Juvenile Services – Probation Officer
Department: Juvenile Division
Reports To: Agency Director and Circuit Judge
Location: Baxter County Courthouse
Date Prepared: January 22, 2018
Date Revised: May 02, 2018
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION
Pursuant to Court orders and contracts:
Conduct meetings with the juvenile and his/her parents/guardians. Assess and monitor juveniles’ behavior and activities during their probation periods. Monitor for compliance with all court orders directed by the Court or contract agreed upon such as: curfew, school attendance; community service; apology letters; counseling; and payment of restitution, fees and fines. Meet at least once per month with each client and his/her parents/guardians. Maintain state mandated data base and perform state required assessment surveys to meet statute requirements.
Conduct home checks as necessary and/or oversee Intensive Supervision Officers’ checks on juveniles to ensure compliance with curfew and that appropriate supervision is being provided for the juvenile by the parent/guardian.
Review electronic monitoring reports to ensure juveniles= compliance. Perform drug test on juvenile and/or parents as necessary and/or ordered by the court.
Identify and facilitate appropriate out of home placements; i.e. Civilian Student Training Program, Job
Corp., Division of Youth Services, host homes, group homes, treatment programs, etc.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Investigate new referrals from law enforcement offices, schools, mental health agencies and the general public of juveniles on supervision. Assist law enforcement immediately following juvenile arrests.
2. Conduct intensive interviews with juveniles and family members in order to compile a family background/social history. Maintain documentation on the probationer’s office visits, home visits, school visits and classes and meetings ordered by the Court. Prepare and present reports to the Court as needed.
3. Facilitate placement on an emergency basis for juveniles who are homicidal, suicidal or gravely endangering themselves or others.
4. Provide truancy, behavior and discipline assistance to the public and private schools in Baxter
County, as well as assisting with identification of an at-risk youth in need of preventive services.
5. Respond to calls as necessary on an on-call rotation basis with other Juvenile Officers.
6. Attend, provide information for, and participate in court proceedings involving first appearances, arraignments, hearings and trials.
7. Prepare court reports and affidavits on matters filed for court.
8. Ensure court petitions, summons, subpoenas and probable cause affidavits, etc. are prepared precisely and accurately for the Prosecuting Attorney.
9. Coordinate services with community agencies such as Department of Human Services, mental health agencies and counseling agencies.
10. Assess crisis situations and make recommendations to solve immediate problems.
11. Enter data into state mandated database and assessment survey in a timely manner.
12. Transport, as necessary, juveniles and family members to school, meetings, family visits, facility placements, etc.
13. Conduct abode searches with law enforcement as needed.
14. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of local, state and regional resources available for assisting juveniles and their families.
15. Attend public forums.
16. Attain and maintain juvenile officer certification as required by the State.
17. Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Broad knowledge of such fields as accounting, marketing, business administration, finance, etc.
Equivalent to a four year college degree, plus 3 years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to effectively communicate information and respond to questions in person-to-person and small group situations with customers, clients, general public and other employees of the organization.
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and policy/procedure manuals; Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of known variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram formats.
REQUIRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Not indicated.
PREFERRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Not indicated.
SOFTWARE SKILLS REQUIRED
Basic: Alphanumeric Data Entry, Spreadsheet, Word Processing/Typing
INITIATIVE AND INGENUITY
Under direction where a definite objective is set up and the employee plans and arranges own work, referring only unusual cases to supervisor.
Considerable responsibility with regard to general assignments in planning time, method, manner, and/or sequence of performance of own work; may also occasionally assist in the planning of work assignments performed by others within a limited area of operation.
Performs work operations which permit frequent opportunity for decision-making of minor importance and also frequent opportunity for decision-making of major importance; the latter of which would affect the work operations of other employees and/or clientele to a moderate degree.
Very close mental demand. Operations requiring very close and continuous attention for control of operations which require a high degree of coordination or immediate response. Operations requiring intermittent direct thinking to determine or select the most applicable way of handling situations regarding the organization’s administration and operations; also to determine or select material and equipment where highly variable sequences are involved.
ANALYTICAL ABILITY / PROBLEM SOLVING
Moderately directed. Activities covered by wide-ranging policies and courses of action, and generally directed as to execution and review. High order of analytical, interpretative, and/or constructive thinking in varied situations.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR WORK OF OTHERS
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include but not limited to interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Supervises a small group (1-3) of employees in the same or lower classification. Assigns and checks work; assists and instructs as required, but performs same work as those supervised, or closely related work, most of the time. Content of the work supervised is of a non-technical nature and does not vary in complexity to any great degree.
Supervises the following departments: Not indicated.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR FUNDS, PROPERTY and EQUIPMENT
Occasionally responsible for organization’s property where carelessness, error, or misappropriation
would result in moderate damage or moderate monetary loss to the organization. The total value for the above would range from $150,000 to $1,000,000.
Probable errors would not likely be detected until they reached another department, office or patron, and would then require considerable time and effort to correct the situation. Frequently, possibility of error that would affect the organization’s prestige and relationship with the public to a limited extent, but where succeeding operations or supervision would normally preclude the possibility of a serious situation arising as a result of the error or decision.
FREEDOM TO ACT
Directed. Freedom to complete duties as defined by wide-ranging policies and precedents with mid to upper-level managerial oversight.
ANNUAL MONETARY IMPACT
The amount of annual dollars generated based on the job’s essential duties / responsibilities.
Examples would include direct dollar generation, departmental budget, proper handling of organization funds, expense control, savings from new techniques or reduction in manpower.
Very small. Job creates a monetary impact for the organization up to an annual level of $100,000.
IMPACT ON END RESULTS
Moderate impact. Job has a definite impact on the organization’s end results. Participates with others in taking action for a department and/or total organization.
Regular contacts with patrons where the contacts are initiated by the employee. Involves both furnishing and obtaining information and, also, attempting to influence the decisions of those persons contacted. Contacts of considerable importance and of such nature, that failure to exercise proper judgment may result in important tangible or intangible losses to the organization.
Contacts with other departments or offices and also frequently with individuals in middle level positions; consulting on problems which necessitate judgment and tact in presentation to obtain cooperation or approval of action to be taken. Also, important contacts with associates as required in advanced supervisory jobs.
USE OF MACHINES, EQUIPMENT AND/OR COMPUTERS
Regular use of complex machines and equipment (desktop/laptop computer and software, road and production machines and equipment, driver’s license/cdl, etc.)
Disagreeable working conditions. Continuously exposed to several elements such as, noise, intermittent standing, walking; and occasional pushing, carrying, or lifting.
The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.
Moderate diversity, low physical. Work activities which allow for a moderate amount of diversity in the performance of tasks which are not as varied as those positions with high-level diversity and decision- making.
While performing the functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, talk or hear; and occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision; and color vision.
- * City, County and State law enforcement personnel
- * Mental health professionals
- * County school district administrators and other personnel
- * Juvenile clients and their parents/guardians
- * Department of Human Services personnel
- * Placement facilities personnel; state and nationwide
- * Prosecuting Attorney, Public Defenders and Attorney ad Litem
- * Adult Probation Officers
- * Interstate Compact personnel
- * School Resource Officers
Satisfactory performance will be achieved when:
A. All juveniles are held responsible and accountable for their actions.
B.Goals are implemented to assist the juvenile to become an educated, law abiding citizen.
C.Juveniles are monitored on a consistent basis to ensure court orders are obeyed.
D.Confidentiality is strictly maintained.
E.Case documentation in complete and accurate.
F.Appropriate referrals are made for juveniles and their families.
A.Education: Degree in Behavioral Sciences.
B.Certification: Juvenile Officer Certification within one year of employment.
C.Experience: Law enforcement, juvenile services or counseling experience.
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Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $12.58 to $15.73 /hour
- relevant: 3 years (Required)
- Juvenile Officer Certification (Preferred)
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Retirement plan
- Paid time off
- Bi weekly or Twice monthly
- Weekends required
- Holidays required