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U.S. Pretrial Services & Probation Officer Job

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

(Up to six (6) positions may be filled)

Reports to: Supervisory U.S. Pretrial Services

& Probation Officer

Position Type: Full‐time permanen Area of Consideration: All qualified applicants

Classification: CL25/27 (Target Grade CL28)

(Promotion potential to higher level without further competition)

Salary Range: $44,626 ‐ $101,007
Posted: October 23, 2019

Closes: Opened until filled – first

consideration will be given to applications

received by Nov. 22, 2019.

 

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio is comprised of eleven authorized District Judgeships, three senior judges, and seven magistrate judges. The Northern District of Ohio is headquartered in Cleveland and has divisional offices in Akron, Toledo and Youngstown. The Pretrial Services & Probation Office has an opening for U.S. Pretrial Services & Probation Officers in Cleveland, Ohio. Multiple positions may be filled.
 

POSITION SUMMARY:

The U.S. Pretrial Services & Probation Officer performs duties and responsibilities which include, but are not limited to, the following:

Officers conduct pretrial investigations and supervision; prepare bail or presentence reports. In conducting investigations and preparing reports, officers investigate the offense as well as defendants’ background for sentencing. The preparation of these reports requires interviewing persons under supervision /defendants and their families, investigating of the offense of conviction, prior record, and financial status of defendants. Other contacts may include the home and neighborhood, employers, law enforcement agencies, attorneys, victims of crimes, and other civic or community agencies. An integral part of the sentencing process is the interpretation and application of the U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines and relevant case law. Officers make recommendations on sentencing. Following disclosure of the report, the officer analyzes any objections and determines an appropriate course of action, including resolving disputed issues and/or presenting unresolved issues to the Court. Officers monitor and supervise defendants and persons under Federal supervision, enforce court conditions, and provide treatment opportunities for positive lifestyle changes. Officers perform any other related duties required by the Court or the Chief Probation Officer.

In conducting supervision activities, the officer addresses offender adherence with the conditions of supervision, the reduction of risk to the community, and correctional treatment. The officer also maintains personal contact with persons under supervision through contacts in the office and in the community; investigates employment, sources of income, lifestyle and associates to assess risk and compliance; is responsible for detection of substance abuse and, through assessment and counseling, implements treatment or court proceedings; addresses substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and similar problems; refers persons under supervision for medical, psychological, employment/training, or drug treatment Page 2 of 3depending on identified needs; investigates violations of the conditions of supervision and implements appropriate alternatives and sanctions. As necessary, the officer prepares fact‐based reports for the court or parole authorities, which may include interpretation of U.S. Sentencing Commission revocation guidelines, making recommendations for disposition; and testifying at court and parole hearing. Further, the officer interacts with organizations such as the U.S. Parole Commission, Bureau of Prisons, military parole authorities, and attorneys concerning offender supervision conditions.
 

QUALIFICATIONS: (Qualifications must be met at the time of application)

Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major in criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, business or public administration is required. An advanced degree is preferred.
 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

To qualify for the CL25 level, applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience, which is defined as progressively responsible experience, gained after completion of a Bachelor’s degree in such fields as probation, pretrial services, parole, corrections, criminal investigations, or work in substance/addiction treatment. (Experience as a police, custodial, or security officer does not qualify as specialized experience.)
 

EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTIONS:

Completion of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and one of the following superior academic achievement requirements may be substituted for one year of specialized experience at the CL25 level:

  • An overall “B” grade point average equaling 2.90 or better of a possible 4.0;

  • Standing in the upper third of the class;

  • “3.5” average or better in the major field of study, such as business or public administration, human resources management, industrial relations, or psychology;

  • Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma XI, or one of the National Honorary Scholastic Societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College honor Societies, other than Freshman Honor Societies; or

  • Completion of one academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of graduate work in a field of study closely related to the position.

     

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE:

The duties of probation officers require investigating and supervising persons under federal supervision who present physical danger to officers and to the public. Because officers must effectively deal with physical attacks and are subject to moderate arduous physical exertion, applicants must be physically capable to do field work and possess a valid driver’s license. First‐time appointees must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Officers are required to complete the six‐week mandatory training with the U.S. Courts Probation and Pretrial Services Training Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Charleston, S.C. during their first year.

 

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS, DRUG SCREENING AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Prior to appointment, the selectee considered for this position will undergo a complete background investigation, medical examination and drug screening. Upon successful completion of the medical examination and drug screening, the selectee may then be appointed provisionally, pending a favorable suitability determination by the court. In addition, as conditions of employment, employees are subject to on‐going random drug screening and updated background investigations every five years and, as deemed necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent fitness‐for‐duty evaluations. The medical requirements and the essential job functions derived from the medical Page 3 of 3guidelines for probation officer assistants and probation officers are available for public review at http://www.uscourts.gov.

 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible to work in the United States. A background investigation with law enforcement agencies, including fingerprint and criminal, financial, and employment record checks will be conducted. Any applicant selected for a position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of the investigation. This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) for salary payment. The U.S. Pretrial Services & Probation Office reserves the right to assign/reassign an employee to any location within the Northern District of Ohio based on the needs of the agency. Travel within the state may be required.


BENEFITS:

Employees of the U.S. District Court are eligible for, but not limited to, the following employment benefits:

  • Accrual of paid vacation and sick leave days; and paid holidays

  • Participation in pre‐tax benefit programs (health, dental, and vision insurance programs, flexible spending accounts, commuter reimbursement benefit) •Group life insurance and long term care insurance

  • Participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)

  • Traditional (pre‐tax) and Roth (post‐tax) retirement savings and investment plan through the Thrift savings Plan (TSP) with employer matching contributions

  • Telework

  • Fitness center

  • Transit subsidy

     

HOW TO APPLY:

Email the following documents IN A SINGLE PDF to apply@ohnd.uscourts.gov. ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE PROVIDED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION: •Subject of Email should read: Vacancy 19‐21 U.S. Probation Officer.

  • Cover Letter addressing your particular skills and experience; with an explanation of how those skills and experience may contribute to the organization.

  • Current Resume.

  • List of three (3) professional references.

  • Copy of college transcripts.

  • Copy of most recent performance evaluation.

  • Completed Employment application (AO78) found at this link: http://www.ohnd.uscourts.gov/careers.

Applicants selected for interviews must travel at their own expense and relocation expenses will not be reimbursed. First consideration will be given to application packets received not later than the close of business (5:00 p.m. EST), on November 22, 2019. All requested documentation must be provided in order to be considered for this position. Questions can be directed to Human Resources at 216‐357‐7120.

 

THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


All applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or be eligible to work in the United States. All appointments subject to FBI Fingerprint background investigation; with periodic reinvestigation, if applicable. Retention depends on favorable suitability determination. Judiciary employees serve under excepted appointments, and are considered “at will” and can be terminated with or without cause by the Court. All appointments are subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer. All employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees that is available to review at http://www.uscourts.gov/rules‐policies/judiciary‐policies/code‐conduct/code‐conduct‐judicial‐employees

The Court reserves the right to fill more than the advertised number of positions with this announcement, may modify the conditions of this job announcement, or may withdraw the announcement, any of which may occur without prior written or other no

Position
The U.S. Pretrial Services & Probation Officer
Location
Cleveland, Ohio
Date opened
Closing date

North Carolina: Probation officer – Court Services Job

The United States Probation and Court Services Office for the Western District of North Carolina is recruiting for a U.S. Probation Officer (Court Services). This position will be stationed in the Charlotte office.

PRIMARY DUTIES

Investigative Duties: The incumbent conducts investigations and prepares reports for the court with recommendations for sentencing of individuals convicted of federal offenses. The preparation of these reports requires interviewing offenders and their families, investigating the offense, prior record, and financial status of the offender, and contacting law enforcement agencies, attorneys, victims of the crimes, schools, churches, and civic organizations. An integral part of this process is the interpretation and application of the U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines and relevant case law. The incumbent testifies in court as to guideline applications and serves as a resource to the court to facilitate proper imposition of sentence.

Perform all other duties as assigned.

Position
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Location
Charlotte, North Carolina
Date opened
Closing date

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Major tax reform that affects both individuals and businesses was approved by Congress and signed by the President on Dec. 22, 2017. It’s commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or TCJA, or tax reform. Throughout 2018, the IRS has been working closely with partners in the tax return preparation and tax software industries to implement the new law and ensure taxpayers can count on the IRS, tax professionals and tax software programs when it’s time to file their returns. Now there is a new publication that will help taxpayers learn how tax reform affects their taxes. IRS Publication 5307, Tax Reform Basics for Individuals and Families, is now available on IRS.gov/getready. While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act law includes tax changes for individuals and businesses, this publication breaks down what’s new for the 2018 federal tax return individual taxpayers will be filing in 2019.


This new publication provides important information about:

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  •       adding a new credit for other dependents and
  •       limiting or discontinuing certain deductions.


Taxpayers can access Publication 5307 at IRS.gov/getready, along with other important information about steps taxpayers can take now to ensure smooth processing of their 2018 tax return and avoid surprises when they file next year. 

Because of the many changes in the tax law, refunds may be different than prior years for some taxpayers. Some may even owe an unexpected tax bill when they file their 2018 tax return next year. To avoid these kind of surprises, taxpayers should perform a Paycheck Checkup to help determine if they need to adjust their withholding or make estimated or additional tax payments now.

Full article - https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/get-ready-for-taxes-learn-how-the-new-tax-law-affects-tax-returns-next-year

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Online voting is now open for this year's FPPOA elections.

Please login and cast your vote today! Voting is open now through Tuesday, December 4th, 2018.

National Elections
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  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
Regional Elections

Regional elections are restricted to members within the region.

  • Northeast Regional President
  • Southeast Regional President

You must be logged in, and a current member to vote:
  -- http://www.fppoa.org/elections

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United States Probation & Court Services for the Western District of North Carolina

Supervision Duties: Supervise defendants/offenders to provide positive lifestyle changes and to maximize compliance to court imposed conditions, reduce risk to the community, and to provide correctional treatment. Assess risk, develops objectives and strategies for controlling risk, and address identified needs. Utilize evidence-based practices into daily activities and interactions involving defendants/offenders. Maintain personal contact with defendants/offenders by way of both office-based visits and home/community contacts which could take place in unsafe neighborhoods or environments where illegal activities and violence could occur. Investigates employment, sources of income, lifestyle and associates to assess risk, needs and compliance. Responsible for detection of substance abuse through defendant/offender assessment and implements the necessary treatment referrals and/or violation proceedings. Detect and investigate any violations of supervision and implements appropriate alternatives and sanctions. Report violations of the conditions of supervision to the court and appropriate authorities.

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Wednesday Wellness for October 24, 2018 News

The beauty of autumn is remarkable here in the Midwest, even if the daily temperature will not get over 60 degrees for six months. People can enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting and hay rides, which both include hot apple cider and donuts (yum). Also, if you pay attention on October 31, you may be able to observe real angels, ballerinas, zombies, ghouls, ghosts, and superheroes walking the streets requesting sweet treats.

Yes, autumn has its bright spots but unfortunately it also signifies the beginning of flu seasons. Every year the flu causes over 200,000 people to be hospitalized in the United States. Therefore, the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends everyone over the age six months old get the flu vaccine. With the holidays fast approaching and people gathering more often which increases the chances of spreading the virus. The Advisory Committee therefore suggest everyone should get the flu vaccine by the end of October.

However, many of us are very skeptical about getting a flu vaccine because we are scared it will make us sick. Others are concerned that the flu vaccine will have long lasting negative effects on their children.

The following article addresses some of the concerns about getting the flu vaccine and why people should consider getting the flu vaccine.

https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/flu-vaccine-tip-sheet

As always FPPOA is here for you.


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Wednesday Wellness for October 3, 2018 News

This week’s WELLNESS WEDNESDAY’s article is focusing on "Work Life Balance." I know, I know "Work Life Balance" has been the hot catch phrase over the past few years.  However, for a lot of people the concept of "Work Life Balance" is just that, a concept. Many of us find our stress levels increasing because we wear so many hats and try to juggle them all at the same time. Some may call it multitasking, but we often began to feel overwhelmed, which can lead to poor health.  According to an article published by Mental Health America titled "Work Life Balance:" many of us are torn between juggling heavy workloads, managing relationships and family responsibilities, and squeezing in outside interests. Therefore, it is no surprise that more than one in four Americans describe themselves as "super stressed", and that’s not balanced—or healthy.

The article mentioned how our rush to meet all our expectations at the office and home lead to increased stress levels, which decreases our productivity and can damage our relationships. Prolonged stress will eventually weaken our immune system and double the risk of heart attacks or other mental/ physical ailments.

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