Classification Counselor 1 State of Washington Dept. of Corrections State of Washington Dept. of Corrections 284 reviews


Classification Counselor 1 (CC1)

Full-time – Non-Permanent
Washington Corrections Center (WCC)

This recruitment may be used to fill other permanent or non-permanent CC1 vacancies at the Washington Corrections Center.

The Washington State Department of Corrections is seeking highly motivated and talented individual for the position of a non-permanent Classification Counselor 1, at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, Washington.

The Washington Corrections Center is a Reception and Diagnostic Center. The facility is a close-custody facility with the primary responsibility to process, test, and classify all adult male felons sentenced to prison in Washington State. The facility has seven living units and houses 1,700 incarcerated individuals. There are about 500 incarcerated individuals screened and assessed each month. WCC is also the major hub for transfer of incarcerated individuals to and from facilities throughout the 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 incarcerated individuals can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.

In order to be considered for this position, please apply directly at to this announcement and attach the following items to your application:

  • A copy of your unofficial transcripts and/or proof of enrollment

  • A current resume
    (Chronological, indicating your related experience);

  • A Letter of Interest
    (preferably no more than two pages) describing how you meet the qualifications and why you are an ideal candidate for this position;

  • AND include a minimum of three professional references with your application

Incomplete application packages may disqualify an application from the selection process.


  • Provide orientation and testing to incarcerated individuals.
  • Instruct in classroom work.
  • Assist in the individualized or group instruction of students in development of learning skills.
  • Help with vocational training activities and maintains discipline while supervisor gives individual attention to students.
  • Prepares materials for use in classrooms; sets up assignments, equipment or demonstration apparatus for classes; confers with instructor in establishing and developing assignments.
  • Receives materials and supplies used in classes; assists instructors in demonstration of tools, equipment, machinery, apparatus and materials.
  • Administers standardized tests to students; scores tests and records results for analysis.
  • Manage caseload of adult criminal incarcerated individuals.
  • Determine the incarcerated individual's documentation and programming needs.
  • Administer risk assessment tools.
  • Prepare and submit Offender Release Plans.
  • Maintain communication with incarcerated individuals to assist with attorney calls, child custody/support hearings with DSHS and courts, etc.
  • Arrange translator services.
  • Evaluate incarcerated individuals for early release.
  • Monitor incarcerated individuals programming and behaviors.


Bachelor's degree involving major study in sociology, social work, criminology, or a closely related field.


Satisfactory completion of two years of college in sociology, psychology, social work, criminology, or closely related field and two years of experience in adult corrections, rehabilitation, or social casework.

Counseling and/or custody experience in adult or juvenile corrections will substitute year-for year for the required education.

***Please note: Corrections experience is defined as the focus of the work is dealing directly with incarcerated individuals a majority of the time.***
In addition to at least one of the above, this position requires:

Ability to:

  • Write clearly, factually, and concisely
  • Analyze and interpret data, weigh the risks, and make decisions or recommendations to address staff and/or incarcerated individual needs
  • Identify and address incarcerated individual behavior/needs
  • Organize and prioritize work
  • Apply conflict resolution skills
Supplemental Information

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

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  • Please include a copy of your unofficial transcripts and/or proof of enrollment, a current resume (chronological, indicating your related experience), a Letter of Interest (preferably no more than two pages) describing how you meet the qualifications and why you are an ideal candidate for this position, AND 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.

    . Resumes will not replace the "Work Experience" section of your application. You may be disqualified if your work experience does not include information used to: 1) Meet the minimum qualifications of the job, and 2) Back up your answers to the supplemental questions. BE SURE TO ANSWER ALL SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS AND ATTACH ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS. Incomplete application packages may disqualify an applicant from the selection process.
  • 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 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 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 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 [email protected] or call us at (360) 426-4433 ext 5267.

For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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