Washington State Classification Counselor 3 in Monroe, Washington




The Washington State Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Classification Counselor 3 (CC3) at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe, WA. This position may fill multiple vacancies.

The Department of Corrections (DOC), as a partner in the criminal justice system, enhances public safety, administers criminal sanctions and programs in accordance with the law and provides leadership for the future of corrections in Washington State.

The Department consists of the Office of the Secretary, Prisons Division, Community Corrections Division, Administrative Services Division, Health Services Division, Communications Department and Risk Management Department.

Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) is a 2400 bed male all-custody level facility located 30 miles northeast of Seattle. The complex consists of five major units: Washington State Reformatory Unit (WSRU), Twin Rivers, Unit (TRU), Minimum Security Unit (MSU), Special Offenders Unit (SOU) a large mental health inpatient treatment unit, and the Intensive Management Unit (IMU). MCC provides care for the sickest and most complicated patients in our system and is considered the hub of medical and psychiatric care for DOC. It is located close to University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center.

Whether the work is inside a prison, in community corrections, or in an administrative office, the Washington State Department of Corrections professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which all offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.


As a Classification Counselor 3, this position provides professional classification expertise with the goal of placing the incarcerated individual in the least restrictive custody designation, while meeting the need to provide for the safety of the public, staff, visitors, and incarcerated individuals. The CC3 further supports the agency's mission to improve public safety by collaborating with community resources and stakeholders to promote successful transition of incarcerated individuals into the community.

  • Assume delegated responsibilities of unit supervisor in his/her absence.
  • As a lead, provide guidance and technical expertise to other staff.
  • Handle complex and non-routine caseloads.
  • Investigate all information available for each arriving incarcerated individual, and determine the incarcerated individual's documentation and programming needs.
  • Collect information to complete facility plans, criminal history and risk management tools to determine needs.
  • Prepare and submit incarcerated individual's Release Plans.
  • Counsel and inform incarcerated individuals regarding community resources and problems they might encounter in their transition to work release, parole, or release. Work with internal and external entities to facilitate incarcerated individual's re-entry into the community.
  • Enforce court ordered conditions and impose Department of Corrections (DOC) conditions.
  • Participate in Risk Management/multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Maintain communications with incarcerated individuals to assist with attorney calls, child custody/support hearings with Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and courts, and family contact through crisis/emergency situations.
  • Evaluate incarcerated individuals for early release
  • Regularly review and update incarcerated individual's plans and programming needs.
  • Prepare Mutual Agreement Plans and coordinate with other facilities for acceptance.
  • Monitor incarcerated individual's programming and behaviors.
  • Exercise sound judgment, aligned with DOC policy, in decisions concerning sanctions, treatment and education referrals.
  • Write correspondence, infractions, and incident reports.
  • Provide clear, concise, and consistent communication with staff, incarcerated individuals and stakeholders.
  • Work with staff, as well as with other sections of the facility, to resolve incarcerated individuals problems. Qualifications

Required: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and two years of professional counseling or casework experience. A Master's degree in sociology, psychology, social work, criminology, or closely related field will substitute for one year of the required experience.


Satisfactory completion of two years of college (60 semester or 90 quarter credits) and four years of professional counseling or casework experience.


One year as a Classification Counselor 2 in Washington State service to include, at a minimum, satisfactory completion of two years of college (60 semester or 90 quarter credits).

In addition to at least one of the above, this position requires experience training, mentoring, and coaching staff, as well as the ability to:

  • Write clearly, factually, and concisely.
  • Analyze and interpret data, weigh the risks, and make decisions or recommendations to address staff and/or incarcerated individual's needs.
  • Identify and address incarcerated individual's behavior/needs.
  • Organize and prioritize work.
  • Apply conflict resolution skills. *Note: Corrections experience is defined as the focus of the work is dealing directly with inmates a majority of the time.

Preferred/Desired: Ability to work independently. Rapid problem solving ability. Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback/criticism.

Caseloads are fluid, this demands strong organizational skills and an ability to work in a very fast paced environment. Supplemental Information

Veterans Preference Points Qualification

In order to be eligible to receive Veterans Preference Points, as noted in the Agency Wide Questions, you will need to attach a legible copy of your DD214, Member 4 form, to your application OR email a copy to jmhansen@doc1.wa.gov, by close of the job posting. If this information is not received by the closing date - no additional points will be applied to your final examination score.

'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.'

For additional information about the agency, please visit www.doc.wa.gov. APPLICATION PROCESS

In order to be considered for this position, attach the following to your application:

  • A Letter of Interest (no more than two pages) describing how you meet the qualifications of the position and why you feel that you are the ideal candidate for this position.
  • A *Current Resume *with your application.
  • Include a minimum of three professional references with your application*.* The Department of Corrections defines a professional reference as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies. If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates.


  • All DOC employees are fingerprinted for a criminal history background check.
  • Employees work with offenders in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
  • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Tuberculosis is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire. When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.

We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies:

  • Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.
  • Work effectively with men and women of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, lifestyle preferences and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Respectfully acknowledge people's differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.
  • Promote inclusiveness.
  • Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.

DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.

For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email jmhansen@doc1.wa.gov or call us at 360-794-2613. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Salary: $3,833.00 - $5,034.00 Monthly

Location: Snohomish County – Monroe, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Corrections

Job Number: 2017-07249

Closing: 8/20/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov