Yakima County Human Resources

  • 108-XXX Corrections Lieutenant - DOC

    Working Title
    Corrections Lieutenant
    Regular Full Time Budgeted
    Department of Corrections
    Required Testing/Exercises
    Modified Assessment Center to Include:Command Team Interview Panel: 40%Mid-Management Interview Panel: 20%Written Exercise: 20%Oral Presentation: 20%
    Teamsters-DOC Management
    Open Date
    Close Date
    $6,531 per month
  • Overview

    There is one full-time opening for the position of Corrections Lieutenant with the Yakima County Department of Corrections. Under the direction of the Division Chief or Director, the Corrections Lieutenant is responsible for planning, administering, organizing, controlling, coordinating, enforcing, auditing, monitoring and evaluating all operations and activities within an assigned corrections facility or section and its relevant correctional programs. 


    This position will have extensive interaction and communication with the Yakima County Court system and its personnel, court appointed attorneys and prosecutors, Yakima County Facilities Services Department, correctional and law enforcement agencies inside and outside of Yakima County, Yakima County Human Resources Department, and other jurisdictions and agencies that utilize Yakima County Correctional Services.


    The purpose of contacts includes development; coordination, implementation; compliance and evaluation of programs and division operations.  Work requires a high degree of tact in dealing with county, state, and federal agencies and officials, employees, representatives of organized labor, and community representatives.  This recruitment may be used to fill future openings which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date.



    Plans, develops recommendations and implements strategies and programs to accomplish department goals, priorities and objectives;


    Manages and coordinates facility or section use of resources;


    Develops, interprets, monitors, modifies, and implements operational protocols, procedures and post orders;


    Oversees daily operation within the assigned area of responsibility, insuring goals and objectives comply with the Law and Justice plan and the County’s long range goals, while meeting the needs of the department.


    Supervises, directs and evaluates the work of subordinate supervisors and staff.


    Insures consistent application of supervisory policies within assigned areas, and in conjunction with other lieutenants, throughout the facility.


    Oversees staff-related activities, by monitoring and inspecting areas within the assigned facilities which include: the review of various computer entered logs and photos, the review of all incident reports, field inspections of all officer assigned posts and housing floors, observing staff interaction with other staff and inmates.


    Participates in the performance evaluation of assigned personnel.


    Monitors the training of employees to meet current and projected demands.


    Reviews and modifies the organizational structure within assigned area of command to meet changing needs. Ensures that activities are accomplished by prioritizing work assignments and adjusting resource allocation;


    Ensures that safe security practices are being used and promoted by all staff.


    Drafts and recommends new policies, procedures and post orders as directed or needed.


    Evaluates department programs and analyzes trends of operations;


    Researches legal requirements, best practices, and industry standards to ensure legal compliance and up-to-date operational standards.


    Confers with various department heads, local and state officials, community-based organizations and groups, businesses, schools and the general public to explain department goals, priorities and project information.


    Meets on a regular basis with other Lieutenants to improve and maintain open lines of communications, ensures and promotes inter-divisional relations, efficiencies and cooperation.

    Investigates and responds to complaints and grievances filed by inmates and the public.


    Monitors fiscal operations of the assigned programs and division.

    Recommends expenditures;


    Provides input in the development and implementation of divisional budget;


    Reviews and monitors subcontract terms, and ensures reports are provided as required.


    Assumes incident command responsibilities when necessary, initiating action, assigning personnel, and notifying designated officials.


    Other duties required.






    Experience and Training:

    Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or a Social Sciences field (IE: Sociology, Behavioral Science, Psychology, etc.) and 5 years of  progressively responsible experience in an adult correctional setting, three (3) years of which have been served at the rank of sergeant or above; Or  An equivalent combination of education and experience (including three (3) years at the rank of sergeant or above) which provides knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the position.


    Special Requirements:

    • A Valid Driver's License and proof of insurance if requested.
    • Non-DOC Applicants: When applying outside of the agency, applicants will be subject to a thorough background investigation to include fingerprinting and a complete criminal record investigation
    • NOTE for Current DOC employees: To be eligible to test for the rank of Lieutenant, interested Sergeants must have 3 years of continuous contiguous service as a law enforcement or corrections Sergeant and must have not received a written reprimand in the past 18 months, or a suspension or disciplinary demotion in the past 2 years.
    • This is a Yakima County Corrections Management Bargaining Unit position. As a condition of employment, you are required to become a member of the Unit or pay representation fees per the negotiated contract.


    Modified Assessment Center to Include:
    Command Team Interview Panel: 40%
    Mid-Management Interview Panel: 20%
    Written Exercise: 20%
    Oral Presentation: 20%


    Equipment Used: Phone, Computer, Fax Machine, Printer, Copier, Two-Way Radio, PDA & Calculator.


    Working Conditions: Physical and Mental Requirements.  

    The Corrections Lieutenant performs duties that may require use of physical force on others on a recurring or regular basis to ensure public safety by the use of law enforcement training and skills.

    • Environmental and Physical Conditions: Excessive noise, pathogen exposure, multiple work locations, work in locked down facilities.  The ability to bend, carry, handle, lift, sit, stand, walk, fingering, climbing, crouching, kneeling, hearing, smelling, talking and visual acuity is required.
    • Mental Conditions Required: Ability to multi-task, confidentiality, ability to work under pressure, ability to articulate and communicate information in conversations, ability to follow written and verbal instruction. 


    • Supervisory theories, practices and principles of organizational management.
    • Project management, public administration and financial management.
    • Applicable terminology, laws, rules and regulations governing area of assignment.
    • Effective communication, interactive and listening skills.
    • Customer service techniques and team building concepts.

    Skills (and abilities):

    • Operating office equipment and computers utilizing related software applications
    • Basic understanding in the use of relational databases
    • Determining priorities and making critical decisions; developing initiatives and projects
    • Supervising, teaching, coaching, mentoring, monitoring and evaluating staff
    • Developing, writing, applying and implementing County and Departmental policies and procedures
    • Solving problems, resolving conflict and team building
    • Applying principles of financial and resource management in budgeting and participation in contract negotiations
    • Giving public presentations, public speaking and facilitating meetings
    • Researching, enforcing and mediating laws, codes, ordinances and regulations
    • Providing technical expertise within the area of responsibility
    • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with fellow staff,  County and other officials, at all organization levels and with the public
    • Communications, oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give and receive work direction







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