Corrections Specialist 3- Blake Reentry Navigator
Reentry Navigator Unit
The Mission of Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC)
is to improve public safety by positively changing lives.
The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and
qualified individuals for the non-permanent position of Corrections
Specialist 3- Blake Reentry Navigator with the Reentry
Division. These positions will have the ability to telework.
Depending on the successful candidate, this position may be located
in Eastern and/or Western Washington.
This is non-permanent appointment anticipated to last 12
This position is in support of the Blake decision and a member
of the Reentry Division, Reentry Navigator Team. The Reentry
Division includes Education, Correctional Industry, Housing
Voucher, GRE Corrections Specialist and Family Services, just to
name a few. This position also serves as a member and primary point
of contact during institution/community care teams that may include
but not limited to, institution and community supervision staff,
family, faith-based support, mentors, case management support,
housing providers, local law enforcement, and
This position is critical in supporting successful reentry for
individuals releasing from confinement based on the State of
Washing vs. Blake supreme court decision reendering the simple drug
possession statute void. This position thereby increase safety for
the public, staff, and incarcerated individuals impacted by this
decision. This position will provide individuals with access to
programs and services, which target releasing identified
needs. Providing individual's access to resources provided by
community-based organizations, these services provide individuals
with opportunity to engage in and develop skills needed to enhance
a successful transition to the community. This position will work
closely with Blake strike team members to connect with individuals
identified who will be impacted by this decision and do so as
quickly as possible given the shortened time frame for the release
these individuals have. With individual development of these
skills, individual may think in ways that change their actions
which lead to safe communities and safer community corrections
To begin the online Application Process:
- Select the green 'Apply' button located at the top right corner
of this the job posting.
- Sign in or create an account.
- Be sure to attach the following to your completed
- A letter of interest outlining your qualifications.
- Chronological Resume
- And within your online application, include at least three
professional level references with phone numbers and an email
address for each. Definition of "professional references" is listed
below in Supplemental Information.
- Click "Accept & Submit" to submit your application.
Please note: Incomplete application packages may disqualify an
application from the selection process. The information
provided in your application must support your selected answers in
the Supplemental Questions section of this
Accessing appropriate resources and support systems based upon
their risk and needs prior to and following transition into the
community that meets their identified needs and promotes continuity
of care and continuous case management for individuals
transitioning from prison to the community.
- Identify existing evidence-based programs and services that
address criminogenic needs based upon the Washington ONE
- Identify what resources are available in the community matching
individuals needs that will provide longterm benefits to the
community and the individual.
- Complete Release Needs Survey with the individual for reentry
- Meeting with program participants, key correctional staff,
pro-social supporter, health services and treatment staff for
individuals to identify programs, services and resources that
address risk and needs.
- Maintain regular communication with individual through
implementation of the essential needs plan
- In-person, kiosk, and phone assistance and advocacy in the
process of accessing and/or maintaining services and resources
Provide effective communication and documentation.
- Collect and track data related to individuals released through
- Share information with appropriate staff and update status of
individual to ensure staff and community safety
- Navigate and maintain multiple electronic technologies
- Record, access, update, and retrieve individual-related
information from agency SharePoint and OMNI data base
- Provide monthly and weekly reports
- Participate in team and unit meetings
- Participate in Blake strike team meetings (daily and/or weekly
- Provide clear, concise, and consistent communication with
staff, participants, and stakeholders on available
- Represent the agency on various community groups that provide
services and partnerships to ensure continuous engagement of a wide
range of systems and community-based agencies in an effort to
leverage all available resources that may support sustainable
- Other duties as assigned related to Reentry Navigator
Education: High School Diploma or GED
Three Years Reentry Experience to include a combination of
education, training, or lived experience working/in a program or
organization serving individuals who are system impacted:
- Experience working with a wide range of system- and
community-based resources available to support the diverse spectrum
of potential reentry needs.
- Experience successfully mentoring criminally justice-involved
- Experience using participant-driven case management
- Experience in working collaboratively establishing
relationships with entities external to the Agency, such as county,
city, and regional jails, residential/outpatient treatment
facilities, housing organizations, health, and human services
providers, and/or work release facilities.
Knowledge of prison-, jail- and community corrections-based
standards and rules with the ability to analyze information to
identify problems and develop subsequent action and strategic
We encourage individuals with a justice involved background to
NOTE: Experience may be gained concurrently.
In addition to the above, this position requires demonstrated
competency in the following areas (competency may be gained through
education, experience, or a combination thereof):
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and
in writing, with program participants, staff at all levels within
the Agency and with a broad range of system- and community-based
external stakeholder organizations.
- Ability to build strong rapport with program participants and
use effective engagement strategies to maintain open communication;
gauge participant competencies; discuss needs, barriers, and goals;
collaborate in problem-solving; and support each participant's
capacity to prioritize action steps.
- Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration
with system- and community-based stakeholders.
- Possession of good interpersonal skills, ability to work
without direct supervision, and demonstration of high degree of
- Ability to effectively advocate for program participant access
to appropriate system- and community-based resources that support
successful and sustainable reentry.
- Community Relationships - Participates in the formation and
maintenance of successful relationships with criminal justice
partners and community resources.
- Observation - Observes and strategizes personal response based
on environmental conditions and human behavior.
- Stress Tolerance - Remains calm and rational while handling
difficult situations to include, but not limited to volatile,
threatening, or other crisis/emergency situations. Expertly
intervenes in response to threats.
- Professional Standards - Knows and applies department of
corrections related law, policy, procedure, and practice. Adheres
to productivity standards and timelines established by law and
policy. Identifies own training needs and proactively seeks
- Adaptability - Incorporates new information into an existing
framework of understanding. Accepts change and supports the Agency
through changes in law, policy, and procedure.
Must maintain a valid driver license in the state of
Expertise in the Washington State criminal justice system (i.e.
law enforcement, prosecution, courts, correctional facilities, and
community correction supervision) from the point of arrest to the
point of release from jurisdictional custody.
Three years' experience providing case management, mentoring or
advocacy services to criminal justice-involved individuals.
Three years' experience successfully navigating and accessing an
extensive range of system- and community-based resources.
Working knowledge of the key decision points for the transition of
person released from prison or jail to the community transition and
intent and desired outcomes. 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
For additional information about the agency, please visit
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
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
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
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.
This position may included in a Union Shop,
We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core
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
Respectfully acknowledge people's differences and
recognize these differences as important and valuable.
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
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