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Juvenile Probation Officer II

Company: Williamson County
Location: Georgetown
Posted on: May 31, 2021

Job Description:

JOB SUMMARY

Reporting directly to the Probation Supervisor on site, responsible for providing case management and supervision of youth on assigned caseload using trauma-informed practices. Areas served by Probation Officer II include:Intake, Field, Prevention, Residential Case Manager, and Court. Level II of II in Juvenile Probation.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

  • Understands, practices, and promotes the vision of Williamson County Juvenile Services
  • Maintains daily focus on the department's service philosophy when interacting with youth, including emphasis on Developmental Assets, Developmental Relationships, SPARK identification, Motivational Interviewing, and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)
  • Performs supervisory duties in the absence of assigned supervisor
  • Trains and mentors new Probation Officers
  • Engages with youth on their caseload to develop relationships and focuses efforts toward diversion of youth from commitment to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD)
  • Models positive behavior and leadership to youth in all interactions
  • Redirects youth behavior using appropriate trauma-focused interventions when necessary
  • Performs investigations and evaluations of offenders to submit social histories and/or recommendations to relevant court(s)
  • Interviews and counsels offenders and families in development and rehabilitation
  • Appears in juvenile court and testifies for relevant hearings regarding youth on caseload
  • Provides supervision of youth on Conditions of Release, monitor compliance with Electronic Monitor for youth placed on Deferred Prosecution and Court Ordered Probation
  • Maintains compliance with contact and case plan standards
  • Coordinates and transports juveniles for appointments outside the facility and for placement in out-of-county and TJJD facilities
  • Coordinates, supervises and facilitates special programs such as Family Nights (to include evenings and weekends)
  • Develops relationships and communicated regularly with personnel in law enforcement, schools, courts, community organizations, and other social service agencies
  • Readily complies with departmental/county-wide policies and TJJD standards
  • Supervises youth on probation to include deferred, formal and out of county placements
  • Supervises First Offender Program and SEARCH Program youth
  • Collaborates with all relevant staff and counselors to provide case management supervision to residential caseload of juveniles on highest levels of supervision
  • Attends expulsion hearings in each school district throughout the county, as needed
  • Conducts and facilitates the intake process for youth placed into the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) and the CORE therapeutic residential program
  • Works closely with JJAEP school personnel in recording attendance and progress
  • Assists with compiling, monitoring, and recording statistical data for reports to TJJD
  • Attends all meeting and trainings as required
  • Performs special duties as assigned

SPECIALIZED AREAS JOB DUTIES

INTAKE:

  • Reviews cases to determine probable cause and communicates with the Judge for approval
  • Completes intake with a youth and their family and makes a determination regarding disposition according to our referral agreement and policy

FIELD:

  • Provides supervision to youth on Deferred Prosecution by Department, Deferred Prosecution by Court and Formal Supervision
  • Work with counselors in each office to meet mental health needs of youth and family
  • Engages youth in identifying and developing SPARK interests, and works with community partners to establish opportunities for youth

PREVENTION:

  • Trains volunteers/interns
  • Performs community outreach duties to build partnerships for our youth and families

RESIDENTIAL CASE MANAGER:

  • Manages residential cases from intake to release and through the Aftercare program
  • Responsible for managing case plans and files in accordance with Texas Administrative Code Ch. 343
  • Prepares and participates in audits from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TAC Ch. 343)
  • Supervises youth on high and intensive supervision in a residential and community setting
  • Prepares paperwork for court and testimony, when necessary
  • Collaborates with mental health and facility staff to conduct social skills training and appropriate interventions based on the individual needs of residents
  • Acts as a liaison to parents whose child is court ordered to complete the residential treatment program
  • Acts as a liaison to public school, community counselors, and mentors
  • Performs data entry in accordance with probation and the residential facility standards (TJJD)
  • Manages and coordinates services for youth transitioning from the residential program to the community (Aftercare)
  • Acts as the Case Manager's Supervisor in the absences of the Supervisor

COURT:

  • Provides Social History reports and recommendations to applicable court
  • Supervises detained youth on conditions of release while pending court appearance

ORGANIZATION RELATIONSHIPS

  • Reports directly to - Juvenile Services Probation Supervisor or designee
  • Direct Reports - No

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Ability to use non-violent physical restraint and non-hostile management of aggressive behavior
  • Position requires prolonged walking, standing, sitting, bending, reaching, twisting, pulling, pushing, kneeling, squatting, writing, and typing in the performance of daily activities
  • Position involves operating motor vehicles
  • Position involves using mechanical restraint devices (handcuffs and leg shackles)

IRREGULAR HOURS

  • Serves on-call on a 24-hour basis.
  • Requires flexibility to work: days, evenings, and/or weekend hours
  • Ability to work scheduled Saturdays supervising juveniles in programs
  • Non-Essential Personnel for Emergency Situations, unless employees are designated by Department Heads

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS

  • Continuous contact with youth accused of or adjudicated for various crimes
  • Work is primarily conducted indoors in air-conditioned building
  • May be required to perform some work outdoors in inclement weather (heat, cold, wet conditions)

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
  • Two (2) years of full-time work experience in a juvenile supervision related field approved by TJJD
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and have a non-disqualifying criminal history per Texas Administrative Code Sections 344.200 and 344.400
  • Maintain a satisfactory motor vehicle record

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

Required by date of employment

  • TJJD Juvenile Probation Officer certification
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification
  • First aid certification
  • Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) certification

Required within thirty (30) days of employment

  • Valid Texas driver's license

Required within six (6) months of employment

  • Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) trained

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bilingual Spanish speaker
  • Knowledge and skills to work efficiently with Microsoft Word to complete forms and required documentation for caseload management
  • At least one year of case management experience with at-risk youth

EMPLOYMENT TESTING

Employment is contingent on passing post-offer /pre-employment screening listed below:

  • Criminal background check: Yes
  • Motor Vehicle Record check: Yes
  • Drug screening: Yes
  • Physical exam: Yes
  • Psychological exam: No
  • Additional: Child Abuse Registry check

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

TOBACCO FREE WORKPLACE POLICY

Williamson County is a tobacco free workplace. The use of tobacco and non-tobacco products such as vapor, e-cigarettes and the use of chewing tobacco or like products is prohibited on all Williamson County premises. Employees who violate this policy are subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position. This job description is subject to change as the needs and requirements of the job change.

Williamson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). If you require an accommodation in order to apply for a position, please request assistance from the Human Resources Department.

Keywords: Williamson County, Georgetown , Juvenile Probation Officer II, Other , Georgetown, Texas

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