Pre-trial/probation Officer (probation Counselor Ii)

Fairfax, Virginia
$59,685.39 - $99,475.38 Annually
Sep 10, 2022
Sep 24, 2022
Full Time
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Located in the Community Corrections Services Unit of the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, which serves a diverse multi-lingual population referred to the court for charges that are domestic in nature and where the victim is a juvenile, the Pre-trial/Probation Officer (Probation Counselor II) is responsible for providing high quality supervision and case management services in conjunction with evidence-based practices to adult offenders held in the Adult Detention Center or referred to pre-trial and probation supervision. These cases require specialized counseling skills and treatment approaches (e.g., dual diagnosis, batterer intervention, mental health and substance abuse) by coordinating with all necessary service providers in different disciplines. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Maintains a caseload of adult offenders placed on pre-trial and probation supervision, conducts intakes including collecting data from arresting documents, personal interview with defendants and criminal histories.
  • Uses various risk assessment tools including the VPRAI and Modified Offender Screening Tool/ Offender Screening Tool (MOST/OST) in determining level of supervision, risk level and criminogenic needs for development of case plans.
  • Completes court ordered pre-sentence reports, affidavits for court order violations, notice of positive drug screen reports and progress reports to the referring Court as appropriate.
  • Uses evidence based practices such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) to develop case service plans to assist in the rehabilitation of offenders through supervision, counseling, or referral to public and private agencies.
  • Aids defendants in obtaining employment, treatment, housing, and other community services.
  • Ensures case data is entered in the Commonwealth of Virginia's automated Pretrial and Community Corrections (PTCC) case management system.
  • Ensures that data is maintained in accordance with agency and state-mandated guidelines. Conducts record checks using NCIC/VCIN and must have extensive working knowledge of applicable Agency, County, and public databases.
  • Attends court hearings and testifies before the court on probation and pre-sentence investigation report cases.
  • Conducts alcohol and drug testing as appropriate.
  • Covers Arraignment Officer duties as needed: Reviews all defendants’ cases prior to arraignments using the arrest warrant, the bail determination sheet, Virginia Court Appointed Counsel sheet, criminal and traffic histories, the Pretrial Defendant Questionnaire (PDQ), the Virginia Pretrial Risk Assessment Instrument (VPRAI) with Praxis recommendation, the Brief Jail Mental Health Screen and all reference notes collected during the initial jail interview; formulates a recommendation and presents recommendations regarding bond, conditions of release and court appointed counsel eligibility to the Judiciary in court at arraignments; conducts initial interview of defendants in the jail if not completed at time of arrest. Initial interview includes completion of the PDQ, VPRAI and the Virginia Court Appointed Counsel sheet; collects data from arresting documents, the Brief Jail Mental Health Screen, information gathered from personal interviews with defendants and completes reference checks by verifying the information with family, friends, employers and co-workers. Computer systems including the Fairfax County local record system and the NCIC/VCIN and DMV are used to obtain defendants’ criminal histories.
  • Performs other duties as necessary or assigned.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all inclusive list.)

  • Knowledge of casework supervision practices and procedures;
  • Knowledge of the principles of psychology and sociology;
  • Knowledge of current social and economic conditions;
  • Ability to use technology to enter and retrieve information;
  • Ability to interpret laws, rules, and regulations related to probation work and victim services;
  • Ability to interview and counsel clients;
  • Ability to prepare complete case records and reports;
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in social/behavioral sciences, criminal justice, or education plus two years of professional experience in probation work, social work, criminal justice, juvenile justice, education, or counseling. A master's degree in the disciplines above may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

The following certifications must be obtained within a specified time frame after appointment and recertification annually thereafter:
  • VCIN - VA Criminal Information Network required within 6 months.
  • National Crime Information Center (NCIC) r equired within 6 months.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to prioritize work and make decisions independently with minimal supervision.
  • Experience working in high volume Community Corrections or other probation office.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications (i.e., Word and Outlook).
  • Demonstrated experience using the Pretrial and Community Corrections case management system.
  • Proficient in the National Crime Information System (NCIC)/Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN).
  • Extensive knowledge of court processes.
  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check and Child Protective Services Registry check.
  • Contingent upon area of assignment, some positions require a National Crime Information Center/Virginia Crime Information Network (NCIC/VCIN) check prior to employment.
  • This position is required to work flexible hours to meet the needs of a 24 hour office in the Adult Detention Center.

Position is generally sedentary in nature; however visual acuity is required to read data on computer monitor. Ability to perform field visits. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a written proficiency exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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