Assistant Probation Officer - Community ...
Dakota County - Dakota County, MN

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POSTING TYPE: External - Open Competitive
DEPARTMENT: Community Corrections
HOURS: Full time and Part time
HIRING RANGE: $44,400 - $48,200/year (B32 DBM Level)
LOCATION: Various locations throughout Dakota County
UNION: Community Corrections Association
CLOSE DATE: 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

This posting is intended to create a roster that will be used to fill vacancies that may occur for up to one year. Interested parties are encouraged to apply.


We are committed to preventing crime and repairing harm caused by crime.

We promote:
. Public safety and crime prevention in the community;
. Accountability and opportunity for positive change of the offender;
. Justice for the victims;
. Respectful treatment for all involved.

Position Information:
These positions are responsible for interacting with offenders on a face-to-face basis for the purpose of implementing case plans, preparing progress and violation reports, and making referrals to appropriate community programs. Assistant Probation Officers will be assigned to work in one of the following units: Adult, Juvenile Field, Probation Service Center and Intake.

Minimum Qualifications:
. Bachelor's degree in Corrections, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Education or related behavioral science field
  • Two years of full-time related post-secondary coursework in one of the above fields AND Two years of related paraprofessional experience in a corrections or human services agency
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required license(s):
  • Valid driver's license required
  • First Aid/CPR certificate within 6 months of hire.
Pursuant to Dakota County Policy and Procedures Manual Section 3102 (L), this position is designated as Safety Sensitive.

Duties & Responsibilities:
These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required for all positions.

1. Manage and provide direct services to offenders to monitor compliance with court ordered conditions and to implement the case plan.
2. Determine offender eligibility for work release and other programs, makes appropriate referrals and monitors offender progress.
3. Conduct intake process and makes appropriate referrals.
4. Prepare reports such as progress, discharge, transfer and submit to court.
5. Assist in the preparation of violation reports for review by Probation Officers or Unit Supervisors.
6. Make collateral contacts with employers or others involved in the offender's programming as necessary.
7. Manage/maintain offender records.
8. Recruit, train, and interact with staff at community agencies to provide work site placements for juvenile and adult offenders.
9. Participate in the restorative process by interviewing offenders, explaining the programs, determining if the offender is appropriate to participate in programs; solicits partnerships with community agencies.
10. Respond to offender's questions, concerns and emergencies.

1. Investigate victims restitution request and determines appropriate restitution.
2. Maintain restitution investigation files.
3. Make referrals to appropriate victim resources.
4. Provide pre-court Victim Impact Statements and pre-sentencing restitution investigation determinations.
5. Coordinate/facilitate Restorative Conference Sessions.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: This job classification exists in several units throughout the Community Corrections Department. Because positions vary slightly from unit to unit, essential functions will be provided for specific positions when vacancies are being filled.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities and Work Environment:
  • Knowledge of MN adult and juvenile correction/law enforcement statutes.
  • Knowledge of DHS rules/Correctional Reporting Statues.
  • Knowledge of data privacy practices.
  • Knowledge of and ability to implement investigative techniques.
  • Knowledge of proper urinalysis testing and Breathalyzer procedures.
  • Knowledge of restorative justice principles and practices.
  • Knowledge and understanding of ethnic diversities.
  • Knowledge of community resources and other programs available to offenders such as chemical dependency programs, gambling treatment, mental health treatment, education programs, money management courses, individual counseling, and cognitive skills groups.
  • Knowledge of victim's rights (i.e. MN Reparations Board).
  • Investigative and critical thinking skills.
  • Analysis and interpretation skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member within department policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with offenders, coworkers, law enforcement officials, judges and treatment facilities.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to operate several complex computer systems such as MNCIS, CSTS, OnBase, Statewide Supervision System, CJIIN and Microsoft Office. Ability to resolve problems related to these computer systems.
  • Ability to work under stress and use discretion in making decisions.
  • Ability to advise people in crisis situations and make decision leading to crisis resolution.
  • Ability to prioritize work according to offender and agency need.
  • Ability to assess a person's social, economic, emotional, mental, and health needs.
  • Ability to utilize motivational interviewing and victim empathy skills.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a County office building. Some positions are located in the juvenile detention center. Some positions are required to travel to various County locations. All positions have a lifting requirement of up to 20 pounds on an occasional basis and 10 pounds on a frequent basis. Some positions have a lifting requirement of up to 50 pounds on an occasional basis and 20 pounds on a frequent basis. Some positions are exposed to hazardous materials such as chemicals, blood and other body fluids. Types of equipment used include computer, telephone, and copy and fax machines, breathalyzer, 2-way radios, handcuffs, and audio and visual equipment.Pursuant to Dakota County Policy and Procedures Manual Section 3240 (13), this position is designated as Safety Sensitive.

SELECTION PROCESS: The examination/selection process for this classification will consist of a rating of your training and experience from the application materials submitted. The top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.

Dakota County Employee Relations
Main Number 651.438.4435 (contact 8 a.m - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday)

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