State of Washington
COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS SPECIALIST - WFSE
Positions coordinate and implement activities for community corrections and reentry program areas, which includes two or more of the following:
- assessing offender risk and needs;
- providing offender access to services;
- providing training and holding offenders accountable to ensure compliance with the conditions of their release and programming requirements;
- implementing violence and reduction strategies to reduce threats and violent incidents in the community;
Audit community correctional programs to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations as well as agency policy.
Programs include but are not limited to: Law Enforcement Notification, End of Sentence Review, Housing Voucher Program, Sex Offender Treatment Program, Offender Re-entry, Community Safety Program, Community Response, and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions.
Positions work under administrative direction. This class is distinguished from the Community Corrections Officer 3 class by the absence of a caseload and the responsibility for coordinating and implementing programs for an Area or a large subsection of an Area.
Represents the agency on Community Corrections Boards and Councils; explains services available from the agency; coordinates the implementation and management of programs jointly sponsored by the agency and community with stakeholders;
Plans, implements, coordinates, and evaluates assigned programs; disseminates information about the program to the local level; coordinates public relations and recruitment programs for volunteers, community resources, collects and analyzes statistical data from monthly reports;
Represents the division on interdivisional projects;
Facilitates offender change program groups;
Establishes and plans events and activities, such as parenting classes, to foster relationships between individuals under supervision and their families;
Conducts special projects at the direction of the Executive Leadership; participates on statewide and Area task forces and committees;
Recruits for Community Corrections Officers, interns, and support staff at business schools, colleges, and universities;
Completes specialized assessments regarding risk for sexual re-offense;
Recruits and evaluates service providers for the offender population and acts as a liaison for the department;Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: principles and practices of program management; criminal justice system and community corrections; Washington State laws, administrative codes, and regulations pertaining to parole, probation, determinate sentencing, and work/training release; hearings before the courts, Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board, and Office of Hearings; jail booking and detention procedures.
Ability to: manage assigned programs; train staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; translate agency policies, procedures, and philosophy to staff and others; represent the agency positively before criminal justice agencies, community organizations, and the general public; use authority constructively; appraise persons and situations accurately and adopt appropriate course of action; write and speak accurately, clearly, objectively, and effectively.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
Three years as a Community Corrections Officer.
A Bachelor's degree
Three years of professional experience in adult or juvenile corrections or closely related field which includes managing cases, making field visits, writing reports, assessing cases and making recommendations, referring people to appropriate resources, and presenting cases in court or hearings.
A Master's degree in sociology, social work, psychology, criminology, or closely related field will substitute for one year of experience.
Note: A valid driver's license is required.
Class Specification History
New class Effective March 1, 1988
Revises minimum qualifications April 14, 1989
New class code: (formerly 39760) effective July 1, 2007
Revised definition and distinguishing characteristics; adopted August 13, 2015; effective August 14, 2015
Salary adjustment, revise definition, distinguishing characteristics and typical work; adopted June 30, 2017, effective July 1, 2017.