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US Probation Officer

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Job Description:

The United States Probation & Pretrial Services Office for the Western District of Michigan is accepting applications for one full-time U.S. Probation Officer for the Marquette, MI office. Probation officers serve in a judiciary law enforcement position and assist in the fair administration of justice. Incumbents promote community safety, gathers information, supervise offenders/defendants, interact with collateral agencies, prepare reports, conduct investigations, and present recommendations to the court.

The Marquette probation office is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  The Marquette office services a largely rural and expansive area, contains several Indian reservations, and includes all counties in the Upper Peninsula.  Other offices in the Western District of Michigan are located over seven hours away in Grand Rapids (headquarters), Kalamazoo, and Lansing.  The Marquette caseload includes defendants and offenders who have or are alleged to have committed federal crimes, including crimes odccurring on Indian reservations and national forests.

For application procedures and further position details, visit the court’s website at www.miwp.uscourts.gov (Employment). Application Deadline for Priority Consideration: July 21, 2017 (close of business). EOE.

Benefits:

The incumbent will be eligible to receive benefits which include participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System, Federal Employee Health Benefits, Life Insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to 401 K plan) with employer matching contributions, optional dental and vision insurance, optional long term care insurance, flexible spending program, paid federal holidays, and accrued annual and sick leave. For additional information on employment with the federal courts, please visit www.uscourts.gov (careers).

Amount of Pay:

$41,455.00

Frequency of Pay:

per year

Other Qualifications:

Required Education/Experience

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, or business or public administration, which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations skills involved in the position.

In addition to meeting education requirements, applicants must also have specialized experience in the amounts shown below for classifications CL 25, CL 27 & CL 28.  Specialized Experience is defined as progressively responsible experience, 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, custodial, or security officer, other than any criminal investigative experience, is not creditable.

Classification Level 25 - An applicant must possess:  One year of specialized experience (see definition above) equivalent to work at the Classification Level 23;  OR Completion of the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university 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, such as business or public administration, human resources management, industrial relations, or psychology;  Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma XI, or one of the National Honorary Scholastic Societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies, other than Freshman Honor Societies; 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.

Classification Level 27 - An applicant must possess two years of specialized experience (see definition above), including at least one year equivalent to work at the Classification Level 25; or Completion of a master's degree in a field of study closely related to the position, or a Juris Doctor (JD) degree.

Classification Level 28 - Applicant must possess two years of specialized experience (see definition above), including at least one year equivalent to work at the Classification Level 27.

Minimal Skills & Qualifications

  • Skill in conducting legal research related to varied complex and difficult legal issues. Skill in analyzing and summarizing legal concepts and issues. Skill in legal reasoning and critical thinking.
  • Ability to exercise impartiality and discretion with the defendant or offender population and their family/support system.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate varied information from multiple sources forming conclusions, and taking or recommending courses of action. Ability to prepare and write accurate written summaries/reports in an organized, objective, clear and concise manner within established time frames.  
  • Excellent analytical, written, and verbal communication skills. Ability to interact and communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds.  This includes defendants, offenders, law enforcement and collateral agency personnel at different government levels, and community service providers.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work schedule, and work independently with minimal supervision. Ability to work under pressure of short deadlines while maintaining a positive and professional demeanor.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment, maintain confidentiality, foster high ethical standards, and demonstrate integrity in meeting the district’s vision, mission and goals.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with current technology, computer databases, and computer applications.
  • Ability to routinely work non-traditional hours.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Specific training or experience in evidence based practices (EBP) related to offender behavior change. This would include training in Strategic Techniques Aimed at Reducing Rearrest (STARR), Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS), or Strategic Training Initiative in Community Supervision (STICS).
  • An advanced degree in a related field of study.  
  • Knowledge of community resources and the understanding and skill to identify additional resources.

Maximum Entry Age

Law enforcement retirement provisions have a required mandatory retirement age of 57, with 20 years of service, due to the physical requirements of the position. First time appointees to positions covered under law enforcement officer retirement provisions must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Applicants 37 or over who have previous federal law enforcement officer experience under the federal Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employees Retirement System and who have either a subsequent break in service or intervening service in a non-law enforcement officer position may have their previous law enforcement officer experience subtracted from their age to determine whether they meet the maximum age requirement.

For application procedures and further position details, visit the court’s website at www.miwp.uscourts.gov (Employment). Application Deadline for Priority Consideration: July 21, 2017 (close of business). EOE.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor

Total Years of Relevant Experience:

2

U.S. Citizenship:

Yes
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Function:

Direct Supervision of Defendants

Status:

Full-time

Posted:

07.10.2017
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Discipline:

Community Corrections

Level:

Entry-level

Application Deadline:

07.21.2017