcohol and/or substance abuse and anger management issues. Please put N/A if you do not have experience.
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Do you have experience using JMS and data collecting systems; ascertaining conviction, criminal, booking and behavior history?
  • Yes
  • No
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Do you have experience supervising and or interviewing people from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds?
  • Yes
  • No
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Please describe your experience supervising and or interviewing people from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds? Please put N/A if you do not have experience
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Do you have experience de-escalating angry and hostile inmates?
  • Yes
  • No
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Please describe your experience de-escalating angry and hostile inmates. Please put N/A if you do not have experience.
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All candidates for employment with DAJD must undergo a thorough background investigation process. This process includes a polygraph examination, investigation for criminal activity, traffic records, conviction records, employment and education history, character and reputation in the community, etc. Selected positions may also require psychological testing and evaluation, and a pre-employment general medical physical. Applicants may be rejected for criminal behavior, drug use, or any indications in the areas listed in the "Background Investigation Screening" questionnaire. Are you willing to undergo a background investigation process as described above?
  • Yes
  • No
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The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention is firmly committed to a drug-free workplace. Employees of the department are prohibited from using illegal drugs. Should you be hired by the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, you acknowledge that you will adhere to the department's policies and rules regarding drug use.
  • Yes
  • No
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PLEASE NOTE: A "yes" response to any of the remaining questions may automatically disqualify you from further consideration. Responses will be confirmed and verified in the course of the department's background investigation process. Do you understand that a "yes" response to the remaining questions may automatically disqualify you from further consideration?
  • Yes
  • No
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In the last 3 years, have you illegally used any other controlled substance or other illegal drugs/narcotics? For purposes of this question, illegal drugs/narcotics/controlled substances include, but is not limited to, the following: Cocaine or Crack · Club drugs: Ecstasy, Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol, or MDMA · Hallucinogens: PCP, Angel dust, Wet, Phencyclidine, LSD, Mushrooms or Psilocybin · Opiates: Opium, Morphine or Heroin · Stimulants: Methamphetamines, Crank, Crystal, Ice, Speed, Glass or Amphetamine · Aerosols: Huffing paint, Nitrous Oxide (Whippits), or Khat
  • Yes
  • No
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In the last 3 years, have you bought, sold, offered to sell, possessed, transported, manufactured, delivered or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance? • Cocaine or crack • Club drugs – Ecstasy, Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol or MDMA • Hallucinogens – PCP, Angel dust, Wet, Phencyclidine, LSD, Mushrooms or Psilocybin • Opiates – Opium, Morphine or Heroin • Stimulants – Methamphetamines, Crank, Crystal, Ice, Speed, Glass or Amphetamine • Aerosols – Huffing paint or Nitrous Oxide (Whippits), or Khat.
  • Yes
  • No
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In the last 3 years, have you been convicted of a domestic violence or a domestic violence-related crime?
  • Yes
  • No
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Have you ever been disciplined in the workplace for sexual, racial, or other harassment or discrimination?
  • Yes
  • No

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