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US Probation Officer #09-UTP-17
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West Valley City, UT Area Jobs | Salt Lake City, UT
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The Office of Probation and Pretrial Services is accepting applications for the position of United States Probation Officer. We are currently accepting requests for transfers from other districts in addition to new applicants. The position is a Court Personnel System classification level 27, with a promotion potential to a CL 28 without further competition. The salary range for this position is $48,170 - $72,168 annually, depending on qualifications. This position will be located in the Salt Lake City, Utah office.


A United States Probation Officer works in a team environment and serves in a judiciary law enforcement position and assists in the administration of justice. The incumbent promotes community safety, gathers information, supervises offenders/defendants, interacts with collateral agencies, prepares reports, conducts investigations, and presents recommendations to the court. An officer may guide the work of other staff. The incumbent performs duties that involve general pretrial services or probation cases, with supervisory guidance in some areas. Irregular working hours, including weekend work may be required to support the Court and defendants and offenders. In-state and out-of-state travel may be required. As an employee for the U.S. Probation Office in Salt Lake City, Utah, you will be expected to honor, adhere, and promote the Charter for Excellence, Officer Integrity handbook, and Code of Conduct established for all Probation and Pretrial offices for the United States Courts. Information about these policies can be found on the links below. http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/judiciary-policies/code-conduct/code-conduct-judicial-employees http://www.uscourts.gov/services-forms/probation-and-pretrial-services.


Incumbent investigates, prepares reports, and makes recommendations for sentencing, supervision conditions, and release of individuals to the Court. Assesses offenders'/defendants' level of risk and develop a blend of risk management strategies for controlling and correcting risk. Interviews offenders and their families, as well as collecting background data from various sources; such as record checks, contacting schools, churches, civic organizations, etc. Interprets and applies the U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines, Bail Reform Act and national and local policy and procedures and relevant case law. Presents varied reports and recommendations to the Court. Responds to judicial officer=s request for information and advice. Testifies in Court as to the basis for factual findings of investigations. Incumbent enforces court ordered supervision of offenders to maximize adherence to imposed conditions, risk of non-appearance, reduce risk of danger to the community, and to provide correctional treatment. Contacts offenders through office and community visits and by telephone. Investigates employment/sources of income, lifestyle and associates, to assess risk and compliance. Supervises offenders to maximize adherence to imposed conditions, risk of non-appearance, reduce risk of danger to the community, and to provide correctional treatment. Effectively utilizes evidence based practices (EBP) within a community corrections environment including MRT, and STARR. Utilizes in house risk/needs assessment tools. Facilitates detection of substance abuse and implementing the necessary treatment or violation proceedings of appropriate offenders. Communicates with other organizations and persons concerning offenders= behavior and conditions of supervision. Detects and investigates violations and implements appropriate alternatives and sanctions; reports violations to the appropriate authorities. Makes recommendations for disposition. Conducts interviews and other investigations, as required. Maintains a detailed database record of case activity. Completes other duties as assigned. The essential job functions for probation officers, pretrial services officers and officer assistants are available for public review at http://www.uscourts.gov/services-forms/probation-and-pretrial-services/officers-and-officer-assistants/officer-and-officer



Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a field of academic studies such as but not limited to: criminal justice, psychology, sociology, human relations, business, or public administration.


The incumbent must have two years progressively responsible experience gained after completion of a bachelor's degree, in such fields as probation, pretrial services, parole, corrections, criminal investigations, substance/addiction treatment or in closely allied fields such as education guidance counselor, social worker, caseworker, psychologist, is required. Experience as a police, custodial, or security officer, other than criminal investigative experience, is not creditable.


Preferred qualifications are defined as desirable, not mandatory. Master's degree and/or project management experience. The ability to speak and read Spanish.


Completion of the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and one of the following requirements may be substituted for one year specialized experience: An overall AB grade point average equaling 2.90 or better of a possible 4.0; Standing in the upper third of the class; AB+ average or better in the major field of study; Election to membership in one of the National Honorary Scholastic Societies. Completion of one academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of graduate study at an accredited university in such fields as business or public administration, criminal justice, or other fields closely related to the subject matter of the position. Completion of a master's degree, or two years of graduate study (60 semester or 90 quarter hours), in an accredited university in such fields as business or public administration, criminal justice, or other fields closely related to the subject matter of the position may be considered qualifying for two years specialized experience.


To be appointed at a CL-27: An applicant must have completed two years of specialized experience. To be appointed at a CL-28: An applicant must have completed three years of specialized experience, including at least one year equivalent to work performed at the CL-27 level.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: The duties of Probation Officers require the investigation and supervision of defendants or offenders who may present physical danger to officers and to the public. In the supervision, treatment and control of these individuals, these duties require moderate to arduous physical exercise, including prolonged periods of walking and standing, physical dexterity and coordination necessary to operate a firearm, and use of self-defense tactics. Travel within the state is required. Because officers must effectively deal with physical attacks and are subject to moderate to arduous physical exertion, applicants must be physically capable of efficiently performing these duties and are subject to fitness for duty evaluations. Vision and hearing must also be adequate to perform the duties listed safely and effectively. Any severe health problems, such as physical defects, disease, and deformities that constitute employment hazards to the applicant or others, may disqualify an applicant. Due to the nature of duties performed by the probation office, applicants will be subject to a FBI background check covering the preceding 10 years. Prior to appointment, the selectee considered for this position will undergo a medical examination and drug screening. Upon successful completion of the medical examination and drug screening, the selectee may then be appointed provisionally, pending a favorable suitability determination by the court. In addition, as conditions of employment, incumbent 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. The medical requirements and the essential job functions derived from the medical guidelines for probation officers, pretrial services officers and officer assistants are available for public review at http://www.uscourts.gov/services-forms/probation-and-pretrial-services/officers-and-officer-assistants/officer-and-officer-0


First-time appointees to positions covered under law enforcement retirement provisions must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Applicants age 37 or over who have previous law enforcement officer experience under the Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employee's Retirement System and who have either a break in service or intervening service in a non-law enforcement position, may have their previous law enforcement officer experience subtracted from their age to determine whether they meet the maximum age requirement.


Officers receive training on the job in their districts and may receive training from training programs offered nationally. Training begins when an officer is hired and continues throughout the officer's career. Training teaches new officers how to handle their responsibilities, enhances the skills of seasoned and supervising officers, and allows specialists to develop expertise in certain areas.


Full-time, permanent United States Probation Officers are not included in the government's Civil Service Classification Program and are under excepted appointment. They are however, entitled to the same benefits as other Federal Government Employees. Some of the benefits included are: Thirteen days paid vacation per year for the first three years of employment, thereafter, up to 26 days per year, and thirteen paid sick leave days per year. Participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System, life insurance options, Flexible Benefit Plan options, Thrift Savings Plan, and Social Security. Participation in the Federal Health Insurance Program. Ten paid holidays per year. Excellent opportunities for within level salary increases and increases based upon performance. For more information on benefits, applicants may visit: http://www.uscourts.gov/careers/benefits


Applicants must be U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident seeking citizenship. Selection will be made consistent with the provisions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan for the United States District Court for the District of Utah. The United States Probation Office requires employees to adhere to a Judicial Code of Conduct. The final candidate will be subject to a background investigation. Applicant's skill levels may be tested. The Federal Financial Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages for employees. Due to the volume of applications received, we will only communicate with those individuals who will be interviewed. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified. Applicants may be considered for future vacancies. The Probation and Pretrial Services Office is not authorized to reimburse candidates for travel or moving expenses.

The United States District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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