YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

CLASS SPECIFICATION

CLASS TITLE: Probation Officer

BAND:

C

GRADE:

4

SUBGRADE:

1

CLASS CODE:

5341

DEPARTMENT:

Varies

ACCOUNTABLE TO:

Varies

 

OVERTIME STATUS:

Non-Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:

Incumbents are responsible for interviewing, counseling and assessing needs and progress of offenders as related to applicable legal conditions; performing related duties involving investigation, field observation, surveillance, report preparation; making recommendations or referrals, providing testimony, and/or teaching skills classes.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

The Probation Officer classification is a stand alone classification distinguished from other classifications by the assessment, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of client services..

DUTY

NO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

BAND/

GRADE

1.

Ensures Court Orders and Diversion Agreements are carried out by performing activities such as: collecting monetary obligations; interviewing, counseling and assessing needs and progress of offenders; supervising offenders placed on intensive probation, deferred disposition; and/or supervising juveniles with a suspended commitment.

C4

 

 

 

 

2.

Presents information and provides technical knowledge to schools and other interested parties regarding programs such as the truancy program. Performs related duties such as screening truancy petitions for duplicates in order to ensure truant students meet statutory age requirements.

C4

3.

Documents case progress by preparing case notes, compiling statistics and preparing periodic reports. Maintains files and documentation.

A1

4.

Coordinates activities with outside parties including parents, law enforcement agencies, social agencies and schools to provide and receive information and to clarify policies and Court Orders. Receives information regarding referrals and case management and acts as an advocate for the juvenile.

C4

5.

Testifies in Court and presents documentation as requested; provides information and recommendations to attorneys and judges; prepares and presents reports and recommendation to the Court.

C4

6.

Provides program support services such as: scheduling contempt hearings; serving notice and summons; fingerprinting juveniles who have been arrested on felony charges after disposition; collecting urine samples for monitoring of drug/alcohol abuse; and transporting juveniles to various facilities. Teaches skill classes such as: victim awareness, anger awareness, shoplifting prevention and life skills.

B2

7.

Conducts surveillance and field observations of offender activity; visits offenders in the community and at home; determines the correct action to take if the offender is not in compliance with probation. Conducts pre-sentence, after sentence and restitution investigations and prepares related reports or recommendations; and responds to crisis situations as needed.

B2

     

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Case management theories, practices and principles;
  • Basic mathematical calculation and report writing methods;
  • Basic court system procedures;
  • Basic terminology, laws, rules, and regulations and codes governing area of assignment;
  • Technical program delivery methods, systems and techniques such as: court and criminal justice systems, truancy laws, counseling techniques, adult and juvenile sentencing options, chemical dependency treatment resources, or personal safety and defense procedures; and
  • Customer service techniques and team building concepts.
   

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Using a personal computer and related software applications, and operating basic office equipment;
  • Collecting, compiling, organizing and maintaining information and notes of progress and compliance;
  • Determining appropriate course of action and making recommendations;
  • Interviewing and counseling offenders;
  • Applying techniques such as crisis management, de-escalation, restraint and security techniques;
  • Detecting drug and alcohol addiction and using equipment for the detection of such;
  • Preparing and giving presentations or testimony;
  • Evaluating and assessing needs and developing, implementing and monitoring case plans and preparing related reports;
  • Applying authority and confronting individuals;
  • Complying with laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations;
  • Conducting investigation, field observations and surveillance;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and
  • Communications, oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry):

Bachelorís Degree in Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Social Work or a related field and two years counseling, interviewing and case work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):

Valid Washington State Driverís License.

Successful completion of additional job-related training is required upon appointment.

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, teaching, standing, mobility, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Incumbents may be subject to travel, exposure to hazardous physical conditions, and exposure to potentially violent or hostile individuals.

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

Classification History:

Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC

Date: 5/98 Approved 1/1/99