The following are all minimum requirements in order to qualify for this position:
B.S or B.A. degree in Behavioral Sciences Field, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice or related field and a minimum of 24-Post Graduate credit hours earned in a Behavioral Science field with certification from applicant’s school stating that the applicant is in acceptable scholastic standing OR one year work experience in the full time work in corrections or a juvenile agency dealing with juvenile offenders. Bilingual ability (Spanish/English) is desirable, but not mandatory. Must have a telephone and report residence. Must have vehicle for transportation and show proof of automobile liability insurance coverage. Must secure and maintain certification as a Juvenile Probation Officer by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. Must be able to pass a pre-employment background investigation.
Provide intensive supervision of juveniles, monitoring a caseload to include conducting home, school, field, office and community visits. Complies with the frequency of visits required by the SHOCAP Intensive Supervision Program.
Participates in case staffing in the preparation of the case plan for SHOCAP Intensive Supervision cases. Develop individual supervision plans for juveniles and oversees participation of juveniles court ordered programs. Participates in school, therapeutic and/or other related meetings to ensure court compliances and/or service delivery.
Oversees behavior of the juveniles placed on Intensive Supervision Probation to ensure the juveniles follow Court Orders.
Knowledgeable of and coordinates community resources required by the case plan and/or court order as the primary member of the Intensive Supervision Team.
Ensures coordination with other team members.
Must possess good decision making skills as well as knowledge of Departmental policies and procedures; the TJJD standards; the Texas Penal Code and Family Code in order to explain detention/probation/court orders and conditions to juveniles and family members. Uses moderate discretion and possess the initiative to complete work assignments with little oversight.
Testifies before the Juvenile Court as required and makes recommendations to the Court on supervision strategies and treatment plans for the juvenile.
Must be able to work with high risk youths and their family members. Must be willing to work late nights in high crime areas and with a population prone to delinquent and criminal acts.
Must be knowledgeable of community providers and resources and have the ability to foster and maintain working relationships with contracted and community providers.
Prepares and files court papers such as requests for petitions, motions to modify dispositions, and affidavits requesting a directive to apprehend, as well as review reports and memorandums to the court.
Must have knowledge of case management practices; knowledge of support service programs and eligibility requirements; knowledge of mediation and behavior modification techniques; graduated sanctions; knowledge of issues affecting troubled adolescents; knowledge of social services delivery network; knowledge of TJJD and residential placement facilities; knowledge of registration requirements for adjudicated sex offenders; knowledge of juvenile law, Texas Juvenile Justice Code, and Texas Family Code; knowledge of DSM-IV terminology and court procedures; and knowledge of word processing software and other computer applications utilized by the department.
Must posses the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; ability to communicate effectively with hostile, abusive or irrational individuals; ability to obtain and organize information; ability to operate personal computer and basic office equipment; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, County employees, outside organizations, attorneys and the general public; ability to work closely with court officials and local law enforcement on cases; ability to manage time effectively; ability to interpret legal statutes; ability to analyze reports and create strategic and tactical plans.
Must be able and willing to provide training regarding Level IV programming, departmental policies, procedures, court proceedings as well as TJJD standards. Be willing to mentor and train new employees.
Must be willing to work extended non traditional hours to include weekends and holidays as necessary.
Assists with unit caseload as necessary.
Must be able to attend monthly SHOCAP meetings and be able to network and work in conjunction with various law enforcement agencies.
Must be able to work in conjunction with TJJD parole officer assigned to identified SHOCAP offenders on TJJD parole.
Performs any other duties as may be assigned by the Director of Probation Services.
Oversees and monitors a caseload of juvenile offenders under intensive supervision which includes conducting home, school , field and office visits; preparing chronological reports to document progress for court proceedings and treatment purposes; conducts interviews; prepares social history investigations; develops individual supervision plans; counsels juveniles and families. Level IV officer is responsible for making decisions regarding detention of juveniles; release of juveniles, modification of probationary status and makes recommendations to the Juvenile Court regarding the disposition of juveniles’ cases. Level IV officer will represent the department at court and detention hearings; provides on-the-job training to new Probation Officers; and attends meetings and training sessions as scheduled.
This will entail making home visits on evenings and weekends. Officer will be on 24-hour call.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
1 Must be able to work more than 40 hours during the workweek, if required.
2. Must have interpersonal skills to interact effectively with troubled juveniles,
co-workers, and the general public.
3. Must possess good communication skills in order to explain to juveniles and
family members, the conditions of supervision and consequences of failure to
comply as well as maintain frequent communication with co-workers, other
County employees, government agencies, law enforcement, outside
organizations, and the general public. Communication is primarily in person,
via telephone and through written correspondence.
4. High degree of responsibility coupled with a strong interest in young people.
5. Must have the ability to work positively and effectively with all types of children
including severely maladjusted children.
6. Possess the ability and willingness to learn the deviant forms of behavior
in juveniles and handle such behavior as constructively as possible.
7. Two (2) years of experience working directly with high-risk youth AND be
certified at least one (1) year as a Juvenile Probation Officer. *This is Preferred.
8. Have a minimum of three (3) years case management experience. *This is