City of Alexandria, VA - Alexandria, VA

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A Probation Officer performs a full range of intake and investigative work involving the investigations of facts and circumstances of all complaints brought to the attention of the Court Services Unit, and provides investigative casework, counseling, and related services to juveniles and families involved in the Court Services Unit programs of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. An employee in this class is granted a wide range of authority under the Code of Virginia. A Probation Officer carries a case load which includes complex and difficult cases. A Probation Officer performs his/her duties under the general supervision of a Court Services Supervisor, and performs after hours intake duties on a rotating bases.


• Investigates complaints to determine probable cause, whether petitions should be filed with the Court, or cases should be diverted to other agencies that can better serve the interests of the child, family and/or community;
• Approves the issuance of arrest warrants;
• Visits clients homes to monitor living situation and behavior, and visits those clients placed in detention centers and/or jail;
• Prepares and files petitions with the Court, enters cases onto docket, notifies the juvenile and parents of the court date, and attends Juvenile Detention hearings to present Probable cause findings to the court in delinquent cases, and makes recommendatiions to the court regarding detention or release;
• Monitors clients' progress and compliance with conditions of probation/parole by meeting to discuss their behavior in the community, home school and/or work settings;
• Provides informal supervision to those cases identified at the Intake level as needing short term counseling, and ongoing counseling and crisis intervention services to juveniles and their families as specified in individual services plans;
• Make recommendations to the Court about the offender, e.g., probation, referral to a Learning Center, detention home, or sheltered care facility;
• Develops and monitors payment plans for restitution;
• Enters and updates data in the Commonwealth of Virginia's automated Juvenile Tracking System (JTS) and other databases;
• Writes and maintains thorough and accurate chronological records of all client contacts; Prepares correspondence to and maintains liaison with school guidance counselors, Learning Centers, employment counselors, employers, recreation specialists, and others directly and indirectly related to assigned cases to monitor and discuss youth/juvenile's progress;
• Complies information for Dispositional Reports and Social Histories, and prepares assessments of cases and recommendations for sentences;
• Assist with orientation and training to new probation officers;
• Participates in the development of special programs for clients;
• Coordinates with the Department of Human Services the provision of services to clients in the custody of Human Services;
• Confers with a Court Services Supervisor to discuss assigned cases, and attends periodic training sessions;
• Conducts court ordered custody investigations;
• Presents probation and parole program information to community and inmate groups;
• Participates in the evaluation of treatment resources;
• Interviews individuals seeking Civil petitions in cases of family abuse to determine probable cause;
• Prepares and files Protective Orders, Visitation Custody Support and Paternity petitions;
and performs related work as required.

Four year college degree; completion of college level courses in sociology, psychology, social work, criminal justice, or related field of study; considerable probation casework or intake experience. This position also requires thorough knowledge of juvenile court procedures and laws; knowledge of casework methods and clients supervision practices; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with youth and their families, unit staff, social service agencies, public officials, and the general public; ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, and the ability to analyze attitudinal and behavioral problems objectively

Post graduate courses relating to Mental health and the judicial system, psychology, counseling, or related field; two years experience in case management with clients in criminal justice and mental health systems; and Bilingual English and Spanish. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish speaking) skills.