Pretrial Probation Officer

Alexandria, VA
$56,835.22 - $93,423.35 Annually
May 17, 2019
May 24, 2019
Full Time
Pretrial Probation Officer
This is a grant funded position

The City of Alexandria is located in Northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter of the City's square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Pretrial Probation Officer

An Overview
A Pretrial Probation Officer performs intake and investigative work of individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting a bond hearing, or who have been referred for supervision by a Magistrate or a Judge's court order. This work involves interviewing, investigating, completing risk assessments and making bond recommendations for defendants whose cases have not been resolved by the court. The Pretrial Probation Officer maintains supervision of clients and ensures compliance to conditions of supervision, which have been ordered by a judge or magistrate. This work is performed under the general supervision of the Program Coordinator

What You Should Bring
A thorough knowledge of the principals of sociology and psychology relating to adults, family and adult counseling methods and skills; thorough knowledge of court procedures and laws; thorough knowledge of the function and practices of the court as they relate to clients; thorough knowledge of casework methods and client supervision practices; good knowledge of the principles and techniques of interviews; good knowledge of pretrial and probation techniques; good knowledge of corrections procedures, guidelines, and services; good knowledge of the role of police, courts and the criminal justice system, commitment procedures and the constitutional rights of detainees; skill in motivating clients on pre-trial or probation supervision to assist and demonstrate positive behavior; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with individuals in stressful situations; excellent problem solving skills; excellent time management skills; excellent writing skills; excellent oral communication skills; excellent decision making skills; excellent computer skills; ability to be a team player and the ability to analyze attitudinal and behavioral problems objectively.

The Opportunity
  • Writes and maintains thorough and accurate chronological records of all client contacts;
  • Participates in the evaluation of treatment resources;
  • Compiles information for court reports, provides assessments for cases and makes recommendations for sentencing and/or dismissals;
  • Completes paperwork and creates screen-in and screen-out logs;
  • Enters and updates all information into automated systems (PTCC);
  • Attends court daily for bond hearings to obtain Judges rulings;
  • Provides weekly, bi-weekly or monthly face-to-face supervision meetings with clients;
  • May be required to conduct client home visits and/or job site checks to monitor living situations to ensure uniform good behavior;
  • Manages a caseload by maintaining accurate and detailed records of client files, and provides intensive case management services to clients who require more attention;
  • Assists in the development of treatment groups and serves as liaison with local service providers;
  • Monitors payments plans for court cost, restitution and service provider fees;
  • Prepares correspondence to the Judge, Commonwealth & Defense Attorneys for court reports and makes recommendations for pre-trial & post-trial court proceedings;
  • Appears and testifies in court;
  • Presents pretrial and probation program information to community and inmate groups;
  • Performs related work as required.

About the Department
The Alexandria Sheriff's Office is responsible for the operation of the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, courthouse and courtroom security, service of all court legal documents, execution of court orders, transportation of prisoners, execution of arrest warrants, and general public safety and law enforcement. All powers, responsibilities and duties of the Alexandria Sheriff's Office derive from common law, the Virginia Constitution, the Code of Virginia and the Alexandria Charter.

The Alexandria Sheriff's Office is a highly professional organization with 209 deputy sheriffs and civilian personnel. The Office is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. The Office has been honored by the National Sheriff's Association with the prestigious "Triple Crown Award" for achieving these national accreditations. The Office is also Virginia State certified by the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Corrections.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Four-year college degree in psychology or related field; two years prior pretrial or probation case management experience with one year working with the criminal justice system, substance abuse and mentally challenged population; or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Post graduate courses relating to mental health and the judicial system, psychology, counseling or related field; and two years' experience in pretrial and probation case management or two years case management experience with clients in criminal justice and mental health systems. The incumbent should posses an extensive knowledge in administering evidence based practice assessment tools and administering case plans.


This is a grant funded position, and requires the successful completion of the following pre-employment verifications/testing:

Criminal History Records Check
FBI/Federal Records Check
Drug Testing

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