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Job – LDA CHOICES Instructor

LDA CHOICES Instructor
JD Effective: 12/21/15
Position Contract (Independent Contractor IRS 1099)
Supersedes: N/A


Position Summary

The Instructor is responsible for the coordination, planning, preparation, presentation, and evaluation of classroom instruction on life and social skills through its CHOICES program. The instructor is responsible for performing assigned duties during the day, evening, or weekend at the facilities of the King County Drug Court located in Seattle as assigned. At a minimum, the related activities include instruction, instructional counseling, and participating in LDA of WA (“LDA”) meetings as required. An instructor performs all other duties as directed by the LDA Board, or the Board’s designee. This is a part-time position.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

At a minimum, the essential functions of the instructor are to:

  • coordinate, plan, organize, and instruct courses in the day, evening, or on weekends at the facilities of the King County Drug Court in Seattle;
  • keep active at a high level of expertise in the subjects taught and stimulate enthusiasm for those subjects;
  • ensure that each program/class contains essential curricular components, has appropriate content and pedagogy, and maintains currency;
  • recommend textbooks and other instructional materials including classroom equipment to the LDA Board, or the Board’s designee;
  • assist in the enhancement of the CHOICES Program by evaluating, and recommending appropriate change to the curriculum;
  • teach all classes according to an approved course syllabus;
  • keep students informed and updated concerning course content, requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements;
  • keep students informed about their progress;
  • maintain accurate and complete records of class instruction, including attendance records;
  • submit failure to report, classroom behavior, and other documentation when appropriate, to King County Drug Court ;
  • file an appropriate course syllabus change when CHOICES Program material taught differs with the standard CHOICES Program syllabus to the LDA CHOICES Program manager;
  • conduct class evaluations and complete other evaluations in accordance with King County Drug Court policy;
  • ensure that assigned classes are held as scheduled;
  • participate in program and curriculum review and development as requested by the LDA Board;
  • plan each unit or lesson, both as to content and method, so that class instruction is informative and meaningful;
  • organize each CHOICES Program course taught into an effective instrument of learning;
  • study and utilize students’ learning styles in each class in order to facilitate the best teaching and learning situations;
  • incorporate instructional technologies in instructional delivery;
  • maximize the learning opportunities for each student;
  • keep informed of current trends and new approaches to instruction via professional development activities;
  • submit program budgets as necessary to the LDA of WA Board;
  • demonstrate a genuine concern for each student;
  • submit required reports to the appropriate King County Drug Court personnel and LDA of WA Board designee;
  • become thoroughly familiar with all pertinent King County Drug Court policies and procedures and comply with all policies and procedures.

Other Responsibilities

Assume other work related responsibilities as assigned by LDA.

Performance Evaluation

The Instructor’s job performance will be evaluated on an annual schedule by the LDA of WA Board.


The LDA CHOICES Instructor should have experience in conducting training or educational programs for individuals who are classified as troubled youth and adults. Experience in working with individuals with learning disabilities is preferred. Exposure to the judicial system, criminal justice environment, correctional system, prison system, or law enforcement would be beneficial.

Essential Characteristics

The successful candidate will be proficient in the following characteristics:

  • oral and written communication
  • reading and interpreting written communication
  • exhibiting emotional control and stability
  • ability to manage stress and to cope with difficult situations
  • computer operation and keyboarding skills
  • operating a motor vehicle
  • ascending and descending steps
  • ability to lift and move materials weighing up to twenty pounds
  • sit or stand for extended periods to time
  • bend, kneel, reach
  • utilize a telephone system
  • possess basic mathematical skills
  • operate a calculator, copier, fax machine, television, and VCR


Pre-Screening Requirements

King County Drug Court and Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention requires all persons seeking access into the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) facilities and those with contact with individuals in detention to have completed and passed a complete Criminal History Reference Check before providing services. DAJD requires a complete Criminal History Reference Check be conducted on an annual schedule.

Individuals seeking this position need to be aware that the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention Criminal History Reference Check includes all information concerning your work record, your reputation and your arrest history. Information of a confidential and privileged nature may be included in the background check.

King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention require this information to assist the department in determining your qualifications, suitability and fitness for interacting with inmates and detainees, including at-risk youth, and access to the King County Adult and Juvenile Detention secure facilities.

NOTE: Physical characteristics indicate standard functions for essential job tasks, but are not intended to limit the applicant pool. We welcome all, regardless of race, age, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran status, marital status, or any protected class, including disabled applicants who can perform required functions with reasonable accommodations.