SENIOR PROBATION OFFICER
Salary: $23.23 per hour ($48,318.40 annually)
Employment Status: Full-Time
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Supervisor – Criminal Justice Services
Civil Service Status: Classified
Work Schedule: 40 hours per week
Decision Band: C42
Department/Division: Criminal Justice Services
DISTINGUISHING JOB CHARACTERISTICS:
Supervises a specialized casebook of intensive or basic offenders with established problems and/or a lengthy record. Employee may occasionally have to travel out of state or county to return probation violators, and will respond to emergency situations during off-hours.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty listed below. Reasonable accommodations will be made for disabled persons, covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, in accordance with its requirements.
1. Supervises and monitors defendants/offenders granted intensive supervision by the court to ensure compliance with supervision terms and conditions, including court-ordered financial obligations. Meets with offenders on a scheduled and unscheduled basis to monitor offender behavior, discuss problems and issues, and monitor completion of required treatments and court ordered tasks. Maintains contact with treatment agencies to ensure offender attendance and participation in group treatment. Supervises specialized casebooks such as domestic violence, mental health, sex offenders, or chemically dependent and high-risk offenders and/or participates in specialized courts. Completes investigations/reports for the Court.
2. Prepares case plans and sets goals for offenders in accordance with conditions set by the Court. Identifies offender needs and makes referrals for assessment to the Court, mental health, substance abuse or other appropriate programs or persons for assistance. Structures a plan to enable offenders to be successfully terminated from supervision and establishes and maintains rapport with offenders to decrease and modify criminal and anti-social behaviors. Facilitates groups and counsels offenders regarding physical and emotional problems, employment, home environment, school, and other matters affecting behavior. Visits jails/prisons/community based corrections facilities/halfway houses/secured facilities to meet will offenders incarcerated on new charges, warrants or probation violations.
3. Makes home, collateral, and employment visits to verify offender address and employment and to monitor the offender’s home and lifestyle.
4. Conducts investigation and interviews with offenders, family members and associates to gather and produce information for completion of investigative reports. Provides documentation, progress reports and recommendations at court hearings to help the Judge assess status of supervision and to determine whether to continue supervision, incarcerate, institutionalize, or enhance sanctions.
5. Testifies in open court and makes recommendations. Attends revocation/violation, status, and other court hearings to provide input pertaining to the offender’s
6. Maintains records and documentation to record changes in address, employment and other matters. Issues “Order to Report” letters to inform offenders of missed appointments and provide new appointment date. Completes and proofs reports, then submits to Supervisor for
7. Conducts criminal record checks through Ohio Bureau of Investigation, FBI, and other agencies. Investigates offender background, and collects information pertaining to the offender’s family, employment, education, military service, and other matters to help assess the offender’s suitability for handling employment and other life issues, and also for determining potential problems and needs when monitoring the
8. Transports offenders to and from court, social service programs, and
9. Responds to and handles crisis calls from offenders, victims, family members, and
10. Processes offenders onto supervision, in accordance with accreditation standards, by completing appropriate forms and documents. Collects information from court of record and requires offender to sign appropriate documentation with regard to their
11. Schedules offenders for assessments if necessary and directs them to the office and officer to whom they report. Refers offenders to or observes and collects urinalysis samples to determine if offender is using illicit drugs/alcohol.
12. Updates Streettime website with urinalysis
13. Compiles statistical data reflecting number of offenders on supervision, terminations, warrants issued, transfers, and other information to assess day-to-day functioning of programs. Completes records including Offender Monitoring and Federal Statistics Forms. Prepares reports including Terminations from Supervision, Reinstatements to Supervision, Modification of Restitution, Jail-Time Credit, RC, Sealing of Record, Judicial Release, and other reports. Maintains accountability for accuracy and documentation of
14. Collects DNA samples from felony and selected misdemeanor offenders using a buccal swab
15. Conducts searches and seizures for contraband or stolen property and makes arrests when offender is in violation of supervision terms and conditions. Facilitates and/or prepares necessary documentation for the detention and/or arrest of the
16. Obtain certification in approved risk assessment tool (ORAS) and conduct assessments in a timely
17. May serve as backup for supervisor during vacations, sick leave, and other leaves. Proofs reports. Provides training to new staff as assigned and conducts case staffing with Probation Officers and Associate Probation Officers. Participates in interview process and makes recommendations for
18. Represents the Division of Criminal Justice Services within the community such as conferences, new intern, and volunteer
19. Complies with all Court and Departmental policies and
20. Other duties as
SCOPE OF SUPERVISION:
This position has no supervisory duties.
Vehicle, computer, telephone two-way radio, copier, fax machine, microfilm equipment, VCR, camera, PassPoint machine, breathalyzer, and other general office equipment.
CONTACTS WITH OTHERS:
Offenders/defendants; family members of offenders/defendants; victims; employers; attorneys; other Courts; Judges; bailiffs; law enforcement agencies; Children’s Services; treatment program agencies; Department of Human Services; general public.
Court records which include criminal records, psychological records, urinalysis records, military records, treatment recommendations, presentence investigation reports, Courtview records, mental health and chemical dependency assessments, and progress reports. Shall adhere to the Ohio Revised Code regarding confidentiality of probation records [149.43(A)].
Good working conditions when working in the office. When working in the field, the employee is exposed to conditions within probationer’s homes, employment and high-crime areas. Possibility of exposure to hepatitis and bloodborne disease from contact with offenders and urinalysis samples. Possible exposure to risk of injury from physical assault. Occasional exposure to inclement weather.
USUAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The following physical demands are typically exhibited by position incumbents performing this job’s essential duties and responsibilities. These physical demands are not, and should not be construed to be job qualification standards, but are illustrated to help the employer, employee and/or applicant identify tasks where reasonable accommodations may need to be made when an otherwise qualified person is unable to perform the job’s essential duties because of an ADA disability.
While performing duties of this job, the employee sits for extended periods of time and occasionally stands and walks. Job can involve operating and sitting in a vehicle for periods of time. Employee converses verbally with others in person and by telephone. Vision demands include normal vision requirements but can include viewing of a computer screen requiring close focus.
An appropriate combination of education, training, course work and experience may qualify an applicant to demonstrate required knowledge, skills, and abilities. An example of an acceptable qualification: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent training, experience or education in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, or related field and over three years’ experience as a Probation Officer, with experience, training, or certification dealing with high-risk offenders, including chemical dependency, sexual offenses, and serious mental health problems.
Ability to document identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of original appointment as a condition of employment in compliance with Immigration Reform and Control Act requirements.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS:
Knowledge of: High-risk/need offender behavior and treatment; counseling; chemical dependency; sex offender behavior; domestic violence; social work; corrections; Ohio Revised Code as it pertains to probation functions; court system procedures and processes; criminal justice system; community social service agencies and resources; universal precautions for control of bloodborne pathogens; Criminal Justice Services policies and procedures; community resources and programming.
Ability to: Maintain good public relations as a Court representative; establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and job contacts; establish rapport with high-risk/need offenders of various social and economic backgrounds; perform under stress when confronted with emergency, critical, unusual or dangerous situation; work with resistant clients; maintain confidentiality of sensitive information; establish caseload priorities.
Skill in: Interviewing probationers, victims and others; completing statistical and investigative reports; data input; operation of computer; application of job software programs; evidence-based safety; analyzing data and preparing behavior modification programs; listening.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT(S):
Valid Ohio driver’s license. If candidate does not possess an Ohio driver’s license, he/she has thirty (30) days from date of hire to obtain one.
You can obtain a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division, application at www.montcourt.oh.gov.
Applicants are required to complete the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division, application which must be received by Human Resources no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date.
Employment Eligibility Information:
In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, all persons hired after November 6, 1986, are required to present to the Court, within three (3) days of their original appointment, original documents which show satisfactory proof of: 1) identity and 2) U.S. Citizenship or a legal right to work permanently in the United States.
Drug Testing, Physical & Criminal Background Check:
Prior to any candidate being offered a position or promotion with the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division, they will be required to submit to a drug test (urinalysis) and physical at the Court s selected health care provider. Additionally, candidates being offered a position or promotion must pass a criminal background check.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
It is the policy of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division, that no person shall be subjected to employment discrimination because of age, race, color, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin.
The Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division, will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities during the application, examination or selection process, if requested. Please notify Human Resources at 937-225-6161 of the accommodations needed, preferably at the time of application, but no later than two days prior to the date needed.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT, GENERAL DIVISION BENEFITS
Vacation leave may be granted to full-time employees upon completion of one year of service with the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division. Twenty-six (26) bi-weekly pay periods in active status shall constitute one year of service.
All Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division employees are entitled to Paid Personal Leave/Long Term Sick Leave credit.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division, employees enjoy paid holidays.
Health Benefits/Medical Coverage:
All employees of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division, except part-time employees working 20 hours per week or less, employees hired for a temporary appointment, an interim appointment, or employees hired as substitutes, shall receive health benefits.
All benefit eligible employees of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division, receive a $50,000 basic life insurance policy paid by Montgomery County. Supplemental life insurance is available for purchase.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division, employees participate in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS). Employees contribute 10% of their salary; the Court contributes 14%.
The Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division, offers its employees an Employee Assistance Program, access to a credit union, a Deferred Compensation Program, a Wellness Program, and direct payroll deposit. This Position Description in no manner states or implies that these are the only duties and responsibilities to be performed by the employee filling this position. The employee may be required to follow additional instructions and perform other duties required by the employee’s supervisor or designee. The provisions of this Position Description do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provision contained in this Description may be modified or revoked without notice.