Supervisory Probation Officer

Washington, D.C
Oct 09, 2019
Oct 15, 2019
Full Time


The Supervisory Probation Officer (SPO) is located in Family Court Social Services Division in DC Superior Court. Incumbent is responsible for managing one of the Pre and Post Adjudicated Probation Supervision Offices/Units which may be located in the main court campus or in one of the quadrants of the city. The SPO is also responsible for assisting the Assistant Deputy Directors in providing management, leadership and guidance to their assigned office/unit.

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  • Supervises Probation Officers (POs) assigned to the office/unit, oversees and approves time and attendance, leave, training, working hours and related activities; and reviews special requests for personnel actions which may result in recommendations made to the Assistant Deputy Directors.
  • Collaborates with the Assistant Deputy Directors in developing training priorities for POs, and facilitates trainings on core requirements for juvenile probation supervision for all newly assigned POs, clerical staff, interns, and volunteers designated to the Unit.
  • Accompanies POs to various court hearings (e.g., status, trial, disposition) to observe presentations made by the PO.
  • Works a flexible schedule to include one or more evening tours of duty and weekends to provide supervision and assistance with group facilitation, meal preparation, curfew monitoring and other evening activities. Additionally, the SPO identifies staff needs, plans and conducts training programs, and ensures staff members are abreast of cutting-edge theories and practices.
  • Ensures recommendations for lengths of probation supervision are logically sound within the context of the nature of the offense and, objectives established guiding the service supervision plan, including but not limited to: pro-social development, mentoring, tutoring, behavioral health services, vocational support, community service and/or restitution.
  • Collaborates with Assistant Deputy Directors in analyzing existing and emerging statutory measures to ensure staff is kept abreast of cutting-edge theories, policies, procedures and best practices in the field of juvenile justice.
  • Prepares modifications to policies designated or approved by the Assistant Deputy Directors and ensures implementation by staff.
  • Provides oversight of community supervision, including home and school visits and evening curfew checks as well as community activities.
  • Prepares monthly narratives and statistical reports specific to case activity and outcomes tracked by unit.

The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts' values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.

This announcement may be used to make more than one selection.

Travel Required

50% or less - Travel within the D.C. Metropolitan area and some travel outside of this locality. Local travel includes but is not limited to: Home visits, school visits, community meetings, community projects, etc. Outside travel includes but is not limited to: Residential treatment facilities and other Court Social Service Division activities within the U.S.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • A valid driver's license is required.
  • Fingerprinting is required.
  • Background and security investigation are required.
  • A probationary period of one (1) year must be successfully completed.

1. Résumé
2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
3. Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of degree/transcript)
4. Proof of valid driver's license.


A Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences plus five years of combined experience managing cases and/or social service programs geared toward juveniles/status offenders and their families. (A relevant master's degree may substitute for one year of experience). Appointees to this position must not have passed their 37 th birthday in the month of appointment in order to qualify for mandatory law enforcement separation/retirement at age fifty-seven. Previous qualifying law enforcement experience under CSRS or FERS may be counted toward eligibility.

Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts is required. If you are selected for the position a criminal history records check will be conducted.

If you are selected for the Supervisory Probation Officer position you will be subject to an additional background screening, including but not limited to fingerprinting.


To qualify based on education, upload a copy of your college transcript or degree. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.

Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for District of Columbia Courts employment. You can verify your education here:

Foreign Education: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must upload a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript at time of application to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional information

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive Federal civil service.

Please note there is a mandatory one year probationary period for all non-judicial new employees.

All required information must be received by the vacancy announcement closing date.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure that you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume.

Your resume must reflect the relevant experience and that you meet the minimum qualifications or your application will not be considered.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

1. Résumé
2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
3. Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of degree/transcript)
4. Proof of valid driver's license.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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