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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

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U.S. Pretrial Services Officer

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Job Description:

This position is located in the Pretrial Services Agency in Detroit, Michigan, reporting directly to the assigned Supervising Pretrial Services Officer. By statute, Pretrial Services Officers serve in a judiciary law enforcement position and assist in the administration of justice and promote com-munity safety, gather information, supervise defendants, interact with collateral agencies, prepare reports, conduct investigations and present recommendations to the Court.
Pretrial Services Officers may frequently work outside the normal business hours. Regular travel within the District is required. Occasional travel outside of the District may be required. See Con-ditions for Employment for additional information.
The candidate will be required to participate and successfully complete a six (6) week National Training Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) program located in Charleston, South Carolina.
- Conduct investigations and prepare reports for the Court with recommendations, which re-quire interviewing defendants and their families, as well as collecting background data from various sources. An integral part of this process is the interpretation and application of poli-cies and procedures, statutes, and include Monographs, and relevant case law.
- Track developments in the law, and update staff and the Court. Enforce court-ordered super-vision components and implement supervision strategies. Maintain personal contact with de-fendants through office and community contacts and by telephone. Investigate employment, sources of income, lifestyle, and associates to assess risk and compliance. Address sub-stance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, sex offenses, and similar problems and im-plement the necessary treatment or violation proceedings, through assessment, monitoring, and counseling.
- Schedule and conduct drug use detection tests, following established procedures and proto-cols. Maintain paper and computerized records of test results. Maintain chain of custody of urinalysis testing materials. Respond to judicial officer's request for information and advice. Testify in court as to the basis for factual findings and (if warranted) guideline applications. Serve as a resource to the Court. Maintain detailed written records of case activity.
- Investigate and analyze financial documents and activities and take appropriate action. Re-sponsible for enforcement of location monitoring conditions ordered by the Court. Ensure compliance with Mandatory Victims Restitution Act. Responsible for home confinement con-ditions ordered by the Court, and may perform home confinement reintegration on behalf of the Bureau of Prisons.
- Assess defendants' level of risk and develop a blend of controlling and correcting risk man-agement strategies.
- Participation in on-going training and education opportunities to further develop and/or en-hance techniques and skills relating to defendants investigation and supervision practices.
- Communicate with other organizations and persons (such as the Bureau of Prisons, law en-forcement, treatment agencies, and attorneys) concerning defendants' behavior and condi-tions of supervision. Identify and investigate violations and implement appropriate alternatives and sanctions. Report violations of the conditions of supervision to the appropriate authori-ties. Prepare written reports of violation matters, and make recommendations for disposition. Testify at court hearings. Guide the work of staff providing administrative and technical assis-tance to officers.
- Guide, advise, train, and make recommendations to other officers, the Court, and other individuals regarding their designated area of specialty. Perform investigative and supervision responsibilities for defendants with specialized situations or needs.
- May supervise defendants in witness protection programs.
- May assist and perform as back-up to Senior Pretrial Service Officers.
- Perform administrative duties regarding area of specialty.
- Perform other duties as assigned.



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 Depend-ent Flexible Spending Accounts and Commuter Benefit Program. Federal Occupational Health (FOH) / Employee Assistance Pro-grams (EAP), Work Life Services and on-site Health Units at select locations. Telework, flexible and alternate work schedule opportu-nities may be available. Virtual Learning through the Judiciary Online University.

Amount of Pay:

Frequency of Pay:

per bi-weekly

Other Qualifications:

Qualifications must be met at the time of application.
Qualifications for United States Pretrial Services Officers are prescribed and set forth as guidelines by the Judicial Conference of the United States. To qualify for entry at Classification Level 27, candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accred-ited college or university in fields of study such as criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, business, or public administration, and two years of specialized experience, with at least one year equivalent to work at the CL 25 level, or comple-tion of a master’s degree in a field of study closely related to the position (See Specialized Experience below).
Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is described as progressively responsible experience gained after completion of the bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university 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 investigation experience, is not creditable.
 Minimum of 2 years experience related to investigation, supervision and/or counseling of defendants and/or offenders in a com-munity corrections environment.
 Current Federal U.S. Pretrial Services Officer or U.S. Probation Officer.
 Experience using Microsoft Office Suite and E-Mail applications.
Personal Attributes and Skills:
The ideal candidate will:
 Possess good writing and communication skills.
 Possess sound ethics and judgment.
 Have the ability to organize and prioritize work assignments, work under pressure of short deadlines, and have the ability to work harmoniously with others in a team-oriented work environment.
 Be proficient in problem solving and identifying alternative solutions and possess the ability to make timely and effective deci-sions.

Total Years of Relevant Experience:


U.S. Citizenship:



Direct Supervision of Defendants



Work Schedule:

1st Shift




Community Corrections



Application Deadline: