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U.S. Probation Officer

Company: U.S. Courts
Location: Denver
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Summary NOTE: Please DO NOT USE THE USA Jobs "Apply" button because this does NOT link to our employment application website. For information and details regarding this position, visit the District of Colorado employment website at to view the vacancy announcement and apply for the position.This job is being filled at many locations nationwide. Click through to Avue to select the specific location(s) for which you are interested in applying. Responsibilities REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES These representative duties are intended to provide generalized examples of duties and responsibilities that may be performed by the position, but this list is not intended to reflect all duties that may be performed. -Conduct investigations and prepare reports for the court with recommendations, which requires interviewing offenders/defendants and their families, as well as collecting background data from various sources. An integral part of this process is the interpretation and application of policies and procedures, statutes, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures, and may include U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, Guide to Judiciary Policy (including Volume 8 (Probation and Pretrial Services)), and relevant case law. Track legal developments, and update staff and the court. -Enforce court-ordered supervision components and implement supervision strategies. Maintain personal contact with defendants and offenders. Investigate employment, sources of income, lifestyle, and associates to assess risk and compliance. Address substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and similar problems and implement the necessary treatment or violation proceedings, through assessment, monitoring, and counseling. -Schedule and conduct drug use detection tests and DNA collection of offenders/defendants, following established procedures and protocols. Maintain paper and computerized records of test results. Maintain chain of custody of urinalysis testing materials. Respond to judicial officers request for information and advice. Testify in court as to the basis for factual findings and (if warranted) guideline applications. Serve as a resource to the court. Maintain detailed written records of case activity. May conduct surveillance and/or search and seizure at the direction of the court. -Investigate and analyze financial documents and activities and take appropriate action. Interview victim(s) and provide victim impact statements to the court. Ensure compliance with Mandatory Victims Restitution Act. Responsible for enforcement of home confinement conditions ordered by the court, and in some districts may perform home confinement reintegration on behalf of the Bureau of Prisons.-Analyze and respond to any objections. This may include resolving disputed issues and presenting unresolved issues to the court for resolution. Assess offenders/defendants level of risk and develop a blend of strategies for controlling and correcting risk management.-Communicate with other organizations and persons (such as the U.S. Parole Commission, Bureau of Prisons, law enforcement, treatment agencies, and attorneys) concerning offenders/defendants behavior and conditions of supervision. Identify and investigate violations and implement appropriate alternatives and sanctions. Report violations of the conditions of supervision to the appropriate authorities. Prepare written reports of violation matters and make recommendations for disposition. Testify at court or parole hearings. Conduct Parole Commission preliminary interviews. Guide the work of staff providing administrative and technical assistance to officers. Knowledge of, and compliance with, the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees and court confidentiality requirements. Ability to consistently demonstrate sound ethics and judgment.The incumbent promotes community safety, gathers information, supervises defendants/offenders, interacts with collateral agencies, prepares reports, conducts investigations, and presents recommendations to the court. An officer may guide the work of other staff. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE First-time appointees for this position must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Applicants age 37 or older who have previous law enforcement experience in the Federal Employees Retirement System or Civil Service Retirement System, and who have either a subsequent break in service or intervening service in a non-law enforcement officer position may have their previous law enforcement officer experience subtracted from their age to determine whether they meet the maximum age requirement. Retirement is mandatory at age 57.MEDICAL & BACKGROUND REQUIREMENTSThe duties of probation officers require the investigation and management of alleged offenders or convicted offenders who present physical danger to officers and to the public. In the supervision, treatment, and control of these offenders, these duties require moderate to arduous physical exercise, including prolonged periods of walking and standing, physical dexterity and coordination necessary for officer safety, and use of self-defensive tactics. On a daily basis, officers face unusual mental and physical stress because they are subject to danger and possible harm during frequent, direct contact with individuals who are charged with criminal offenses or convicted of committing federal offenses.The medical requirements for law enforcement officer positions are available for public review on under Officer and Officer Assistant Medical Requirements. Prior to appointment, the selectee considered for this position will undergo a medical examination and a drug screening. Upon successful completion of the medical examination and drug screening, the selectee may be appointed provisionally, pending a favorable suitability determination by the court once the ten-year, high-sensitive background investigation is completed. In addition, as conditions of employment, incumbent will be subject to ongoing random drug screening, updated background investigations every five years, and as deemed necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent fitness-for-duty evaluations. Transfers from another district are not required to undergo a medical examination, drug testing, or the background investigation; however,all applicable records for the background reinvestigation apply. Also, at the Chiefs discretion, the most recent investigation/reinvestigation report completed on behalf of the officer may be examined. Qualifications All probation officer positions require completion of a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in a field of academic study, such as criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, or business or public administration, which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations skills involved in the position.TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS:COURT PREFERRED SKILLS Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate the following: Three years specialized experience with an emphasis in field of case management related to probation, pretrial services and/or parole. This includes preparing presentence reports for the court and/or supervising clients/offenders in the community. Supervision experience should include knowledge of evidence-based practices in community corrections, including, but not limited to, risk assessment, risk-based supervision, and cognitive behavioral treatment. Preference may also be given to those who can effectively communicate in Spanish.SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCEProgressively responsible experience gained after completion of a bachelor's degree, in such fields as probation, pretrial services, parole, corrections, criminal investigations, or work in substance/addiction treatment. Experience as a police, custodial, or security officer, other than any criminal investigative experience, is not addition to meeting education requirements, applicants must also have the following: CL-25 One year of specialized experience equivalent to work at the CL-23; or Completion of the requirements for a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university and one of the following superior academic achievement requirements: An overall B grade point average equaling 2.90 or better of a possible 4.0; Standing in the upper third of the class; 3.5 average or better in the major field of study, such as business or public administration, human resources management, industrial relations, or psychology; Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma XI, or one of the National Honorary Scholastic Societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies, other than Freshman Honor Societies; or Completion of one academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of graduate work in a field of study closely related to the position. CL-27 Two years of specialized experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the CL-25; or Completion of a masters degree in a field of study closely related to the position, or a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, CL-28 Two years of specialized experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the CL-27. Education EDUCATION:All probation officer positions require completion of a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in a field of academic study, such as criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, or business or public administration, which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations skills involved in the position. Additional Information CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENTMust be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident seeking U.S. citizenship. Employees are required to use electronic funds transfer for payroll deposit. The Court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct as well as specific employee policies and performance expectations. The Court reserves the right to cancel/and or modify this position announcement as needed.TRAINING Probation officers receive extensive local training and are required to successfully complete a six-week intensive national training program at the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Training Academy in Charleston, South Carolina.

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