Probation Officer
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18-26 Probation Officer

Posted on: 2017/09/08

The general level and nature of this position are described in the headings below.  This is not an all- inclusive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this classification. 

Minimum Qualifications:

•Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Sociology, Psychology, Criminology or related field, or equivalent combination of education and related work experience.
•Two years of experience in corrections, parole or probation, social services or related field.
•Must successfully complete a thorough background investigation.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Experience with drug testing procedures and electronic monitoring.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government relations, executive orders, agency rules, HIPAA, and the democratic political process.
•Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
•Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
•Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
•Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
•Knowledge of conducting alcohol breathalyzer testing, fingerprinting, taking photos, booking forms, and collect or inventory property.
•Skill in record maintenance. 
•Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs in a Windows environment.
•Ability to counsel assigned individuals objectively. 
•Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 
•Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.
•Ability to represent the organization in a professional manner, building respect and confidence.
•Ability to maintain confidentiality.
•Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
•Ability to use good judgment, analyze and solve problems.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

•Manages caseloads and monitors compliance with court orders and/or probation conditions. Utilizes state ADE database to assess and report client progress. 
•Prepares and ensures proper documentation is maintained for all case files.
•Attends clients’ court dates and provides oral reports on the clients’ progress.
•Prepares and analyzes various reports, including probation, electronic monitoring, random drug testing, conditions of release and violations. 
•Gathers information about clients' criminal and family history.
•Instructs clients on requirements of their conditional release.
•Participates in team meetings with various professionals to determine the most appropriate behavior health treatment for clients and their families. Reviews the effectiveness of treatment programs and makes recommendations to better meet community and client needs.
•Arranges for appropriate medical, mental health, or substance abuse treatment services according to individual needs and/or court orders.
•Assists clients with completing indigent program applications and public defender requests.
•Establishes rehabilitation programs for assigned clients, establishing rules of conduct, goals, and objectives.
•Develops specialized supervision and treatment plans for clients. Completes assessments to determine level of supervision. Conducts face to face contacts with clients in the clients’ environment and in an office setting.
•Assists or arranges for post-release services, including employment, housing, treatment and education activities.
•Utilizes electronic monitoring and drug testing to ensure compliance with court orders. Develops additional programs to assist in goal completion.
•Conducts routine checks of clients’ homes, vehicles, or employment.  Testifies in court to present evidence or testify against the person accused of criminal activities.
•Develops liaisons and networks with law enforcement, other corrections, psychiatric facilities and community agencies.
•Communicates with local, state, regional and outside law enforcement.
•Assists in matters concerning detainers, sentences in other jurisdictions and applications for social assistance.
•Reports compliance and non-compliance to the court of jurisdiction.
•Investigates, compiles and evaluates information in the development of pre-sentence reporting on behalf of the courts. Investigates requests for early discharge or probation violation. 
•Develops information packets about social service agencies and assistance organizations useful to clients. Provides referrals to community resources and treatment. 
•Assists DWI coordinator with generating reports when necessary.
•Actively participates in DWI and Domestic Violence Councils.
•Conducts ongoing review and development of policies, practices, and procedures to ensure compliance with changing laws and makes revisions as necessary.  Communicates revisions to Court staff and Judges. Assists in applying any changes.
•Researches and develops recommendations for the operating budget regarding supervision expenditures. Verifies monthly expenditures of supervision programs. Assists in coordinating and administering contracts of supervision programs.
•Attends training classes and seminars on probation.
•Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. 
•Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
•Performs other duties as required.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; use sense of smell; have manual and finger dexterity; stoop, and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to walk and stand or climb stairs.  The employee is occasionally required to crawl, reach above shoulder level, crouch, kneel, balance, push/pull, and carry.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:
Work is performed in an office setting with a moderate noise level and some outside field environments.  May be exposed to unpleasant or hostile situations that arise when dealing with individuals involved in court cases.  Evening, holiday, and weekend work may be required.  Travel is required in personal vehicle.

Each and every county position requires the following professional skills and abilities as key and necessary elements of performance.  Employees are required to:

•Demonstrate regular and reliable attendance;
•Work well with others and participate fully in a team oriented environment;
•Interface with other employees and customers in a courteous and respectful manner;
•Project positive support of their department and all county organizations at all times; and,
•Maintain and enhance the county’s commitment to customer service excellence.

 How to Apply:

County application is required.  Apply at the Human Resources Division, County of Los Alamos, 1000 Central Avenue, Ste. 230, Los Alamos, NM  87544.  Applications are available in our office, at or by calling (505)662-8040.  All vacant positions are listed on the above website and on our Job Line at (505)662-8039.  

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the examination process, notify the Human Resources Division at (505)662-8040 at the time of application.  Some documents can be provided in accessible formats.  Contact Human Resources at the above number if an accessible format is needed.

Applications become a public record upon receipt and may be made available for public inspection.

Selection Procedure:

The Incorporated County of Los Alamos does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in employment or the provisions of service.



Deadline for Submissions: 09/22/2017