Program Specialist - Partnership for Youth Justice

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
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Posted on March 24, 2020

This position is open through May 1, 2020. First consideration will be given to complete applications received by 4:30 PM on Monday, April 13.

The responsibilities of this classification include supporting the Community Partnerships Manager, Juvenile Services in planning, organizing and directing the services of the Partnership for Youth Justice (PYJ) Program. Develops and manages community diversion, consisting of local area volunteers and contract staff in partnership with community service sites.  This position works under direct supervision of the Manager, Juvenile Services, supervising community diversion, contract staff and volunteers.

Who may apply:  This position is open to all qualified applicants. 

Work location:  Patricia Clark Children and Family Justice Center - 1211 East Alder Ave., Seattle

Work schedule and terms:  This full-time position is salaried and not eligible for overtime. The workweek is normally Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but variations from these hours will occur.

Additional materials required: Please include a resume and a cover letter describing how you meet or exceed the requirements for this position.  These materials are supplemental to your application.  You must still completely fill out the on-line application with your relevant education and work experience.  Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you include relevant information only on the resume or cover letter, or if you reference "see resume" on your application.

Please note that you can attach multiple documents to your application.  Your options are:
1) Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
2) Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.


Job Duties

The following duties are not intended to represent the entire functional capacity of the position at the task level.

Ensure that each partner within the program operates within legal parameters and program guidelines, conducting on-site evening visits and reviewing all diversion dispositions and returned cases. Provide technical support and consultation to staff as needed.  

Hire, train and supervise contract staff. Provide coaching, feedback and corrective action for performance issues. Interpret policies and procedures and apply conflict resolution techniques in dispute settlement.   Recruit, select, train and supervise Partnership for Youth Justice (PYJ) program volunteers.  

Facilitate communication between volunteers and external customers and organizations.  Responsible for knowing appropriate community resources to provide support for volunteer advocacy. 

Write press releases and strategically solicits local publications.

Determine and monitor case management, data and record systems and conducts program evaluation.  Create, maintain, update, and edit policy and resource manuals and other documentation and publications.  

Provide direct diversion service for youths in exceptional and complex situations. Make decisions about appropriateness of cases for community diversion, in-house diversion, or rejection from program.

Perform other duties of a similar nature or level.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

 Bachelor's degree in social work, public administration or related field, and five years of program related experience and program or project management.

Supplemental Information

Special requirements:  Finalists must successfully pass a criminal background check and reference check.  A valid Washington State Driver's license or be able to travel throughout the County by alternate means. 

Selection process:  Application materials will be screened for qualifications and the most competitive candidates will be invited for interviews.

Union membership:  This position is not represented by a union.

If you have questions regarding this position, please call King County Superior Court Human Resources at (206) 477-1536.


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.

This application requires a separate resume and cover letter. You must still completely fill out the application form, including the "work history" section. Failure to include a separate resume and cover letter will result in your application being considered incomplete. Have you included a separate resume and cover letter?
  • Yes
  • No
What is your highest level of education?
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Some college
  • Associate's or technical degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Law Degree (Juris Doctor)
  • Doctorate (PhD)
If you have a Bachelor's Degree or higher, please indicate your field(s) of study. If you do not have a Bachelor's Degree, please enter "N/A."
How many years of professional experience do you have working with community youth diversion service providers?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • At least one year but less than three years
  • At least three years but less than five years
  • At least five years but less than ten years
  • Ten or more years
How many years of program or project management experience do you have?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • At least one year but less than three years
  • At least three years but less than five years
  • At least five years but less than ten years
  • Ten or more years
How many years of supervisory experience do you have?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • At least one year but less than three years
  • At least three years but less than five years
  • At least five years but less than ten years
  • Ten or more years

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