Assessment Specialist - Probation Counselor II

$54,422.99 - $90,704.64 yr
Jun 11, 2018
Jun 18, 2018
Full Time
Multiple positions will be filled from this job posting.

In the Probation Services Division under the supervision of the Unit Director, Assessment Services, responsible for assessing clients adjudicated delinquent of criminal offenses utilizing the Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI) and other evidence-based tools with a high degree of accuracy. Communicates with other agencies and service providers to obtain collateral sources of information. Writes pre-dispositional reports. Testifies in court and makes recommendations for disposition. Convenes and participates in interdisciplinary and multi-agency team meetings. Makes referrals for placements or services. Provides supervision of clients who are being held pre-dispositionally in the Juvenile Detention Center, Shelter Care facility or other out-of-home placements prior to court. Educates clients and families on juvenile court processes. Facilitates case staffing with probation officers for youth court-ordered on probation to ensure continuity. May be required to provide short-term case management of juvenile probation cases as well as other duties as assigned by the Unit Director, Assessment Services. Responsible for assessing clients utilizing the Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI) or other evidence-based tools, writing and completing pre-dispositional reports. As ordered by the court, investigates new cases brought before the court to assist judges in making a final disposition. Interviews clients, parents, school officials and other collateral contacts to complete the evidence-based assessment and prepares a detailed social history report based on those findings. Makes recommendations for appropriate disposition congruent to the risk and needs of the client considering community safety, personal accountability and competency development. Reports are written in compliance with Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) standards. Document all contacts in the designated (DJJ) database.
NOTE: The salary offer for the position will not exceed the mid-point of the advertised salary range. 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.
Any combination of education, 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.

Must have a valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Experience in the use of evidence based tools to assess needs of clients and their families. Experience in interviewing families and collecting collateral information in order 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 with Microsoft Office computer programs including Word, Outlook, Excel.

Ability to access client's home and other locations (i.e. worksites) as necessary to conduct background interviews and supervision meetings. Duties may require to transport clients for placement interviews and occasional medical appointments. Ability to manually enter data on computer for reports and records. Physical requirements can be performed with or without accommodations.

Panel interview. As part of the interview process a written exercise may be administered.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability 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 711. EEO/AA/TTY.