Juvenile Detention Officer

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on September 11, 2022
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Summary

THIS POSITION IS OPEN FOR CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT.  
 Newly hired Juvenile Detention Officers may be eligible for hiring incentives up to $7,500*.
Qualified lateral Juvenile Detention Officers may be eligible for hiring incentives up to $15,000*.
About the department: King County offers solid careers with competitive pay and a comprehensive benefit package. We are looking for candidates who understand that making a difference in the lives of detained youth can change the course of their future. Investing in the lives of these individuals can have lasting impacts on the communities all around us. JDOs are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe, secure environment for juveniles and ensuring that their care and programming needs are met.
 
Department's Mission: DAJD contributes to the public safety of the citizens of King County and Washington state by operating safe, secure, and humane detention facilities and community corrections programs, in an innovative and cost-effective manner.
 
About the position: The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) is looking for prospective Juvenile Detention Officers who have a strong interest in working with our community's youth. If you are selected for this position, you will work in a secure juvenile detention facility with detainees typically under the age of 18 years old. Interacting with youth in this setting, you will focus on managing behavior by the least restrictive means, coaching and using conflict-resolution skills to teach and promote pro-social behavior. For more information, please refer to the Detention Officer job class description. 
 
TOTAL COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS PACKAGE: 
King County offers an extensive compensation package to reflect how much we value our employees. The following is what you can expect as a full-time benefited King County employee.
 
  • Juvenile Detention Officers may be eligible for the following additional pay premiums above the posted base salary: translation (bilingual) premium, Training Officer pay, education level premiums, and shift differential premiums
  • Up to $5,250 in annual tuition reimbursement for degrees in approved fields of study
  • Comprehensive provision of uniforms and equipment
  • 12 days of annual vacation leave with progressive career increases up to a maximum of 30 vacation days per year
  • 12 days of sick leave with unlimited annual carryover
  • 12 paid scheduled holidays, plus 2 personal holidays
  • Complete coverage of medical, dental, and vision insurance: 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 participate in a generous pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, and can voluntarily participate in additional 401k deferred compensation options 
  • Transportation program, and free ORCA transit pass
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, bereavement leave, volunteer service leave, and military service leave
  • Flexible Spending Account, Wellness Programs, Employee Giving Program Employee Assistance Programs, and Training & Career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit: Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page
 
Union Membership: 
Positions in this classification are represented by the King County Juvenile Detention Guild – Juvenile Detention Officers.
Assignments and schedules are based on the department's staffing needs and subject to bargaining unit bid processes which are seniority-based.
  
How to apply: 
Completion of a King County employment application including the supplemental questionnaire is required. Resumes or letter of interest alone will not substitute for a full application. You can apply online at: http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs. 

Demonstrated/related work experience, if applicable, must be detailed in the job application. Examples of work with youth may include, but is not limited to:
  • Mentoring programs
  • Coaching or teaching
  • Recreation or after school programs
Demonstrated/related work experience, if applicable, must be detailed in the job application. Examples of work with youth may include, but is not limited to:
  • Mentoring programs
  • Coaching or teaching
  • Recreation or after school programs
For assistance or questions regarding this position or the selection process, please contact Ayana Hawk, Human Resources Analyst, at (206) 477-2720 or ayana.hawk@kingcounty.gov 
 
 For technical assistance with the online application process, please contact Government Jobs Customer Support toll free at: 1-877-204-4442 or Governmentjobs.com
  
More information about this job and the department can be found on the DAJD website at www.kingcounty.gov/dajdjobs.

Job Duties

Some of the important duties in this position will include:
 

  • Providing safe and secure custody of juveniles, ensuring that they have access to health and mental health services, as well as educational resources and exercise.
  • Maintaining proper living standards to include good health habits, instructing juveniles in housekeeping, sanitation responsibilities, and personal hygiene.
  • Creating an environment which models pro-social behaviors for juveniles and supports them in changing behaviors and patterns to achieve positive goals.
  • Managing behavior and diffusing disruptive behaviors through problem-solving, crisis intervention, and/or counseling.
Other Regular Job Duties:
  • Monitor and document the movement and location of all juveniles at all times, complete reports regarding incidents and violations of DAJD policies and procedures, and operate electronic audio/video surveillance equipment.
  • Provide educational and/or recreational structured programming, which includes both overseeing a program performed by volunteers/contractors and directly providing programs and groups aimed at teaching pro-social behavior, games, and other activities.
  • Pay special attention to individual considerations, such as mental health, emotional needs, gender identity, cultural or ethnic requirements, etc.
  • Use appropriate physical defensive interventions and restraint techniques to subdue and restrain juveniles as necessary and in accordance with local, state and federal law; achieve and maintain proficiency in application and use of defensive interventions and physical agility.
  • Ensure that the constitutional and other rights of the detainees are upheld through ensuring access to health and mental health services attending educational, gym and library services, serving meals and snacks, and maintaining proper living standards and health habits by instructing juveniles in housekeeping, sanitation responsibilities, and personal hygiene.
  • Conduct inspections of facility, juveniles, visitors and packages delivered to the facility, as well as conduct searches related to safety and security to include but not limited to vehicles, facilities, property and person for contraband, health hazards, and safety and security violations.
  • Must be physically able to run, sit, climb stairs, and perform physical defensive tactics.
  • Operate a motor vehicle to transport juveniles.
We are looking for candidates who:
  • Make well-informed decisions based on a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment.
  • Work equitably with all people, dealing effectively with all races, nationalities, cultures, disabilities, ages, and gender identities.
  • Individuals, seen as direct and truthful, who present truth in an appropriate and helpful manner.
  • Demonstrate ethics and integrity, adhering to an appropriate and effective set of core values in both good and bad times; and follow established policies.
  • Excellent conflict-resolution skills; can assess situations quickly; and find common ground and get cooperation with individuals.
  • Maintain composure and perform well under stress when confronted with emergency, critical or dangerous situations; handle multiple activities simultaneously; exercise good judgment under stressful circumstances.
  • Have empathy and compassion for others.
  • Familiar with Restorative Justice Practices.
  • Have an understanding that the trauma people experience in the past can negatively impact their life.
  • Practice attentive and active listening; has the patience to hear people out.
  • Exercise patience and tolerance with people and processes; try to understand the people and the data before making judgments and acting.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Willing and available to work at least 40 hours per week. The normal workday is eight (8) hours, including a paid meal break. DAJD is currently accepting applications to fill current vacancies and create an eligibility list for vacancies in the future.
  • The Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center is operational 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Incumbents must be available to work varied shifts which include days, swing, graveyard, holidays, weekends and overtime as required.
  • Must be willing and able to work mandatory overtime as required to meet operational needs.
Minimum qualifications:
  • High school diploma or equivalent and three years of experience working in security or with teens in a paid or voluntary capacity, OR
  • Associate degree and one year of experience working in security or with teens in a paid or voluntary capacity, OR
  • Bachelor's degree in all fields of study from an accredited college or university, AND
  • A valid Washington state driver's license by the date of hire.
 Ideal Qualifications:
 
  • Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Law and Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or related area of study and 1-year full time experience working with youth or juveniles in a correctional or security-oriented environment.
Selection process: 
 Incumbents selected for this position must submit all required forms and materials, and successfully complete each of the following:
  • King County application for employment. Once the applications are screened, incumbents will be contacted by DAJD to precede to the next phase.
  • Successful incumbents will be contacted by DAJD to proceed to the department's background investigation process. The DAJD background investigation process is a thorough and extensive process which includes, but is not limited to: completion of fingerprints, extensive Background Investigation Questionnaire to include personal reference check, employment references check, and criminal background check.
  • Oral Board Interviews
  • Polygraph Examination and/or Eye Detect
  • Psychological Testing/Evaluation
  • Final interview
  • Physical examination (pre-employment physical)
Important note: Candidates who are not successful in passing the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention's background investigation will be required to wait two years to reapply.
 
 Conditions of continued employment includes but is not limited to:
  1. Successful candidates must pass a physical ability test (PAT).
    • The post-hire PAT is administered by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) which is required for admission to the Juvenile Corrections Officer Academy.
    • Additional information regarding the WSCJTC PAT requirements can be found at: new-pat-form-v-5-1-5-21.pdf (wa.gov)  and descriptions at - Update To The Physical Ability Test (PAT) (wa.gov) 
    • The physical qualification process will include the following components: Push-Ups: 10 minimum, 90-second time limit; Sit-Ups: 12 minimum, 90-second time limit; Squat Thrusts: 15 minimum, 3-minute time limit
  2. Maintain ability to participate in rigorous physical training at the academy. Must be physically able to work with juvenile detainees in physical situations throughout employment.
  3. Must complete a three-week orientation period.
  4. Four weeks participating in Field Training Officer program.
  5. Must complete a two-week Juvenile Corrections Officer Academy.
  6. Successful completion of a one-year probationary period.
Employees are required to maintain a satisfactory background, criminal and driving record throughout employment in this role. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment if adverse information is obtained during employment.
 
If you have failed the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention's background investigation process within the past two years, your application will not be considered at this time, unless otherwise notified.

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
The Executive Branch includes employees in departments overseen by the Executive’s Office, such as DAJD, the Sheriff’s Office and Metro, as well as the Assessor's Office and Elections.  
 
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 alternative 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.
 
*Hiring incentives are subject to change without notice and are only available until funding is exhausted which may occur at any time.  

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.

01
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.
02
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
03
How did you hear about this position?
  • Career Fair or Recruiting Booth
  • King County Website or GovernmentJobs.com
  • Display Advertisement
  • CorrectionsOne Advertisement
  • Referred by King County Employee
  • Personal Referral
  • Radio Ad or Interview
  • Public Safety Testing
  • King County Recruiter
  • Indeed.com
  • Other
04
If you selected "Other" regarding question #3, please let us know how you heard about this position.
05
Are you currently, or have you in the past, participated in volunteer activities within a King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention facility (Maleng Regional Justice Center, King County Correctional Facility or King County's Juvenile Detention Facility)?
  • Yes
  • No
06
Were you referred by a current department employee to this job posting?
  • Yes
  • No
07
If yes, please provide the employee's full name. If no, leave this answer blank.
08
Following is a series of supplemental questions designed to assess your job related experience and qualifications. Please note that as part of the screening process, your responses will be reviewed in conjunction with your general 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 steps of the review/selection process. The general employment application must be completed to include your work history. You are welcome to submit a resume as well; however, failure to provide a detailed work history on the general application may prohibit further consideration. Do you understand that your responses to the supplemental questions for this position must be supported by your general application materials?
  • Yes
  • No
09
Have you undergone the background investigation process for employment with the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention within the last two years?
  • Yes
  • No
10
What is your highest level of education?
  • High school Diploma or GED
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor's degree, or higher (in any field of study)
  • Bachelor's degree, or higher (in Criminal Justice, Law and Justice or related area of study, or Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or related social science area of study)
11
Indicate how many years of demonstrated experience you have working or volunteering with teens? Demonstrated/related work experience must be detailed in the job application. Examples of work with teens may include, but is not limited to: Probation or Community Corrections, Mentoring Programs, Coaching or teaching, Recreation or after school programs, Any programs where the mission is for progressive transformation and focus is on youth with behavior problems.
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • At least 1 year but less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more
12
Are you at least 20 1/2 years old at this time?
  • Yes
  • No
13
Do you possess a valid driver's license and/or can you obtain a Washington State driver's license by the date of employment?
  • Yes
  • No
14
If required for the position you are seeking, are you willing and available to work at any hours/shift, including days, swing, graveyard, weekends and holidays?
  • Yes
  • No
15
If required for the position you are seeking, are you willing to work mandatory overtime?
  • Yes
  • No
16
Detention Officer candidates must pass a physical ability test (PAT) administered at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center. The PAT requirement includes the ability to do a minimum of 10 push-ups within 90 second, 12 sit ups within 90 seconds, and 15 squat thrusts within 3-minutes. Candidate will also be required to successfully complete a pre-qualification based on the described PAT upon hire during new employee orientation. Are you able to meet the PAT requirements as described above?
  • Yes
  • No
17
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
18
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
19
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
20
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
21
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
22
In the last 3 years, have you been convicted of a domestic violence or domestic violence-related crime?
  • Yes
  • No
23
Have you ever been disciplined in the workplace for sexual, racial, or other harassment or discrimination?
  • Yes
  • No
24
If former military, did you receive any discharge other than "Honorable"? If yes, please contact the HR Representative handling this recruitment for information regarding required additional information.
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question