Juvenile Detention Officer
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King County is currently recruiting to fill the critically important role of Juvenile Detention Officers (JDO) at our Youth Services Center in Seattle.
We are offering 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 the future. Investing in the lives of these individuals will 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.
If you are selected for this position, you will work in a secure juvenile detention facility with detainees typically under the age of 18. Interacting directly with these young people, you will focus on managing behavior by the least restrictive means, coaching and using conflict resolution skills to teach and promote pro-social behavior.
- 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 a firm, fair and consistent 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.
- Monitor and document the movement and location of all juveniles at all times, complete reports regarding incidents and violations of DAJD policy 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, 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, 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.
- Make good decisions based on a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment.
- Manage all kinds and classes of people equitably, dealing effectively with all races, nationalities, cultures, disabilities, ages, and both sexes.
- Are widely trusted. They are seen as direct and truthful, people 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.
- Manage conflict well; can read situations quickly; can find common ground and get cooperation with minimum noise.
- Maintain composure and performs well under stress when confronted with emergency, critical or dangerous situations; handles multiple activities simultaneously; exercise good judgment under stressful circumstances.
- Show real empathy with the joys and pains of others.
- 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; and follow established policies.
- Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Using appropriate physical defensive interventions and restraint techniques to subdue and restrain juveniles as necessary and in accordance with local, state and federal law.
- Conducting 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, safety and security violations.
- Monitoring and documenting the movement and location of all juveniles at all times, complete reports regarding incidents and violations of DAJD policy and procedures, and operate electronic audio/video surveillance equipment.
- 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 Youth Services 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.
- High school diploma or equivalent and three years' experience working with youth in a paid or voluntary capacity. OR
- Associate's degree and one year of experience working with youth in a paid or voluntary capacity. OR
- Bachelor's degree in all fields of study from an accredited college or university.
- A valid Washington State Driver's license by the date of hire.
- 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.
Completion of a King County employment application including the supplemental questionnaire is required. Resumes or letter of interest alone will not substitute for full application. You can apply online at: http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs. *Recruitment will remain open until vacancies are filled.
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:
- 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.
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 finger-prints, 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
- Personality Test and/or Psychological testing/evaluation
- Final interview
- Physical examination (pre-employment physical)
For assistance or with questions regarding this position or the selection process, please contact:
Ayana Hawk at 206-477-2720 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Alan Wedge at 206-263-3080 or email@example.com
For technical assistance with the online application process, please contact GovernmentJobs Customer Support toll free at: 1-877-204-4442 or Governmentjobs.com
Conditions of continued employment includes but is not limited to:
- Successful candidates must successfully pass a physical ability test (PAT).
- The post-hire PAT is administered by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center (WSCJTC) which is required for admission to the Juvenile Corrections Officer Academy.
- Additional information regarding the WSCJTC PAT requirements can be found at: Update To The Physical Ability Test (PAT) (wa.gov) .
- 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.
- Must complete a three week orientation period.
- Four weeks participating in Field Training Officer program.
- Must complete a two week Juvenile Corrections Officer Academy.
- 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.
- Supplemental Information
More About King County:
As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history; King County is a vibrant 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. Together, we are changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.
We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make this King County one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
More information about this job and the department can be found on the DAJD website at www.kingcounty.gov/dajdjobs.
Positions in this classification are represented by the King County Juvenile Detention Guild.
Assignments and schedules are based on the department's staffing needs and subject to bargaining unit bid processes which are seniority based.
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.
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.
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
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.
01Have you undergone the background investigation process for employment with the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention within the last two years?
02How did you hear about this position?
03Are 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)?
- 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
04Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee 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?
05If 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 layoff06Following 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, 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.
07What is your highest level of education?
08Indicate how many years of demonstrated experience you have working or volunteering with youth? Demonstrated/related work experience must be detailed in the job application. Examples of work with youth 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.
- High School Diploma or G.E.D.
- Associates' Degree
- Bachelors' Degree, or higher (in any field of study)
- Bachelors' Degree, or higher (in Criminal Justice, Law and Justice or reltaed area of study, or Psychology, Sociology, Social Work or related social science area of study)
09Are you at least 20 1/2 years old at this time?
- Less than 1 year
- At least 1 year but less than 3 years
- 3 years or more
10Do you possess a valid driver's license and/or can you obtain a Washington State driver's license by the date of employment?
11If 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?
12If required for the position you are seeking, are you willing to work mandatory overtime?
13Detention 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?
14All 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?
15The 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.
16PLEASE 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?
17In 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
18In 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
19In the last 3 years, have you been convicted of a domestic violence or a domestic violence-related crime?
20Have you ever been disciplined in the workplace for sexual, racial, or other harassment or discrimination?
21If 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.