Probation Counselor I

Fairfax, Virginia
$49,380.03 - $82,299.15 Annually
Apr 24, 2021
May 08, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Located in Court Services Division's Pretrial Services Unit of the General District Court, this position interviews recently incarcerated defendants to determine their eligibility for participation in the Court's Supervised Release Program. Specific duties include:

  • Conducts interviews in the jail using the Pretrial and Community Corrections System (PTCC) Pretrial Defendant Questionnaire (PDQ), the Virginia Court Appointed Counsel sheet and the Virginia Pretrial Risk Assessment Instrument (VPRAI); interviews involve collecting data from arresting documents, gathering information from personal interviews with defendants, verifying the information with family, friends, employers and co-workers.
  • Documents information using the PTCC computer program and obtains defendants' criminal histories using the Fairfax County local record system, the NCIC/VCIN and DMV criminal history computer systems.
  • Reviews all data that reflect on a defendant's degree of risk of danger to the community (individual and/or general public) and the degree of risk of fleeing the jurisdiction or failing to appear in court.
  • Presents bond recommendations to the magistrates at the jail or to the judiciary in court at arraignments; bond recommendations can include monetary bond (higher or lower), third party custody, Supervised Release, personal recognizance or any combination

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, 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.

National Crime Information Center/Virginia Crime Information Network (NCIC/VCIN) certification within six months of appointment and recertification every two years.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Education, or related field.
  • Good working knowledge of the criminal justice system as a whole.
  • Some experience working in a court/jail setting or agency that has a close connection with a General District Court.
  • Basic knowledge of the Code of Virginia, especially in adult community corrections.
  • Basic competency in the PTCC (Pretrial and Community Corrections System and Case Management System (CMS).
  • Some experience making release recommendations to the magistrates for defendants eligible for Supervised Release.
  • Some proficiency in Spanish is preferred but not required.
  • Experience in the use of Microsoft Office computer software, especially Outlook, Word, and Excel.

  • The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check.
  • Contingent upon area of assignment, some positions require a check of the Child Protective Services Registry and National Crime Information Center/Virginia Crime Information Network (NCIC/VCIN) prior to employment.

Job is generally sedentary in nature, however, visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor. Must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment. May be required to lift up to 15 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran 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.