Seattle Municipal Court's (SMC) mission is to provide a forum for citizens to resolve alleged violations of the law in a respectful, independent, and impartial manner. The Court is dedicated to advancing social justice issues by supporting personal, structural, and systemic change in our community, and building a diverse workforce. The Court works collaboratively to realize the City's vision of racial equity by participating in the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative . Candidates with the ability to effectively work with multi-cultural communities are encouraged to apply.
SMC, recognized for our proactive and innovative approach, is seeking experienced law enforcement or correction officers for the position of Court Marshal. The unit consists of 11 specially commissioned officers, two Sergeants, and a Chief leading the team. Join the Court's specially commissioned team as an officer responsible for all aspects of security and creating a safe environment for defendants, the public, and Court employees. This high-volume work unit seeks to hire dedicated, agile, and motivated staff. Candidates with the ability to speak multiple languages are encouraged to apply.
This recruitment is for a full-time regular Court Marshal position. The Court may also consider applicants from this recruitment process for intermittent and temporary Court Marshal openings. When hired as an intermittent/temporary Court Marshal, you may later be offered a full-time regular position when a vacancy opens.
You will be successful in this role if y ou are committed to:
- Public service and the justice system.
- Upholding strict standards of ethical behavior.
- Working in a fast-paced collaborative team environment.
- Building relationships
- Guard and protect prisoners, Court staff and the public in courtrooms, jail holding cells and court-related areas.
- Intervene and make arrests in potential incidents of violence or warrant service.
- Escort prisoners or detainees between secured facilities and courtrooms.
Book out-of-custody defendants into jail and search holding cells for contraband on a regular basis.
- Monitor, assist, and oversee security screeners to ensure screening of the public is conducted in a professional manner.
- Operate security devices: firearm, baton, Taser, etc.
- Act as first responder to fire alarms, bomb threats and various safety concerns, and assist with building evacuations.
- Complete incident and police type reports and various required paperwork.
- Successfully secure and maintain Seattle Police Department special commission which includes passing an annual firearm qualification.
SPECIAL COMMISSION ELIGIBILITY
This position has a special commission issued by the Seattle Police Department (SPD) which requires all Court Marshal candidates to meet certain hiring standards. Please review the automatic and case-by-case disqualifiers to determine if you are qualified to submit your application for the Court Marshal position.
SPD is interested in the applicant's life story as a complete picture. SPD understands that, at times, people encounter challenges in their lives. During the background investigation process, SPD will learn in detail about those challenges, as well as the lessons learned, and the life changes the applicant has made.
* It is im p erative that you are forthcoming in your responses; honesty is expected throu g hout this process.
Minimum Em p loyment Standards:
The following are automatic disqualifiers - applicants should not apply to our agency if any of the following apply:
- Criminal Record : any adult felony conviction; any misdemeanor or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice and/or law enforcement capacity; or any domestic violence conviction. Prior to the date of this application, the applicant has not manufactured or cultivated illegal drug(s) for the sales/marketing of the drug(s) and has not sold or facilitated the sale of illegal drugs.
- Dru g Use - Prior to the date of this application, the applicant has NOT used : Marijuana within twelve (12) months, and
- Cocaine or crack within the previous ten (10) years, and
- Club drugs, such as, but not limited to: Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol, or MDMA (ecstasy) within the previous five (5) years, and
- Any Hallucinogens; PCP, Angel Dust, Wet, Phencyclidine, LSD, Mushrooms, or Psylocybin, within the previous ten (10) years, and
- Opium, Morphine, or Heroin within the previous ten (10) years, and
- Methamphetamine, Crank, Crystal, Ice, Speed, Glass, or Amphetamine within the previous ten (10) years, and
- Aerosols, sometimes referred to as Huffing (paint) or Whippits (Nitrous Oxide) or used Khat within the previous five (5) years, and
- Four (4) or more controlled substances within the previous ten (10) years, and
- Any illegal drug(s) while employed in a criminal justice and/or law enforcement capacity.
Case-b y -Case Disqualifiers
The following are behaviors that will be given case-by-case consideration.
- Militar y Discharge: Any discharge from any military service other than honorable circumstances (fair employment laws apply).
- Traffic Record : An applicant's driving record will be thoroughly assessed and may be a factor for disqualification. Examples of infractions/traffic crimes that may be disqualifying include: Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), reckless driving or hit and run driving, or suspension of your driver's license within five years of the date of application.
- Em p loyment Record : An applicant's employment history, including any terminations, or leaving an employer in lieu of termination, will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.
- Financial Record : An applicant's credit history, including excessive credit card debt or unresolved accounts in collections will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification. The following will be disqualifying failure to pay income tax, or child support.
- Professional A p pearance : All applicants are always expected to maintain a professional appearance. SMC has the discretion in determining what is considered professional, as it relates to the position the applicant is applying for. All tattoos, branding (intentional burning of skin to create a design), voluntary disfigurement (marring or spoiling of the appearance or shape of a body part), or scarification (intentional cutting of the skin to create a design) shall be carefully reviewed by SMC on a case-by-case basis.
- Certified by a criminal justice or corrections academy program AND at least two years of full-time law enforcement or corrections experience. Other types of law enforcement work experience will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Can successfully pass a polygraph, psychological, medical, and drug testing. Is trained and experienced in the use of defensive tactics and use of force.
- Ability to become certified in the use of firearms.
- Valid Washington State Driver's license.
- 21+ years of age upon hire.
- High school diploma or GED.
- U.S. citizen.
Note: The Physical Agility Test (PAT) and WA State Basic Law Enforcement equivalency academy training are not required. For more information on the Seattle Municipal Court, visit www.seattle. g ov/courts .
This position will primarily be onsite at the Seattle Justice enter at 600 5th Ave, Seattle. Alternative Work Arrangements may be considered and will be based on operational needs.
Why Work at the City
The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in the Race and Social Justice Initiative by working to dismantle racist policies and procedures, unlearn the way things have always been done, and provide equitable processes and services.
The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
The full hourly pay range for this position is $34.55 to $41.91 per hour.
Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered:
Completed NEOGOV online application and supplemental questions. PDF of your cover letter describing WHY WANT THIS JOB AND WHY YOU WANT TO WORK FOR THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL COURT. PDF of your resume.Copies of you law enforcement or corrections certification and/or transcript.
- Update your application to make sure the employment dates on your application match the employment dates on your resume.
- Give us the details of the responsibilities and tasks you performed in your current and previous positions. The more detail you provide, the better we can understand how your qualifications align with the needs of our opening.
Top candidates, who successfully pass the interview process, will be asked to submit a completed Personal History Information (PHI) packet. An extensive background investigation will be conducted by the Seattle Police Department.
Candidates asked to participate in the background check process will have an in-depth test and interview with an SPD detective. Out-of-state candidates must make travel arrangements, at their own expense, to participate in-person for this portion of the recruitment process.
Successful candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment must pass the final investigation phase conducted by Seattle Police Department, which includes polygraph, psychological, medical, and drug testing. Out-of-state candidates must make travel arrangements, at their own expense, to participate in-person for this portion of the recruitment process.
Union Information: This position is represented by Seattle Municipal Court Marshal's Guild.
Recruitment Process and Timeline : The entire recruitment process, application to start date, takes approximately eight (8) months.
S p ecial Commission : As a condition of employment, Marshals must obtain and maintain a Special Commission issued by the Seattle Police Department, which includes annual firearms qualifications.
Note: The Physical Agility Test (PAT) and WA State Basic Law Enforcement equivalency academy training are not required.
For more information on the Seattle Municipal Court, visit www.seattle. g ov/courts .
The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.
More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources | seattle.gov
Closing Date/Time: 9/26/2023 4:00 PM Pacific