Corrections Officer

Correctional Officer
King County Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention - Seattle, Washington

Mar 2, 2023

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Application Deadline:
Jun 30, 2023

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$34.3843 hourly
Top Pay:
$45.8776 hourly

Job Description

Newly hired Corrections Officers may be eligible for hiring incentives up to $7,500*.Qualified lateral Corrections Officers may be eligible for hiring incentives up to $15,000*.


*_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 system in the State of Washington, housing an average daily population of 25 juvenile detainees and more than 1600 adult inmates.

*_Department's Mission: *_DAJD contributes to the public safety of the citizens of King County and Washington State by operating safe, secure, and humane detention facilities and community corrections programs, in an innovative and cost-effective manner.

About the position: **Working in corrections is a challenging but rewarding career, where you can make a difference in the lives of others. As one of the largest corrections employers in the State of Washington, King County is able to offer job stability and security, and unique opportunities for career development, advanced training, and assignment to specialty units. King County DAJD correctional facilities operate 24-hours per day, 7-days per week. Typical shifts are 0620 to 1430 hours, 1420 to 2230 hours, and 2220 to 0630 hours, with overtime when necessary. For more information, please refer to the _[++Corrections Officer Job Class Description**++_](

*TOTAL COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS PACKAGE: * King County offers an extensive compensation package to reflect how much we value our employees. The following is what you can expect as a full-time benefited King County employee:

  • ++Effective 7/26/2022++: All successful Lateral Corrections Officer applicants will receive 40 hours of sick leave and 40 hours of vacation leave upon hire.
  • Correctional Officers may be eligible for the following additional pay premiums above the posted base salary: firearms qualified, translation (bilingual) premium, training officer pay, and longevity pay
  • Up to $5,250 in annual tuition reimbursement for degrees in approved fields of study
  • Comprehensive provision of uniforms and equipment, including an annual uniform maintenance stipend and allocation of training ammunition
  • Meals or meal vouchers provided while on duty
  • 12 days of annual vacation leave with progressive career increases up to a maximum of 30 vacation days per year
  • 12 days of sick leave with unlimited annual carryover
  • 12 paid scheduled holidays, plus 2 personal holidays
  • Complete coverage of medical, dental, and vision insurance: 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 participate in a generous pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, and can voluntarily participate in additional 457k deferred compensation options.
  • Transportation program, free ORCA transit pass, and paid parking.
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, bereavement leave, volunteer service leave, and military service leave
  • Flexible Spending Account, Wellness Programs, Employee Giving Program
  • Employee Assistance Programs, Training & Career development programs

For additional information about employee benefits please visit: _[++Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page++_]( "")

*_Work locations: *_incumbents may be assigned to either of two work locations:

  • King County Correctional Facility, 500 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Maleng Regional Justice Center, 620 W. James Street, Kent, WA 98032

Schedule and facility assignments are subject to staffing needs of the department and collective bargaining unit bid processes, which are seniority based.

*_Union membership: *_Positions in this classification are represented by the King County Corrections Guild (KCCG).

How to apply: **Completion of a King County employment application and DAJD supplemental questionnaire is required. Resumes or letter of interest alone will not substitute for full application. Online applications are preferred. To apply, go to: [++**++](

*_Who to contact: *_For assistance with the online application process, please contact *_NeoGov Customer Support toll free at 1-877-204-4442 *_or

Questions regarding this position and the selection process may be directed to:

More information about this job and the department can be found on the DAJD website at

*_Veterans' Preference: *_Incumbents requesting Veterans' preference must submit a copy of their DD214 Member 4 form, via email to ++determine eligibility. Veterans' preference will be applied as applicable.

Job Duties

  • Oversee all activities of inmates, including recreation, distribution of meals, mail, commissary requests, educational classes, visitation time, professional visits, social workers, and other authorized activities.
  • Enforce rules and guidelines while managing inmate behavior, in accordance with jail policies and procedures.
  • Ensure and maintain the safe, secure, humane custody of inmates, adhering to constitutional obligations including access to legal counsel, medical and mental health services as required.
  • Relay approved information concerning inmates to relatives, attorneys, probation and police officers, and others.
  • Use appropriate physical defensive interventions and restraint techniques to maintain custody and control, up to and including deadly force, in accordance with local, state, and federal law; achieve and maintain proficiency in application and use of defensive interventions and physical agility.
  • Participate in required trainings in defensive tactics, electronic control devices, pepper spray, and other emergency and safety equipment.
  • Ability to perform under high stress when confronted with emergent, critical, or dangerous situations; handle multiple activities simultaneously; exercise sound judgment under stressful circumstances in which working with speed and sustained attention are critical to the job.
  • Summon medical attention for inmates and render emergency first aid and CPR.
  • Receive, Book and Release inmates according to policies and procedures as well as assisting in entering personal data on required databases, logs, and files, as well as checking for outstanding warrants.
  • Operate control room and/or central surveillance, monitor close circuit television (CCTV) cameras, control access and egress within jails, security and alarms systems, communication & radio traffic, and other electronic screening devices.
  • Coordinate with courts to ensure inmates appear as required.
  • Write detailed reports concerning any recommendation, problem, observation or emergency situations or occurrences within the jail, according to DAJD policy and training, or when directed by supervisors.
  • Provide excellent customer services, including professional and respectful behavior at all times.
  • Ensure confidentiality is upheld to the highest ethical standard.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Inspect facility, inmates, visitors, and packages delivered to the facility.
  • Conduct searches related to safety and security to include, but not limited to vehicles, facilities, property and person for contraband, health hazards, safety, and security violations.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum qualifications for entry level:

  • Twenty-one years of age by the time of hire
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License by the time of hire

*_Most competitive: *_Applicants who possess corrections and/or criminal justice experience.

*_Lateral Experience: *_Training requirements and starting salary range will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Supplemental Information

*_Applicants currently working as a Corrections Officer *_are subject to the same application, testing and screening process as other candidates. However, some additional benefits may be realized post-hire and include the following:

  • Salary Consideration: Incumbents may be considered for placement at a step within the Corrections Officer salary range that is closest to their current salary (salaries must remain within the stated Corrections Officer salary range);
  • Salary Consideration for Laterals: Salary may be evaluated for previous corrections experience on a case-by-case basis, up to Step 5 of the Corrections Officer salary range;
  • Training Waiver Consideration: Incumbents may be considered for a full or partial Corrections Academy waiver, based on confirmation of attendance and successful completion of a comparable Corrections Academy. Training records of these incumbents will be reviewed to determine eligibility for a full or partial waiver.

*_Selection process: *_Incumbents selected for this position must submit all required forms and materials, and successfully complete each of the following:

  • King County application for employment. Once the applications are screened, incumbents will be contacted by DAJD to proceed to the department's background investigation process.
  • The DAJD background investigation process is a thorough and extensive process which includes but is not limited to; completion of an extensive Background Investigation Questionnaire, oral board, Washington Department of Child Youth & Families Neglect Founded Findings Request, EyeDetect and/or polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, fingerprinting, criminal background check, reference checks, final interview, and physical examination (pre-employment physical). The background investigation is an ongoing process and may lead to termination of employment if adverse information is obtained during employment

*_Additional information regarding physical testing - Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center requirements (WSCJTC): *_All Corrections Officers will be required to pass the Physical Ability Test (PAT) at time of hire. The physical qualification process will include the following components:

  • Push-Ups: 15 minimum, 90 second time limit
  • Sit-Ups: 12 minimum, 90 second time limit
  • Squat Thrusts: 25 minimum, 3-minute time limit

To pass the Physical Agility Test administered by the WSCJTC, the applicant must pass all three events. The PAT is graded on PASS/FAIL and is no longer scored by points. _*_You can review the PAT demonstration video at: *__++

Post hire: Incumbents must successfully pass a physical ability test (PAT). The post-hire PAT is administered by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) which is required for admission to the Corrections Officer Academy. Failure to successfully pass the WSCJTC PAT will result in termination of employment. Incumbents must complete a four-week orientation, a ten-week Corrections Officer Academy (COA length is subject to change per WSCJTC policy), a six-week field training program and successfully complete a one-year probationary period. All incumbents must be able to participate in rigorous physical training at the academy and must be able to work with adult inmates in physical situations throughout their employment.

If you have failed the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention's background investigation process within the past two years, your application will not be considered at this time, unless otherwise notified.

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

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 ++]( 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.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer 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.

*Hiring incentives are subject to change without notice and are only available until funding _is _exhausted which may occur at any time.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience: Entry Level or Lateral

Contact Information

Candy Trang

King County Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention
500 5th Ave
Seattle, Washington 98104
phone: 206-477-7542

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