Drug Diversion Court Services Housing Case Manager

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on November 22, 2022
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DJA is seeking a housing case manager to work as part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team helping individuals with substance use disorder achieve stable housing, recovery from drugs and alcohol and dismissal of felony charges through successful program completion.  


The Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) provides professional, high-quality Superior Court record services and justice system programs, while ensuring access to justice and integrity in the process. King County Drug Diversion Court (Drug Diversion Court) is a criminal justice diversion program administered by DJA for adults charged with felony property and other drug-related crimes.

The housing case manager provides housing case management services to participants of the Drug Diversion Court, works in partnership with contracted and community housing providers, assists with next step housing, manages Drug Diversion Court housing resources, and stays informed regarding local and federal housing policies and opportunities.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to King County career service employees and the general public; preference will be given in that order. DJA values diverse perspectives and life experiences, and encourages people of all backgrounds, cultures and religions to apply, including veterans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, Immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities and those with lived experience with addiction and recovery.

WORK LOCATION:  This position is based at the King County Courthouse located at 516 3rd Ave. Room E917, Seattle, but this position may be required to attend meetings or perform duties at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center, 401 4th Ave N., Kent, WA  98031, and travel to other areas of King County to attend meetings with housing providers. 

There may be work associated with this position that may be partially performed remotely. 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.  

 WORK SCHEDULE: The regular work week is 40 hours, Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. This position is overtime eligible.

    Required Materials:

  • King County Application Form 
  • Answers to the Supplemental Questions 
  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter detailing your interest in the position and experience providing services to individuals experiencing homelessness, substance use disorder and/or legal involvement. Please note, your Cover Letter may be evaluated as a writing sample.  

Please note that you can attach multiple documents to your application.  Your options are:
    *Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
    *Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.
Contact Information:  Please direct questions about this position to Christina Mason at 206-477-0785. For questions about the recruitment process please contact Joy Fernandes at 206-477-0774.

Job Duties

The person selected for this position will be assigned a variety of tasks including but not limited to those listed:


Direct Housing Case Management: Meeting with participants to determine housing needs, assist with next step housing and connect with resources, coordinating the housing waitlist, move-ins and exits, and maintaining client case notes in the electronic database. 


Serve as a Member of the Multidisciplinary Drug Court Team: Monitor participant progress, provide regular updates and well-reasoned recommendations related to housing status and opportunities to the Drug Court team, and support the Drug Diversion Court's approach to accountability and empowerment. 


Assist with Contract Implementation and Monitoring: Meet regularly with contracted housing providers and drug court leadership to develop housing protocols, discuss cases, and address issues related to housing compliance and participant needs. 


Presentations and Workshops: As part of a team, facilitate program orientation and residential life skills and housing-related workshops for drug court participants, and present regularly to the Drug Diversion Court team regarding the status of housing resources.    

Community Involvement and Advocacy: Stay informed regarding policies and resources related to homelessness, cultivate relationships with landlords and community providers, and educate stakeholders about the specific housing needs of drug court participants. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Any combination of Education, Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills which provides the applicant with the desired competencies to successfully perform all duties described will be considered.

  • Minimum 2 years of experience providing direct case management services to persons experiencing homelessness.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills that would enable you to manage a client caseload and housing waitlist. 
  • Excellent communication, presentation, problem-solving, and resourcefulness skills. 
  • Ability to build rapport, manage conflict, engage in difficult conversations, and motivate participants to engage in services and change behavior. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective collaborative team member within a professional team and to work collaboratively with external providers. 
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, cultures, genders, ages, sexual orientations, and abilities. 
  • Experience with data collection, data entry and tracking. 
  • Experience with office software for word processing, spreadsheets, scheduling and email. 


  • Solid knowledge of housing resources in King County and experience assisting adults experiencing homelessness in the acquisition of emergency shelter, transitional/interim and permanent housing. 
  • Training and/or experience working with individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. 
  • Experience working with individuals involved in the legal system. 
  • Training in motivational interviewing.
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish, the second most commonly spoken language amongst King County Drug Court participants.  

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

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).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

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.
Applicants that are found to be minimally qualified will be further reviewed for competitive quality. Those applicants that possess the most competitive background in directly related experience, knowledge and training may be contacted for interviews.  Professional reference checks will be conducted prior to any offer of employment.

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.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? 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? 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. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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
How did you hear about the job? Check all that apply.
  • King County Website
  • King County Employee
  • Governmentjobs.com
  • Other
If you selected "Other" in the question above, please specify website/name.
Have you included a resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and experience providing services to individuals experiencing homelessness, substance use disorder and/or legal involvement?
  • Yes
  • No
Please describe your experience providing direct case management services to persons experiencing homelessness. (Be specific as to dates, locations, and description of duties).
Please describe your experience with data collection, data entry and tracking, including any experience maintaining spreadsheets, managing waitlists and/or tracking intake and exit dates.
In your experience, what do you think is most important in developing partnerships and working with internal and external stakeholders?
Please describe your experience assisting individuals experiencing homelessness in the acquisition of emergency shelter, transitional and interim housing, and permanent or next step housing.

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