Washington State Corrections Specialist 2 (ReFORM Case Manager) in Longview, Washington


Corrections Specialist 2 (ReFORM Case Manager) Strength in Families Program / ReFORM Grant - Reentry Division *Cowlitz County SW Region*

*This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. A review of the candidates will occur seven (7) days following the opening date of the position recruitment. The position will be closed once the best candidate has been identified and selected for the position.*

DOC has funding for several long-term Project positions through the federal Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility (ReFORM) grant. This is a five-year competitive grant through the Administration of Children and Families under the US Department of Health and Human Services that ends in September 2020. The intent of the grant is to support community-centered, skill-based pre- and post-release services and case management for fathers transitioning from incarceration to their communities. The primary purposes of the grant are to strengthen positive father-child engagement, support healthy partner relationships, enhance employment opportunities and improve opportunities for economic mobility. Agencies funded by this grant must provide case management that is appropriately tailored to the characteristics of fathers transitioning from incarceration and their families. As a grant recipients, DOC is expected to develop partnerships with other organizations to support successful reentry.

The positions funded by the grant, including an Intake and Case Management Supervisor, Case Managers, Family Services Instructors and Employment and Education Navigators, will work as a multidisciplinary team to support eligible Strength in Families program participants (and their families) who are transitioning from DOC facilities in southwest Washington into Thurston, Lewis, Cowlitz and Clark Counties. Engagement of participants will begin six to nine months prior to release and will continue for six to nine months following release. Program participation is voluntary and none of the positions funded by the grant will have community supervisory or arrest authority.


  • The official duty station for this positions will be the Longview Work Release in Kelso.
  • *Significant travel will be required.* Please call Human Resources with any questions you may have regarding employment status, or return rights to a previous position within state service, in relation to a Project position.

If you are interested in applying and would like to be considered, please apply directly at careers.wa.gov, AND attach the following documents to your profile:

  • A Letter of Interest explaining how you meet the qualifications (preferably no more than two pages),
  • A current Resume; and
  • Minimum of three (3) 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. We are looking for evidence in your application materials that you have the experience, skills, and abilities indicated in this job posting. Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the requirements of this position may be invited to interview. Carefully review your application before submitting. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the application materials submitted.

DOC Offers:

  • Comprehensive compensation packages;
  • Training and development opportunities; and
  • The fulfillment of public service Duties

The Strength in Families Case Manager is a newly established position associated with the Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility (ReFORM) grant. This position assists participants whom are transitioning from designated prison facilities to previously targeted counties in Southwest Washington. The Strength in Families Case Manager provides oversight and coordination of resources and is the primary point of contact to support cross-agency release planning and critical transition services for program participants pre and post release. The position is responsible to prove strength-based and family focused case management, including the identification of community resources and interventions that meet the needs of participants and their children.

The Strength in Families Case Manager provides linkages to support reentry needs that may include; mental and physical health, chemical dependency, employment/education training, housing, entitlements, funding, transportation, parenting, child advocacy, and other needs related to healthy family dynamics. This position is critical in supporting successful reentry into the community, strengthening family bonds and relationships, and reducing the risk of intergenerational incarceration. The objective of the position, thereby, is to reduce the likelihood of participant recidivism, increase public safety and promote healthy families.

Specific job duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate, manage, assess and implement strength-based case management services to Strength in Families program participants and their children pre- and post-prison release at the assigned prisons and community locations.
  • Build partnerships with and ensure continuous engagement of a wide range of systems-based and community-based agencies in an effort to leverage all available resources that support sustainable healthy families.
  • Participate in workgroups, coalitions, community gatherings, or other types of meetings relevant to comprehensive reentry services, including the promotion of responsible parenting, healthy interpersonal relationships and employment mobility.
  • Participate in training and professional development opportunities as required by the Agency, the Strength in Families program, and as directed by supervisor or Strength in Families Program Manager.
  • Facilitate multi-disciplinary transition teams to support successful, sustainable reentry for Strength in Families program participants.
  • Conduct home visits to assess child and family wellbeing and safety, observe participants' application of parenting skills, and provide coaching and mentoring related to skill development that strengthens families.
  • Be aware of and appropriately respond to signs of child abuse or neglect and domestic violence.
  • Maintain comprehensive, current program participant records.
  • Other duties as assigned that directly support grant activities and promote the sustainability of the grant program. Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or a foreign equivalent in the field of social work, psychology, criminal justice, or a closely related field. AND

  • Two (2) years professional strength-based case management experience working with children, adults, and families. AND

  • Two (2) years of inter-agency stakeholder collaborative experience involving children and families, to include working with a range of system and community based resources available to support the diverse spectrum of family needs. **Note: These experiences may be gained concurrently, and a Master's Degree in social work, counseling, or a related field may substitute for two (2) years of collaborative experience, and one (1) year of case management experience.

  • Knowledge of, or experience with, prison and community corrections-based standards and rules;

  • Possession of good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work without direct supervision; and
  • Knowledge of domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect, including prevention, identification, and appropriate responses. Preferred/Desired:

  • Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with system-based and community-based stakeholders.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing with program participants, staff at all levels within the Agency and with broad range of external stakeholders.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills, including the ability to effectively coordinate, multi-task and problem solve.
  • Awareness and sensitivity to the unique strengths and needs of justice involved individuals and their children.
  • Experience providing trauma-informed services.
  • Ability to build strong rapport with clients and use effective engagement strategies to maintain open communication to collaboratively problem solve and to prioritize action steps. Supplemental Information

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

For additional information about the agency, please visit www.doc.wa.gov.


  • All DOC employees are fingerprinted for a criminal history background check.
  • Employees work with offenders 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, including marijuana, will be disqualified from consideration.
  • 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 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 men and women 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 gwen.chase@doc.wa.gov or call us at (360) 407-5751. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Job Type: Project (limited duration)

Job Number: 2016-10660

Department: Dept. of Corrections

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $3,627.00 - $4,762.00 Monthly

Location: Cowlitz County- Longview, WA