Washington State Cadre Team Member in Bremerton, Washington


*An exciting opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Washington's youth! *

Cadre Team Members are responsible for providing highly-regimented structure, discipline, and training to the student/cadet corps on a 24/7 basis. Cadre team members must be available for all days and shifts.


The Washington Youth Academy (WYA) is part of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP). Established under authority of both federal and state law, the WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential program for 16-18 year olds who have either dropped out of high school or are at risk of not graduating from high school.

To learn more about the Youth ChalleNGe Program and the Washington Military Department visit http://mil.wa.gov/youth-academy.


Provides direction and guidance to cadet participants as they undergo daily training plans and programs designed to provide a high level of regimentation (military structure), discipline, and redirection to the student cadet corps on a 24/7 basis.

Implements daily program activities to include conducting cadet inspections and unit formations, reviewing/directing minor disciplinary actions involving members of the cadet corps, rating cadet performance, etc.

Continuously promotes teamwork and fosters a positive and supportive learning environment for cadet participants.

Makes recommendations regarding training and strategic planning. Ensures safety and security during all activities and phases of the WYA program.

Responds immediately and effectively to any Cadet conflicts and administers appropriate corrective/disciplinary intervention within authorized authority and guidance from the Cadre Supervisor and Commandant.

Routinely participates with cadets in physical fitness, calisthenics, running, competitive sports, marching and drill/ ceremony.

Participates in planning, coordination, and set-up of special events including in-processing, visitor days, cadet 42 hour passes, mentor training set-up, graduation, exercises, etc. Conducts and participates in other duties as assigned.



High school graduation or GED equivalent and two years of experience working with at-risk youth or related experience such as youth services, social services, military, education or law enforcement.

Two years of college may be substituted for one year of required experience.

Note: Must possess a valid Washington State driver's license, be qualified to drive a state vehicle and obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) endorsement if required to accomplish program requirements.



Working with at-risk youth.

A teacher/instructor/coach with an understanding of teaching techniques and learning processes.

Knowledge of:

Military drill and ceremony.

Military customs / courtesies.

Basic first aid and emergency medical care.

Skills / Abilities:

Assign, guide, coach and train one or more team members while performing similar work. Interview juveniles and family members to obtain and clarify information and explain procedures and expectations.

Work effectively with at-risk youth who may have social, economic, emotional or behavioral issues.

Make sound decisions and remain calm under stressful situations.

Identify and manage manipulative behavior that may be demonstrated by juveniles.

Work effectively with a diverse group of at-risk youth, their parents/guardians, other members of the WYA staff, and community partners and stakeholders to achieve the goals of the individual students and the program as a whole.

Respond to emergency situations where a higher level of fitness may be critical to ensuring cadet safety or security.

Supplemental Information


You do not need to be a member of the Washington National Guard to apply for this position.

Washington State offers its employees a generous benefits package, including medical and dental coverage, life and disability insurance, retirement, as well as deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.



Must successfully complete a pre-employment personal history and criminal background check investigation, which includes fingerprinting. The background check is required for all employees of the Washington Youth Academy due to the nature of these positions (working with vulnerable youth) and the safety requirements of the job. Applicants are required to complete and sign a WMD Applicant Background and Disclosure Statement and a Waiver and Authority to Release Information Form. Candidates will not have access to any investigative materials and files.

Must be willing and able to participate in periodic background checks in accordance with department policy. Failure to successfully complete any required background check may be cause for termination.


Willing not to use or be in possession of illegal narcotics or controlled substances while on or off duty.

Willing and able to be free from excessive alcohol consumption.

Willing and able to pass drug testing requirements, including pre-employment (to include testing when employees change job classifications due to promotion or transfer or there is reasonable suspicion).

The WYA campus is a tobacco, alcohol, drug and weapons free facility. Weapons and alcohol are not permitted anywhere on campus including in employee vehicles. Use of tobacco products is not permitted anywhere within the confines of the Youth Academy or in the view of students when performing off campus duties and responsibilities.


Ability, willingness, desire and commitment to work with at-risk youth in a 24/7 highly structured residential setting requiring extensive interaction and contact with at-risk youth and parents who may be disgruntled, angry, disrespectful (use of profanity, name calling, etc.), depressed and at times confrontational.

Individuals working with at-risk youth in a residential setting are subject to safety and security surveillance.

Willing to work in and around military facilities and programs.


Must complete annual first aid and CPR training/re-certification.

Must be willing and able to periodically travel in and out of state for up to one week at a time.

Additionally, incumbent may be required to attend formal Youth Challenge staff training courses (up to one week each) and on the job training at another National Guard Bureau Youth Challenge Program (up to 2 weeks).

Must comply with Department policies and procedures governing workplace conduct.


Able to participate in and pass a pre-employment physical fitness and agility standardized test and annual re-certification tests thereafter, in accordance with program requirements. The assessment consists of the following:

  • Emergency Response Test
  • Physical Fitness Instruction/Demonstration Test
  • 15 minute continuous run without stopping, walking, or speed walking.

Candidates are encouraged to read the Physical Abilities Test Packet that provides a detailed explanation regarding the assessment. This can be found at http://mil.wa.gov/uploads/pdf/youth-academy/cadrephysicalfitnessassesment-pre-employment.pdf


Position is subject to shift work and incumbent must be willing to work beyond established core hours/days when necessary to accomplish program activities and requirements, including responding to emergency situations in a reasonable amount of time when they involve cadet health, safety, or security.


This position is covered by a union shop provision. Therefore, as a condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to become a member of the Washington Federation of State Employees, or arrange to pay that union a fee equivalent to its regular monthly dues. The union shop provision shall be effective the first day of the month following the employee's initial 30 days in this classification.


Individuals interested in applying for this position should select the "Apply" button and submit the following:

  1. A current application profile
  2. Response to the Supplemental Questionnaire
  3. A list of three professional references. Please include two past/current supervisors, one peer and/or one subordinate, if applicable. For each reference please include the following: Name, Professional Title, Working Relationship, Daytime Phone Number, and Email Address. If you have questions about the application process or this recruitment, please contact Patricia Acoba at patricia.acoba@mil.wa.gov or (360) 473-2622.

Please add info@governmentjobs.com to your email contacts to ensure emails sent to advise you of the status of your application do not get sent to your junk mailbox.


Recruitment Closes October 24, 2016 Physical Abilities Test & Interviews Conducted October 27, 2016 Anticipated Hire Date November 28, 2016

The Washington Military Department is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial, and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process , or those needing the job announcement in an alternative format, may call the Recruitment Section of State Human Resources, at (360) 473-2622 or Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at (253) 512-7298.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-10460

Department: Military Department

Closing: 10/24/2016 11:59 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: $2,792.00 - $3,627.00 Monthly

Location: Kitsap County – Bremerton, WA