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If you've done time in prison, have a 'heart for public service,' and enjoy 'fast-paced' work, a six-figure job with Washington state may await you
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If you've done time in prison, have a 'heart for public service,' and enjoy 'fast-paced' work, a six-figure job with Washington state may await you

The state of Washington has a job opening — director of person-centered services — that pays up to $133,000 annually. To be considered for it, you should possess "a heart for public service, a knack for strategic planning, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment."

Oh, and you also need to have spent time in prison.

That's right. The Washington State Department of Corrections is looking for a "dynamic individual to utilize their lived experiences as the Director of Person-Centered Services" — and you'll earn a minimum of $108,636 per year.

What does the job entail?

The director of person-centered services is a "senior member of the agency’s executive leadership team" who will look to "continue to reduce recidivism and improve the reentry of incarcerated adults."

Check out this description: "The ideal candidate is a diligent and ambitious individual with lived experience as a former incarcerated individual. If you see yourself as someone who will contribute to public safety while ensuring the work environment reflects the stated values of the organization and exemplifies the highest standards of honesty, integrity, professionalism, and ethical conduct, we encourage you to apply!"

What else is required for candidates?

Besides experience with "previous incarceration in a state or federal prison," you also need:

  • a high school diploma or equivalent
  • two years of experience focused on improving public safety and outcomes for incarcerated individuals re-entering the community
  • two years of experience in alternative dispute resolution, mediation, and consensus building
  • familiarity with the Washington Department of Corrections policy, practice, and culture
  • understanding of issues related to diverse DOC populations including race, ethnicity, gender, and LBGTQ incarcerated individuals
  • experience in equity and social justice issues and knowledge of how disproportionality impacts the criminal justice system
  • ability to communicate in difficult or stressful situations so as to minimize potential conflict and maintain good working relationships
  • ability to successfully network, establish, maintain, and expand external stakeholder relationships through the community and other states, and state agencies, legislative bodies, and community members
  • knowledge of and experience in the authorizing of government and legislative processes, and how to navigate that environment to achieve agency goals and objectives

And stuff like that there. There's a tiny caveat, too: While you must have experience behind bars, you "cannot be currently under the jurisdiction" of the state department of corrections.

Also, if you want your application "stand out," it would be good if you possess a bachelor's degree in "public administration, management and leadership, business administration, criminal justice, or a closely related field."

Anything else?

To land the job, you also need to be "fully vaccinated against COVID-19" and provide a minimum of three professional references with your application.

Believe it or not, the job posting adds that a "background check including criminal record history will be conducted prior to a new hire. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position."

In case the applicants don't know, the lucky job-lander "may work directly with or near incarcerated individuals in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply."

What's more, the position "may be allocated for telework. Work may be performed from your home or another offsite location within the state of Washington using a reliable internet or cellular hotspot service at that time."

Finally, the selected candidate would get:

  • Up to 25 paid vacations days a year
  • 8 hours of paid sick leave per month
  • 12 paid holidays a year
  • A generous retirement plan
  • Flex spending accounts
  • Dependent care assistance
  • Deferred compensation and so much more!

(H/T: The Police Tribune)

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Dave Urbanski

Dave Urbanski

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