Job Title:         

Probation Officer

Department: 

Court Administration

Reports To:  

Probation Services Manager

FLSA Status:  

Exempt

Prepared By: 

Holly Elomina

Prepared Date: 

7/17/2019

Approved By: 

Holly Elomina  

Approved Date: 

7/17/2019

                                                                         


SUMMARY 

 

This is responsible and professional work that ensures the effective supervision of defendants placed on misdemeanor probation and Back on Track supervision. The core responsibilities of the position are to supervise defendants placed on misdemeanor probation or Back on Track supervision, to monitor compliance with court orders and prepare required documents and to make recommendations to the Court.  Strong working relationships must be developed with members of the Judiciary and other court employees, offices of the State Attorney, Public Defender, Regional Counsel, Clerk of Court, Department of Corrections, various treatment providers, private defense counsel and other related agencies and the public.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

 

Case Supervision—Conduct orientation on program requirements to defendants placed on supervision; direct probationers to community resources; motivate and redirect defendants to assist in completion of program requirements; monitor and collect cost of supervision fees, fines and court costs and restitution payments; provide case management functions to all defendants placed on supervision;

 

Monitor and Enforce Court Orders and Prepare Required Documents—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 community providers; conduct ongoing supervision and case review of all defendants on caseload; maintain accurate, up-to-date case files on all defendants under supervision caseload; provide notification on non-compliance to the court and submit warrants or notices to appear; focus on improving success rates through use of evidence based practices; refer defendants to drug and alcohol screens; complete quarterly FCIC/NCIC background checks of all defendants on caseload;

 

Make Recommendations to the Court—make recommendations to the court relating to requests for warrants, modifications, dismissals of warrants and violation hearings; make recommendations to the court on violations of probation and referrals to outside agencies; testify in court as required; complete FCIC/NCIC and social history on all defendants; complete a risk and needs assessment and case supervision plan on all defendants; ability to keep all investigative report findings confidential;

 

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below 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 computers; Knowledge of the Florida State Court System, Trial Court process and criminal justice system; Knowledge of the principles of public administration;  Ability to communicate effectively.  Ability to research, recommend and implement improvements to court operations, programs and services; Ability to use independent judgment and discretion and maintain confidentiality of sensitive issues; Ability to prepare and present comprehensive reports; Ability to establish working relationships with judges, court personnel, clerk of court personnel, state and county officials, attorneys, local organizations and social service agencies and the general public 

 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE  

Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in judicial administration, public administration, criminology, psychology or a related social science.  One year of professional experience in the criminal justice system.

 

Progressively responsible experience in the criminal justice system may substitute, on a year for year basis, for the bachelor's degree.

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS 

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.  Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

 

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS 

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

 

REASONING ABILITY 

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Florida Driver's license;

Obtain and maintain NCIC/FCIC computer operator certification within thirty (30) days of hire date.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS  

The physical demands 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.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus to develop visual presentations for targeted audiences..

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT  

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, extreme heat, and risk of electrical shock.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.