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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 or more full-time U.S. Probation Officers. Our probation office has a total staff of approximately 50 employees and is headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, with branch offices in Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Marquette, MI.  Duty station for this position is yet to be determined: Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, or Lansing office(s). Officers routinely work outside normal business hours. Regular travel is required as a duty function as well as occasional travel outside the district for on-going professional development and training.

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.

For application procedures and further position details and conditions of employment, visit the court’s website at www.miwp.uscourts.gov (Employment). Application Deadline for Priority Consideration: June 14, 2019 (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, dental and vision insurance, 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:

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 educational requirements, applicants must have specialized experience or meet education substitution requirements as outlined below for each classification level.  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 grade point average equaling 2.90 or better of a possible 4.0;
  • Standing in the upper third of the class;
  • A3.5" 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.
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  • Completion of one academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of graduate work in a field of study closely related to the position.

Note:  If you are using an education substitution to meet the specialized experience requirement stated above, please note the specific academic achievement in your application materials. Documentation that supports the achievement, such as transcripts, must be included in your application materials.   

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.
  • Skill and ability to exercise impartiality and discretion with the defendant or offender population and their family/support system.
  • Ability to compile, 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.
  • Ability to assess risks and needs and apply evidence-based practices to effectively supervise cases.
  • 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 information technology including word processing, database applications, and other types of software.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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 and conditions of employment, visit the court’s website at www.miwp.uscourts.gov (Employment). Application Deadline for Priority Consideration: June 14, 2019 (close of business). EOE.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor

Total Years of Relevant Experience:

1

U.S. Citizenship:

Yes
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Function:

Direct Supervision of Defendants

Status:

Full-time

Posted:

05.17.2019
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Discipline:

Community Corrections

Level:

Entry-level

Application Deadline:

06.14.2019