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DCYF Superintendent – Echo Glen

at State of Washington

Pay: $90000 to $116820/year
$90000 - $116820
Posted: 12/1/2019
Job Reference #: 2559262

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The Department of Children, Youth, and Families is a new cabinet agency in Washington State exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, youth, and families. Our Juvenile Rehabilitation Division is looking for a visionary leader with experience in Juvenile Justice to lead the team as our new Superintendent at Echo Glen Children's Center.
This is an amazing opportunity for someone who wants to be the Change-Leader for evidence–based intervention services for youth who are focusing on reentry into their communities. In this role, you will plan, manage, organize, and direct all staff, client treatment, youth custody, security, personnel, fiscal budgets, and other activities necessary to meet the needs of the youth, families, staff and communities to support a successful reentry and community safety.

The mission, culture, and benefits you would get to enjoy as the Superintendent at Echo Glen are second-to-none! A career at Echo Glen Children's Center, part of DCYF, means being challenged, and proud of what you do. 
A core set of organizational values and guiding principles are foundational to our work. Our values include inclusion, respect, integrity, compassion, and transparency. Our guiding principles are:

  • A relentless focus on outcomes for children;
  • A commitment to collaboration and transparency;
  • A commitment to using data to inform and evaluate reforms, leveraging and aligning existing services with desired child outcomes;
  • A focus on supporting staff as they contribute to the agency's goals and outcomes.
Why Juvenile Rehabilitation and Echo Glen? 
Juvenile Rehabilitation (JR) administers facilities and programs for juveniles who are court committed for felony criminal behavior in Washington State's juvenile justice continuum. JR's goal is to improve the chances for youth successful reentry to the community.
Echo Glen Children's Center average daily population is 85 and is a medium/maximum security institution with a 155-facility capacity. Echo houses male youth ages 11-16 and female youth ages 13-25.
Located in King County, Echo Glen Children's Center has approximately 190 employees, 297 volunteers, and an annual budget of $17 million. Since this position's official duty station is in King County, the successful individual will be eligible for additional premium pay of 5% of base salary.
Some of what you will do:
  • Uses leadership and teambuilding skills to motivate facility staff and youth to work toward common objectives and goals, providing leadership and oversight for ongoing operations.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and monitor the implementation of a multifaceted institutional service and treatment system, which includes an integrated, system-wide rehabilitative program and specialized treatment programs.
  • Facilitate and manage meaningful partnerships to promote effective rehabilitative and re-entry services for youths.
  • Establish and maintain effective partnerships with the community, local organizations, tribes, government agencies as well as other various stakeholders to enhance services and support for juveniles.
  • Plan, develop, and manage institution's biennial budget and serve as final authority on all institution fiscal matters.
  • Provide a safe and supportive environment for staff to develop and support the transformation of the lives of the youth we serve.
  • Direct and monitor activities of staff and the youth population; provides technical guidance; takes necessary action to ensure compliance with laws, rules, regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures.
  • Ensure the campus provides age appropriate and culturally sensitive educational and vocation opportunities for our youth.
  • Interacts with juvenile judges, district attorneys, probation departments, and other state agencies.
  • Establishes and oversees secure facility operations to ensure the security and safety of the youth population, staff, property, and equipment; appropriately responds to emergency situations; plans, directs, and coordinates the placement of youth in the event of emergencies.
Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Social and/or Behavioral Sciences, Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, or closely related field.
  • Five or more years of experience in a supervisory capacity with a demonstrated ability to increase team retention.
Preferred Knowledge and Leadership Experience:
  • A thorough understanding of the Juvenile Justice System, community networking and management principles.
  • An understanding of personnel/merit systems, including how the Americans with Disabilities Act and affirmative action affect them.
  • A thorough understanding of the DCYF organizational structure and the political environment in which it functions. They must be knowledgeable about the media and comfortable interacting with it.
  • Experience leading and supervising represented staff including performance management.
  • Capability to manage strong workforce relations, including represented employees and volunteers.
  • Familiarity with current evidence-based interventions (e.g. Integrated Treatment Model) for increasing protective factors and reducing criminal behavior with juvenile justice system youth.
  • Knowledge, understanding and commitment to treatment and rehabilitation of youth through culturally competent, cognitive behavioral and family focused treatment.
  • Knowledge and experience with Performance Based Standards for youth correctional facilities or knowledge of standards established by the American Correctional Association.
  • Ability to communicate a strong understanding and positive vision for addressing the adolescent developmental needs of juvenile justice system youth.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide variety of individuals and organizations.
  • Experience managing budgets, facility operations and building relationships with legislators.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Washington State Juvenile Justice System.
  • Commitment to developing and maintaining programs suited to the wide array of culturally and ethnically diverse youth present in the Echo Glen Children's Center population.
How do I apply?
In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile to be considered for this position:
  • Letter of interest describing what makes you the ideal candidate for the job
  • Current resume detailing experience and education

Supplemental Information:

This announcement will remain open until filled. Hiring Manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at anytime. 

Applicants selected for an interview will be required to pass a national fingerprint background check and complete a questionnaire mandated by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) inquiring about any sexual misconduct. 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 job. 

Valid driver license and the ability to operate a motor vehicle independently is required. This position will travel as necessary to attend meetings and trainings across the state. Occasional overnight travel may be necessary to attend or present at conferences both in state and out of state.
May be required to work in excess of 40 hours per week. This position may be required to be on-call 24 hours per day
The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.
DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion, and respect.
Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply on-line? Contact Lyndsey Beaupre at or (360) 628-0114 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.
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To take advantage of Veteran's preference please attach your DD-214, member 4 long-form, or your NGB-22. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.
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