Pretrial/Probation Officer

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Pretrial/Probation Officer

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Description

This is a specialized position which provides supervision and case management to pretrial defendants and local probationers who have been referred through the Courts or other Judicial Officers. Incumbents coordinate directly with General District and Circuit Court judges, their staffs, and other officers of the court. Probation/Pretrial officers coordinate with local police and other senior representatives of local and state governmental agencies.

Examples of Duties

The requirements for this position include, but are not limited to, those outlined below.  All job qualifications and physical requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the job.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise.  It is the employer’s discretion to add or change the duties or requirements of this position at any time.

Job Purpose:
Both probation and pretrial duties include managing cases, performing drug testing if ordered, reporting to Courts and other Officers of the Court either with verbal testimony or written reports, and strictly adhering to standard operating procedure and DCJS guidelines. Additionally, the incumbent maintains offender/defendant files and the computer database management system.   Weekly and monthly statistic reporting is required.  The incumbent must develop positive relationships with Court officials and other local resource agencies and must perform all other duties as assigned.

Essential Duties: 
The requirements for this position include, but are not limited to, those outlined below. All job functions, education and experience, general knowledge and abilities, and physical requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the job. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise. It is the employer’s discretion to add or change the duties or requirements of this position at any time.

  • Supervises offenders placed on local probation supervision.
  • Assigns community service responsibilities, monitors offender progress, researches and directs treatment referrals, and ensures any other court-ordered directives are accomplished.
  • Establishes payment schedules, and collects, documents, and disburses program fees, restitution and court costs.
  • Provides written reports, verbal court testimony regarding offender status, including, but not limited to, show cause hearings, probation violation hearings, and successful closures to Courts.
  • Supervises all cases in accordance with Evidence-Based Practices, and oversees procedures and standards promulgated by the Local Probation Agency and DCJS.
  • Monitors and supervises compliance of defendants awaiting final disposition in accordance with departmental guidelines and court-ordered conditions. 
  • Provides guidance and resources related to substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment and other services as deemed necessary.
  • Maintains compliance with program standards and issues of community safety.
  • Functions as the Pretrial Investigator, and works closely with the Courts, NRADC and the Magistrate’s office. 
  • Determines which inmates will be seen by video arraignment and which will be transported to the court for bail hearings.
  • Completes all necessary paperwork for arraignment, including assessing risk level, and makes recommendations to the courts concerning bail. 
  • Facilitates the ODCS Diversion Program which assists eligible inmates in being released on bail. 
  • Adheres to policy and effective verbal and written communication skills are needed.

Equipment Operated:
Routine office equipment, personal computer with DCJS software, NICC/VCIN Terminal, and motor vehicles

Working Conditions:
Work involves some degree of risk to personal safety in an inherently stressful environment. Walking, talking, stooping, kneeling, bending, reaching, and gripping. Incumbent may be required on occasion to move and lift up to 20 lbs. (boxes, files, etc.); work long periods at a desk.

Typical Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of the criminal justice processes including pre/post-trial supervision. Must be skilled in client and staff counseling techniques. Knowledge of the Department of Criminal Justice Service standards is preferred. The ability to write and prepare written reports is essential.  Strong computer skills are required.  The incumbent must possess knowledge of community resources related to social, economic, health and substance abuse problems.  The position requires public speaking and oral communications skills.  The ability to manage multiple tasks, analyze complex information, organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines is critical.  Ability to apply screening criteria to individuals, their offenses, and their personal backgrounds for the purposes of program selection is required.
 
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bi-lingual.Spanish and English;
  • highly proficient at Microsoft Office software.

Experience/Education:
Two years experience as a Case Officer or Counselor in a criminal justice or related field or applicable education.  Qualified candidates should have general knowledge of pretrial and probation programs and the criminal justice system.
 
Education:
Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course emphasis in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Corrections, Sociology or related field is required or applicable experience.  A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred.
 
Special Requirements:

  • Must maintain a telephone for emergency contact purposes;
  • Must be able to work irregular hours;
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license;
  • Must obtain and maintain all Criminal Justice Services mandated training as a Pretrial/Local Probation Officer in the State of Virginia;
  • Commuting to and from service area is required. Service area includes:  City of Winchester, Counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren counties; Incumbent will primarily work out of the one of the sub-offices, Front Royal, Woodstock or Luray and will report to the main office, Winchester, as needed;
  • Criminal history check, driving record screen, fingerprinting, pre-employment polygraph examination and periodic drug testing required;
  • No record of felony convictions and no record of misdemeanor convictions in the last 10 years.

Supplemental Information

Approximately 20 hours per week between the hours of 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday though Friday.

The County’s EEO Utilization Report has been available at www.fcva.us/jobs. 

 

 

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