Pretrial Services Officer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 14, 2021
Closes
Sep 16, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

If you are interested in a career as a Pretrial Services Officer, this job is for you! You will be a valued team member who works with defendants performing such duties as: conducting interviews, assessments, making recommendations for services to the court in management of defendants pending trial; assurance of defendants appearance in court.

Bargaining Unit Status: Covered

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies

This is a law enforcement position

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Responsibilities

As a Pretrial Services Officer, you will:
  • Gather and verify biographical and other background information on persons charged in U.S. District Court with violations of criminal and regulatory codes. Interview defendants, their families and community members. Research relevant law enforcement automated systems to investigate defendant's criminal justice history and offender status. Identify defendants with possible drug or alcohol abuse, medical conditions or other circumstances that may affect decisions on release and for eligibility for placement in a community supervision program while in pretrial or post conviction show cause status. Conduct risk assessments, analyze information and prepare recommendations to the court on program eligibility and other issues relating to conditions of release.
  • Supervise defendants following release and intervene as necessary to ensure compliance with pretrial obligations. Supervision may occur inside halfway houses and/or in the community and may include electronic monitoring equipment and processes. Develop a supervision plan based on individual circumstances of the defendant and conditions of release and review conditions of release and program participation requirements with the defendant to assist him/her in meeting the conditions. Conduct ongoing assessment of the defendant's public safety risk to the community and failure to appear for scheduled court dates. Maintain telephone and in person contact with the defendant, notify him/her of upcoming court dates and other pretrial commitments of the supervision plan. Assess the defendant's need for social services and refer him/her for drug, educational, mental health, vocational training or other appropriate services. Coordinate placement in social services programs and regularly monitor the defendant's performance in programs. Participate in planning strategies for the defendant receiving social services. When necessary, makes site visits to service providers and acts as liaison for the court with these providers.
  • Assess the defendant's degree of compliance with conditions of release, identify violations and determine action necessary to resolve noncompliance. Notify the court and the defendant's attorney and the U. S. Attorney's Office of violations and actions taken or recommend court sanctions or modification of release conditions to increase compliance. Work with the defendant, the attorney, treatment providers, court officials, halfway house staff or others involved in the defendant's pretrial management to coordinate actions and to maximize the defendant's compliance.
  • Attend bail (presentment or arraignment), show cause, violation and status hearings and other proceedings affecting assigned cases. Represents PSA, testify as necessary explaining PSA program policy, report on defendant compliance with supervision requirements and defending recommendations for release conditions, sentencing, sanctions or other actions on the defendant. Assist court officers in preparing release orders; review conditions of release with defendant at hearings. Check in defendants appearing for court; provide information on court services to the public; assists defendants, clients and attorneys.
  • Investigate bench warrant status of defendants who fail to or those who surrender after failing to appear. Verify defendants' whereabouts; research PSA and law enforcement systems; contact other local jurisdictions, family members or others in order to locate defendants and/or verify information; and investigate defendant's compliance with conditions of release. Work with the defendant, PSA personnel, or treatment providers to increase compliance. Surrender defendants with bench warrants to the court. Prepare reports to the court on failure to appear cases and provides recommendations for resolution of the case.
  • Document and maintain detailed records of case activity in accordance with court requirements and PSA policy and procedures. Update relevant automated systems and utilize systems to monitor pretrial activities such as drug testing or arrests in other jurisdictions. Prepare reports of defendant's participation in the pretrial program for the court, attorneys or other authorized officials. Apply rules of confidentiality in maintenance, protection and release of records, assuring that records are released to the appropriate people under the appropriate circumstances.


  • Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    12

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period, if not already completed
    • Position may be subject to random drug testing
    • Status applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade
    • Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the close of this announcement
    • HOURS: The incumbent of this position will be required to work in shifts or at unusual hours, including nights, weekends and holidays.
    • APPLICANTS MUST PROVIDE DATE OF BIRTH
    • A candidate appointed at a lower grade level may be promoted up to the full performance level without further competition.


    Qualifications

    To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic professional requirements, and specialized experience requirement below.

    Basic Professional Requirement: This position requires a four-year degree in behavioral or social science or other related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience that provides you with the knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field; OR four years of appropriate experience that demonstrates that you have knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

    To qualify at the GL-9 level, you must meet the basic professional requirement, you must possess 1 year of specialized experience that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the GL-7 grade level.

    Specialized experience for the GL-9 is defined as: working with individuals in a criminal justice environment explaining procedures and obtaining information; interviewing, monitoring and evaluating clients; assessing clients and developing treatment plans; making recommendations in court; routine use of computer applications and/or law enforcement or comparable database systems

    Substitution of Education for Experience for GL-9: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

    To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must meet the basic professional requirement, you must possess 1 year of specialized experience that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the GL-9 grade level.

    Specialized experience for the GS-11 is defined as: working with individuals in a criminal justice environment explaining procedures and obtaining information; supervising, interviewing, monitoring and evaluating clients; assessing clients and developing treatment plans; making recommendations in court; managing caseloads; assisting with conducting individual group therapy sessions; expert use of computer applications and/or law enforcement or comparable database systems

    Substitution of Education for Experience for GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

    To qualify at the GS-12 level, you must meet the basic professional requirement, you must possess 1 year of specialized experience that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level.

    Specialized experience for the GS-12 is defined as: working with individuals in a criminal justice environment explaining procedures and obtaining information; supervising, interviewing, monitoring and evaluating clients; assessing clients and developing treatment plans; making recommendations in court; managing caseloads; conducting individual group therapy sessions; expert use of computer applications and/or law enforcement or comparable database systems

    Maximum Entry Age: This position is covered under the special provision for law enforcement retirement. By law, applicants for such law enforcement positions must be between 21 and 37 years old to be considered for initial appointment (that is, first appointment to a federal law enforcement position). The maximum age for entry on duty in a law enforcement covered position is the date immediately proceeding the applicant's 37th birthday except for veterans' preference eligibles.

    Education

    There is education substitution at the GL-9 and GS-11 grade levels.

    If you are claiming education as any part of your qualification for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter semester hours earned. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program.

    For further information, click on http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Transcripts must be received on or before the closing date of this announcement.

    Additional information

    1. Reasonable Accommodation, this agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of this application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.

    2. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

    3. Equal Opportunity Employer: The Pretrial Services Agency is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other non-merit based factors.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your rating will be based on your responses to the job specific information provided in your resume. Your resume must clearly show how you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below. Failure to demonstrate how you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities will result in a rating of "Qualified" by the rating panel.

    1. Knowledge of pretrial, diagnostic, supervision, treatment policies, procedures and processing or supervision case management of individuals in the criminal justice system.

    2. Ability to write clear and concise reports and interact with internal PSA staff and external stakeholders who work in the criminal justice system.

    3. Experience in using law enforcement, court and case management computer systems to perform research and produce reports for the assessment and supervision of defendants, offenders, or person involve in the criminal justice system.

    Once the application process is completed, your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the job requirements. You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training, job- related awards and supervisory appraisal of performance. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your resume will be forwarded to a panel for rating. Category Rating will be used to evaluate applicants using the following categories to further determine which applicants will be referred to the selecting official for final consideration.

    Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level on all evaluation criteria.

    Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level on evaluation criteria.

    Qualified: Applicants possessing the specialized experience described above.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Your Resume listing hours worked per week, salary, dates of employment and duties performed.
    2. Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education. Transcripts must include the school name, student name, degree and date awarded, if applicable. (Note: If you are selected for the position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day)
    • Your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
    • Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.


    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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