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Cadre Team Member-Youth Academy Residential Specialist 2

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/8/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2311300
Categories: Retail

Job Description

Overall Job Objective



An exciting opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Washington's youth!  

Cadre Team Members are responsible for providing highly-regimented structure, discipline, and training to the student/cadet corps on a 24/7 basis. Cadre team members must be available for all days and shifts.  

This job posting will remain open until filled.  Screening of application materials will begin immediately and will be on-going,  It is in the applicants' best interest to submit their application materials as early as possible.  The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time.  This job posting may be closed at any time without notice.    

COMPENSATION:  Wage/salary will depend on qualifications or rules of promotion.


The WYA was established under the authority and guidelines of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program and requires coordination of state and federal resources across multiple agencies including the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). This is a voluntary program which includes a 22 week residential phase followed by a 12 month post-residential mentoring phase. The purpose of the program is to provide a highly disciplined, safe and professional learning environment that empowers at-risk youth to improve their educational levels and become responsible and productive citizens of the State of Washington.
You can learn more about the Youth ChalleNGe Program at the national website To learn more about the Washington Military Department and the Washington Youth Academy visit


Provides direction and guidance to the Cadet Corps members (Cadet) on a 24/7 basis.

Participates in screening, interviewing and selecting applicants for admission into the Washington Youth Academy (WYA) program while making recommendations to the Cadre Supervisor concerning budget needs and how best to utilize federal/state resources to support selected applicants.

Assists in preparing the Academy facilities, supplies, and equipment for program activities and participates in planning, coordination, and set-up of recurring and special events.


High school graduation or GED equivalent and two years of experience working with at-risk youth or related experience such as youth services, social services, military, education or law enforcement.

Two years of college may be substituted for one year of required experience.

Note: Must possess a valid Washington State driver's license.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

Working with at-risk youth.
A teacher/instructor/coach with an understanding of teaching techniques and learning processes.

Knowledge of:
Military drill and ceremony.
Military customs / courtesies.
Basic first aid and emergency medical care.

Skills / Abilities:
Promote positive youth development by establishing healthy professional relationships with Cadets, role-modeling desired professional behaviors, maintaining an exceptional uniform appearance and ensuring a safe training environment.

Work effectively with at-risk youth who may have social, economic, emotional or behavioral challenges which does include identifying and managing manipulative behaviors.

Promote a teamwork oriented working, learning and instructional environment that is positive, productive, safe and secure.

Work effectively with a diverse group of at-risk youth, their parents/guardians, other members of the WYA staff and community partners and stakeholders to achieve the goals of the individual Cadets and the program.

In accordance with established guidelines, maintain the highest standards of confidentiality and personal and professional ethical conduct at all times to include but not limited to, social media and direct contact.

Demonstrate mature judgment under stress and conditions of uncertainty to provide stable and consistent guidance and leadership to Cadre staff, Cadets and family members.

Supplemental Information

You do not need to be a member of the Washington National Guard to apply for this position. 
Washington State offers its employees a generous benefits package, including medical and dental coverage, life and disability insurance, retirement, as well as deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. 

Must successfully complete a pre-employment personal history and criminal background check investigation, which includes fingerprinting. The background check is required for all employees of the Washington Youth Academy due to the nature of these positions (working with vulnerable youth) and the safety requirements of the job. Applicants are required to complete and sign a WMD Applicant Background and Disclosure Statement and a Waiver and Authority to Release Information Form. Candidates will not have access to any investigative materials and files. 

Must be willing and able to participate in periodic background checks in accordance with department policy. Failure to successfully complete any required background check may be cause for termination.

Willing not to use or be in possession of illegal narcotics or controlled substances while on or off duty.
Willing and able to be free from excessive alcohol consumption.
Willing and able to pass drug testing requirements, including pre-employment (to include testing when employees change job classifications due to promotion or transfer or there is reasonable suspicion).

The WYA campus is a tobacco, vaping, alcohol, drug and weapons free facility. Weapons and alcohol are not permitted anywhere on campus including in employee vehicles. Use of tobacco or vaping products is not permitted anywhere within the confines of the Youth Academy or in the view of students when performing off campus duties and responsibilities.
Ability, willingness, desire and commitment to work with at-risk youth in a 24/7 highly structured residential setting requiring extensive interaction and contact with at-risk youth and parents who may be disgruntled, angry, disrespectful (use of profanity, name calling, etc.), depressed and at times confrontational.
Individuals working with at-risk youth in a residential setting are subject to safety and security surveillance.
Willing to work in and around military facilities and programs.

Must be willing and committed to following the NGYCP-CA Hands-Off Leadership Guidance which states in part that no Staff member may touch a Cadet in an aggressive manner for any reason, or use abusive language as a means of discipline or coercive leadership.  Hands-Off leadership prohibits Staff members from using unprofessional language, including profanity, vulgarity or off-color jokes when interacting with, correcting or motivating Cadets.  The uncompromising standard for behavior and language on the part of Staff is nothing less than complete transparency and total professionalism.

Must complete annual first aid and CPR training/re-certification.
Must be willing and able to periodically travel in and out of state for up to one week at a time.
Additionally, incumbent may be required to attend formal Youth Challenge staff training courses (up to one week each) and on the job training at another National Guard Bureau Youth Challenge Program (up to 2 weeks).
Must comply with Department policies and procedures governing workplace conduct.

Able to participate in and pass a pre-employment physical fitness and agility standardized test and annual re-certification tests thereafter, in accordance with program requirements. The assessment consists of the following:
 *     Emergency Response Test
*      Physical Fitness Instruction/Demonstration Test
*      15 minute continuous run without stopping, walking, or speed walking.  

Candidates are encouraged to read the Physical Abilities Test Packet that provides a detailed explanation regarding the assessment.  This can be found at

Position is subject to shift work and incumbent must be willing to work beyond established core hours/days when necessary to accomplish program activities and requirements, including responding to emergency situations in a reasonable amount of time when they involve cadet health, safety, or security.

This position is covered by a union shop provision: Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).

Individuals interested in applying for this position should select the "Apply" button and submit the following:

  1. A current application profile
  2. Response to the Supplemental Questionnaire (Note that your responses to the supplemental questions are used to screen for interview selection and should be supported by the information you entered in your employment history section portion of the application).
  3. A list of three professional references. Please include two past/current supervisors, one peer and/or one subordinate, if applicable. For each reference please include the following: Name, Professional Title, Working Relationship, Daytime Phone Number, and Email Address.

If you have questions about the application process or this recruitment, please contact Patricia Acoba at  or (360) 473-2622.

Please add to your email contacts to ensure emails sent to advise you of the status of your application do not get sent to your junk mailbox.

The Washington Military Department is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial, and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process , or those needing the job announcement in an alternative format, may call the Recruitment Section of State Human Resources, at (360) 473-2622 or Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at (253) 512-7298.