CHIEF U.S. PROBATION OFFICER
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 seeking a Chief U.S. Probation Officer. The Chief U.S. Probation Officer administers and manages Federal pretrial, probation and parole services within the judicial district of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Chief Probation Officer is responsible for ensuring the expeditious handling of all investigative probation/pretrial work for the Court, for effective supervision of pretrial releasees, probationers, supervised releasees and parolees as well as the administration of district-wide programs for drug/alcohol/mental health services for defendants/offenders. The Chief Probation Officer has oversight responsibility for the annual budget and manages all federally appropriated funds. As certifying officer for the Probation /Pretrial Services Office, the Chief Probation Officer authorizes all expenditures of the Probation/Pretrial Services Office and maintains appropriate fiscal controls.

Occupational Information: The 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 release and post-conviction supervision.

Reviews, analyzes, and interprets statutory, Judicial Conference, and Sentencing Commission requirements for the administration of pretrial, probation and supervised release services; promulgates policies, procedures, and guidelines necessary to meet these requirements.

Maintains administrative liaison with the court of jurisdiction to include promulgating policies, procedures, and guidelines to meet the unique needs of the court, along with standards to ensure an appropriate level of service delivery. Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with other local court executives to ensure appropriate level of service delivery to the court.

Selects and recommends candidates for appointment as probation officers to the court and appoints all non-officer personnel; provides specific recommendations to the court in all other personnel matters including promotions, salary increases, disciplinary actions, and dismissals; ensures all personnel are carefully selected and adequately trained; makes certain the work of all subordinates is systematically evaluated.

Manages the staff of the office including all clerical, professional, supervisory, and administrative personnel.

Prepares operating budget and makes estimates of personnel, space allocation, and operating allowance needs; oversees and is responsible for providing adequate space, equipment, and supplies for the operation of the office; approves requisitions; certifies vouchers for payment; and maintains appropriate fiscal controls in all matters pertaining to travel expenses and purchases of services, equipment, and supplies.

Responsible for the oversight of the solicitation and implementation of contractual services for substance abuse and mental health treatment of offenders/defendants.

Establishes and administers continuing in-service training programs to ensure high-quality service delivery through consistent staff development.

Maintains a system of communication, enabling awareness of pertinent information at all levels; delegates decision-making responsibility at appropriate levels; provides qualitative and quantitative measures of work performance; and assures accountability with minimal interference to service delivery.

Maintains liaison with the chief judge and other judges and makes specific recommendations regarding court-related criminal justice issues.

Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with other probation offices to assure all requests for assistance from other districts are met promptly and effectively.

Establishes and maintains cooperative relationship with all components of the criminal justice system to include federal, state, and local law enforcement, correctional and social service agencies.

Promotes and maintains conditions that encourage staff loyalty, enthusiasm and morale.

Develops and maintains a public relations program that explains probation, pretrial, supervised release, and other correctional services to the community.

Monitors community events and issues with special attention to alleviating hazardous office and field incidents.

Occasionally, may perform the duties of probation officers or supervising probation officers.

Performs related duties as required by the court.

Organizational Relationships: The Chief Probation Officer is a high-level management position that is under the administrative direction of the Chief Judge of the District Court and is directly responsible for the administration of the Probation/Pretrial Services Office.

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 Chief Probation Officer JSP - 14 through JSP - 16, an applicant must possess at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, at least three years of specialized experience, one of which must have been at the next lower grade level or its equivalent.

The three years of specialized experience is mandatory and does not permit any substitutions. Six years specialized experience is preferred.

At least three years substantial management experience is required, preferably in a court or community corrections 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.

Desirable Personal Characteristics: A successful candidate must be a leader and motivator; must be highly organized; must possess maturity, tact, good judgment, poise and initiative; and must maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all time. The ability to meet the public, work harmoniously with others and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is required. A successful candidate must be flexible and be conscientious about detail and accuracy. A successful candidate must be able to balance the demands of varying workload responsibilities and deadlines.

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 http://www.uscourts.gov (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 http://www.uscourts.gov (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.

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 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 http://www.uscourts.gov. 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. At the Court’s direction, references and former employers (whether listed as references or not) of the final group of candidates may be contacted to seek information on past performance history.

THE COURT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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 Chief Probation Officer JSP - 14 through JSP - 16, an applicant must possess at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, at least three years of specialized experience, one of which must have been at the next lower grade level or its equivalent.

The three years of specialized experience is mandatory and does not permit any substitutions. Six years specialized experience is preferred.

At least three years substantial management experience is required, preferably in a court or community corrections 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.

Desirable Personal Characteristics: A successful candidate must be a leader and motivator; must be highly organized; must possess maturity, tact, good judgment, poise and initiative; and must maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all time. The ability to meet the public, work harmoniously with others and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is required. A successful candidate must be flexible and be conscientious about detail and accuracy. A successful candidate must be able to balance the demands of varying workload responsibilities and deadlines.

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 http://www.uscourts.gov (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 http://www.uscourts.gov (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.

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