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.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA's listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of human behavior.
Knowledge of the interviewing methods and techniques used in eliciting and evaluating sensitive information from persons of various socio-economic backgrounds.
Knowledge of the social, psychological and economic causes of behavior deviations.
Knowledge of casework principles and practices.
Knowledge of effective communications.
Knowledge of the means of establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
Knowledge of record keeping practices and procedures.
Ability to recognize symptoms of maladjustment and determine necessity of referral to appropriate community resources.
Ability to relate to various backgrounds and levels of educational development and expression.
Ability to apply the principles, theories, methods and techniques of individual, group, and family counseling when working with offenders.
Ability to apply casework principles and practices to the preparation of treatment plans and management of varied caseload.
Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency situations and act in an appropriate manner.
In addition to the above Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, the Senior Probation and Parole Officer requires:
Skill in evaluating clients and determining need for referrals to appropriate community resources.
Skill in conducting investigations.
Skill in casework principles and practices.
Ability to provide training and technical guidance to professional employees.
Ability to review the work of professional staff to ensure consistent application of casework principles and conformance to agency policies and procedures.
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).