Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy Instructor/TAC in Burien, Washington


The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) has two openings at our Burien campus for experienced instructors in the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. These positions report to the Commander and Assistant Commander and operate with a moderate degree of autonomy participating in several training teams across a wide range of skill sets. Flexibility to rapidly-changing demands for these skills is required. These are new civilian positions that have historically been filled by current serving sworn law enforcement officers working on contract with the WSCJTC. The majority of serving TAC Officers will continue to be sworn law enforcement officers. The new civilian TAC Officer positions will add stability to the cadre of trainers.

TAC Officers provide full-service to the Commission, coordinating and conducting Washington State's Basic Law Enforcement Academy programs under the direction of the BLEA Commander and Assistant Commander. The position of TAC Officer is one of hard work, immense importance, and high reward. Candidates for these positions will be evaluated in four main areas:

  • General abilities as an employee/ team member
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Teaching abilities
  • Role modeling/mentoring Duties

Key Duties of Work The following duties ARE NOTintended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties that will be performed in these positions, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. If you would like more information about specific duties prior to applying, please contact Mark Best, Assistant Commander, at 206/835-7357.

Principal Responsibilities TAC Officers act as the immediate supervisors for the BLEA students and are responsible for:

  • Recruit Training (classroom, practical, mock scene, homework)
  • Academy Curriculum (implementation, development, research, update, testing)
  • Acting as a Role Model (attitude, ethics, professionalism, self-improvement)
  • Administrative Duties (first-line supervisor, maintain files, injury tracking, scheduling, counseling)
  • Discipline (maintain order and academy atmosphere, group and individual motivation, investigate rule violations)
  • Teaching Traditions & Customs (chain of command, drill, inspections, courtesy)
  • Time Management (scheduling, flexibility, back-up instruction, multi-tasking)
  • Provide training to other staff members as required
  • Other duties as assigned Qualifications


  • A minimum of 10 years commissioned law enforcement experience (certified as a Washington State Peace Officer)
  • Law enforcement career ended with applicant in good standing
  • Experience in law enforcement training at WSCJTC, other law enforcement training programs, or in higher education
  • Ability to demonstrate proficiency in widely used and contemporary computer based applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and with little or no direct supervision
  • Strong team building and leadership skills
  • Strong communication and problem solving skills


  • Previous experience as a TAC Officer at the WSCJTC or similar work experience
  • Experience with Field Training Officer (FTO) and Police Training Officer (PTO) programs
  • Instructor Development Certification
  • First level supervisor experience (examples: sergeant, supervisor, manager).
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in a related area
  • Successful completion of the Blue Courage Course.
  • Experience with instruction of verbal de-escalation skills.
  • Understanding of and/or experience with WSCJTC protocols and chain of command.
  • Recent experience with curricular concepts of Basic Training Division.
  • Familiarity with WA State purchase and procurement procedures.

The successful candidate should also have the following knowledge, skills, and, abilities: Knowledge of:

  • The criminal justice system
  • Adult learning styles and principals
  • Training and instruction principles, content, and methodology
  • Curriculum development
  • WSCJTC agency mission, goals, and objectives
  • Problem solving: analysis and strategies
  • Federal, state, and local laws; ordinances and regulations
  • State, county, and municipal criminal justice agencies
  • Cultural diversity Supplemental Information

Compensation: This position pays $4,109 to $5,385 monthly in Washington General Service Pay Range 56. Benefits include state retirement plans; deferred compensation; 11 paid holidays annually; paid vacation and sick leave; and an array of health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. For information on state employee benefits, see www.pebb.hca.wa.gov. The position is in a Washington Federation of State Employees bargaining unit, with mandatory dues.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: New1

Department: Criminal Justice Training Commission

Closing: 10/31/2016 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $4,109.00 - $5,385.00 Monthly

Location: King County – Burien, WA