Corrections Counselor – District Court Probation

  • Clark County
  • Vancouver, WA
  • Mar 02, 2020
Full time Government

Job Description

Corrections Counselor – District Court Probation



Job Summary


Corrections Counselors perform professional level interviewing, counseling, investigative and administrative work in the County Criminal Justice System. Corrections Counselor work is performed in the areas of sentencing alternatives and pre-trial intervention, and the incumbents deal with inmates and offenders referred by the Courts to the various programs. Programs in which incumbents can expect to be involved include, but are not limited to, Probation, Alternative Detention, Release on Own Recognizance, Pretrial Release, Deferred Prosecution, Interstate Compact (ICAOS), Community Restitution, Jail Programs, Education, and Alternative Community Services. The duties involved require knowledge of law and justice systems with specific interpersonal skills. Main responsibilities are in the area of pre-sentence investigation; determining eligibility for release on personal recognizance; supervision and counseling of defendants under court order; and casework activities relating to problem assessment, case planning, resource referral and community resource development. Personal contact is typically high in positions of this class. Daily contacts are made with offenders, office staff, court and law enforcement employees and collateral agencies. Purpose of contacts is to provide, clarify or obtain facts or information directly related to the work being performed. Assessment, training and counseling offenders is a substantial element of this work. The top candidate for this position will be subject to fingerprinting and a criminal history record check prior to being offered employment. The position is represented by Local 11 – OPEIU (Office and Professional Employees International Union, AFL-CIO). This recruitment will also be used to form an applicant pool to fill current and future regular vacancies over the next six (6) months.



Education and Experience:


Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or closely related field from an accredited college or university; and one (1) year of experience in criminal justice interviewing, counseling or supervising offenders in either a non-incarceration or an incarceration environment.  The degree must have been conferred by an institution of higher education and have National Recognition of Accrediting Agencies by the U.S. Secretary of Education. 


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Proficiency with personal computers and related software applications
  • Certification in facilitation of cognitive behavioral curriculum
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid driver's license at time of hire
  • Work availability: willing and available to work a flexible schedule

Finalist must submit to a background clearance for access to jail and classified information.


Knowledge of:  Interviewing and counseling methods and techniques; criminal justice system and community resources; uses and limitations of testing instruments; applicable regulations, statutes, codes and procedures; statistical analysis and research methods and techniques; and principles of supervision.


Ability to:  Respond quickly in situations requiring safety and protection of self and others; assess people and situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action; interpret results of testing instruments; evaluate performance of simple and basic work tasks and make recommendations; respond to and evaluate emotional needs of offenders in a supervised environment; interview effectively and obtain needed information; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, offenders, other agencies and the public.


An online application is required. For complete job announcement, application requirements, and to apply on-line, please visit our website at:

Equal Opportunity Employer

Clark County is committed to increasing the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its workforce and ensuring that diversity is a key priority of our organization. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, sexual orientation/gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Clark County’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan is available at

If you are in need of ADA/Section 504 assistance for accommodations, please contact Human Resources at (360) 397-2456; Relay (800) 833-6388.

Salary Grade: Local 11.712 ($27.12 - $34.58) per hour

Close Date: 03/28/2020



Salary Grade: Local 11.712 ($27.12 - $34.58) per hour