Community Corrections Caseworker

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time
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Come join our team! The Community Corrections Division is recruiting for our Caseworker position. Caseworkers work with a diverse population of adult offenders who may have multiple health, mental health, alcohol, and/or substance abuse concerns.
Our ideal candidate will have experience in working with at-risk adults in a behavioral health organization, correctional or security-oriented environment. Job-related experience to include conducting assessments, programming, and one-on-one and group counseling related to behavior and/or program orientations.
We are looking to fill current and future Term-Limited Temporary DAJD Caseworker positions. The anticipated duration of this assignment is 18 months, although it may end earlier; special duty durations are subject to change and may either be extended or revoked at any time. This recruitment may be used to generate a pool for future Caseworker vacancies. The List will remain in effect for up to 12 months but may expire sooner if the list of qualified candidates is exhausted.
About the Division: 
The Community Corrections Division has three programs – Community Center Alternative Programs (CCAP), Electronic Home Detention (EHD), and Intake Services Unit (ISU). Caseworkers work in CCAP and EHD.
The EHD and CCAP programs are housed in the King County Yesler Building, 400 Yesler Way in downtown Seattle. EHD work with participants that are out in the community completing their sentence. CCAP work with participants who partake in a continuum of structured programs.  
Commitment to Equity & Social Justice:
As the only county in the United States named after one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, Martin Luther King, Jr. County is a vibrant international 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.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts. To learn more, please visit: 
About the Department: 
The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) is a professional and nationally recognized organization that supports safe, vibrant, and healthy communities in partnership with other criminal justice and human service agencies. DAJD operates the largest county jail in the State of Washington, housing an average daily population of more than 1400 inmates.

Job Duties

To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum demonstrate knowledge, skill, and ability for the position.  

  • Conduct comprehensive, relevant assessments to determine level of programming; assess criminal history, internal and external information sources, and motivation for change in determining eligibility.  
  • Evaluate offenders to determine degree of risk to the community and place accepted applicants based on criteria for Electric Home Detention (EHD), and Community Center for Alternative Programs (CCAP).  
  • Screen internal and external referrals to determine possible program eligibility.  
  • Provide daily one-on-one and group counseling services to help program participants deal effectively with various problems including personal behavior, finances, stress management, and program orientation.  
  • Conduct field monitoring through random visits to employment/training sites to ensure program compliance; prepare and validate participant release schedules.  
  • Conduct daily management of convicted felons and misdemeanants released into community including maintaining case files and contracts with client, attorneys, courts, victims, and agencies. Daily management duties also include providing counseling, confronting behavior, reporting violations, and removing non-compliant program participants.  
  • Conduct case load management according to developed behavioral modification plans and assess daily activities for compliance.  
  • Evaluate program participants to determine treatment needs, develop treatment plans, and ensure compliance.  
  • Review program rules/requirements, probation conditions, and court orders with program participants to ensure understanding of release conditions.  
  • Facilitate and monitor involvement with social service providers.   
  • Will complete other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Degree with major coursework in criminal justice, law and justice, social work, or behavioral sciences. 
  • Knowledge of evidence-based offender practices.
  • Selected candidate must be able to utilize computers/electronic database programs to conduct inquiries and to access, retrieve, and update data/records. 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and comfortable with the use of office productivity software and relational databases in their daily work.
We are looking for candidates who are:
  • Experienced in conducting Risk Need Assessments.  
  • Experienced in facilitating cognitive behavioral groups.  
  • Trained in Motivational Interviewing.  
  • Experienced working in a behavioral health organization or in the corrections field.  
We would love it if you have:
  • One-year full-time experience working with at-risk adults in correctional or security-oriented environment.  
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of 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.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders to serve a diverse population.  
  • Prior experience working in therapeutic community.
  • Completed Motivational Interviewing Coding with a recognized trainer.

Supplemental Information

Ready to APPLY?
The recruitment for this position is open to all qualified candidates. A completed King County Application with completed responses to supplemental questions is required.
If you have any questions or concerns while applying, please contact Morgan Hermann, HR Analyst, by e-mail at or by phone at 206-477-9092.
Work Schedule: The current opening is for a 40-hour workweek. Caseworkers must be available to work all shifts/schedules including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Schedule assignments are subject to the staffing needs of the department.
Work Location: King County Yesler Building (400 Yesler Way) in downtown Seattle.
Union membership: This position is represented by Public Safety Employees Union, Non-Commissioned Employees.
PREA notification:  

  • 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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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).

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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.

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.

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
Describe (in narrative format) how you meet the qualifications for the Community Corrections Caseworker position. Your responses must be supported in your application materials. If you have no expertise, please type N/A.
Describe any relevant training you have completed that will assist you in the Caseworker position. If you have none, please type N/A.
Please describe your prior experience utilizing Evidence Based Practices. Please include the EBP and the date of most recent training on that methodology.
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

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