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CORRECTIONS SPECIALIST 3- Blake Reentry Navigator

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Job Description:

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 months.

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 neighborhood/community

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 operations.

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 application:
  • 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 application.  


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 assessment. 
  • 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 planning 
  • 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 this decision 
  • 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 as needed)  
  • Provide clear, concise, and consistent communication with staff, participants, and stakeholders on available resources 
  • 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 reentry. 
  • Other duties as assigned related to Reentry Navigator role 

Required Qualifications:

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 individuals. 
  • Experience using participant-driven case management strategies. 
  • 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 plans. 

We encourage individuals with a justice involved background to apply. 

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 motivation.  
  • 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 training opportunities. 
  • 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 Washington. 

Preferred/Desired Qualifications: 

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 Washington.


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



  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.

  This position may included in a Union Shop,


 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 jjtan@doc1.wa.govor call us at (206) 516-7739 or (206) 305-7739.  For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.



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