Juvenile Detention Officer

Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention - King County | Seattle, WA

Posted Date 11/16/2023

Application Deadline:May 31, 2024


Entry Level:
$64812.80 annual
Top Pay:
$82076.80 annual




Newly hired Juvenile Detention Officers may be eligible for hiring incentives up to $12,000*. Qualified lateral Juvenile Detention Officers may be eligible for hiring incentives up to $25,000*.


*_SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION HERE: *_https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kingcounty/jobs/3765013/juvenile-detention-officer

*_About the department: *_King County offers solid careers with competitive pay and a comprehensive benefit package. We are looking for candidates who understand that making a difference in the lives of detained youth can change the course of their future. Investing in the lives of these individuals can have lasting impacts on the communities all around us. JDOs are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe, secure environment for juveniles and ensuring that their care and programming needs are met.

*_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: The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) is looking for prospective Juvenile Detention Officers who have a strong interest in working with our community's youth. If you are selected for this position, you will work in a secure juvenile detention facility with detainees typically under the age of 18 years old. Interacting with youth in this setting, you will focus on managing behavior by the least restrictive means, coaching and using conflict-resolution skills to teach and promote pro-social behavior. For more information, please refer to the Detention 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.

  • Juvenile Detention Officers may be eligible for the following additional pay premiums above the posted base salary: translation (bilingual) premium, Training Officer pay, education level premiums, and shift differential premiums
  • Up to $5,250 in annual tuition reimbursement for degrees in approved fields of study
  • Comprehensive provision of uniforms and equipment
  • 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 401k deferred compensation options
  • Transportation program, and free ORCA transit pass
  • 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, and Training & Career development programs

*_For additional information about employee benefits please visit: *__[Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page_](https://kingcounty.gov/audience/employees/benefits.aspx "https://kingcounty.gov/audience/employees/benefits.aspx")

Union Membership: Positions in this classification are represented by the King County Juvenile Detention Guild – Juvenile Detention Officers.

Assignments and schedules are based on the department's staffing needs and subject to bargaining unit bid processes which are seniority-based.

How to apply: Completion of a King County employment application including the supplemental questionnaire is required. Resumes or letter of interest alone will not substitute for a full application. You can apply online at: ++http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs.++

For assistance or questions regarding this position or the selection process, please contact Ayana Hawk, Human Resource Analyst at Ayana.Hawk++@kingcounty.gov++ or Jennifer Eugene, Human Resources Associate, ++jennifer.eugene@kingcounty.gov++.

For technical assistance with the online application process, please contact Government Jobs Customer Support toll free at: 1-877-204-4442 or Governmentjobs.com

More information about this job and the department can be found on the DAJD website at ++www.kingcounty.gov/dajdjobs++++.++

Job Duties

Some of the important duties in this position will include:

  • Providing safe and secure custody of juveniles, ensuring that they have access to health and mental health services, as well as educational resources and exercise.
  • Maintaining proper living standards to include good health habits, instructing juveniles in housekeeping, sanitation responsibilities, and personal hygiene.
  • Creating an environment which models pro-social behaviors for juveniles and supports them in changing behaviors and patterns to achieve positive goals.
  • Managing behavior and diffusing disruptive behaviors through problem-solving, crisis intervention, and/or counseling.

Other Regular Job Duties:

  • Monitor and document the movement and location of all juveniles at all times, complete reports regarding incidents and violations of Department policies and procedures, and operate electronic audio/video surveillance equipment.
  • Provide educational and/or recreational structured programming, which includes both overseeing a program performed by volunteers/contractors and directly providing programs and groups aimed at teaching pro-social behavior, games, and other activities.
  • Pay special attention to individual considerations, such as mental health, emotional needs, gender identity, cultural or ethnic requirements, etc.
  • Use appropriate physical defensive interventions and restraint techniques to subdue and restrain juveniles as necessary and in accordance with local, state and federal law; achieve and maintain proficiency in application and use of defensive interventions and physical agility.
  • Ensure that the constitutional and other rights of the detainees are upheld through ensuring access to health and mental health services attending educational, gym and library services, serving meals and snacks, and maintaining proper living standards and health habits by instructing juveniles in housekeeping, sanitation responsibilities, and personal hygiene.
  • Conduct inspections of facility, juveniles, visitors and packages delivered to the facility, as well as conduct searches related to safety and security to include but not limited to vehicles, facilities, property and person for contraband, health hazards, and safety and security violations.
  • Must be physically able to run, sit, climb stairs, and perform physical defensive tactics.
  • Operate a motor vehicle to transport juveniles.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills Required Abilities:

  • Willing and available to work at least 40 hours per week. The normal workday is eight (8) hours, including a paid meal break. DAJD is currently accepting applications to fill current vacancies and create an eligibility list for vacancies in the future.
  • The Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center is operational 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Incumbents must be available to work varied shifts which include days, swing, graveyard, holidays, weekends and overtime as required.
  • Must be willing and able to work mandatory overtime as required to meet operational needs.

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Can learn and apply legal and operational practices and procedures used in supervising and counseling youth offenders.
  • Make well-informed decisions based on a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment.
  • Work equitably with all people, dealing effectively with all races, nationalities, cultures, disabilities, ages, and gender identities.
  • Individuals, seen as direct and truthful, who present truth in an appropriate and helpful manner.
  • Demonstrate ethics and integrity, adhering to an appropriate and effective set of core values in both good and bad times; and follow established policies.
  • Excellent conflict-resolution skills; can assess situations quickly; and find common ground and get cooperation with individuals.
  • Maintain composure and perform well under stress when confronted with emergency, critical or dangerous situations; handle multiple activities simultaneously; exercise good judgment under stressful circumstances.
  • Have empathy and compassion for others.
  • Are able to learn and apply Restorative Justice Practices.
  • Have an understanding that the trauma people experience in the past can negatively impact their life.
  • Practice attentive and active listening; has the patience to hear people out.
  • Exercise patience and tolerance with people and processes; try to understand the people and the data before making judgments and acting.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Twenty-one years of age by the date of hire.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • A valid Washington state driver's license by the date of hire.

Most competitive (must be detailed in the job application):

  • Experience working with youth in a paid or voluntary capacity; and/or
  • Experience in the field of criminal justice, ideally working with youth in a correctional or security-oriented environment; and/or
  • Associate or Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Law and Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Human Services, or related area of study.

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 precede to the next phase.
  • Successful 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 fingerprints, extensive Background Investigation Questionnaire to include personal reference check, employment references check, and criminal background check.
  • Oral Board Interviews
  • Polygraph Examination and/or Eye Detect
  • Psychological Testing/Evaluation
  • Final interview
  • Physical examination (pre-employment physical)

*_Important note: *_Candidates who are not successful in passing the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention's background investigation will be required to wait two years to reapply.

Conditions of continued employment includes but is not limited to:

  1. Successful candidates must 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 Juvenile Corrections Officer Academy.
    • Additional information regarding the WSCJTC PAT requirements can be found at: ++new-pat-form-v-5-1-5-21.pdf (wa.gov)++ and descriptions at - ++Update To The Physical Ability Test (PAT) (wa.gov)++
    • The physical qualification process will include the following components: Push-Ups: 10 minimum, 90-second time limit; Sit-Ups: 12 minimum, 90-second time limit; Squat Thrusts: 15 minimum, 3-minute time limit
    • Maintain ability to participate in rigorous physical training at the academy. Must be physically able to work with juvenile detainees in physical situations throughout employment.
  2. Must complete a three-week orientation period.

  3. Four weeks participating in Field Training Officer program.

  4. Must complete a two-week Juvenile Corrections Officer Academy.

  5. Successful completion of a one-year probationary period.

Employees are required to maintain a satisfactory background, criminal and driving record throughout employment in this role. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment if adverse information is obtained during 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.

Supplemental Information

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 ++](https://www.kingcounty.gov/audience/employees/careers.aspx)dedicated 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 alternative 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. **


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


Ayana Hawk

Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention - King County
500th Ave
Seattle, Washington 98104
phone: (206) 477-2720
Police | Corrections
Correctional Officer
Correctional Officer
Highest Educational Degree Required
High school diploma or equivalent
Job Type
Entry Level | Lateral Transfer

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