United States District Court Probation Office
Atlanta and Newman, GA
The United States District Court Probation Office has an immediate opening for U.S. Probation Officer Assistant. The Probation Officer Assistant serves in a judiciary law enforcement position under the direction and guidance of a probation officer or supervisor. The incumbent provides technical and administrative support to probation officers, primarily assisting with the supervision of low-risk cases, compiling information for investigations, coordinating with collateral agencies, drafting reports and correspondence, and performing similar duties.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Under the guidance of a probation officer, supervise a caseload of low-risk offenders requiring contact by telephone, in the office, and in the field. Investigate employment, sources of income, lifestyle, and associates to assess risk and determine compliance. Maintain case files and records, as well as detailed chronological records of activity.
- Conduct selected investigations as needed for pre-release/furlough, pre-sentencing, and bail reports; draft and submit selected reports, which may include placing telephone calls, making home/office contacts, and community/field contacts, as well as maintaining files and case records. Observe and report to supervisors on the lifestyle, personal problems, and needs of offenders/defendants.
- Assist probation officers in the performance of investigations, including: compiling criminal histories/profiles, running record checks through local and national databases and files, conducting inquiries with collateral agencies, and similar activities. Visit or contact various local, state, and national law enforcement and regulatory agencies to collect and record information. Provide officers with verifiable and supportable documentation to assist in completion of pretrial and probation reports. Assist in the development of community resources to meet the special needs of offenders/defendants.
- Schedule and conduct urinalysis tests of offenders/defendants, following established procedures and protocols. Maintain paper and computerized records of test results. Inform officers regarding test results. Maintain and mail or transport tests and materials to laboratories for confirmation. Maintain chain of custody of urinalysis testing materials. Maintain inventory of supplies. Enter data and information into the office’s computerized database system. Testify, as necessary, before the court or Parole Commission. Where applicable, may assist officers and non-English speaking offenders/defendants, family members, and witnesses in translating speech, documents, and correspondence.
- Operate various criminal justice, law enforcement, and probation automated systems.
- Participate in on-going training and development in order to remain abreast of advanced techniques.
- Perform other appropriate duties as assigned.
- At least two years of specialized experience in such fields as probation, parole, corrections, criminal investigations, or work in substance/addiction treatment. Experience as a police, custodial or security officer, other than criminal investigation experience, is not creditable.
- The ideal candidate must have excellent computer knowledge, experience in the Windows operating environment, and the ability to type a high volume of material accurately; experience with WordPerfect and Word. The candidate must foster high ethical standards and demonstrate integrity in meeting the office’s vision, mission and goals.
- Ability to communicate well orally and in writing. Ability to organize, oversee and complete multiple projects simultaneously, and be conscientious about detail and accuracy. Ability to maintain confidences, exercise mature judgment, and work harmoniously with others. Dependable, with a commitment to regular attendance.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- 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, business, public administration or other discipline which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations skills involved in the work of the position of probation officer assistant.
- Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills are preferred.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE:
- General knowledge of the roles and functions of the federal probation and/or pretrial services offices.
- General knowledge of the practices and procedures used in probation/ pretrial services processes, including knowledge of the administrative requirements to support these activities.
- General knowledge of the criminal justice system, particularly as it relates to federal Probation and Pretrial Policies and Procedures.
- Knowledge of automated/internet resources and systems available for conducting background checks, criminal histories, and other similar activities (such as the National Crime Information Center). Knowledge of legal terminology. Ability to follow safety procedures. Ability to compile information (such as background checks and criminal histories) within established time frames. Ability to identify and resolve unusual problems for resolution, or referral to probation/pretrial officers. Ability to organize and prioritize work.
- Ability to work under pressure of short deadlines. Ability to follow detailed instructions accurately.
- The duties of probation and pretrial services officer assistants require the investigation and management of alleged criminal offenders or convicted offenders who present physical danger to officer assistants and to the public. In the supervision, treatment, and control of 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-defense tactics. On a daily basis, these officer assistants face unusual mental and physical stress because they are subject to danger and possible harm during frequent, direct contact with individuals who are suspected or convicted of committing Federal offenses.
- Because officer assistants must effectively deal with physical attacks and are subject to moderate to arduous physical exertion, applicants must be physically capable. Officer assistants must possess, with or without corrective lenses, good distance vision in at least one eye and the ability to read normal size print. Normal hearing ability, with or without a hearing aid, is also required. Any severe health problems, such as physical defects, disease, and deformities that constitute employment hazards to the applicant or others, may disqualify an applicant. Examples of health problems that may be disqualifying are an untreated hernia, cardiovascular disorders, serious deformities or disabilities of the extremities, mental health disorders, fainting and/or seizure disorders, metabolic disorders, bleeding disorders, pulmonary disorders, and marked speech abnormalities. The medical requirements for probation officer assistants are available for public review at http://www.uscourts.gov/services-forms/probation-and-pretrial-services.
- First-time appointees to positions covered under law enforcement officer retirement provisions must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Applicants 37 or over who have previous law enforcement officer experience under the Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employees’ 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 experience subtracted from their age to determine whether they meet the maximum age requirement.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION, DRUG SCREENING AND MEDICAL STANDARDS:
Prior to appointment, the selectee considered for this position will undergo an extensive Office of Personnel Management (OPM) background investigation, medical examination, and drug screening. Upon successful completion of the background investigation, medical examination and drug screening, the selectee may then be appointed provisionally, pending a favorable suitability determination by the court. In addition, as condition of employment, probation officer assistants 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 and drug screening. If a provisional hire is authorized, continued employment will be contingent on successful completion of the OPM investigation.
- Accrual of paid vacation and sick leave days, based on length of service, and ten paid holidays during the year.
- Participation in pre-tax benefit programs (health, dental, and vision insurance programs; Flexible Spending Accounts; Commuter Reimbursement Benefit).
- Available group life insurance and long term care insurance.
- Public Transportation Subsidy.
- Participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).
- Thrift Savings Plan (with employer matching a percentage of employee’s contribution).
How To Apply
To apply for this position, qualified applicants should submit: 1) a résumé; 2) a cover letter addressing qualifications and relevant experience; and 3) an application, Form AO 78, Federal Judicial Branch Application for Employment, (available via the following link: http://www.uscourts.gov/forms/AO078.pdf). Completed package should be submitted electronically to HR_GAND@gand.uscourts.gov or via mail to: United States District Court, Attn: Human Resources Manager, Vacancy #19-11, 75 Ted Turner Drive, SW, Room 2013, Atlanta, GA 30303-3338. The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 4:45 p.m. All applicants will be screened to identify the best qualified and suitable candidate. Only the best qualified candidates will be invited for a personal interview. Interview and relocation expenses are not reimbursable.
More than one position may be filled.
Résumés submitted in response to this announcement may be considered for any similar positions which occur within the next 180 days.
The United States District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.