Probation Counselor Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$56,816.03 - $94,693.25 Annually
Oct 19, 2019
Oct 26, 2019
Full Time
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Position is operational and supervisory in nature. The primary focus is the security of the unit, facility or court holding unit and the safety and welfare of residents, staff and visitors. Serves as senior counselor. Provides performance supervision as necessary, training and mentoring of new staff. Ensures safety and security of youth and facility operations and that residents are treated with dignity and respect. Stimulates resident's interest and supervises their participation in a comprehensive activities program. Monitors resident's medical and mental health needs including medication distribution. Supervises residents and participates in daily light housekeeping tasks. Maintains basic discipline and control of residents. Utilizes physical crisis intervention as needed to bodily control disruptive or aggressive detainees. Assists residents with adjustment to the program. Responsible for ensuring that detailed policy and procedural issues are adhered to and that physical and emotional crisis is met with professional skill based upon the incumbent's training and experience. Responsibility for identifying the Operations Manager and Shift Administrator areas in need of change in the policy and procedure and advising them of personnel management issues. Perform managerial and supervisory duties as necessary to oversee the performance of the workers assigned to them as well as the operation of the facility and management of the residents. Ensures that policy and procedures specific to the operation of the Detention Center are followed. Ensures program compliance with the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) regulations governing Juvenile Secure Detention Centers and Agency and County operational procedures. Participates in staff performance evaluations and the new hire selection process and training. Assists the Operations Manager and the Shift Administrator in the operation of the facility. Monitors the flow of the shift and schedule of activities. Maintains an accurate population count. Reviews discipline process with team management. Conducts due process hearings on residents. Reviews and responds to resident requests. Substitutes as an Operations Manager, assisting the Shift Administrator. Responsible for the supervision and performance of a child-care team. Oversees all: floor activity and medical management of residents. Administrator responsible for the operation of Court Holding and the supervision of the Transportation Team which consists of three full time Probation I staff members. Serves as a Court liaison, provides transportation of residents to court and local medical/dental and mental health appointments. Overnight (NOC) duty post. Serves as one of two assistant supervisors of the NOC shift. Performs as a front-line manager having operational, supervisory and administrative duties for the performance of the workers assigned. Ensures that policy and procedure is adhered to. Maintains safety and security of the facility and the residents. Responsible for programming, scheduling and issues related to the residents.

Position works a 3 week rotating schedule (7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) including weekends and holidays.

Position will periodically be assigned to an overnight (NOC) schedule and/or court holding schedule (Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Position is considered Emergency Service Personnel for purposes of continuity of operations and is required to report to work as scheduled during inclement weather or other emergency situations.

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 following certifications must be obtained within a specified time frame after appointment and recertification annually thereafter: First Aid and CPR; and Handle With Care (physical restraint procedures and techniques) within 30 days. Medication Management within 6-months.

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.

Thorough Knowledge of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) regulations governing the operation of a Secure Juvenile Detention Center, thorough knowledge of the Detention Center's policy and procedures and the overall operation of the Detention Center's Security Systems including: CCTV, PIPE System, all data base driven systems. Familiarity with the Code of Virginia (VCC) as it relates to placement of youth in a Secure Detention Center. Managerial experience overseeing and directing facility wide operations in a juvenile detention center. Knowledge of current treatment approaches for addressing a host of adolescent issues including mental health and substance abuse concerns. Should possess skills in program management. Possess excellent customer service and effective communication skills. Professional experience in Juvenile Justice, including supervisory experience and managerial experience; conducting operations in a Juvenile Detention Center. Proficient in the use of MS Office computer software (Word and Excel) Bilingual in English/Spanish. A year or more experience working in the juvenile justice field. Excellent verbal and written skills. Ability to think quickly and exercise good judgement while working in independent settings.

Duties require the ability to physically restrain acting out residents. Ability to lift weight up to 50 pounds. Requires the ability to run (periodic), walk and stand for long periods of time. Visual and auditory acuity is required to read log books, reports and data on computer monitor, incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment. Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Physical requirements can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

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.