Probation Officer Trainee/Program Contract Officer

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The New York City Department of Probation (DOP) helps build stronger and safer communities by working with and supervising people on probation, fostering positive change in their decision-making and behavior, and expanding opportunities for them to move out of the criminal and juvenile justice systems through meaningful education, employment, health services, family engagement and civic participation. We are located in every borough across the City and provide three core services –pre-sentence investigations, intake and probation supervision. In summary, DOP ensures that people who enter our system are supervised according to their risk level and receive the support and services they need to abide by the law and be an asset to their communities.

DOP is administering various community organization-based programs that offer enhanced services, resources, supports and opportunities for juveniles, young adults and adults involved in the criminal justice system. The ultimate goals of the programs are to help build stronger and safer communities, reduce crime and recidivism, promote lifelong educational gains, career exploration, employment attainment and retention for court-involved probation clients.

The Probation Officer Trainee will be assigned to a specialized unit responsible for providing day-today supervision of a portfolio of program sites. This unit works with CBOs to ensure contractual and programmatic goals are met, in addition to overseeing the effective implementation of program model components. Among other responsibilities, this unit: monitors and evaluates program services; reviews program plans and budgets; provides technical assistance and expertise; evaluates contract performance reports, as well as audits and fiscal documents to ensure compliance; make summary reports to higher administrative levels along with recommendations to improve programs and prepare standard reports as designated by senior staff. Perform other related duties as determined by Adult Operations senior staff.

As Probation Officer Trainees, incumbents may also be required to conduct court ordered investigations of criminal offenses, supervise probationers, prepare maintain case records, operate a motor vehicle , may be required to carry a firearm for certain assignments and perform other related duties as determined by Adult Operations senior staff.

Minimum Qual Requirements

Qualification Requirements
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, including or supplemented by 30 semester credits in sociology, law, psychology, education, social work, criminology, rehabilitation counseling, counseling, guidance, or related courses that cover contemporary, cultural, social or psychological issues.

License Requirement A motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York. This license must be maintained for the duration of employment.

Peace Officer Status
Eligibility for Peace Officer status must be maintained for the duration of employment.

Preferred Skills
• Understanding of the mission, goals and objectives, structure, and operations of DOP.
• Familiarity with non-profit organizations providing resources, services, support and opportunities to court-involved individuals.
• One year or more hands-on contract/program management experience
• Familiarity with curriculum-based, transformative mentoring programs
• Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment.
• Computer literate with working skills in Microsoft Word and Excel.
• Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
• Advanced analytical, evaluative, and objective critical thinking skills.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with management.
• Ability to perform complex tasks and handle multiple projects independently.
To Apply
External Applicants:
Internal Applicants: Employee Self Service (ESS)
Residency Requirement
New York City Residency is not required for this position; however, you must reside in New York State.

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