Probation Counselor I

Fairfax, Virginia
$49,380.03 - $82,299.15 Annually
Oct 19, 2019
Oct 26, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

This is a full-time, merit position in Supervised Release Services. In the Supervised Release Services Unit, Residential Services Division, under general supervision, provides case management services to juvenile and families involved in the court system. Duties include face to face monitoring and supervising assigned juveniles by visiting them in their home, school, place of employment or the community, to ensure compliance of the Court orders specific to each individual case. Orients the juvenile and family to the rules of conduct/supervision plans, such as frequency and place of visits, expected actions in emergencies and sanctions for rule violations. Installs electronic monitoring equipment when necessary. Gathers information from families, school officials, service providers and other collateral contacts to verify compliance. Filing violation petitions to request formal court action or imposes informal sanctions when appropriate. Presents case information during the court hearing process. Makes recommendations to the Judge that are consistent with relevant statutory criteria as to the release or incarceration of the juvenile defendant. Work schedule may include weekends in addition to the scheduled weekday hours. May perform on-call duties on a 24-hour basis as required to respond to non-compliance/rule infractions and remotely supervise juveniles with electronic monitoring devices. Perform assessments such as the Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI) and utilize behavioral interventions such as EPICS as established by agency practices.

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).

NOTE: The salary offer for the position will not exceed the mid-point of the advertised salary range.

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
  • Formulates treatment or rehabilitation plans and presents written or oral recommendations for adjustment of behavior;
  • Facilitates placement, supervises and monitors community service requirements, schedules payments, collects court costs and restitution, monitors urine tests;
  • Supervises child visitations and exchanges involving estranged parents according to court orders or other relevant agreements;
  • Conducts intake interviews and supervises offenders/defendants through office and home visits to verify compliance with court orders;
  • Interviews juvenile or adult offenders, their families and related persons to determine the nature of the adjustment difficulty (e.g., whether it is environmental, school, and/or social);
  • Conducts field investigations;
  • Refers offenders/defendants to other agencies or facilities as needed and maintains liaison with service providers to coordinate evaluations;
  • Testifies in court and provides required written reports on adjustment and compliance to courts;
  • Assesses short term goals, counsels offenders and provides opportunities for positive change;
  • Provides crisis intervention services;
  • Documents and composes case records, petitions and correspondence and periodically compiles related statistics;
  • Aids clients in obtaining employment;
  • Cooperates with representatives from State and local social service and law enforcement agencies in cases of mutual interest;

Residential Services
  • Positions located in a residential facility supervise and direct house routines and therapeutic programs;
  • Ensures that residents maintain behavioral norms;
  • Maintains communication with a resident's probation counselor, school representative, employer, family, and significant others;
  • Coordinates and implements a residential program area (e.g., recreational, educational, or employment activities);

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 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;
  • 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 degree in social/behavioral sciences, law enforcement, or education.

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 Registry, and a pre-employment medical examination to the satisfaction of the employer prior to employment. A TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.

Bilingual in English/Spanish; A year or more of experience working in the juvenile justice field. Excellent verbal and written skills; sbility to think quickly and exercise good judgment while working in independent settings.

Duties require the ability to access clients at their residence at their: residence, school, work sites, and in the community. Duties require the ability to communicate clearly in English in person, in written form, and on the phone. Ability to operate a motor vehicle. 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.