Personal Recognizance Investigator

King County - Seattle, WA4.2

Summary About This Position:
The Community Corrections Division has 5 programs – Work Education Release (WER), Electronic Home Detention (EHD), Community Center for Alternative Programs (CCAP), Community Work Program (CWP), and Intake Services Unit (ISU).

Incumbent will work within the secure perimeter of an adult detention facility and will have direct contact with the inmate population. Duties include conducting one-to-one interviews with persons who have been newly booked into jail to determine release eligibility and make appropriate program and release recommendations. Staff works collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders including inmate references and agencies. Screening/intake interviews are conducted within the booking area and inmate housing areas of the correctional facility, and entails working with a diverse population of inmates, departments and court personnel.

Duties are performed within adult detention facilities which are secured facility environments requiring the ability to navigate ramps, narrow hallways, opening and closing heavy doors and working in confined areas. Population includes potentially volatile individuals with emotional, mental health, and alcohol and/or substance abuse related problems.

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 in the State of Washington, housing an average daily population of more than 1900 inmates. King County DAJD is committed to upholding and promoting equal opportunity in employment.

DAJD encourages people of all backgrounds, cultures and religions to apply, including veterans, people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities. DAJD values diversity and is committed to making appropriate accommodations as needed to support diversity as we believe that a diverse workforce is a strong workforce.

Department's Mission:
The 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.

Job Duties Essential functions include, but are not limited to:
  • Interview persons who have been booked into jail for misdemeanor and/or felony offenses. Identify and refer special situations to appropriate staff.
  • Contact references, victims, court personnel, probation/parole officers and/or law enforcement personnel to obtain information.
  • Respond to questions/concerns from department staff, the public, courts, attorneys, and other agencies. Work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders to make appropriate recommendations.
  • Maintain accurate records; write clear and concise reports and recommendations to the court. Utilize a variety of computer programs/database systems to input interview data, conduct criminal records checks, and access a variety of automated/electronic information systems.
  • Review and evaluate data from multiple sources in order to make appropriate, objective release determinations and/or recommendations.
  • Backfill for court calendars as needed; prepare first-appearance court calendars/schedules.
  • Ensure and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information in all forms (verbal, written, and electronic/automated information systems).
  • Provide excellent customer service to internal and external customers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned within area and scope of responsibilities.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills Minimum Qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree with major coursework in criminal justice, social or behavioral sciences, OR, High School Diploma or G.E.D. with five years of direct experience conducting intake interviews, screening, and/or client assessments.
  • Requires excellent communication skills (both verbal and written), strong attention to detail, and ability to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Computer proficiency is required; selected candidate must be able to utilize computers/electronic database programs to conduct inquiries and to access, retrieve and update data/records.
  • Proficiency in Outlook and Microsoft Word is required.

Most Competitive Candidates will have the following:
  • Prior experience working in a behavioral health organization or in the corrections field.
  • Professional, full-time paid work experience identifying, interviewing and assessing persons with behavior, mental health, drug and/or alcohol related issues, including experience working with potentially volatile clientele.
  • Experience working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders to serve a diverse population.

Necessary Special Requirements: Finalists selected for this position must successfully complete a thorough background investigation process, including fingerprinting, police checks, a polygraph examination, reference checks, psychological testing and evaluation. Staff in this position must successfully complete the Adult Services Course at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy and the Personal Recognizance Investigator training course, as well as successfully complete a probationary period.

Supplemental Information Who May Apply:
This position is open to all qualified candidates including current King County employees and the general public. Internal consideration may be given to current King County employees. Applicants requesting Veteran's Preference must provide a copy of their DD-214, a scanned copy (.pdf format) will suffice for this purpose.

Selection Process:
Initial screening will be based upon a review of the application materials. As part of the screening process, responses to the supplemental questions will be reviewed in conjunction with the general application materials. Application materials must validate/support your responses to the supplemental questions. If your responses cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the review or selection process.

Candidates may be required to do additional testing/assessments to confirm related written and technical skills.

Finalist selected for this position must successfully complete a thorough background investigation process, including fingerprinting, police checks, reference checks, and a polygraph examination.

Eligibility List:
List will be established to fill current term limited vacancies. List will remain in effect for up to 18 months, but may expire sooner if the list of qualified candidates is exhausted.

Work Location:
The Personal Recognizance Investigator will work within a secure jail setting and may be assigned to either the Seattle Division, King County Correctional Facility in downtown Seattle OR the Kent Division, Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Employees must be able to work at either the Seattle or Kent facilities as needed. Assignments are subject to the staffing needs of the department and collective bargaining unit bid processes.

This is a regular career service, overtime eligible position. Full time: 40-hour work week. Facilities are operational 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Candidates must be able to work a schedule that includes evenings, weekends and holidays and must be able to be contacted in emergency situations. Work schedule is subject to the staffing needs of the department and collective bargaining unit bid processes.

How To Apply:
Completion of the entire King County application and supplemental questionnaire is required. Resumes or letters of interest alone will not substitute for full application. Online applications are preferred. To apply, to For assistance with the online application process, please contact NEOGov Customer Support toll free at: 1-877-204-4442 ( customer support).

Department Contact:
Questions regarding this announcement or position may be directed to: Sergeant J. Mize, DAJD Human Resources; Phone Number: 206-477-1429 or via e-mail to: Please Note: Translation services are available to applicants if needed. Please contact recruiter for assistance.

Union Membership:
Union membership is required within 30 days of employment (Washington State Council of County and City Employees, Local 21-AD DAJD).

PREA Notification:
The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:
  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution;
  • Convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or,
  • Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above.
Additionally, PREA standards require that the department consider any incidents of sexual harassment involving an inmate or detainee in determining whether or not to hire or promote anyone. The above is in compliance with PREA and its implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 115, Subpart A, Section 115.17, Hiring and Promotion Decisions.