Washington State Department of Corrections - Monroe, WA



The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Correctional Captain at the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC).

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.

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.

Under the supervision of the Associate Superintendent, the Correctional Captain is required to administer and coordinate all activities of a principle organizational segment within an adult correctional facility and serve in an administrative capacity. They are the "Chief of Security" for the Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington State Reformatory Unit and Minimum Security Unit; responsible for all security practices, procedures and operational memorandums. They are required to identify security deficiencies and develop strategies for improvement. This position oversees security related techniques and systems associated with tool control, key control, facility access, inspections, searches, perimeter security, offender movement, escorted leaves, Local Family Council, and Local Security Advisory Committee. Develops procedures to ensure physical safety of all employees, visitors, vendors, volunteers, incarcerated individuals and contract staff.

They are a member of the executive leadership team for the facility. This position supervises Correctional Lieutenants, custody staff, and other employees performing administrative duties to include investigations, providing safety and security supervision, controlling, directing, and monitoring the activities and movement of adult incarcerated individuals. This position supports DOC's mission to "improve public safety" and actively pursues the implementation of the DOC and facility specific strategic plans. Responsibilities require the continuous inspection and review of corrections and security procedures and involves the interpretation of management
policy in the daily operations of the facility to ensure the orderly operation of the facility and the safety, health and welfare of staff, incarcerated individuals, visitors, volunteers, and the general public.

Duties: Include but are not limited to:
Developing and monitoring security/safety practices.
Works closely with classification, medical and mental health staff in an effort to reduce violence.
Evaluates and makes decisions concerning requests from Lieutenants and Sergeants in chain of command regarding operational areas of the institution, staff and offenders.
Establishes clearance and security requirements for all persons, property, hand-carried items, outside construction personnel, service company representatives, and Class II industry shop personnel operating inside the secure perimeter of the institution.
Completes staff and offender PREA and Grievance responses and employee conduct report investigations.
Evaluates and makes decisions concerning requests by department heads/non-custody supervisors regarding security requirements for the daily operation of their departments/areas.
As institution Duty Officer approves pre-planned use of force options, provides Emergency Response recommendations and direction, authorizes clearance and approval of offenders outside the institution and makes other Duty Officer decisions as required.
Final approval as Roster Manager for changes/recommendations in roster management procedures, post assignment changes and overall compliance with Custody staffing model. Approval of personal/sick/annual leaves. Staff training requests that have budget impact
Resolve security concerns within the complex.
Operational budget control of staffing, equipment, and supplies.
Other duties as required.

Qualifications: Required Qualifications:
Six (6) years' professional corrections/criminal justice experience with three (3) years' progressive supervisory responsibilities and/or managerial responsibilities, including one (1) year supervising personnel in a criminal justice arena.
Professional experience and application of administering the principles and practices of correctional administration and rehabilitation, attitudes, problems and behavior of incarcerated individuals, work requirements of the facility, institution sanitation, health and safety standards, roster management, and record keeping.
Demonstrated working knowledge of ATLAS, Incident Command System (ICS), the DOC Emergency Response Plan, personnel practices, policy directives, operational memorandums, RCW' s, WAC' s and collective bargaining agreements.
Control and direct incarcerated individuals individually and in groups; enforce regulations with firmness, tact, and impartiality; promote socially acceptable attitudes and behavior among offenders.
Think and act quickly in emergencies; Direct use of firearms, gas, restraints, and other weapons.
Communicate effectively, including public speaking.
Understanding of risk assessment, evidence based practices, incarcerated individuals classifications, facility plans, disciplinary systems, incarcerated individual grievance procedures, incarcerated individual programs, and management of high security incarcerated individuals.

Desired Qualifications:
Associates degree in criminology or a closely allied field from an accredited college/university whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or foreign equivalent.
Ability to supervise and train Correctional Lieutenants, Correctional Sergeants, Correctional Officers and support staff.
Professional experience managing a budget.
Demonstrated working knowledge of DOC Strategic Plan, Prisons Division, security, safety policies and procedures, incarcerated individual classification, and incarcerated individual re-entry programs and concepts.
Professional interpretation and application of DOC policies and applicable CBA's. Civil Service Rules, RCWs, WACs, and judicial procedures.
Professional experience in the areas of Leadership, Public Relations, and Management principles.

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 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:
'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.'

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Please include a Letter of Interest (1 Page), resume, and 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.
Failure to provide this information may result in your application not being considered for this position.
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.

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, genders, sexual orientations, 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 or call us at (360) 794-2715. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.