Probation Administrator

Washington, D.C
Apr 30, 2021
May 07, 2021
Full Time


***This position is designated as a secondary law enforcement position for the purposes of retirement coverage under the law enforcement officer (LEO) retirement provisions. For persons currently covered by the LEO retirement provisions, this position meets the provisions for continuation of LEO retirement coverage. The incumbent of this position is subject to random drug screening and updated background investigations every five years.***

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This position is located in the Department of Program Services (DPS), Probation and Pretrial Services Office (PPSO), Criminal Law Policy Staff (CLPS). The CLPS provides primary staff support for the Judicial Conference Committee on Criminal Law in coordination with other offices within the Administrative Office (AO) and other stakeholders.

The incumbent of this position is responsible for providing staff support to the Criminal Law Committee and legal support to the Probation and Pretrial Services Office (PPSO) and the courts, as well as a variety of other duties performed by Criminal Law Policy Staff (CLPS).

Duties of the position include, but are not limited to:
  • Providing staff support to the Judicial Conference Committee on Criminal Law.
  • Researching, evaluating, and analyzing trends, developments, legal statutes, case law, precedents, and issues affecting the probation and pretrial services system.
  • Developing, analyzing, and preparing legal opinions and briefs on pending legislation, policies, practices, and procedures pertaining to criminal law matters.
  • Representing PPSO on various advisory groups involving probation and pretrial services regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Working with the Office of General Counsel, Office of Legislative Affairs, and other entities to interpret and implement policies and legislation concerning criminal law and the probation and pretrial services system, including drafting testimony, correspondence, and official reports.
  • Coordinating with other AO offices to develop policies and procedures implementing statutes pertaining to probation and pretrial services.
  • Representing PPSO's interests in matters involving the federal criminal justice system, including interactions with the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, and U.S. Sentencing Commission.

  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
  • Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience : Applicants must have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is experience involving the interpretation of statutes, regulations, decisional law and opinions, conducting legal research, and/or the preparation of legal memoranda, opinions, legislative proposals, and congressional testimony.

    Desired, but NOT required: A law degree from an accredited school.


    The basic qualifications can be met in one of three ways:
  • Degree in behavioral or social science, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
  • Combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
  • Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrates that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

  • Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

    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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