Probation Officer (Lee County) PROBOF9

THE 20TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA - Fort Myers, FL

Full-time
KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in sociology, psychology, criminology, or a related field
  • Two years of professional experience in a criminal justice system
  • Ability to obtain and maintain NCIC/FCIC computer operator certification within thirty (30) days of hire
  • May be required to drive within the circuit
  • Knowledge of Florida local and State guidelines, rules, regulations, and statutes pertaining to probation
  • Ability to deal politely, effectively and professionally with defendants from various backgrounds under stressful conditions
SUMMARY
The Probation Officers perform professional work that ensures the effective supervision and monitoring of offenders placed on county probation using differentiated case management principles. Probation provides an alternative to incarceration and provides protection for the public by supervising and monitoring offenders. Probation supervision includes motivating and redirecting probationers. The incumbents exercise independent judgment and initiative within their scope of authority. Work is performed in accordance with court orders and directives.

The core responsibilities of this position are: 1) Case Supervision of Offenders Placed on Misdemeanor Probation; 2) Monitor Compliance with Court Orders and Prepare Required Documents; 3) Make Recommendations to the Court; 4) Other Duties as Assigned

Examples of Duties:
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification.

(1) Case Supervision of Offenders Placed on Misdemeanor Probation
Conduct new probationer orientation
Direct probationers to specialized treatment facilities and resources within the community
Direct to counseling agencies, job employment services, food and shelter centers, educational opportunities, and life skills classes, etc.
Motivate and redirect probationers to assist in completion of the probation requirements
Utilize motivational interviewing and evidence based practices to motivate positive behavioral change
Monitor cost of supervision, fines, and court costs, and restitution payments
Provide case management functions

(2) Monitor and Enforce Court Orders and Prepare Required Documents
Conduct home visits as necessary
Perform investigations to ensure compliance with court orders
Compile information and prepare and deliver detailed reports to the court orally and in writing
Conduct follow-up with treatment facilities
Conduct ongoing supervision and case review of all offenders on caseload
Maintain accurate, up-to-date, case files on all probationers under supervision caseload
Provide notification on non-compliance to the court and submit warrant or notices to appear
Focus on improving success rates through use of evidenced based practices
Conduct and coordinate drug and alcohol screens

(3) Make Recommendations to the Court
Make recommendations relating to the requests for warrants, modifications, and dismissals of warrants, violation hearings
Make recommendations on violations of probation and referrals to outside agencies
Testify in court as required
Complete a comprehensive national/state/ local criminal background check and social history on the defendant
Complete a risk and needs assessment and case supervision plan
Ability to keep all investigative report findings confidential

(4) Other Duties as Assigned
Typical Qualifications: QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge of:
  • Methods, practices, principles, procedures, and techniques used in interviewing and investigating as it pertains to the operation of the department
  • Basic structure of the Florida State Courts System and the criminal justice system
  • Local, state, and federal guidelines, rules, regulations, and statutes as they pertain to probation and sentencing parameters
  • Recent developments, literature, and resources in the probation field
  • Effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Resources and various programs available and applicable to the specific needs of persons on supervised probation
Ability to:
  • Conduct interviews and investigations
  • Deal politely, effectively, and professionally with defendants from various backgrounds, who are experiencing a variety of stressful conditions
  • Work well under pressure, multi-task and meet established timelines and goals
  • Follow written and oral instructions and procedures
  • Observe and read drug screen testing
  • Effectively interpret general policy, criteria, and procedures for specific situations
  • Identify general symptoms of substance abuse and emotional problems
  • Conduct investigations, compile information and prepare and deliver detailed reports to the court reports orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with other governmental agencies, schools, volunteer programs, and other resources
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records
  • Assist in the training of others as needed
  • Attend seminars and conferences as necessary
  • Provide effective, accurate, professional, polite, friendly, and prompt customer service to the public and other agency personnel, AOC employees, and the Judiciary
Supplemental Information: EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in sociology, psychology, criminology, or a related field
Two years of professional experience in a criminal justice system

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
  • Obtain and maintain NCIC/FCIC computer operator certification within thirty (30) days of hire.
  • May be required to drive within the circuit
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • None