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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

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Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer Type II

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This position is located in the Probation Department of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan and reports directly to the Chief U.S. Probation Officer.   The Deputy Chief Probation Officer Type II is a second-in-command position that acts as the “alter ego” to the Chief Probation Officer.  The Deputy Chief Probation Officer Type II assists the Chief Probation Officer in the administration and management of the U.S. Probation Department in the Eastern District of Michigan.  This position will lead, motivate, direct and supervise all levels of staff and will act as a positive catalyst for change.  Travel inside and outside of the District is required.


The District currently has 22 district judges (includes eight senior judges) and seven magistrate judges.  The Court maintains offices in Detroit (headquarters), Ann Arbor, Bay City, Flint and Port Huron.  The Probation Department has a total staff of 83 (includes 56 Probation Officers).  Officers are currently located in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Bay City and Flint.



A Deputy Chief Probation Officer Type II performs duties and responsibilities such as the


· Participates in the organization and management of the office to ensure expeditious handling of investigative work for the Court, institutions, and parole authorities, and the effective supervision of probationers and parolees.

· Assists the Chief Probation Officer in the formulation, implementation, and modification of probation and parole policies in the District.

· Assists in the selection of professional and clerical personnel for appointment.

· Participates in systematic analysis of performance for all subordinates.

· Supervises office staff including all clerical, professional, supervisory, and administrative personnel; pays particular attention to travel, leave, and scheduling of work hours.

· Supervises administrative work to include inventorying and ordering equipment and supplies, preparing statistical reports and personnel papers, maintaining files and records, and disposing records.

· Assists in estimating personnel, space allocation, travel expenses, and purchases of services, equipment, and supplies. 

· Assists in establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with other U.S. probation officers to assure all requests for assistance from other districts are met promptly and effectively.

· Assists in establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with all components of the criminal justice system to include federal, state, and local law enforcement, correctional, and social service agencies.

· Assists in promoting and maintaining a positive work environment.

· Identifies training needs within the District.

· Participates in public relations that explain probation, parole, and other correctional services to the community.

· Confers with judges, attorneys, and other interested parties to interpret office policy and procedures.

· Monitors community issues and events with special focus on alleviating hazardous office and field incidents.

· Occasionally, deputy chief probation officers may perform the duties of a probation officer or supervising probation officer.

· Performs related duties as required by the Chief Probation Officer and the Court.


Qualifications must be met at the time of application.



To qualify for a position of Deputy Chief Probation Officer Type II at JSP-14,15, or 16, a person must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in fields of study such as criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, business, or public administration and the following years of specialized experience, one of which must have been at the next lower grade level or its equivalent*.

JSP Grade 14   6 Years of Specialized Expereince

JSP Grade 15   7 Years of Specialized Experience

JSP Grade 16   7 Years of Specialized Experience

*Equivalency: JSP 13=CL 29;  JSP 14=CL 30;  JSP 15=CL 31;  JSP 16=CL 32

Specialized Experience

· Progressively responsible experience in the investigation, supervision, counseling and guidance of offenders in community correction or pretrial programs is required.

· Experience in closely allied fields such as education guidance counselor, social worker, caseworker, psychologist, substance abuse treatment specialists, and correctional researcher may constitute a portion of the specialized experience.

· Experience in police officer, FBI agent, customs agent, marshal or similar positions, other than any criminal investigation experience, does not meet the requirements of specialized experience.

· Specialized experience must be earned after the bachelor's degree has been granted.


Education Substitutions

Completion of one academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of graduate study in one of the social sciences may be substituted for one year of the specialized experience; or completion of a master's degree or two years of graduate study (60 semester or 90 quarter hours) in an accredited university in one of the social sciences or a Juris Doctor (JD) degree may be substituted for two years of the specialized experience.


Note: A degree that relies primarily upon credit for life experience rather than academic course work is not considered qualifying for substitution of educational experience for actual work experience under this section.



· Current employment as a Federal Probation or Federal Pretrial Services Agency Law Enforcement Officer.

· A minimum of two years experience directly supervising subordinate staff within the last five years.

· An advanced degree in a related field.

· Completion of a Judiciary leadership program.


Personal Attributes and Skills

The ideal candidate will:

· Possess exceptional leadership skills, be a motivator, and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.  Integrity must be beyond reproach.

· Have a record of displaying good judgment and of being a proven problem-solver who can provide innovative solutions to workplace problems as well as employee relations issues

· Have excellent organizational skills and be able to balance the demands of varying workload responsibilities and deadlines.

· Be an effective communicator, both verbally and in writing.

· Be able to build good working relationships with peers, subordinates and superiors.

· Be adaptable to change and be able to lead major change initiatives.

· Have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of budgeting and have demonstrated experience in budget analysis, formulation and execution.

· Have significant experience managing projects.

· Be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the following areas: Finance, Court Services, IT, HR, and other administrative functions.


To be assured consideration, please submit the following single-sided documents ONLY:  a cover letter (include announcement number), resume (include entire professional work history) and completed application (download from the Court website) to "apply@mied.uscourts.gov" by the closing date.  Date of birth MUST be reported on the application form.  E-mail submission is preferred.  E-mailed documents must be in WordPerfect, Word or PDF format.  Zip files and faxes will not be accepted. 


Additionally, please supply a written response to the requests below with your application materials.  Your typed response should be double spaced using Times New Roman 12 font, with your full name and page number in the header of each page.  Your written response will be reviewed for format, grammar, spelling, content, clarity and flow. 


1) Describe your leadership style.  Please give a recent example of when this style worked well for you and second example of when it did not work well for you.  In the second example, explain what you learned and what you did, or will do, differently next time.


2) Describe your management style.  Please give a recent example of when this style worked well for you and a second example of when it did not work well for you.  In the second example, explain what you learned and what you did, or will do, differently next time.


3)    Explain what steps you have taken to build positive relationships with those with whom you work.  Discuss how you know that you are successful in building positive relationships.


4)    Describe your experience supervising subordinate staff.  Please include the number of subordinates you supervised, what you liked most about being in a supervisory role and why; as well as what you liked least about being in a supervisory role and why.  Please discuss how you managed what you liked least about being in a supervisory role.  If you have never been in a supervisory role, please discuss what aspects of being in a supervisory role you would like most and why; as well as what aspects you would like least and why.


Application materials that do not adhere to the Procedures for Applying may not be considered.  Applicant materials submitted in addition to the required documents will not be considered or retained.  Separate application must be made to individual vacancy announcements.


Application materials and written responses will be considered when selecting candidates for an initial interview.  Only those applicants selected for initial interview will be contacted.  Candidates selected for a final interview will be required to take a Leadership Strength assessment prior to the final interview.  The assessments results and the second interview results will be considered when selecting the successful candidate. 


Travel reimbursement in connection with the selection process and/or relocation is not authorized.




Group Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance, Defined Benefit Pension Plan, Defined Contribution Plan (TSP) with Employer Match, On-Site Fitness Center, Generous Paid Time Off program, 10 Paid Holidays, Long-Term Care Insurance, Health and Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts and Commuter Benefit Program.


Amount of Pay:


Frequency of Pay:

per year

Other Qualifications:

An Equal Opportunity Employer

All applicants must be a U.S. citizen or be eligible to work in the United States.

All appointments subject to FBI Fingerprint Background Check; with periodic reinvestigation, if applicable. 

Retention depends upon a favorable suitability determination. 

All appointments also subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer.

All employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees (available for review upon request).

The Court reserves the right to fill more than the advertised number of positions with this announcement, may modify the conditions of this job announcement, or may withdraw the announcement, any of which may occur without prior written or other notice.


Minimum Education:


Total Years of Relevant Experience:


U.S. Citizenship:



Leadership/Managerial Supervisory



Work Schedule:

1st Shift







Application Deadline: