District Court Probation Officer
County of Chelan District Court Probation 401 Washington Street Wenatchee, WA 98801
Essential Job Functions:
This professional level position is responsible for managing a caseload of offenders ordered by Chelan County District Court to participate in a wide variety of programs and activities including probation supervision, work crew, pre and post sentence evaluations, community service and bench level monitoring.
- Conduct initial and ongoing risk assessment during Intake and follow up supervision appointments with offenders to determine appropriate level of supervision and frequency of contact.
- Create a comprehensive offender profile and case management plan to support positive behavioral change in the offender and increase victim & community safety.
- Communicate effectively and candidly with offenders from various ethnic, educational and socio-economic backgrounds and lifestyles, as well as those with serious addictions and/or mental health conditions.
- Make timely and appropriate referrals in response to crisis situations or to address barriers to successful completion of Court ordered programs.
- Maintain an accurate comprehensive electronic case file for each offender, including a detailed chronological record of contact with offender; utilize a wide variety of computer programs such as JIS, JABS, JBRS and Spillman to monitor offender compliance and behavior.
- Conduct random drug and/or alcohol screens as required.
- Create high quality legal and administrative documents using grammatically correct English. Concisely convey complex ideas, events and opinions verbally and in writing; testify in Court as needed.
- Instruct/facilitate offender instructional courses offered by the department.
- Monitor payment of financial obligations including restitution and probation fees.
- Gain an understanding of the Interstate Commission for Adult Supervision (ICAOS) and its rules, process cases for transfer to other States.
- Manage a calendar that includes offender appointments, trainings, court appearances and other professional engagements.
- Any other duties as assigned
These essential job functions are meant to demonstrate examples of work that may be assigned for this position, but do not represent all tasks that may be assigned.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.
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
Duties are performed primarily in an office and court room environment. Occasional travel is required to attend a client staffing with an outside agency or conduct an interview outside the office or inside of a jail and attend training. Work environment includes work with unpredictable, potentially violent offenders and/or mentally ill offenders.
Requires speaking, seeing, hearing, and the ability to articulate clearly; use of hands to finger, or feel objects and office equipment and reach with hands and arms.
Computer, tablet, printer, copier, scanner, telephone, cell phone, fax, multi-media projector, County automobile and a variety of drug and alcohol testing equipment.
Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Social Work, or related, and two years counseling, interviewing and casework that substantially demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities.
Must successfully pass a national criminal background check to be eligible for hire. Successful completion of a two-week Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Adult Services Academy as scheduling allows following hire. Annual education to understand and safely work with potential bloodborne pathogens.
Preference will be given for:
• Bilingual English/Spanish
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge: Knowledge of case management, practices and principles and report writing methods. General knowledge of the Criminal Justice System, investigative and interviewing techniques, assessments used in offender management, community resources and organizations offering offender treatment and services, criminal behavior, basic psychology and criminology relating to adult offenders, common mental health illnesses, domestic violence and chemical dependency treatment methods, evidenced based practices used in corrections including motivational interviewing, and basic legal terminology.
Skills: Collecting, organizing and maintaining information and notes of progress and compliance; analyzing cumulative behavior patterns and information to determine appropriate course of action and make recommendations, interviewing and counseling techniques, use equipment to detect drug and alcohol use, prepare and give presentations or testimony, evaluate and assess needs, then develop and implement case plans and prepare related reports; applying authority and de-escalation methods; excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey complicated or technical information; basic personal safety, de-escalation techniques and self-defense procedures.
Abilities: Ability to work independently and as part of a team; initiative and problem solving skills; maintain confidentiality; ability to conduct thorough and creative investigations; interpret and document subjective observations and information such as attitude; read, interpret and apply discretionary judgement to incorporate technical information such as laws or evaluations; ability to independently evaluate and prioritize workload on a continuing basis while managing a very busy calendar with frequent interruptions; ability to manage stress and remain focused in stressful or high pressure situations; remain flexible and positive as the needs of the Department grow and change to reflect evidence based practices and programs or new ideas; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, community, counseling agencies, and offender.
Supplemental Questionnaire, Probation Officer
1. Describe your education and/or experience working with domestic violence perpetrators and or victims of domestic violence.
2. Describe your education and/or experience working with drug or alcohol addicted persons.
3. Describe your ability to communicate verbally in the Spanish language.
4. Describe your education and/or experience working with sex offenders.
5. Describe your education and/or experience managing a caseload.
6. How do you motivate people to complete a task when they are defensive and resistant?
Applications will be accepted on a continuing basis until the position is filled. First review date for applications will be Friday September 15, 2023. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of past experience and training. Those scoring the highest in the evaluation will be invited to interview for the position.
It is the policy of the District Court Probation Department to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons. All recruitment and hiring will follow all federal, state and county guidelines, and shall not improperly discriminate against any individual because of such individual’s race, color, gender, physical, sensory or mental disability, national origin, age, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.