Probation Counselor Ii

Alexandria, Virginia
$56,816.03 - $94,693.25 Annually
Aug 10, 2019
Aug 17, 2019
Full Time
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Works as part of the Probation Division. Provides case management services and supervision of youth ordered on probation by the court. Monitors compliance with court-ordered conditions and requirements. Establishes a partnership with youth, family and other supports to promote positive behavior change. 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 (MI) 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. Attends court hearings and makes recommendations for disposition. Completes court-ordered investigations and writes reports. Files probation and/or court order violations and returns cases to court for non-compliance when appropriate. Follows policies and procedural guidelines set by the agency and the state Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Supervises and visits youth placed in juvenile detention centers, treatment programs, and residential facilities. 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. Works under the general supervision of the unit director.

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.)

Counseling and Treatment Services
  • Conducts intake interviews and supervises offenders/defendants through office and home visits to verify compliance with court-orders;
  • Formulates treatment or rehabilitation plans for and presents written or oral recommendations for adjustment of behavior;
  • Supervises and monitors community service requirements; schedules payments, collects court costs and restitution; monitors urine tests;
  • Supervises visits or exchanges according to court orders or other relevant agreements;
  • Provides intensive supervision/monitoring, counseling and treatment of juvenile and adult offenders;
  • Interviews juvenile or adult offenders, their families and related persons to determine the nature of the adjustment difficulty;
  • Refers offenders/defendants to other agencies or facilities as needed and maintains liaison with service providers to coordinate evaluations;
  • Conducts field investigations;
  • Testifies in court and provides required written reports on adjustment and compliance to courts;
  • Documents and maintains prescribed records of casework services and periodically compiles related statistics:
  • Aids clients in obtaining employment;
  • Arranges for the court appearance of the client and family;
  • Informs clients of available community resources;
  • Arranges appointments for medical examinations and psychological testing;
  • Cooperates with representatives from State and local social service and law enforcement agencies in cases of mutual interest;
  • Composes and dictates case records, petitions and correspondence;
Intake Officer
  • Provides intake services, determines probable cause, issues related to jurisdiction, venue and appropriateness of filing petitions and/or issuance of detention or shelter care orders; Reviews complaints filed by law enforcement and citizens, conducts assessments to determine appropriateness for diversion;
  • Case manages diversion clients;
  • Decisions are made in compliance with the Code of Virginia, and Department of Juvenile Justice and/or Court Services Unit policies and procedures;
Residential Services:
  • Positions located in a residential facility supervise and direct house routines and therapeutic programs;
  • Ensures that residents maintain behavioral norms;
  • Coordinates and implements a residential program area such as recreational, educational or employment activities;
  • May drive a passenger van for educational and recreational trips;
  • Maintains on-going contact/communication with victims and witnesses during investigation and judicial proceedings;
  • Works with and assists the officers and detectives within a district station assignment with the victim services and referrals;
  • Provides court accompaniment to crime victim and witnesses for all court proceedings in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations, General District and Circuit Courts;
  • Responds to call-outs to crime scenes and other locations to provide immediate crisis intervention and support;
  • Provides training to departmental staff, commonwealth attorneys, judicial staff, and other relevant community organizations;

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 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.

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • Bachelors or master's degree in criminal justice, social work, sociology, psychology, education, or closely related field.
  • Two or more years of juvenile probation case management experience.
  • Experience administering validated risk assessments, such as the Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI), and developing case service plans.
  • Experience employing a variety of evidenced based interventions and counseling techniques, including, but not limited to, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) to help facilitate behavior change.
  • Knowledge of the principles of Systems of Care, trauma informed practices, and family engagement.
  • Experience working collaboratively with other agencies and service providers, making referrals for treatment and services, and accessing services and funding through the Children's Services Act (CSA).
  • Experience writing social history and pre-dispositional reports with recommendations for court. Experience with testifying and making recommendations for dispositions in court.
  • Thorough knowledge of Code of Virginia and Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Standards. Proficiency utilizing the DJJ Balanced Approach to Data Gathering Environment (BADGE), and the VA Supreme Court Case Management System (CMS).

Duties require the ability to access client's home and other locations (i.e. 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. Physical requirements can be performed with or without reasonable 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 on the basis of 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 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.