Senior Juvenile Probation Officers are responsible for providing case management and community supervision to court-ordered youth and their families. The Senior Probation Officer provides direction as youth are assigned to supervision and connected to services, supports, and programs based on their risk to re-offend. The goal is to promote positive outcomes for youth and families through appropriate interventions that reduce youth risk to re-offend and increase community safety.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
- Interviews offenders to obtain and verify personal, social and delinquent/criminal histories; evaluates information and offenders' attitude toward offense to determine community risk, frequency of client contact and identify needs.
- Determines appropriate methods of addressing offender problems and needs based on nature and complexity of problems, offender's stability and available community resources.
- Develops and implements case supervision/treatment plans outlining goals and objectives to be accomplished and the methods and techniques to be used.
- Monitors offenders' activities to ensure compliance with the conditions of probation and parole through field visits, office appointments and telephone contact.
- Investigates possible probation and parole violations; may request warrant for arrest, search or seizure; may assist law enforcement officials in executing warrant.
- Attends hearings to answer questions, make recommendations and presents progress reports.
- Prepares narrative reports describing probation/parole violations, progress, evaluations and recommendations for case disposition.
- Prepares and updates a variety of records and files.
- Contacts offenders and their families, the courts, Board of Parole, various state institutions, community resources, mental health facilities and employers to ensure that offenders comply with the conditions of probation and/or parole and that they receive services, e.g., drug counseling, employment and family counseling, and related services.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Senior Probation and Parole Officer
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
- Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Behavioral or Social Science or related field.
- Three years experience in case management which includes assessing, planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating options and services to meet an individuals human service needs.
- Six months experience in probation and parole work which includes motivating and ensuring offenders comply with terms of court imposed probation or conditions of release from a correctional facility including arrests and searches.
- Six months experience in conducting investigations which includes conducting interviews to obtain confidential information, gathering evidence and documenting findings.
- Six months experience in providing testimony before boards, commissions, administrative bodies or court officials.
- Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
- Six months experience in narrative report writing.
- Knowledge of staff training.
- Possession of a valid Driver’s License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).
Conditions of Hire
Candidates must complete an eight-week Probation and Parole Officer basic training course. This course work is administered by the Department of Correction at the Employee Development Center. Coursework includes physical, classwork, and hands-on training. Instruction is provided in the areas of offender supervision, defensive tactics, legal issues, weapons, and emergency medical training.
Criminal background check: A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire. The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.
Pre-employment Drug Testing: Upon a conditional offer, you must undergo pre-employment drug testing as part of the hiring process.
This position is a classification organized under an exclusive bargaining representative (labor organization). The candidate selected for this position shall be asked to join and pay dues to the labor organization or may, decline joining the labor organization and not pay dues or a fee. The labor organization has been elected by employees as their representative for collective bargaining and other work related purposes.
The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position. It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties. For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content. Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.
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