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Arlington, Virginia
$70,116.80 - $107,140.80 Annually
Apr 02, 2021
Apr 15, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

The Community Corrections Unit (CCU) within the Department of Human Services is hiring an experienced Probation Counselor to provide direction and leadership to the Arlington Community Corrections program. Arlington Community Corrections is a local probation office that offers misdemeanor offenders supervision, alternatives to incarceration, and monitoring of court-ordered special conditions. This position leads, plans, and directs the day-to-operations of the Community Corrections Probation Services programs for both Arlington County (primary) and the City of Falls Church (local probation services) to ensure support and access to high quality services and probation required programs. This position also oversees the Department of Criminal Justice Services Grant.

The CCU promotes offender accountability and affords individuals an opportunity to achieve a successful personal life. This is a highly public-facing position which will collaborate with local and state government officials, criminal justice agencies within and outside of Virginia, law enforcement, the judiciary, Commonwealth Attorney, Public Defender, Defense Bar, and community stakeholders to develop and sustain a dynamic planning process for public safety, probation supervision, and client success while facilitating the behavioral health care needs of the population served. This Probation Counselor Supervisor will apply a comprehensive knowledge of the laws, regulations, and procedures governing community corrections programs to oversee a team of Probation Counselors and administrative support staff.

To learn more about the program and services, please visit CCU .

Responsibilities include:
  • Supervises staff including establishing work schedules, assigning and reviewing work, providing training, evaluating work performance, and providing training for staff and others within the Bureau, Division, and Department;
  • Reviews criminal records, court referrals, and case files for accuracy and completeness, makes case assignments, and provides initial and final case reviews;
  • Ensures all CCU policies and procedures are in compliance with Arlington County and with the Department of Criminal Justice Services Standards while fostering public trust and confidence in community-based programs;
  • Collaborates with the Judiciary, the Community Criminal Justice Board, Client Services Entry Bureau, Mental Health Criminal Justice Committee, Arlington Addiction Recovery Initiative, Arlington Disability and Justice System Coalition, and other criminal justice related committees to provide criminal just related input, ideas, education, training, and awareness of best practices within and from the criminal justice field;
  • Works with the Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association to advance and educate stakeholders about pretrial and probation supervision issues, needs, and initiatives;
  • Oversees the Behavioral Health Docket and collaborates with the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office to support the needs of the BHD;
  • Determines compliance with program components, participates in court proceedings, prepares and provides client reports, and guides probation counselors with fulfilling these same functions;
  • Manages the Department of Criminal Justice Services Grant (DCJS) application process in collaboration with the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office;
  • Completes quarterly and annual progress and financial reports in collaboration with the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office to ensure compliance with all DCJS grant requirements;
  • Works with the Courts to identify unmet probation supervision needs and methods for implementing solutions; and
  • Manages a small caseload of clients as needed based upon workload of staff.
The ideal candidate will have proven leadership skills, a broad background in community corrections probation, as well as exceptional communication skills to create and sustain strong partnerships with the judiciary, law enforcement, State, Federal, and local criminal justice agencies.

Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria

Minimum Qualifications & Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, psychology, social work or a related field: and
  • At least three years of experience performing probationary casework as a probation officer.
Substitution: Additional qualifying related experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Supervisory/leadership experience in a probation and/or pretrial services agency
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI);
  • Working in a behavioral health care environment; and/or
  • Oversight of psycho educational programming/groups.

Special Requirements

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Employee must complete a criminal background check and a Virginia Central Registry background check through the County's Human Resources Department.

Must successfully complete Basic Skill training, provided by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

Must become VCIN certified and maintain such certification within six months of hire.

Additional Information

WORK HOURS: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday with some flexibility to telework/work remotely.

This position is part of an office that is grant funded and performs offender drug testing. This position will occasionally perform drug testing as a part of this job. Information regarding such testing may be communicated among staff, clients, the Courts, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Behavioral Health Docket, and other criminal justice related agencies and/or services providers.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will be not be accepted.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Please provide the following:
  • Highest level of degree earned:
  • Concentration of degree:
  • Years of full-time experience in the criminal justice system as a probation officer:
  • If you are substituting years of full-time experience for the education requirement as described in the qualifications, please provide full details here:


Please share any experience supervising or leading a team of probation and/or pretrial officers/counselors including dates of employment, employers name, and responsibilities of position.


Please describe your experience managing a caseload of clients as a probation officer in the legal system.


This is a leadership position in the community. Please describe your experience collaborating with local and/or government leadership in the criminal justice system to create public trust and confidence in community-based programs


Please share any additional information in your work background which you want to be considered when reviewing your application.

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