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United States Probation Officer Duties: The candidate, as an investigative, sentencing and supervision professional, is responsible for providing meaningful assistance to the court in its deliberations and decisions concerning criminal offenders, and ensuring public safety through the monitoring and supervision of offenders placed under supervision by the court, the US Parole Commission or military authorities. Prepares pretrial bail reports and pretrial diversion investigation reports. Conducts NCIC and related arrest history and background information inquiries through national, state and local databases. Visits local law enforcement and court agencies to collect record information. Conducts investigations and prepares reports for the court with recommendations for sentencing of individuals convicted of federal offenses, through the use of a fully automated and computerized system. The preparation of these reports requires interviewing offenders and their families, investigating the offense, prior record and financial status of the defendant, and contacting law enforcement agencies, attorneys, victims of the crimes, schools, churches, and civic organizations. The purpose of these activities is to ascertain the defendant's background, to assess the probability of future criminal behavior and determine profit from the offense, restitution, and the defendant's ability to pay fines and costs of prosecution, incarceration and cost of supervision. An integral part of this process is the interpretation and application of the US Sentencing Commission guidelines and relevant case law. Following disclosure of the pre-sentence report to the parties, the officer analyzes any objections and determines an appropriate course of action. Such actions include resolving disputed issues and/or presenting unresolved issues to the court for resolution. Presents pre-sentence report and sentencing recommendations to the court. Responds to judicial officer's request for information & advice. Testifies as to the basis for factual findings and guideline applications. Serves as resource to the court to facilitate proper imposition of sentence. Supervises offenders to maximize adherence to imposed conditions, reduce risk to the community, and to provide correctional treatment. Collects and conducts urine screens on defendants and offenders as needed. Testifies upon request in court. Maintains personal contact with offenders through office and community visits, and by telephone. Investigates employment, sources of income, lifestyle and associates to assess risk and compliance. Responsible for detection of substance abuse and, through assessment and counseling, implements the necessary treatment or violation proceedings of appropriate offenders. Refers offenders to appropriate outside agencies such as medical and drug treatment facilities, employment and training agencies. Initiates contacts with, replies to, and seeks information from, organizations and persons such as the US Parole Commission, Bureau of Prisons, and attorneys concerning offenders' behavior and conditions of supervision. Detects and investigates violations and implements appropriate alternatives and sanctions. Reports violations of the conditions of supervision to the appropriate authorities. Prepares reports, which may include application of US Sentencing Commission revocation guidelines. Makes recommendations for disposition. Testifies at court or parole hearings. Conducts preliminary interviews and other investigations as required. Maintains a detailed written record of case activity.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: The candidate should have a Bachelor's 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. Must have the capacity to understand and apply legal requirements and human relations skills.
For CL-25: The candidate must have 1+ year of progressively responsible experience, gained after completion of a Bachelor's degree.
For CL-27: The candidate must have 2+ years of progressively responsible experience, gained after completion of a Bachelor's degree.
Progressively responsible experience is considered to be work in such fields as probation, pretrial services, parole, corrections, criminal investigations, or work in substance abuse/addiction treatment. Experience as a police, custodial, or security officer, other than any criminal investigative experience, is not creditable.
Preferred Qualifications: 3 years of progressively responsible experience (as described above), gained after completion of a Bachelor's degree. Knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and other Windows based computer applications.
Educational Substitutions: Completion of a Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university and one of the following requirements may be substituted for 1 year of specialized experience: An overall "B" grade point average equaling 2.90 or better of a possible 4.0 Standing in the upper third of the class OR a "B+" (3.5) average or better in the major field of study, such as criminal justice, psychology, business or public administration, sociology or human relations OR 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 equates to one year of specialized experience. Completion of a Master's degree in a field of study closely related to the position, or a J.D. degree, equates to 2 years of specialized experience.
Application Deadline: April 25, 2018.
Announcement Number: 2018-PR-01. Apply online. No emails. Visit website for more information.
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