Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court Coordinator

3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #357
Thursday, May 5, 2022
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Closes:   June 2, 2022 @ 8:59 p.m. PST

Department:  Community, Youth and Family Services
Reports To:    Division Manager
Hours:            40 Hours/Week - Full Time
Salary:           Based on Salary Matrix + Benefits*

*Salaries are market competitive. For accurate salary information, call (253) 573-7863 or email jobs@puyalluptribe-nsn.gov.  

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians provides a generous benefits package that includes employer paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a retirement/401(k) plan with profit sharing, paid holidays, and paid time off including birthday leave.

Note: Grant Funded

Position Summary:

The Project Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of developing and implementing an innovative Puyallup Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court (JHWC). The Project Coordinator will work directly with internal tribal agencies and the Tribal Court System on an ongoing basis to create and enhance the JHWC program and policies for service delivery, in an effort to increase public safety and community wellness.


JHWC will be a new program designed for youth in early contact with the justice system and/or at risk of being arrested for low-level non-violent violations due to behavioral health and substance abuse issues, including opioid misuse.  Participants will engage with community-based case management and wellness resources. The Project Coordinator will work under the direction of the Children and Youth Services Director (or designee) to cooperatively develop and implement case plans that promote sobriety and positive mental health; and reduce the number of youth adjudicated in the general court system, including enhanced diversion activities.  The JHWC system development will integrate effectively with similar emerging services, including a Family Healing to Wellness Court.  The Coordinator will engage closely with cultural practices such as GONA and Healing of the Canoes to reduce harm to the individual and the community.  A team approach will be utilized and may include judges, attorneys, probation, law enforcement, treatment providers, educational and vocational services, and other partners. In addition, the Coordinator will engage directly with tribal elders, traditional healers, and other culturally-appropriate resources to promote participants’ healing and reintegration into the tribal community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

With direction and support from key Tribal entities, including Court Administrator and Puyallup Family Wellness Court team, over an approximate five year grant period, develop and policies, procedures, protocols and systems required to implement a Puyallup Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court.  As the JHWC services are developed, the Coordinator will effectively integrate them with related tribal justice system development and service provision.  The outcome at the conclusion of the five year grant period will be a fully functioning JHWC grounded in Coast Salish cultural healing and JHWC evidence based “best practices”.  Development and implementation responsibilities include the following and other related duties as assigned:


  1. Facilitate JHWC Development team meetings and Operational Workgroup meetings.
  2. Coordinate with JHWC National and regional technical assistance providers, including the Bureau of Justice Assistance and existing "best practice" Juvenile Courts in similar tribal settings. 
  3. Coordinate directly with other involved tribal programs including Diversion, Tribal Court, and Culture Departments.
  4. Develop policies, procedures, protocols, systems and structures for clients assigned to drug court and the Puyallup Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court team
  5. Set up and participate in trainings and technical assistance provided to JHWC program members and key tribal partners, e.g., Chief Leschi Schools, Indian Education Programs, and Youth Activity Center.
  6. As required, participate in grant activities including grant reporting and data tracking.
  7. Provide leadership to demonstrate the effectiveness of the emerging JHWC practices, such as enhanced diversion by collecting appropriate data from the outset of program operations, in an effort to demonstrate program effectiveness and changes in services provided to tribal members through social and health service providers.
  8. Support gradual implementation of JHWC elements to ensure the strong functioning of the emerging JHWC and compliance with requirements.
  9. Remain current on JHWC developments by establishing relationships with other jurisdictions who have implemented Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts.
  10. Coordinate the development of media strategy, including protocols, for JHWC
  11. Develop the formal referral entry points and the legal processes for clients entering the JHWC;
  12. Develop the screening and eligibility requirements for clients assigned to JHWC;
  13. Develop process and performance measurement and evaluation metrics in electronic format and track and measure data for clients and wellness court progress.
  14. Establish a Puyallup Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court Policy and Procedure Manual and update as necessary.
  15. Refer to, collaborate with, and support case management providers, including an “At Risk” Youth Coordinator, Wrap-Around program, and Multidisciplinary Team or Child Protective Team members.
  16. Develop and maintain professional relationships with service providers to promote effective coordination of services for Case Managers and Program participants.
  17. Maintain program files and information regarding program utilization data.
  18. Ensure ongoing case management and consultation to JHWC individuals and families on the reservation or in the broader community to assist with compliance of the case plan utilizing goal setting, motivation and support.
  19. Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress with respect to treatment goals and collaborate with social workers, medical providers, and counselors to plan and coordinate treatment, drawing on social work experience and patient needs.
  20. Refer clients to needed community resources such as housing, vocational training, high school equivalency courses, family and parenting services, public assistance, mental and physical health services, or other treatment to assist in recovery following through to ensure service efficacy.
  21. Collect information and take detailed notes and update files for each meeting or appointment to document treatment and progress, note missed appointments, and document treatment milestones, and monitor compliance with existing court orders and report information to the Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court Team.
  22. Facilitate and participate in case plan development and diversion proceedings, such as “Elder’s Panel”, hearings or adjudications per individual case plans and emergent events.
  23. Maintain confidential information and ensure only those entitled to that information receive it.
  24. Conduct outreach at community events to raise awareness about the JHWC
  25. Must familiarize with the Puyallup Tribe Code including Children's Code. 
  26. Analyze operational procedures and develop or propose changes in policies and procedures, as necessary.
  27. Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) in Criminal Justice, Behavioral Health, Social Work, or a related field from an accredited college/University is required; and two or more years of significant related experience working in a supervisory or project management role.

Must possess a good understanding of facilitating meetings and leveraging community resources.


Language Skills

Employee must demonstrate the ability to interact tactfully and positively with Tribal members, all levels of staff and management.  Excellent meeting facilitation skills and the ability to explain new concepts and processes. 

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as percentages, ratios, and proportions and apply them to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to develop logical and creative solutions to problems and be counted on to make sound decisions. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Licenses or Certificates

Must submit to and be able to pass a criminal background check prior to employment and periodically throughout employment.

Must have a valid and unrestricted Washington State Driver’s License. Driver’s License must not contain any restrictions that would otherwise prevent an employee from driving a GSA vehicle.


Knowledge of criminal justice procedures, and the ability to communicate and function within these systems.

Commitment to the harm reduction philosophy and to working with marginalized people in a non-judgmental manner.

Strong knowledge of Native American culture and issues facing Native Americans.

Must ensure strict confidentiality of agency and client information.

Ability to work in a stressful job environment with difficult subject matter and to keep own emotions in check.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Requires the ability to operate a personal computer, multi-line telephone, calculator, facsimile and photocopier.
  • Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
  • The employee occasionally is required to stand and walk.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level is low to moderate.
  • The physical exertion is low to moderate.
  • Work may be performed outside of typical business hours.
  • Position has a high level of stress due to the sensitive and confidential issues being addressed.
  • Requires occasional travel using employee’s own transportation.
  • Some out-of-state travel will be required.


The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. 


Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law



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