Washington Corrections Center (WCC)
Full Time, Permanent
The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is seeking a highly motivated and talented individual for a permanent position of Mail Processing
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.
Whether the work is inside a prison, in community corrections, or in an administrative office, the Washington State Department of Corrections professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which all offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.
This position supports DOC's mission to improve public safety through the visual, physical, and electronic inspection of incoming and outgoing mail and packages in effort to eliminate risks associated with unauthorized transfer of contraband materials and information across institutional boundaries.
The Mail Processor-Driver independently performs mail services including, collecting, screening sorting processing, and delivering domestic and foreign mail utilizing the US Postal Service, agency internal mail systems, and various ground and air shipping services.
Screen all incoming and outgoing first class and bulk mail, periodicals, and packages.
Log, open, and inspect offender mail and packages to ensure conformity to all applicable policies and guidelines; remove money orders for separate processing.
Identify, catalog, and report contraband; initiate contraband rejections and maintain documentation.
Sort and process all institution and offender mail into and out of the institution in accordance with the United States Postal Service regulations and DOC policies and procedures.
Enter incoming offender packages into electronic tracking system.
Register incoming books into database, generating receipts for offender signature; label books with offender number and place for delivery.
Receive, sort, and document outgoing offender mail and packages; prepare for delivery to or pickup by the US Postal Service or other shipping service.
Complete rejections notices to offenders for items that appear to violate policy; forward items to offenders if resolution is identified.
Accurately identify incoming staff and offender mail and packages and deliver to intended office, building, or unit.
Collect outgoing mail and packages from units, offices, and buildings for mailroom processing.
Provide customer service to DOC stakeholders, outside agencies, and the public.
Respond to offender replies to mail rejections notices, and take appropriate action in accordance with applicable polices and laws.
Respond to staff inquires and requests for information regarding mail services and processes.
Weigh and apply postage to outgoing mail and packages using electronic label making and postage stamp machine.
Maintain electronic and physical mailroom records including mail rejections, publication rejections, incoming offender property receipts, incoming offender funds, allowed offender to offender correspondence, offender no contact orders, and offender letter translations.
Other duties as Supervisor directed.
High School diploma or G.E.D.
Valid driver's license
Two years of clerical experience
One year of experience sorting and distributing mail
One year experience operating Mail processing equipment
The ability to type 35 wpm.
The ability to lift at least 40 lbs. "with or without a reasonable accommodation".
Basic knowledge of office equipment; phone, fax, copier, printer, computer etc., and the ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.
'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.'
For additional information about the agency, please visit www.doc.wa.gov.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (360) 426-4433 ext. 5268. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
State Of Washington