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Class Code: 355I
Category: Social Services


Coordinates a state operated residential facility or region-wide drug/alcohol or sex offender treatment program.  Participates on statewide oversight committees for Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration program development in an area of specialized knowledge.  Participates in the development of local program policies and procedures and monitors program operations for compliance with Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration Bulletins, contract requirements and other applicable WAC/RCW requirements.  Serves as a technical assistant and support resource to staff to achieve management and treatment goals for youth.  Serves as a treatment specialty liaison between Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, courts, attorneys, law enforcement, schools, treatment facilities, community groups and/or agencies.  Assists in contract negotiation and development.

Typical Work

Serves as a chemical dependency program coordinator in an assigned area; coordinates and develops chemical dependency programs; develops program policies and procedures; serves as chemical dependency expert and resource to staff to provide services to residents; maintains a Qualified Chemical Dependency Certification (QCDC) as required by the agency’s Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA); 

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; schedules staff for morning and evening shifts; 

Informs management on program related  issues; provides updated periodic program reports to headquarters; conducts visits to other facilities to gather updated program related information in a specialized field; 

Oversees urinalysis program;  

Conducts case management on occasional basis in outpatient programs;

Provides program training information to staff and coordinates with staff managers; maintains training equipment and materials, such as audio and visual aids, posters and other; 

Conducts tours of facility; speaks on programs available to schools, community groups and to touring groups; 

Serves as liaison with other programs, schools, support groups, volunteers, courts, community after care, and other; 

Provides program direction and quality assurance; develops and evaluates specialty area programs; is responsible for program policies and procedures manual; updates and maintains manual; 

Supervises or leads counseling staff; is responsible for staff coverage; reviews counselors’ work; assists staff with youth and caseload difficulties; assigns work; 

Serves as a counselor and case manager in a specialty field; ensures completeness of records and documentation of specific offender program progress; 

Is responsible for student intern program; 

Serves as a member of committees and provides input; works with other program coordinators; 

Serves as sex offender program coordinator; coordinates sex offender treatment, victim programs and sex education; updates and makes changes to sex offender treatment programs; participates in teams to develop sex offender programs;

Provides information and coordinates public relations between institutions, community and agencies; serves as liaison between Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration and groups and agencies; 

Provides information and training on sex offender treatment to staff; presents and facilitates an introductory group on sex offender and law; testifies and/or provides information to court; 

Conducts initial intake of residents; maintains demographic profile on each youth coming through the program; makes recommendations and outside referrals for polygraphs and plethysmorgraphic; 

Monitors treatment and behavior sex offender contracts; provides reports to regional sex offender treatment coordinator within the required time frames; 

Visits other facilities for case management consultation and information gathering; conducts facility tours and provides sex offender information; maintains pertinent library resources; 

Conducts treatment group, family and individual counseling in coordination with case managers to provide support; 

Assists in coordinating victim services for offenders who were sexually abused; attends meetings to discuss transition of youths; writes treatment progress and progress reports; 

Attends in-service training; attends various meetings; serves as member of committees; may serve as duty officer;  

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  causes and treatment of juvenile delinquency; techniques and theories of chemical dependency treatment; one-on-one, group and family counseling; counseling of chemically dependent youths; treatment of sex offenders; juvenile offender system and laws; interviewing techniques; case and group work supervision; staff management and development; institutional organization; operating principles and treatment philosophy of the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration human growth and development; psychology of adolescent and deviant behavior; program development; research methods; community resources; verbal and written communication. 

Ability to:  apply and implement juvenile rehabilitation laws, policies, methods and processes; interview youths; counsel youths with deviant behavior; supervise and motivate youths individually and in groups; assess situations and identify problems; gain confidence and trust of youths; de-escalate crisis and dangerous situations; network and communicate effectively with groups, community, agencies, and staff at all levels; represent agency in professional and positive manner; use authority constructively; research; work under pressure; write clearly.

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

A Bachelor’s degree 


Two years 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 in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Social Sciences, or in an allied field will substitute for one year of the required years of experience.  

Experience at the Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor 2 level prior to June 30, 1996, will substitute, year for year, for up to two years of the required college education, except for the degree in Social Work. 

Note: A degree in Social Work must be from an educational program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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