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ProfileUnited States Probation Officer Duties: The candidate conducts presentence investigations and prepares presentence investigation reports for the Court. Interviews defendants, family members, case agents, and victims. Researches prior criminal records and calculates the federal sentencing guidelines. Answers objections to the presentence report when necessary. Makes well-reasoned sentencing recommendations to the Court. Notifies the court and the U.S. Attorney's office of any violations. Develops a supervision plan and maintains a detailed record of case activity. Supervises offenders to maximize adherence to imposed conditions, reduce risk to the community, and to provide correctional treatment. Develops and implements supervision plans. Maintains personal contact with offenders. Investigates employment, sources of income, life style and associates to assess risk and compliance. Through assessment and counseling, responsible for detection of substance abuse problems and implements the necessary treatment or violation proceedings of offenders. Refers offenders to appropriate outside agencies, such as medical and drug treatment facilities, and employment and training sources. Initiates contacts with, replies to, and seeks information from organizations and persons (i.e., U.S. 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 written reports on these violation matters, and makes recommendations for disposition. Testifies at court or parole hearings. Conducts preliminary interviews and other investigations, as required. Mandatory evenings and weekend work may be required for mission critical tasks. Some training and travel, including overnight stays is required. May be required to work more than 40 hours per week in order to meet job requirements and deadlines. Overtime pay is not authorized by the Judicial Conference of the US. Performs related duties and all other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: The candidate should preferably have completed an advanced degree from an accredited university.
For CL-26: The candidate must have 2 years of specialized experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the CL-25 level or completion of a Master's degree in a field of study closely related to the position, or a J.D. degree.
For CL-27: Same as above.
For CL-28: The candidate must have 2 years of specialized experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the CL-27.
Specialized Experience: Progressively responsible experience, gained after the 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 creditable.
Application Deadline: December 29, 2017.
Announcement Number: 2018-02. Apply online. No emails. Visit website for more information.