Personal Recognizance Investigator (Part-Time)

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on July 17, 2022
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This recruitment is for a part-time Personal Recognizance Investigator. This position is open until filled; applications received on or before July 1st, 2022, will receive priority consideration.

The Community Corrections Division serves individuals involved in the King County Court System. The division provides services pre- and post-convictions. The primary programmatic areas are Electronic Home Detention, Community Center for Alternative Programs and the Intake Services Unit.
Duties include conducting one-to-one interviews with persons who have been newly booked into jail to determine release eligibility and make appropriate program and release recommendations. Conducting one-on-one interviews in specialty courts to determine program need. Staff works collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders including but not limited to inmate references and outside agencies. Screening/intake interviews are conducted within the booking area and inmate housing areas of the correctional facility, and entails working with a diverse population of inmates, departments and court personnel.
Duties are performed within adult detention facilities which are secured facility environments requiring the ability to navigate ramps, narrow hallways, opening and closing heavy doors and working in confined areas. Population includes potentially volatile individuals with emotional, mental health, and alcohol and/or substance abuse related problems.
This position is represented by Washington State Council of County and City Employees, Local 21-AD DAJD.
Work Location: The Personal Recognizance Investigator will work within a secure jail setting and will be assigned to Seattle Division, King County Correctional Facility in downtown Seattle with occasional work in the Kent Division at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Employees must be able to work at either the Seattle or Kent facilities as needed. Assignments are subject to the staffing needs of the department and collective bargaining unit bid processes. On occasion there will be need for court appearances and or assignment to a specialty court.
Schedule: This is a regular career service, part-time, overtime eligible position. The work schedule is a 20-hour work week, specifically working Saturday and Sunday from the hours of 5:30 am - 3:30 pm (0530-1530). Facilities are operational 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Candidates must be able to work a schedule that includes evenings, weekends and possibly holidays and must be able to be contacted in emergency situations. Work schedule is subject to the staffing needs of the department and collective bargaining unit bid processes.
Eligibility List: An eligibility list may be established to fill future part-time career service vacancies. This list will remain in effect for up to 12 months, but may expire sooner if the list of qualified candidates is exhausted.

Job Duties

Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Interview persons who have been booked into jail or appear in specialty court for misdemeanor and/or felony offenses. Identify and refer special situations to appropriate staff.
  • Contact references, victims, court personnel, probation/parole officers, and/or law enforcement personnel to obtain information.
  • Respond to questions/concerns from department staff, the public, courts, attorneys, and other agencies. Work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders to make appropriate recommendations.
  • Maintain accurate records, and write clear and concise reports and recommendations to the court. Utilize a variety of computer programs/database systems to input interview data, conduct criminal records checks, and access a variety of automated/electronic information systems.
  • Review and evaluate data from multiple sources in order to make appropriate, objective release determinations and/or recommendations.
  • Backfill for court calendars as needed; prepare first-appearance court calendars/schedules.
  • Ensure and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information in all forms (verbal, written, and electronic/automated information systems).
  • Provide excellent customer service to internal and external customers. Perform other duties as assigned within area and scope of responsibilities.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • A bachelor's degree with major coursework in criminal justice, social or behavioral sciences, OR, High School Diploma or G.E.D. with five years of direct experience conducting intake interviews, screening, and/or client assessments.
  • Requires excellent communication skills (both verbal and written), strong attention to detail, and ability to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Computer proficiency is required; selected candidate must be able to utilize computers/electronic database programs to conduct inquiries and to access, retrieve, and update data/records.
  • Experience working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders to serve a diverse population.
  • Proficiency in Outlook and Microsoft Word is required.
The Most Competitive Candidates will have the following:
  • Understanding of the Risk Need Principles.
  • Prior experience working in Evidenced Based and Promising Practices programs.
  • Prior experience with Risk and Need Assessments.
  • Prior experience working in a behavioral health organization or in the corrections field.
  • Professional, full-time paid work experience identifying, interviewing and assessing persons with behavior, mental health, drug and/or alcohol related issues, including experience working with potentially volatile clientele.

Supplemental Information

Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified candidates including current King County employees and the general public. Internal consideration may be given to current King County employees. Applicants requesting Veteran's Preference must provide a copy of their DD-214, a scanned copy (.pdf format) will suffice for this purpose.
How To Apply: Completion of the entire King County application and supplemental questionnaire is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a resume and cover letter addressing how you meet the minimum qualifications and why you are interested in this position. Resumes or letters of interest alone will not substitute for full application. For assistance with the online application process, please contact NEOGOV Customer Support toll free at 1-877-204-4442 ( customer support).
Department Contact: Questions regarding this announcement or position may be directed to Morgan Hermann, DAJD Human Resources Analyst, at 206-477-9092 or via e-mail at
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 or not 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.

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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.

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
If required for the position you are seeking, 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
How many years of professional, full-time paid work experience do you have identifying, interviewing, and assessing persons with behavior, mental health, drug and/or alcohol-related issues, including experience working directly with potentially volatile clientele?
  • I do not have this experience.
  • Less than two (2) years of experience.
  • Two (2) years but less than four (4) years of experience.
  • Four (4) years but less than six (6) years of experience.
  • More than six (6) years of experience.
Describe your work experience in the criminal justice or corrections field as it relates to the duties of a Personal Recognizance Investigator. Quantify your related experience, including the types of clientele with which you worked, population served, and your scope/level of direct responsibility. If you do not have this experience, please type "N/A" in the box below.
Please describe your experience conducting intake interviews, screening, and/or assessing clients' needs. Quantify your related experience including the type of clientele with which you worked, population served, and your level/scope of direct responsibility. If you do not have this experience, please type "N/A" in the box below.
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
In the last 3 years, have you been convicted of Driving Under the Influence (alcohol or drugs)?
  • Yes
  • No
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
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
In the last 3 years, have you been convicted of a domestic violence or a related offense involving physical violence? This includes having a court order or violating a court order that restrains you from harassing, stalking, or threatening any person; or engaging in other conduct that would place any person in reasonable fear of bodily injury.
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever been disciplined in the workplace for sexual, racial, or other harassment or discrimination?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever had any intimate contact with inmate(s), former inmate(s), or detained individuals while employed with a criminal justice agency?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever been involved in any incidences of sexual harassment involving an inmate or detainee?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever been engaged in, or been convicted of, sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution?
  • Yes
  • No

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