Probation Counselor Ii

Alexandria, Virginia
$59,685.39 - $99,475.38 Annually
May 27, 2023
Jun 10, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

In the Probation Division of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDRDC), under the general supervision of the Unit Director, provides case management services and supervision of youth ordered on probation by the court.

Monitors compliance with court-ordered conditions and requirements. Completes court-ordered investigations and writes reports. Attends court hearings and makes recommendations for disposition. Administers validated assessment tools, such as the Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI), and uses information to develop case service plans with the participation of the youth and family to address areas of risk and needs. Employs a variety of counseling techniques and evidenced based interventions during probation contacts, including, but not limited to, motivational interviewing and Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) to facilitate behavior change. Makes referrals for appropriate treatment or services when necessary, utilizing least restrictive interventions while building upon the youth and family’s natural supports.

Works collaboratively with other agencies and service providers. Uses graduated sanctions when appropriate to address non-compliant behavior in lieu of formal court action, and incentives when desired behavior is demonstrated. Files probation and/or court order violations and returns cases to court for non-compliance when appropriate. Supervises and visits youth placed in juvenile detention centers, treatment programs, and residential facilities. Follows policies and procedural guidelines set by the agency and the state Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

May require frequent travel to various locations throughout Fairfax County and the Commonwealth of Virginia. May be required to provide short-term case management and supervision of cases diverted from Juvenile Intake, and other duties as assigned by the Unit Director.

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.

Valid driver'slicense is required at the time of application.

The appointee to the position will be required to complete the following to the satisfaction of the employer:
  • Criminal Background Investigation
  • Child Protective Services
  • Sanction Screenings
  • Driving Record Check

  • At least two years of experience in the use of evidence-based tools to assess the needs of clients and their families.
  • At least two years of experience in interviewing families and collecting collateral information to write pre-dispositional reports and to make recommendations to a Judge in a courtroom setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to work with a diverse clientele of different ethnicities and socio-economic statuses.
  • Ability to work and make decisions independently with minimal supervision.
  • Experience with cross-agency collaboration and working with other service providers.
  • Knowledge of local community-based resources for youth and families, and experience accessing services through the Comprehensive Services Act.
  • Knowledge of the Code of Virginia, Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) standards, and local court service unit policy and procedures.
  • Fully proficient in the use of DJJ's Balance Approach Data Gathering Environment (BADGE), and the Supreme Court of Virginia's Case Management System (CMS) computer programs.
  • Working knowledge of Court system software including BADGE and CMS.
  • Intermediate ability to work in Microsoft programs including Word, Outlook, Excel.

  • Duties require the ability to access client's home and other locations (ie. work sites) as necessary to conduct background interviews and supervision meetings.
  • Visual and auditory acuity is required to read computer monitor, incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Duties may require the ability to transport youth/adults for placement interviews and occasional medical appointments.
  • All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a written 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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