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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 385Q
Category: Protective Services


(1) Supervises security staff on an assigned shift within an Institution or Youth Camp.  Is responsible for campus wide security and/or transportation operations during the shift.  OR, (2) As part of the statewide transportation unit, independently transports youth statewide between residential facilities, courts and private service providers, which may involve overnight travel or stays. 

Typical Work

Supervises staff on an assigned shift; provides training and briefs staff; conducts staff evaluations; issues equipment to staff and identifies vehicles to be used by staff; supervises movement of security staff; 

Checks for and provides cottage shift coverage; calls in intermittent staff as necessary; coordinates with all cottages for other coverage when intermittent staff are not available; coordinates adjustment of schedules with supervisor to meet shortages; determines priority coverage for vacancies; prepares cottage forms and writes in daily sheets; 

Is responsible for campus wide security operations during assigned shift; is responsible for radio base; responds to all situations; 

Maintains security of physical plant; conducts perimeter checks of doors, buildings, grounds, vehicles and equipment for safety and security; notes and logs problem areas and incidents; checks air conditioning system and other mechanical system operation; corrects problems and/or requests repairs; 

Reviews previous shift logs to identify potential problems; 

Ensures the safety and security of residents; conducts bed checks and room searches; conducts hourly security calls; inspects rooms for cleanliness; 

Monitors behavior of residents; keeps tracking system of resident’s negative and/or positive behavior; serves as go-between with counselors and residents; acts as a role model; 

Notes incoming and outgoing of residents and tracks and coordinates security for their movement; maintains contact with cottage and inside/outside gate staff; 

Serves as back-up to units and responds to calls for assistance; intervenes in and defuses assaultive or crisis situations between residents or residents and staff; physically break up altercations; determines action to be taken on situations; contacts O.D. and/or superintendent if restraints or use of mace is determined to be required; directs staff in action to take in situations; assures security staff are given appropriate equipment; 

Searches for escapees; assigns security staff to area of search; contacts O.D. and Superintendent and becomes radio central once they arrive; contacts appropriate law enforcement and parents; 

Coordinates internal searches; determines cottage shut-down and lock-ups; 

Sorts and checks incoming mail for contraband; checks packages brought for youth on visitors day; checks for authorized visitors; monitors visitors; 

Maintains logs; provides briefing to next shift supervisor; 

Observes youths and responds to any calls for assistance; escorts youths to showers; escorts and transports youths to appointments and activities on and off campus; 

Supervises youths in living, eating and sleeping arrangements; administers and enforces rules and discipline; 

Escorts youths to initial evaluations; processes files and briefs the youths on the process; 

Escorts visitors to hotels and records mileage, times and destination; 

Coordinates transportation of food from kitchen to units; monitors youths in the kitchen; assigns details to youths; 

Provides statewide transportation between facilities for youths which may require overnight travel and stays; maintains records on assigned vehicle and is responsible for maintenance of vehicles; 

Distributes medications and monitors youths to assure medications are taken properly; 

Performs other work as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  causes and treatment of juvenile delinquency; human growth and development; juvenile rehabilitation system; supervision of juveniles with deviant behavior patterns; techniques, methods and procedures for crisis intervention and de-escalation of crisis or problematic situations; supervision and management; report writing; and effective verbal communication.   

Ability to:  apply and implement juvenile rehabilitation program methods, rules, policies and procedures; motivate youths individually and in groups; maintain organization; recognize and identify problem situations; remain calm and in control during altercations and crisis situations; intervene and de-escalate crisis and dangerous situations; gain confidence and trust of youths; use authority constructively; first aid; write and speak clearly and effectively.

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

High school graduation or GED equivalent.  


Two years of experience in the areas of work such as:  social services, security guard, correctional officer, police officer, police reserve officer, military police or other law enforcement work.   

One year of college or a certificate of completion in a basic law enforcement training program approved by the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission; or, a certificate of completion in a police or reserve police academy or military training program will substitute for one of the required years of experience.   

A valid driver’s license is required for these positions. 

Class Specification History

New class adopted May 10, 1996, effective July 1, 1996.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 36189), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019: from range 41 to range 43.