Us Probation and Pretrial Services Officer Job

Vacancy No. USPO 20-01 Department U.S. Courts
Salary $49,280.00 to $111,567.00 Grade 25 to 28
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 1/22/2020 Close Date 4/22/2020
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
ANCHORAGE, AKFAIRBANKS, AK


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 01/22/2020 to 04/22/2020

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    CL 25 - 28

  • Salary

    $49,280 to $111,567 per year

    Plus 2.86% COLA - Dependent on Qualification.

  • Appointment type

    Permanent

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time

Locations

2 vacancies in the following locations:

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Fairbanks, AK
Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

No

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

United States Citizens. This job is for two vacancies with two possible locations: Anchorage, Alaska and Fairbanks, Alaska. Training will primarily be conducted in the Anchorage, Alaska office.

Announcement number

USPO 20-01

Control number

557422700

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    The United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Alaska is accepting applications for a United States Probation and Pretrial Services Officer.

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    Responsibilities

    By statute, probation officers serve in a judiciary law enforcement capacity, assist in the fair administration of justice, promote community safety, gather information, supervise defendants and offenders, interact with collateral agencies, conduct investigations, prepare reports, and present recommendations to the Court. The specific assignment depends on the skills and qualifications of the successful candidate.

    The United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Alaska is committed to the goals, mission, and values of the United States Probation and Pretrial Services Charter for Excellence.

    Major Duties

    • Pretrial Services: Conduct investigations, research the criminal and social backgrounds of defendants charged with federal offenses, and interview defendants and their families. Compile information gathered to prepare reports and make release recommendations to the court. Represent the probation and pretrial services office at court proceedings. Supervise defendants on pretrial release to ensure public safety, compliance with release conditions, investigate alleged violations of release, and report findings to the court.
    • Presentence Investigations: Conduct investigations, interview defendants, their families, and collateral sources to obtain background information. Investigate criminal history and finances. Interview victim(s) and provide victim impact statements to the court. Prepare reports for the court with recommendations for sentencing defendants convicted of federal offenses. Analyze and respond to objections and present unresolved objections to the court. An integral part of this position requires the interpretation and application of policies and procedures, statutes, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures, U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines, and case law. Skill in legal reasoning and critical thinking is preferred. Track legal developments and serve as a resource to judicial officers for information and advice to facilitate proper imposition of a sentence.
    • Post-Conviction Responsibilities: Supervise and evaluate the behavior of individuals on probation, supervised release, or parole to bring about improvements in conduct, ensure public safety, and monitor compliance with court ordered conditions. Complete written investigations/evaluations on proposed release plans for individuals releasing from imprisonment. Develop supervision and treatment plans to include: identification of risk, need and responsivity; community safety requirements; establish specific objectives; and assist in securing employment and medical, legal, or social services. Investigate, evaluate, and report behavior of individuals on supervision and make recommendations to the court for sentencing of individuals alleged to have violated conditions of probation, supervised release, or parole.
    • Maintain personal contact with individuals on supervision in the community, office, and telephonically.
    • Cooperate with U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services offices nationally regarding the investigation and supervision of individuals involved in the federal court system, to include courtesy supervision, travel permits, and perform related services as requested. Utilize data to organize workload, and analyze reports to identify problems, trends, and to formulate solutions.
    • Maintain case records as required by statute or by the court, the Administrative Offices of the U.S. Courts, and the Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer; document interactions and events related to representative duties as directed under existing policies and procedures.
    • Knowledge of and compliance with, The Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees and court confidentiality requirements. Ability to consistently demonstrate sound ethics and judgment.
    • Participate in and contribute to ongoing inter and intra-agency training programs. Keep informed of and apply new developments and techniques in the judicial and correctional fields.
    • Travel within the State of Alaska is required to perform job duties.
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel to Anchorage, Alaska a minimum of one time per month (and as required based on needs of the agency).

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    28 - CL-28.

  • Job family (Series)

    0007 Correctional Officer

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment

    Key Requirements

    • Maintain personal contact with defendants/offenders in the community, office, and telephonically.
    • Cooperate with pretrial services and probation officers in other districts to assist in investigations and to assist in the supervision of defendants and/or offenders on pretrial release, courtesy supervision, or travel permits, and perform related services as requested. Analyze reports to identify problems, trends, and to formulate solutions.
    • Maintain case records as required by statute or by the court, the Administrative Offices of the U.S. Courts, and the Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer; document significant behavior of defendants and/or offenders, events, and officer/offender interaction as directed under existing policies and procedures.
    • Knowledge of and compliance with, The Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees and court confidentiality requirements. Ability to consistently demonstrate sound ethics and judgment.
    • Participate in and contribute to ongoing inter and intra-agency training programs. Keep informed of and apply new developments and techniques in the judicial and correctional fields.
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.
    The Court is not authorized to reimburse travel expenses for interviews. This position is subject to mandatory participation of electronic salary payments (i.e. direct deposit). The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, or to withdraw the announcement, without prior written or other notice. All information provided by applicants is subject to verification and background investigation. Applicants are advised that false statements or omission of information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Qualifications
    Minimum Qualifications
    • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or foreign national eligible for federal employment.
    • Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a field of academic study, such as criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, business or public administration, or another closely related field which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations skills involved in the position, is required for all probation and pretrial services officer positions.
    LEVEL MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

    CL-25
    Bachelor's degree and one of the following superior academic achievement requirements:
    • An overall "B" grade point average equaling 2.90 or better of a possible 4.0;
    • Standing in the upper third of the class;
    • "3.5" average or better in the major field of study; or
    • Completion of one academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of graduate work in a field of study closely related to the position.

    CL-27
    Bachelor's degree and two years specialized experience, including at least one-year equivalent to work at the CL-25; or
    Completion of a master's degree in a field of study closely related to the position, or a Juris Doctor (JD) degree.

    CL-28
    Bachelor's degree and two years specialized experience, including at least one-year equivalent to work at the CL-27.

    Specialized experience:Progressively responsible experience is, gained after completion of a bachelor's degree, in such fields as probation, pretrial services, parole, corrections, criminal investigations, or work in substance/addiction treatment. Experience as a police officer, custodial or security officer, other than any criminal investigative experience, is not creditable.

    Preferred Qualifications
    In addition to the minimum qualifications, preference may be given to candidates with any of the following:
    • A Juris Doctorate or a master's degree in a closely related field of study.
    • Knowledge of evidence-based practices, risk and needs principles, cognitive behavioral therapy, and programming.
    • Organization skills to manage all aspects of an individual's case, including documenting.
    • Knowledge and understanding of community resources and skills to identify additional resources.
    • Ability to conduct legal research related to varied and complex legal issues.
    • Bilingual skills.
    Physical Requirements and Maximum Entry Age
    • The duties of probation/pretrial services officers require the investigation and management of alleged criminal offenders and/or convicted offenders who present physical danger to officers and the public. In the supervision, treatment, and control of these offenders, these duties require moderate to arduous physical exercise, including prolonged periods of walking and standing, physical dexterity and coordination, and use of self-defense tactics. On a daily basis, officers face unusual mental and physical stress because they are subject to danger and possible harm during frequent, direct contact with defendants and/or offenders.
    • The medical requirements and the essential functions derived from the medical guidelines for probation officers are available for public review at https://www.uscourts.gov/.
    • Due to the hazardous duty retirement requirements of the Federal Government, applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday before date of hire unless they have prior federal hazardous duty experience sufficient to complete 20 years by the mandatory retirement age of 57.
    Education

    Please read the "Qualifications: section.

    Additional information

    Benefits

    • Federal benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, 10 paid holidays, retirement benefits, and a 401(k) styled program called the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), with a government match of up to 5%. Optional benefits include health and life insurance, disability and long-term care insurance, dental and vision insurance, and Flexible Benefits Program that includes medical and dependent care reimbursement.
    • Due to the volume of applications received, the court may only communicate to those individuals who will be interviewed for open positions. Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid.
    • New officers receive extensive training during their first year of employment. In addition to local training, officers must also successfully complete a six-week national training program at the Federal Probation and Pretrial Academy (FPPA) in Charleston, South Carolina.
    Other Information

    Please go to the District of Alaska's website to see full Vacancy Announcement and Position Description.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applicants will be rated based on their work experience and education.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Confidential

    Drug test required

    Yes

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    Applications will not be considered complete until all the items listed above have been received; incomplete application packets will not be considered. Attachments should be submitted as Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat .pdf documents.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    https://www.uscourts.gov/careers/benefits

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    In order to be considered for this position, applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, most recent performance evaluation if conducted, college transcripts, and Application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment (AO78).

    Applications will not be considered complete until all the items listed above have been received; incomplete application packets will not be considered. Attachments should be submitted as Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat .pdf documents.

    Agency contact information Human Resources Human Resources
    Address

    United States District Court, District of Alaska
    222 W 7th Avenue, Box 4
    Rm 229
    Anchorage, AK 99513
    US
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    The United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Alaska is committed to the goals, mission, and values of the United States Probation and Pretrial Services Charter for Excellence.

    The United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Alaska is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    Next steps

    Selection Process

    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 be appointed provisionally, pending favorable suitability determination by the court.

    A full background investigation will be conducted as a condition of employment. Any applicant selected for a position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of the background investigation. Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment.

    In addition, as conditions of employment, the incumbent will be subject to ongoing random drug screening and updated background investigations every five years, and, as deemed necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent fitness-for-duty evaluations.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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