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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 355I
Category: Social Services


In a Juvenile Rehabilitation Division, serve as a technical expert in a specialty area including but not limited to substance use disorder, vocational training, youth who sexually offend, reentry, mental health, employment.

1. Participates on statewide oversight committees for program development in a specialty area as listed above.

2. Participates in the development of local program policies and procedures; monitors program operations for compliance with bulletins, contract requirements and other applicable WAC/RCW requirements.

3. Serves as a technical expert and support resource to staff to achieve management and treatment goals for youth.

4. Serves as a treatment specialty liaison between the courts, attorneys, law enforcement, schools, treatment facilities, community groups and/or agencies. Assists in contract negotiation, development and monitoring.

Typical Work

Serves as an expert and resource to staff to provide services to residents;

Maintains a substance Use Disorder Professional Certification (SUDPC) if required;

Conducts initial assessments and evaluations of youths to determine their needs for specialized treatment; maintains demographic profile of each youth coming through the program; makes recommendations and outside referrals for necessary testing;

Coordinates and facilitates pre-treatment and treatment groups for youths; is responsible for after-care program;

Conducts specialized treatment groups in coordination with case managers;

Informs management on program related issues;

Conducts visits to other facilities to gather updated program related information in a specialized field for case management consultation and information gathering;

Oversees urinalysis program;

Conducts case management on occasional basis in outpatient programs;

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: causes and treatment of juvenile legal system involved young people; human growth and adolescent development; state juvenile justice system; operating principles and treatment philosophy of a juvenile rehabilitation system; interagency procedures; state laws, regulations and administrative codes pertaining to juvenile legal system involved young people determinate sentencing; crisis intervention and processes and techniques of de-escalation of situations; work group supervision and facilitation of youths; management and supervisory theory and practices; case management; community resources; verbal and written communication; report writing; negotiation and mediation techniques; community networking; contract negotiation and writing.

Ability to: apply and implement juvenile rehabilitation system laws, policies, procedures and philosophy; interview and counsel youths; motivate youths and maintain organization; recognize and identify problems and needs of youths; assess crisis and problematic situations; remain calm, take control and de-escalate dangerous situations; gain confidence and trust of youths; use authority constructively; provide individual, group, and family counseling; direct and supervise groups; direct and supervise staff; manage and implement projects and programs; negotiate and write contracts; communicate clearly and effective verbally and in writing; network with groups, agencies and community; represent agency in a professional and positive manner.

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.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree from a Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) certified institution involving major study in psychology, sociology, social work, social sciences, or an allied field


One year of professional experience in casework, counseling, probation and parole, social services, planning, directing and/or facilitating youth group activities or experience in a related field.

A Master’s degree from a Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) certified institution in psychology, sociology, social work, social sciences, or in an allied field will substitute for one year of the required years of experience.


Two years as a Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor 1.


One year experience as a Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor 2.

Note: Maintain a Substance Use Disorder Professional Certification (SUDPC) if required.

Class Specification History

New class: 5-10-96 (effective 7-1-96).
New class code: (formerly 36184) effective July 1, 2007
Revises desirable qualifications, effective December 23, 2011
Base range salary adjustment adopted June 29, 2022, effective July 1, 2022.
Revises job class title, definition, typical work, and desirable qualifications, adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.