Correctional Mental Health Unit Supervisor

Washington State Department of Corrections - Monroe, WA

Full Time Permanent
Monroe Correctional Complex

The Department of Corrections is seeking highly motivated and qualified staff for permanent Correctional Mental Health Unit Supervisor (CMHUS) located at Monroe Correctional Complex.

The Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) is a 2400 bed male all-custody level facility located 30 miles northeast of Seattle. The complex consists of five major units; the Washington State Reformatory Unit (WSRU), Special Offender Unit (SOU), a large mental health inpatient treatment unit, Twin Rivers Unit (TRU), Intensive Management Unit (IMU), and the Minimum Security Unit (MSU). MCC provides care for the sickest and most complicated patients in our system and is considered the hub of medical and psychiatric care for DOC due to being located close to University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center.

Services provided at MCC include custody and security, classification, education, offender work programs, health care (both patient and outpatient), mental health care, sex offender treatment, food service, maintenance, personnel, recreation, volunteer services, religious services, library services, offender records, visiting and extended family visiting.

Department of Corrections (DOC), as a partner in the criminal justice system, enhances public safety, administers criminal sanctions and programs in accordance with the law and provides leadership for the future of corrections in Washington State. Whether the work is inside a prison, in community corrections, or in an administrative office, the Washington State Department of Corrections professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which all offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.

This position is responsible for supervising offenders, staff and daily operations of an offender living unit in accordance with Washington Administrative Code (WAC's), DOC policies and facility Operational Memoranda. The management of a living unit includes: (1) providing direct supervision and leadership to 2 Classification Counselors and 1 Correctional Sergeant who supervises Correctional Officers; (2) the continuous inspection and review of correctional and security procedures to ensure proper application of directives; (3) analyzing operations and recommending solutions to problems and improvements for efficiency and economy; ensuring all sanitation and security requirements are met; and (4) assisting with the development and implementation of new or updated DOC policies, Operational Memoranda, and facility rules and procedures relating to facility functions and assigned tasks.

The goal is to evaluate and treat the seriously mentally ill offenders that are unable to be cared for in a general population setting. Whenever possible, the goal is to stabilize the offenders and allow them to transition to a medium/minimum setting in SOU or transition to some other general population. The CMHUS is responsible for balancing the mental health needs and treatment issues in collaboration with Mental Health staff regarding issues of safety and security. The CMHUS has oversight of all unit operations and programming to include safety and security practices.

Description of Duties:
Supervise, monitor and direct the operations of an offender living unit to include security practices, offender program assignments, sanitation of units, and compliance with DOC custody policies and operational memoranda.
Plan, direct, and supervise the work of living unit staff, which includes Classification Counselor 3's, Correctional Officers and Correctional Sergeants.
Plan, direct and monitor unit programs.
Oversee, conduct, and/or participate in hearings, investigations, and meetings.

Bachelor degree in a clinical field (e.g. Psychology, Social Work, etc.) or Criminal Justice Degree, from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and five (5) years of experience with corrections experience in treatment, custody or community corrections.


Demonstrated ability to provide positive leadership in times of stress, conflict and unforeseen events. Remain calm and rational while handling difficult situations to include, but not limited to, volatile, threatening, or other crisis/emergency situations. Expertly intervene in response to threats.


Working knowledge of offender management and supervision, including behavior management, classification process, sanitation, security, and safety. Understanding of offender programs including preparation of offenders for transition back into society.


Three (3) years of progressive supervisory experience.

Working knowledge of DOC Policies, RCW's, WAC's, and Operational Memoranda.
Master's Degree or higher and a minimum of two years of experience in working with Seriously Mentally Ill and at least one (1) year working with offenders.

Veterans Preference Points Qualification
In order to be eligible to receive Veterans Preference Points, as noted in the Agency Wide Questions, you will need to attach a legible copy of your DD214, Member 4 form, to your application OR email a copy to by close of the job posting. If this information is not received by the closing date - no additional points will be applied to your final examination score.

Supplemental Information:
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Please include a Letter of Interest (1 Page), resume, and minimum of three professional references with your application to include phone number and email address. 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.

Failure to provide this information may result in your application not being considered for this position. Phone number AND email address are required for all professional references.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
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 be represented by 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 people 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, gender expression, 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 For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.