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Class Code: 383H
Category: Protective Services


Manages a caseload of adult criminal offenders and serves as a lead worker over two or more assigned Community Corrections Officers.

Distinguishing Characteristics

In the absence of a supervisor, assumes responsibility in determining willfulness of violation behavior, authorizing arrests, and length of swift and certain sanction(s).

Typical Work

Leads Community Corrections Officers; regularly assign, instruct, and check the work of those employees on an ongoing basis;

Manages a caseload of adult criminal offenders, including assessment of offender criminogenic needs used in targeting treatment and programming; use of reinforcers and disapproval techniques that impact offender behavioral change; applies swift and certain response to offender violation behavior; notifies local law enforcement and/or prosecutors of all new criminal behavior for consideration of new charges; and, apprehends, arrests and transports offenders to confinement;

Supervises adult criminal offenders; uses communication strategies to engage the offender in his/her success in the community and towards behavior change, refers/monitors offenders to DOC programming and treatment of community programs, refers offenders to resources in DOC and the community to address offender needs and barriers, and holds the offender accountable to conditions of supervision and reinforces positive offender behavior. The supervision framework is based on the offender’s risk and the offender’s needs, and is responsive to the individual offender;

Completes intake with offender to orient the offender to supervision; ensures that the risk assessment is accurate and complete; completes the offender needs assessment; imposes;/monitors/enforces conditions of supervision; conducts filed visits to offenders homes, employment sites, treatment sites, and other collateral locations; conducts searches and arrests of offenders; conducts searches of offender residences and offender vehicles; seizes and secures evidence and preserves chain of custody, transports offenders to detaining agency; requests and executes warrants for offenders who abscond supervision, collects/assesses/documents offender drug and alcohol testing, creates and updates supervision plans; makes sound decisions concerning the offender in terms of loss of liberty, sanctions, offender living arrangements, and treatment/educational referrals; establishes and monitors monthly payment schedules for legal financial obligations;

Investigates alleged violations; prepares written documentation and recommends sanctions; arrest and detain offenders following violations; determines/presents the evidence at hearing to address violations for the Court, Administrative Hearings, and Indeterminate Sentence Review Board; and testifies at violation hearings;

Conducts pre-sentence investigations and prepares reports; collects victim/witness information;

Records contacts with offenders in electronic records; maintains file in orderly, chronological sequence; opens, closes, and purges files;

Review all available information for each arriving offender; determine the offender’s documentation and initial programming needs;

Conduct orientation for all new work release offenders;

Create facility intake plans upon offender arrival, making sound decisions about programming and treatment needs and referrals;

Approve offender employment and work locations;

Lead or participate in facility multidisciplinary team;

Enforce and impose conditions of work release supervision and applicable conditions of the judgment and sentence;

Present accurate written documentation and oral testimony, and make appropriate sanction recommendations for hearings;

Safely take offenders into custody, and transport offenders to a higher security incarceration facility.

Counsel and inform offenders regarding affordable community resources, including medical and mental health services;

Respond to and document medical or mental health emergencies, and complete furlough request and paperwork as needed;

Participate in the formation and maintenance of successful relationships with community resources.

Process and approve volunteers, conduct volunteer orientations, and monitor volunteer activities; report volunteer hours as required;

Act as the community corrections supervisor designee when authorized and in accordance with agency policy;

Serves on committees and task forces; speaks to community service clubs, schools, law enforcement organization, and similar organizations;

Serves as the office manager in an office with no on-site supervision; responds to incidents related to staff, offenders, or the office building;

Leads assigned employees; reviews and approves reports; approves evidence to be disposed of and assigns witnesses; staffs cases formally and informally; completes caseload audits and provides information to supervisor; trains assigned employees;

Serves as chair for the work release resident council and classification hearings; establishes bid dates and call-outs for new residents to enter the facility; approves visitors and sponsors who meet screening guidelines; assists supervisor as requested to ensure work release contract compliance;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  criminal justice system and community corrections; principles and practices of caseload management; Washington State laws, administrative codes, and regulations pertaining to parole, probation, determinate sentencing, and work/training release; hearings before the courts, Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board, and hearings; jail booking and detention procedures; principles of leadwork and/or program management as assigned. 


Ability to:  use authority constructively; interact with adult offenders, build rapport and cooperation of adult offenders; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; represent the agency positively before criminal justice agencies, community organizations, and the general public; appraise persons and situations accurately and adopt appropriate course of action; write and speak accurately, clearly, objectively, and effectively; work independently with a minimum of supervision; lead and train co-workers and/or manage a program, as assigned.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.  

Desirable Qualifications

Two years as a Community Corrections Officer. 




A Bachelor's degree and three years of professional experience in adult or juvenile corrections or closely related field which includes managing cases, making field visits, writing reports, assessing cases and making recommendations, referring people to appropriate resources, and presenting cases in court or hearings.


A Master's degree in sociology, social work, psychology, criminology, or closely related field will substitute for one year of the required experience.


Note:  Professional case management includes activities such as: assessment of risk factors; designing, monitoring and/or facilitating treatment plans; determining and making referrals to resources as appropriate (chemical dependency, substance abuse, family counseling, job training assistance, etc.); maintaining official records and tracking client progress/compliance; and assisting individuals who are unable to independently access support systems or community resources such as those providing food, clothing, or monetary assistance and shelter.


Note:  A valid driver's license may be required.

Class Specification History

Revised: 11-1-63
Revised minimum qualifications: 10-16-75
Revised definition, minimum qualifications, adds distinguishing characteristics, title change (formerly Parole and Probation Officer 2): 2-9-79
Revised distinguishing characteristics and definition: 9-14-79
Revised class code (formerly 3612): 4-15-83
Revised distinguishing characteristics and title change (formerly Parole and Probation Officer 3): 5-11-84
Revised definition and minimum qualifications, deletes distinguishing characteristics: 3-1-88
Revised minimum qualifications: 4-14-89
Revised definition: effective 7-1-96
Salary adjustment, revise class code; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
(07/21/2008) Revised desirable qualifications language; deleted equivalent education/experience language.
(07/17/2009) Revised desirable qualifications; added Note to provide clarification and a descriptor of case management activities.
Salary adjustment, revise definition, distinguishing characteristics, typical work, knowledge and abilities, and desirable qualifications; adopted June 30, 2017, effective July 1, 2017.