JUVENILE PROBATION OFFICER I (60001)
$33,921.60 - $51,400.80
Location: Dale
GENERAL
The Alabama Administrative Office of Courts (AOC) is currently accepting applications from qualified individuals to fill a vacancy in the class of JUVENILE PROBATION OFFICER I (60001) for Dale County. Applications for this position will be accepted until Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM.
Note: This is a confidential (non-merit) appointment. Confidential employees are exempt from merit system rules and regulations relating to appointment, tenure, and appeal.
WORK SETTING
This is entry-level professional work involving monitoring and documenting behavior of juveniles under the jurisdiction and supervision of the Juvenile Court.  The principal duties are performed in a general office environment, courtroom, and at field sites throughout the county where employed.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the appointing authority (Juvenile Court Judge) and direct supervision of the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer.
TYPICAL DUTIES
        Manages a caseload of juvenile offenders, including supervising children on court-ordered probation, informal adjustment and consent decrees.
        Performs intake and magistrate duties, including initiating juvenile cases and making informal adjustments according to the Alabama Rules of Juvenile Procedure, receiving and evaluating misdemeanor criminal complaints, and screening admissions of children to detention and shelter facilities.
        Conducts background investigation on children, enters and maintains data in the State Judicial Information System.
        Compiles, investigates, verifies and presents reports to court officials; develops and presents recommendations to juvenile judge regarding incarceration of children. 
        Attends 72-hour hearings and other court hearings as appropriate.
        Performs risk/needs assessment and identifies resources available to help children; develops case plans and assists children in completing applications and forms for official referrals. 
        Counsels and advises children and their families regarding pertinent personal, social, educational, financial, vocational and health matters.
Completes application referrals on children referred for placement; researches alternative placement and makes applications as ordered by the court.
        Communicates with children in placement on a regular basis and visits at facilities when juveniles are in residential placement.
        Monitors aftercare; sets up rules and terms of aftercare, completes necessary paperwork and has regular conferences with the child to review progress.
        Conducts school visits to monitor children on probation; may monitor curfew and conduct home visits to monitor children on probation.
        Coordinates the participation of community services organizations with children.
        Enforces adherence to court ordered conditions of probation; investigates and processes probation violations and makes recommendations regarding revocation of probation.
        Reports and receives any infraction of probationary rules and takes appropriate actions.
        Presents information in court relating to children on probation and serves as a liaison between the court and the child’s family.
        Ensures children keep current with restitution payments; assist children in finding employment.
        Physically supervises collection of urine samples from children as ordered by the court.
        Maintains professional certification as a juvenile probation officer by attending workshops and conferences as approved by the Administrative Office of Courts Judicial College.
        May speak on juvenile topics at community functions and schools.
        Must be able to work variable hours to include nights.
        Performs related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND/OR SKILLS
        Knowledge of current principles and practices associated with juvenile probationary activities.
        Knowledge of laws and statutes concerning children in Alabama.
        Knowledge of counseling practices and casework techniques.
        Knowledge of social, economic and psychological forces related to the causes and problems of juvenile delinquency.
        Knowledge of social and medical services provided by public and private agencies to facilitate children on probation, consent degrees and after care programs.
        Skill in the use of modern office equipment, personal computers and related software.
        Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations.
        Ability to work with at-risk children and their parents.
        Ability to analyze facts, maintains records, prepare reports and exercise sound judgment.
        Ability to speak in public and transmit written communications to other members of the JPO staff.
        Ability to maintain certification as a Juvenile Probation Officer in the state of Alabama. 
        Ability to travel and to be on call on nights, holidays and weekends.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
        Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in counseling, criminal justice, psychology, sociology or a closely related field with preferably one year’s experience in probation or social casework.  Must possess and maintain a valid Alabama Driver’s License and have access to reliable transportation for duties requiring travel. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
        Must be able to obtain certification as a Juvenile Probation Officer in the state of Alabama within first twelve months of employment.

Policy on Accepting College Coursework, Post-Secondary and Advanced Degrees

         

        1.     Specific college coursework required for a job, as well as, Bachelor’s, graduate, post graduate, and doctoral degrees will be accepted from the schools accredited by any of the six regional accreditation associations in the United States listed below:

  

                ·      Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

                ·      Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

                ·      Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

                ·      Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

                ·      New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)

                ·      Western Association of Schools and Colleges-Senior College and University Commission (WASC-SCUC)

        

        2.     Course work or degrees from schools that have not been accredited by one of the above listed regional accreditation associations may be accepted if a regionally accredited school considers the coursework or degree to be an acceptable prerequisite for admission to an advance degree program.  For example, if a regionally accredited school accepts an applicant’s bachelor’s degree for admittance into a graduate degree program, the Administrative Office of Courts’ (AOC) Human Resources Division will accept the college coursework if a regional accredited school accepts the coursework towards a post-secondary degree (e.g., a bachelor’s degree).  This must be documented by a letter of acceptance from the regionally accredited school.  The AOC Human Resources Division will review such requests on a case-by-case basis.

        Note:  This policy is subject to change.  Other state agencies, and/or branches of government may have additional requirements.

        *The term “regionally accredited school” refers to an institution of higher education accredited by one of the above listed accreditation associations.

 

HOW TO APPLY
Qualified individuals should complete the Alabama Unified Judicial System’s Employment Application (Form PERS 22 Rev. 5/12), which can be obtained at the AOC Human Resources Office, or the web site at: (http://humanresources.alacourt.gov), or the local offices of the Alabama State Employment Service. Resumes may be submitted with the application, but will not be accepted as a substitute for the application form.



Forward all materials to:
Administrative Office of Courts
Attention: Human Resources Division (60001)
300 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36104-3741


Applications must be received at the above address on or before Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Applications received after that date will not be accepted. Selected applicants will be scheduled for interviews at a later date.

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