Company Name:

Washington State Department of Corrections


Lacey, Washington

Approximate Salary:

$85,080 Per Year

Job Category:

Staff Psychologist

Work Setting:

Government Agency

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Education:


Date Posted:

March 22, 2019

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Staff Psychologist

The Department of Corrections (DOC) is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to fill a permanent Staff Psychologist vacancy. This position is with the Staff Psychologist Program, within the Office of the Secretary, and is located out of the SW Regional Office in Lacey, WA. This position will serve the WA Peninsula, and will require extensive travel.

In support of the agency's mission, "To improve public safety," and the supporting process of "developing the workforce," this position applies evidence-based psychological principles and research methods to help the agency hire the most suitable candidates, mitigate work-related stressors, and develop effective leaders. The Staff Psychologist works with management to advise and consult on changes or alterations in the work environment to improve productivity and job satisfaction necessary to a successful organization.

The Staff Psychologist 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.

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.
**Incomplete application packages may disqualify an applicant from the selection process.

For additional information about the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC), please visit


The 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.

The Staff Psychologist is highly trained and skilled with respect to: Employee psychological testing and interpretation; Employee selection based on personality, suitability, and psychological stability; Crisis Intervention; Critical Incident Response (CISM); Promoting staff well-being; Short-term consultation; Conflict resolution; Educational presentations (communication skills, stress management, etc.); Providing referrals and resources; and, Collaborating and advising with the Appointing Authorities.

Key responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluations:

  • Conduct pre-employment psychological interviews with candidates.
  • Interpret standardized psychological test results.
  • Provide determination of psychological suitability.
  • Write a comprehensive psychological suitability and stability report utilizing data from the psychological tests and interview.
  • Discuss candidates' psychological evaluation results and decision, as to whether candidates' meet the standards for psychological suitability and capacity to carry firearms with the Appointing Authority to assist them in making informed hiring decisions.
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM):
  • Serve as a liaison between CISM teams, Appointing Authorities, Human Resources, and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) as needed.
  • Oversee incident response plans, providing guidance and responding to any issues that may arise.
  • Advise and assist team members and employees in situations, including providing referrals and crisis intervention when needed.
  • Develop training modules that strengthen CISM team members and leaders relevant knowledge. Facilitate and conduct training.
  • Assist in responding to the immediate individual and group recovery needs of staff after significant incidents.
  • Oversee and provide guidance for local CISM team leaders regarding group dynamics, teamwork and leadership development, growing ethical, engaged, effective, and emotionally healthy team members.
Clinical Services:
  • Provide consultation and assist staff in addressing personal and/or work issues that impact being the most effective and satisfied at work, including but not limited to encouraging constructive coping and stress management techniques.
  • Provide community and online mental health resources and referrals as needed.
  • Provide crisis intervention for severe mental health/situational needs, including but not limited to facilitating emergency care, notifying authorities in cases of likely imminent harm to self or others, and or when a staff member's condition/behavior imminently threatens the safety/security/operation within the workplace.
  • Advise appointing authorities of common trends and assist in developing workable solutions that relate to employee retention, job satisfaction, productivity, teamwork, and emotional wellbeing.



  • Completion of a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited Institution, and a doctoral program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), or meets the requirements of WAC 246-924-046.
  • Valid State of Washington Licensure as a Psychologist or the ability to obtain licensure within one year of hire.
  • Familiarity and demonstrated ability to maintain ethical standards as set forth in applicable federal and state laws and statutes.
  • Mature judgment, and strong interpersonal, communication, and task flexibility skills.
  • Possess a valid driver's license.

Supplemental Information

'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.'

For additional information about the agency, please visit


  • Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application. A professional reference is defined as an individual who has supervised 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. (In addition, we also ask that you include a cover letter outlining your qualifications, and a detailed chronological resume).
  • 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.
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, genders, sexual orientations, 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, gender expression, 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 or call us at (360) 407-5751. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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