Jefferson Knowles

Seeking a New Challenge/Opportunity

My Work Objective

I am pursuing the opportunities that will lead to full-time employment with organizations offering a  solid benefits package and steady work schedule, and a competitive salary.

Work History

Work History
Dec 2012 - Present

Batter Line Operator

McCain Foods

In this job, I control settings and manage temperature to apply batter to potato products.  I ensure the quality of the batter application, adherence to customer specifications and  plant good manufacturing processes (GMPs). 

Jul 2009 - Dec 2012

Psycho-social Rehabilitation Specialist

A+ Solutions Counseling

This job is about helping those with mental illness or developmental disabilities learn to make the most of their individual strengths, cope better and become more independent at home and in the community.  In this job I provide services to adult and child clients.


Feb 2007 - Jun 2009

Foster Resource Home Specialist

Catholic Charities

As a Resource Home Specialist, I assisted people who wanted to be foster parents in becoming licensed by the State of Arizona, trained them and provided the support that was needed to help kids be successful in their homes.

I completed my bachelor's degree while working full-time with this agency.

Sep 2006 - Feb 2007

Family Support Specialist Supervisor

AmeriPsych Inc.

As the FSS Supervisor, I briefly ran the branch's business office, while supervising 7 full-time employees. The Family Support Specialist provides transportation and visit supervision for children in CPS custody and their bio-parents.

Jul 2005 - Jul 2006

Detention Officer

Navajo County Sheriff's Office

I worked in a 400 bed adult detention facility, which housed inmates with security classification from general population to super maximum.

Did intakes and provided physical security within the housing areas.

I was the the Honor Graduate of my AZ Corrections Officer Training Academy class 730.

Aug 2003 - Jul 2005

Youth Careworker

Coconino Juvenile Detention

This detention center was run on a therapeutic model. My duties were as follows:

Intake of the juvenile offender, supervising juveniles during classroom instruction and teaching class when necessary, coaching recreational activities and long muscle conditioning, daily cell searches, providing informal counseling.  Ensuring the safety and security of the juvenile offender while in custody.


Aug 2008

Bachelor of Elective Studies - Major: Community Psychology  Minor: Existentialist Philosophy

St. Cloud State University

I graduated in August of 2008 while working full-time with Catholic Charities.

May 1988

High School Diploma

Walker-Hackensack High School


1985 - 1996

Army Reserve/MN National Guard

Enlisted as a private before graduating MN Military Academy (State OCS) and becoming a commissioned Ordnance officer. Honorably discharged as a 2nd Lieutenant.

Infantry, Artillery Forward Observer, Airborne, Air Assault, Light Fighters Academy, Combat Leaders Course 

Last Duty Post: Platoon Leader - E Company (Missile maintenance)  434th Main Support Battalion, 34th Infantry Division.