Western Psychological Association

Psychologist Positions Available for the State of Washington

Washington State has three openings in psychology for interested applicants.  These are State employment opportunities with a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.  There are two openings for full-time psychologist positions at the state prison in Shelton WA (1), and there is an opening for a staff psychologist in Seattle, WA (2), as described below:

  1. The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Psychologist 4 at the Washington Corrections Center (WCC) located in Shelton, WA.  This position is day shift Monday- Friday.
    Washington Corrections Center (WCC) is the Reception and Diagnostic Center, a close-custody facility with the primary responsibility to process, test, and classify all adult male felons sentenced to prison in Washington State. The facility has seven living units and houses 1,700 offenders. There are about 500 offenders screened and assessed each month. WCC is also the major hub for transfer of offenders to and from facilities throughout the state.

    Application assessment will be ongoing and the hiring authority reserves the right to offer the position at any time during the recruitment process. It is to the applicant’s advantage to apply as early as possible.Duties

    • Supervises doctoral level psychologists in an institution, directs and coordinates work of psychologists with that of other institution service programs.
    • Serves as psychological consultant to Clinical Director, Superintendent and medical staff on problems involving psychological services.
    • Plans, executes, and participates in treatment programs.
    • Serves as consultant to diagnostic, intake, treatment, and disposition staff.
    • Provides individual and group psychotherapy to patients.
    • Does psychodiagnostic testing of patients and employees.
    • Participates in training and education of institution staff in psychological field.

    Qualifications

    Doctoral Degree in Psychology from an accredited school or department of Psychology whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), AND possession of a current license to practice psychology in the state of Washington.
    Each employee is expected to maintain and adhere to the continuing education requirements for the applicable professional credential.
    Each employee must adhere to legislation and/or law changes that may affect current licensure and/or registration requirements.
    Desired: Three years of Postdoctoral Psychology experience, including one year of experience in forensic psychology.

    Supplemental Information

    ‘The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.’

    For additional information about the agency, please visit www.doc.wa.gov.

    IMPORTANT NOTES:

    • Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application. A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies.  If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates.
    • All DOC employees are fingerprinted for a criminal history background check.
    • Employees work with offenders in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
    • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified from consideration.
    • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
    • Tuberculosis is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire.  When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.
    • If this position is included in a Union Shop, employees will be required to become members within thirty (30) days of employment.

    We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies:

    • Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.
    • Work effectively with men and women of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, lifestyle preferences and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
    • Respectfully acknowledge people’s differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.
    • Promote inclusiveness.
    • Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
    • Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.

    DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.

    For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email wendy.vandel@doc.wa.gov or call us at (360) 407-5742.

    For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
    https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1956085/psychologist-4-wcc-shelton-wa

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  2. The Department of Corrections (DOC) is seeking a motivated and skilled professional for the permanent position of Staff Psychologist.

    Our mission at the Department of Corrections is to ‘improve public safety’. With more than 8,000 employees, we recognize that staff are our greatest asset, and the efforts of our dedicated workforce have garnered national recognition! Whether the work is inside a prison, out in the field, or an administrative office, DOC staff experience a high degree of personal reward knowing their efforts are creating an environment in which offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to safer communities.

    The Staff Psychology Program provides the opportunity to work both collaboratively and autonomously doing meaningful work in a dynamic environment. This program is unique to the State of Washington and is the only one of its kind in the country. You would be joining a team of seven Staff Psychologists serving the needs of DOC employees throughout the state. We support a team approach to working with staff, which allows for peer support, diversity of thought, creativity, and consultation in challenging situations.

    The Staff Psychologist empowers and builds relationships with employees and provides a confidential avenue to aid them in navigating through professional and personal difficulties by being available and responsive to their needs. Some travel throughout the state is required for this position with occasional overnight stays.

    Application Process:
    In order to be considered for this position, please attach the following items to your application:

    1. A current resume (Chronological, indicating your related experience);
    2. A Letter of Interest (preferably no more than two pages) describing your facilitation style, how you meet the qualifications and why you are an ideal candidate for this position; and
    3. Three (3) professional references.

    For additional information about our agency, please visit doc.wa.gov.DutiesThe Staff Psychologist intervenes and makes independent decisions regarding complex, confidential and sensitive staff issues. They provide brief, solution-focused counseling, consultation, and coaching to all levels of staff. Staff Psychologists work directly with supervisors and staff from correctional facilities, field offices, and justice centers.

    Key responsibilities for this position include:

    Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluations:

    • Conduct psychological interviews with Correctional Officer candidates.
    • Interpret results of the pre-employment psychological testing.
    • Complete a psychological report utilizing data from the psychological tests and interview.
    • Provide determination of psychological suitability

    Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM):

    • Serve as the CISM Officer acting as liaison between a CISM Team, and Chain of Command.
    • Oversee incident response planning
    • Act as the Mental Health, subject matter expert on the team.
    • Provide any necessary follow-up to CISM services, including individual consultations and referrals.
    • Develop monthly training for the CISM teams.
    • Develop, and facilitate annual CISM Team Leader Training

    Clinical Services:

    • Short-term solution-focused interventions.
    • Crisis intervention for acute mental health /situational needs such as suicide risk, depression, anxiety, and anger management.
    • Individual and Departmental stress management interventions.
    • Interpersonal and communication skills development.

    Qualifications

    • A Doctoral degree in Psychology from an accredited school or department of Psychology whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

    How To Apply
    To begin the online application process:

    • Click the green ‘Apply’ button on the job posting and sign in or create an account.
    • Complete your application. Please attached:
      • a letter of interest
      • a current resume
      • three professional reference
    • Click “Accept & Submit” to submit your application.

    Supplemental Information’The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.’

    For additional information about the agency, please visit doc.wa.gov.

    IMPORTANT NOTES

    • Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application. A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies.  If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates. Phone number AND email address are required for all professional references.
    • The information provided in your Application must support your selected answers in the application questionnaire. All answers are verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this requisition. A thorough reference check will be conducted for final applicants.
    • Incomplete application packages may disqualify an applicant from the selection process.
    • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  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.
    • Employees may work directly with or in close proximity to incarcerated individuals in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
    • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified from consideration.
    • Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) is an aerosol pepper spray made available as a means of self-defense and/or de-escalation. Applicants with sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
    • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
    • Tuberculosis (TB) is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire.  When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.
    • If this position is included in a Union Shop, employees will be required to become members within thirty (30) days of employment.

    We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies:

    • Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.
    • Work effectively with people of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, lifestyle preferences and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
    • Respectfully acknowledge people’s differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.
    • Promote inclusiveness.
    • Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
    • Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.

    DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email ran.phin@doc.wa.gov or call us at (206) 516-7651. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
    https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1958818/staff-psychologist

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