U.S. Probation/Pretrial Services - Saint Croix, VI

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The United States Probation/Pretrial Services Office, District of the United States Virgin Islands is accepting applications for the position of Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer, Type II. The position will be located in the St. Croix office. However, the Deputy Chief Probation Officer’s responsibilities covers the two divisional offices, St. Thomas and St. Croix. The Deputy Chief Probation Officer Type II assists the Chief Probation Officer in the administration and management of Federal pretrial, probation, and parole services within the judicial district of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Occupational Information: The Deputy Chief Probation Officer performs duties and responsibilities such as the following:

Participates in the organization and management of the office to ensure expeditious handling of investigative work for the courts, institutions, and parole authorities, and the effective supervision of persons on pretrial and post-conviction release.

Reviews and edit written work, including case plans, correspondence, presentence and bail reports submitted to the court. Ensure that recommendations made by officers to the court adhere to local and national policies and guidelines.

Assists in the management of the treatment services program.

Assists the Chief Probation Officer in the formulation, implementation, and modification of probation and parole policies in the district.

Assists in the selection of professional and support personnel for appointment.

Participates in systematic analysis of performance for all subordinates.

Assists in the supervision of the office staff including all support, professional, and administrative personnel; pays particular attention to travel, leave, and scheduling of work.

Assists in estimating personnel, space allocation, travel expenses, and purchase of services, equipment, and supplies.

Assists in establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with all components of the criminal justice system, to include federal, state, and local law enforcement, correctional, and social service agencies.

Assists in promoting and maintaining conditions which encourage staff loyalty, enthusiasm, and morale.

Assists in identifying training needs for the staff.

Participates in public relations which explain probation, parole, and other correctional services to the community.

Confers with judges, attorneys, and other interested parties to interpret office policies and procedures.

Monitors community issues and events with special focus on alleviating hazardous office and field incidents. Occasionally, deputy chief probation officer may perform the duties of a probation officer or supervising officer.

Perform related duties as required by the Chief Probation Officer and the Court.

Employee Benefits: U.S. Probation Officers participate as hazardous duty law enforcement officers under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). U.S. Probation employees are Judicial branch employees and work for the U.S. Courts. Employees are entitled to the accrual of 13 to 26 days of annual leave based on years of service, as well as 13 days sick leave per year. There is optional enrollment in federal health insurance, group life insurance, long term care options, long-term disability insurance, flexible spending program (pre-tax flexible spending for health care and dependant care) and a tax deferred Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan. Excellent retirement annuity and mandatory retirement at the age of 57 with 20 years of federal law enforcement experience. There are 10 paid federal holidays per year, and several paid local holidays. Creditable time in service on other federal agencies, or the military will be added to judiciary employment when computing employee benefits. Direct deposit is required for payment of compensation for employees.

Application Procedures: Candidates must submit copies of college, graduate and post-graduate school transcripts, two most recent performance evaluations, three references, a letter of interest which addresses their particular skills and experience, along with a current résumé and AO-78, Application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment (may be downloaded from These documents must be submitted by mail to:

Denise L. Donadelle-DeCosta
Chief U.S. Probation Officer
Ron de Lugo Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse
5500 Veterans Drive, Suite 335
St. Thomas, USVI 00802-6424
The U.S. Probation/Pretrial Services Office is not authorized to reimburse candidates for travel or relocation expenses.

Selection Process: The most qualified applicants will be invited to an interview. This determination will be based on a review of the applicant’s relevant experience, education, and training. References and former employers (whether listed as references or not) of the final group of candidates may be contacted to seek information of past performance history.


Skills Required

Qualifications: Completion of a graduate program or an advanced degree in fields relating to education, guidance counseling, social work, or psychology is preferred. To qualify for the position of a Deputy Chief Probation Officer, Type II at a JSP 14, a person must possess six (6) years of specialized experience, one of which must have been at the next lower grade level or its equivalent (CPS Level CL 29 is equal to a JSP 13).

At least three years prior management/supervisory experience, preferably in a court or community correctional setting.

Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is progressively responsible experience in the investigation, supervision, counseling and guidance of offenders in community correction, probation and/or pretrial programs. Experience in closely allied fields such as education guidance counselor, social worker, caseworker, psychologist, substance abuse treatment specialist, and a correctional researcher may constitute a portion of the specialized experience. Experience as a police officer, FBI agent, customs agent, marshal or similar positions do not meet the requirements of specialized experience. Specialized experience must have been earned after the bachelor’s degree has been granted.

Requirements: Each applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible to work permanently in the United States. First time applicants must be under the age of 37 at the time of appointment.

A successful applicant must undergo a full field background investigation by the Office of Personnel Management. The applicant must undergo a medical examination, a credit check and urine testing. The medical requirements and the essential job functions derived from the medical guidelines of probation officers, and officer assistants are available for public review at (Click on U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers/What Professional Standards Apply to Them/Officer and Officer Assistant Medical Requirements). The Court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct that can be found at (Click on Rules and Policies/Codes of Conduct/Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees).

Incumbent will be subject to ongoing random drug screening, updated background investigations every five years and, as deemed necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to fitness-for-duty evaluations.