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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 350D
Category: Social Services

Class Series Concept

See Corrections Specialist Assistant.


Performs senior-level work and is responsible for corrections programs or activities across an assigned division or region in one or more of the following areas:

  • Audits correctional programs for compliance with policy;
  • Managing a specialized caseload of incarcerated individuals such as those under Least Restrictive Alternative or Family Offender Sentencing Alternative; 
  • Oversight, coordination and implementation of correctional programs or activities such as the Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility (ReFORM) and the Substance Abuse Recovery Unit (SARU) treatment programs;




Within a major security facility or correctional complex that includes multiple levels of confinement, has overall administration of institutional hearings or a multi-million dollar roster management program. 

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions at this level independently perform complex duties within a division or region such as conducting disciplinary hearings, performing major functions of the chemical dependency treatment program and the classification of individuals

Typical Work

Serves as a headquarters classification program representative;  

Conducts administrative segregation and disciplinary hearings; ensures hearings are held in accordance with policy and WAC; 

Coordinates a major function of the chemical dependency treatment program;  

Coordinates programs for inmates with hearing impairments; 

Completes chemical dependency screens or risk assessment reports ordered by the court; 

Completes evaluations of incarcerated individuals related to cognitive behavior intervention programs and training; provides oversight of cognitive behavior interventions; 

Identifies and recruits eligible offender program participants; I

nterprets RCWs, WACs, Federal Regulation and/or Case Law; 

Develops and manages the master roster at a major facility to include cost effective use of assigned staff, coordinating bid process, ensuring compliance with field instructions and union contracts; as well as prepare analysis of data, indicating trends and problem areas related to custody staff management and overtime; 

Assesses offender treatment needs, such as substance use disorder treatment; 

Performs other related work as required; 

May supervise lower level staff.


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

Bachelor's degree




Four years of professional experience in adult or juvenile corrections, social services or closely related field.


Note: Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for up to two years of the desired education. A Master's degree will substitute for one year of experience.

Class Specification History

New class effective June 1, 2005; Corrections Specialist 4 (replaces 39170 Correctional Program Manager).
Added class series concept and revised definition; adopted August 13, 2015; effective August 14, 2015.
Revised definition and typical work; adopted June 30, 2017, effective July 1, 2017.
Revised class series concept, definition, typical work and desirable qualifications; added distinguishing characteristics; adopted June 13, 2019; effective July 1, 2019.