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Washington State Corrections Specialist 4/SUDP in Tumwater, Washington


Corrections Specialist 4 Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) Health Services Headquarters Tumwater, WA

Important Note: Pursuant to the Governor’s Directive, 20-08 this position will be subject to one furlough day per month through November 30, 2020.

* To be considered for the first round of interviews please have your applications submitted no later than October 20, 2020*

The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to take on the dynamic role of a Project Corrections Specialist 4/SUDP and coordinate various activities in support of the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program. This is project position is anticipated to last until September 30, 2021 and may be extended an additional year, located at Department of Corrections - Headquarters in Tumwater, Washington.

Our mission at the Department of Corrections (DOC) is to 'improve public safety by positively changing lives'. With a vast number of innovative sustainability programs, and evidence-based practices used to reduce recidivism, Washington State is highly regarded as a strong leader in the field of Corrections. For additional information about the agency, please visit

The Substance Abuse Recovery Unit (SARU) is responsible for the implementation of evidence-based practices and the operational support to facilitate incarcerated individuals participation in and or to provide evidence-based and research-based interventions and promising practices/programs designed to decrease recidivism, which increases staff, offender and public safety.

In response to the growing opioid crisis and working under the direction of the Health Services (HS)/Substance Abuse Recovery Unit (SARU) Opioid Grant Manager, this position will provide clinical oversight for all statewide programs, providing specialized substance use disorder re-entry services for individuals releasing from short term confinement and work releases who are at risk for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) are properly identified by the Re-entry Substance Use Disorder Professionals (RSUDP) for the purpose of developing and providing specialized re-entry services for the statewide implementation of the Treatment Decision Making protocol (TDM) and educating releasing inmates on medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) treatment to decrease the risk of accidental overdose on opioids. This position will provide oversight to the RSUDP and DOC Community facilities in the creation and establishment of a network of SUD medical providers to ensure prompt delivery of services in locations across the state, acting as a representative for the Department of Corrections to assist in decreasing misperceptions about MOUD treatment among DOC staff, inmates, community stakeholders, and DOC senior leadership. Additionally, this position will provide statewide educational and technical assistance for DOC personnel and will increase inmate access to OUD services in the community. The incumbent will assist in administration, oversight and direction all aspects of the program or make decisions of major significance that may affect the department as a whole under the direction of the HS/SARU Opioid Grant Manager. Other companies managed by the incumbent include grant reporting and collaboration with the University of Washington to direction training on the use of provided opioid overdose prevention kits.

This is a degreed, and Department of Health certified, position that serves as an expert with SARU and advises the SARU Program Administrator and leadership within the Department on program outcomes, which may be utilized by executive level representative from all divisions with the department. The RSUDP oversight incumbent functions under limited supervision and as part of the oversight responsibilities, utilizes independent judgement, has delegated decision-making and budgetary authority, and develops outcomes and system tracking reports. In addition, this position responds to both external and internal stakeholders including University of Washington, the Department of Social and Health Services, Department of Health, Health Care Authority and acts as a liaison on behalf of SARU.

This position is responsible for administration of the grant and deliverables, to include assisting in hiring , performance evaluation, network development, establishment of timelines for data reporting and tracking systems, maintaining fiscal prudence, and adherence to grant funding allocation as well as managing key components and maintain a record of the resulting measurable data.

To begin the online Application Process:

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  • Be sure to attach the following to your completed application:
  • A cover letter outlining your qualifications.
  • A detailed chronological resume'.
  • And at least *three professional references *with a phone number and an email address for each.
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Key responsibilities of a Project Correctional Specialist 4/SUDPinclude, but are not limited to:

  • Provides program development and oversight for case managers and to ensure effective and efficient statewide operations.
  • Consults the SARU Program Administrator and Community Providers to ensure effective and efficient statewide operation.
  • Development and implantation of policy and practice for monitoring, analysis and reporting of budgetary status/needs and grant focused outcomes.
  • Advices the HS/SARU Opioid Grant Manager in and provides outreach and education to statewide DOC leadership, Community Providers, and Interested members of the community.
  • Formation and management of statewide stakeholders.
  • Building statewide partnerships with and ensure continuous engagement with internal and external stakeholders to leverage resources for continuity of care.
  • Grant administration and maintain a record of resulting measurable data.
  • Other duties as assigned. Qualifications

Required Qualifications of the Correctional Specialist 4:

  • Associates Degree with a Social Service, Criminal Justice or Substance Use Treatment focus from an accredited college whose accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education or the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or a foreign equivalent. Four (4) years’ work experience in social service or case management may substitute for the degree.
  • Certification as a Substance Use Disorder Professional.
  • Two (2) years’ experience supervising staff conducting case management activities.
  • Two (2) years’ conducting case management with adults.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with focus in Social Service or related field from an accredited college whose accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education or the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or foreign equivalent.
  • Professional experience and understanding of evidence based treatment delivery practices.
  • Experience working with justice-involved individuals. Supplemental Information

Mission: The mission of DOC is to improve public safety by positively changing lives. Our Vision: Working together for safer communities Our Commitment: To operate a safe and human corrections system and partner with others to transform lives for a better Washington.

*Our Core Values: *

  • Cultivate an environment of integrity and trust: Corrections values partnership and trust. We foster openness and support courageous conversations. We are committed to doing what we say we are going to do by being accountable and taking personal ownership in our actions.
  • Respectful and inclusive interactions: Corrections appreciates and values individuals by promoting an inclusive and diverse environment, which encourages safety. We respect, value, and listen to the thoughts, feelings, and perspectives of our stakeholders and consider the impact on those we serve as well as each other.
  • People's safety: Corrections believes in creating an environment that values physical, mental, and emotional security and well-being. We honor those who advance safety for all.
  • Positivity in words and actions: At Corrections, we assume positive intentions and believe there is a shared desire for the best outcome. We consistently demonstrate positive behavior and always put forth our best effort.
  • Supporting people's success: Corrections is committed to our community – understanding individuals, instilling hope, embracing change, and providing opportunities.

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  • Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application. A professional reference is defined 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.

  • Phone number AND email address are required for all professional references.

  • All DOC employees are fingerprinted for a criminal history background check.

  • Employees may work directly with or in close proximity to incarcerated individuals 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.

  • Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) is an aerosol pepper spray made available as a means of self-defense and/or de-escalation. Applicants with sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.

  • 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 (TB) 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.

  • If this position is included in a Union Shop, employees will be required to become members within thirty (30) days of employment.

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 DOCHQHRRECRUITMENTS@DOC1.WA.GOV or call us at (360) 725-8572. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Salary: $5,229.00 - $6,862.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA

Job Type: Project (limited duration)

Department: Dept. of Corrections

Job Number: 2020-06717

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

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