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Hearing Officer (probation Counselor Iii)

Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, Virginia
$69,324.74 - $115,540.88 Annually
Closing date
Oct 14, 2023

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Presides over diversion hearings for appropriate juvenile offenders. Hearings may be held at the courthouse or any of the satellite offices located throughout the county. Diversion hearings involve the use of evidence-based assessments to determine the most appropriate service interventions.

Presides over the hearings, assign interventions based on assessment results, and provide low level case management to ensure compliance. Responsible for providing intake services for cases involving juveniles. Duties include assessment of cases to determine appropriateness of informal or formal handling of complaints based on jurisdiction, venue, and probable cause as well as standards, policies and procedures established by the code of Virginia, department of juvenile justice and the local court services unit.

Files petitions as appropriate and makes decisions regarding the issuing of shelter care and detention orders in accordance with the detention assessment instrument. Prepares cases for court detention hearings; testifies in court & submits outcome recommendations to the judges. Updates & maintains balanced approach data gathering environment's (BADGE) intake and case management databases. May provide training and presentations on intake services for court staff, intra/inter agency meetings and for the public. Maintains the unit staffing calendar and works in conjunction with administrative staff to maintain the juvenile and domestic appointment calendar (JDAC).

Provides supervision of relief intake officers through periodic individual supervision meetings, review of their work and annual evaluations. Oversees receipt and processing of faxed intakes from law-enforcement officers.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)

Serve as supervisor for Probation Counselor I, Probation Counselor II and/or Administrative Assistant positions;

Actively participates in the selection, orientation, training and performance management process which includes evaluating performance, identifying goals and objectives, recognizing staff achievements, and coaching staff in overcoming performance or skill deficiencies;

Plan, assign, organize, and direct the flow of work and activities;

Determines and coordinates appropriate assessments, including family evaluation, alcohol and drug assessments, mental health assessments, and sex offender assessments;

Convenes an interdisciplinary/inter-agency team to collaboratively plan, deliver and monitor multiple services;

Makes an intake disposition, including decisions such as informal handling, rejection of a case on a jurisdictional basis, referral to other agencies or setting the case on the docket for a court hearing;

Makes program admission and release decisions;

Examines and evaluates the individual circumstances of each case referral;

Ensures that subordinates adhere to agency operating procedures and standards adopted by the Code of Virginia and Virginia State Department of Juvenile Justice;

Serves as a resource, trainer and policy expert for professional staff in providing appropriate custody and care, and ensuring the safety and welfare of juvenile or adult offenders or defendants;

Evaluates effectiveness of methods and procedures and recommends changes;

Participates in the development of policy and procedures;

Manages the grant funded treatment contract with service providers;

Maintains liaison with State and local law enforcement agencies;

Interprets policies and regulations for clients;

Works with other Counselors in the disposition of cases assigned;

Composes and dictates case records, petitions and correspondence;

Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program

Enforces court orders and conditions of supervised visitation and exchanges as required and ensures overall quality of the supervised visitation/supervised exchange program;

Mediation Coordinator

Coordinates and implements mediation programs, assigns mediators and monitors quality of the programs;

Residential Services

Manages the daily operation of an assigned wing of a residential facility;

Makes final decision regarding care or treatment of residents that can be resolved at the shift level, deferring to higher level management as needed;

Oversees and administers routine medication disbursement for residents;

Handles crisis situations to include medical, mental health and behavioral crises as necessary;

May be required to drive 15-passenger van for educational and recreational trips:

Police Department, Victim Services Section

Provides assistance in administrative oversight to the unit;

Monitor funding grants;

Responsible for short term responsibilities and projects that might normally be handled by upper management;

Will perform supervisory functions in the absence of the Director;

Serves as the point of contact for all victim service internal and external training for the department;

Identifies appropriate training for victim services specialist;

ASAP Case Management Services

Maintains a caseload of court referred and volunteer clients who have been charged/convicted of impaired driving offenses and first time drug offenders;

Interviews clients during intake process and assign appropriate program classification

Writes intake summary on each client interviewed and writes and prepares reports to the courts, clients and treatment providers;

Conducts case management duties to include monitoring of ignition interlock;

Monitors clients progress and make referral as needed;

Testifies in court on non-compliant cases, make appropriate recommendations when requested by the judge;

Administers alcohol breath tests to clients;

Performs supervisory duties as assigned including supervising subordinate personnel, special projects, ancillary programs (which may include Victim Impact and other programs;

Serves as probation supervisor when that person is unavailable;

Supervises the intake process and handles calls and emergency situations as they arise;
Provides training and monitoring of staff as required with regard to intake and case management.

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 the principles of psychology and sociology;

Knowledge of the practices and procedures of casework supervision and intake activities;

Knowledge of Federal, State and local juvenile and domestic relations laws;

Ability to speak and write effectively;

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals;

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 use technology to enter and retrieve information.

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 college or university with a Master's degree in social/behavioral sciences, law enforcement, or education; AND two years of professional experience in probation work. For positions in the Police Department only, two years of sworn law enforcement supervision may be substituted for the two years of professional experience in probation work.

Valid driver's license (required at the time of application)

  • This position is considered "essential personnel" and will be required to report to work during times designated countywide as approved for unscheduled leave regardless of the emergency situation (i.e., weather, transportation, other disaster).
  • The appointee to the position will be required to complete the following to the satisfaction of the employer:
    • Criminal Background Investigation
    • Child Protective Services Registry Check
    • Driving Record Check

  • Master's degree, or combination of bachelor's degree in a related field and two or more years of experience working in the juvenile criminal justice field.
  • Knowledge of the Code of Virginia. Working knowledge of the Supreme Court of VA Case Management System (CMS) and Department of Juvenile Justice's Balanced Data Gathering Environment (BADGE).
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Strong working relationships including professionals from outside the Juvenile Court Service Unit.
  • Ability to think quickly, exercise good judgment while working in an independent setting where immediate supervision may not be possible.
  • Proficiency using word processing and spreadsheet management skills to include Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

  • Duties require the ability to communicate clearly in writing, in person and on the phone, and the ability to enter and retrieve data using a computer.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to travel to various field units throughout Fairfax county.
  • 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.
Requisition 23-02030


Fairfax County, Virginia is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area, the County's population exceeds that of seven states. The median household income of Fairfax County is one of the highest in the nation and over half of its adult residents have four-year college degrees or more educational attainment. Fairfax County also is home to an extensive commercial office market and is a major employment center.

Fairfax County Government is a great place to work, with a variety of jobs in different fields, great benefits, and an enjoyable working environment. We serve nearly one million residents in one of the largest counties in the country. Our talented employees have established Fairfax County as a leader in nearly every facet of public service and have won national recognition as innovators in local government.The size of Fairfax County government and the diversity of services it provides to citizens allows opportunities for personal growth and development, without ever having to change employers. In addition to pay, Fairfax County Government provides an employee benefits package worth approximately 25% of your salary in additional compensation. This package of benefits consists of programs designed to protect you and your family during your employment with the county and into your retirement years.

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Group Term Life Insurance
Contributory Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation
Flexible Spending Account Programs
Long Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Care Plan
Tuition Assistance Program
Employees' Child Care Center
Virginia College Savings Plans

Fairfax County's Application Process: Fairfax County uses an online application process called NEOGOV at nearly all positions.

Applicants who need assistance with the online application process are welcome to come to the Application Center at Fairfax County's HR Central where staff will be happy to work with you to establish an account and get your resume into the system. HR Central is located in the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Or call 703-222-5872 for more information.

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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 270

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