Supervising U.S. Probation Officer, Topeka Division

Position Titles:                  Supervising United States Probation Officer – Vacancy # TO 20-13

No. of Positions:              One

Location:                             Topeka, Kansas

Opening Date:                   October 5, 2020

Closes:                                  Open until filled; preference given to applications received by October 23, 2020

Salary Range:                    $87,118 – $141,583 (CL 30)*

*Starting salary is commensurate with qualifications and based upon Court Personnel System (CPS) guidelines. Previous federal government service or professional background providing extensive specialized experience may qualify an applicant for salary placement above step 01 of the appropriate classification level.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we value diversity in our workforce.



The SUSPO performs supervisory work related to the full range of probation and pretrial services officer duties, which primarily include directing officers assigned to the monitoring, investigation, and supervision of offenders and defendants. The SUSPO has district-wide responsibilities in his/her area of expertise and will fill a key leadership role within the district, serving as a member of the district’s management team.

The District of Kansas is an evidence-based organization, meaning that work is approached in a manner that has been empirically researched and proven to have measurable positive outcomes for defendants and offenders.


  • Assumes responsibility for one or more specialty areas (i.e., pretrial, presentence, and/or post-conviction supervision).
  • Assigns and schedules work within the unit.
  • Reviews and evaluates work in the unit to ensure accuracy, quality, timeliness, and adherence to statutes, judiciary and court policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Confers regularly with probation officers; provides direction and assistance to the officers toward improving their supervision, investigation, and writing skills.
  • Assists probation officers in meeting the needs of offenders and defendants with complex problems and circumstances; provides leadership in the development of sentencing alternatives, utilization of community resources, and the application of professionally sound case management principles.
  • Assesses the adjustment of individuals under supervision in consultation with the assigned probation officer and assists in decision-making for recommendations for early termination, modification or extension of supervision, and revocation of supervision.
  • Assures continuing staff development by recommending and, in consultation with the Training Coordinators and senior management, planning and implementing training programs in the district.
  • Mentors and trains specialists and officers. Responsible for preparing staff to seek future promotion opportunities, special project assignments, and professional development.
  • Assumes responsibility in unusually sensitive or complex cases, and in urgent matters arising in a subordinate’s caseload.
  • Conducts staff meetings to identify operational needs, and to develop appropriate solutions.
  • Evaluates the performance of probation officers in the unit on a systematic and regular basis.
  • Acknowledges the District of Kansas as an evidence-based organization and supports evidence-based practices.
  • Utilizes evidence-based principles to consistently evaluate and improve organizational performance.
  • Shares with other managers the responsibility of promoting staff morale and encouraging loyalty, interest, enthusiasm, and a positive work environment.
  • Serves as a major communication catalyst and as a link between line staff and senior management, assuring implementation of administrative direction while concurrently providing information to senior management for future action.
  • Develops understanding and cooperative relationships with judges, members of the court family, other law enforcement, community service agencies and the public.
  • Supervises field travel to include review and approval of all travel vouchers of officers in the unit.
  • Represents the Probation Office and the Court at meetings, seminars, and conferences. Makes formal presentations to interested groups. Utilizes external resources and organizations such as the United States Sentencing Commission and the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts to improve policies and procedures in the District of Kansas.
  • Assists senior management in the formulation and modification of office management policies.
  • Performs related duties as required by the Chief Probation Officer, Deputy Chief Probation Officer and Assistant Deputy Chief Probation Officer.



To qualify for a supervisor position, an individual must:

  • Meet the job qualification standards applicable to positions for the highest level of work effectively supervised.
  • Have specialized experience that included progressively responsible administrative, technical, professional, supervisory or managerial experience that provided an opportunity to gain:
    1. skill in dealing with others in person-to-person relationships,
    2. the ability to exercise mature judgment, and
    3. knowledge of basic concepts, principles, and theories of management and the ability to understand the managerial policies applicable to the court unit; and
  • Have one year of experience as a CL 28 U.S. Probation Officer.
  • Have at least one year of experience at or equivalent to the next level below the level of the position for which the individual is being considered.Preferred

The successful applicant will have:

  • An advanced degree from an accredited university relevant to corrections or management.
  • Five years of federal probation office experience with a proven track record of technical excellence in investigations and supervision.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with evidence-based practices.
  • Previous management experience, education, or training such as the Federal Judicial Center’s Leadership Development Program, relevant to probation office operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment. Capability of dealing skillfully with others in professional work relationships.
  • A service viewpoint recognizing the need for contributions to the local and national systems. Commitment to following the mission, vision, and guiding principles of the U.S. Probation Office and its Charter for Excellence.


Applicants will be evaluated initially against their experience and educational background to determine if they meet minimum qualifications. Eligible applicants will be screened and rated as to experience, education, and training. Applicants may be required to respond to written assignments and undergo testing during the selection process. At least two rounds of interviews may be conducted during the selection process. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 29.


To apply for this position, applicants must submit the following application materials in a single Adobe PDF document via email to

  1. cover letter describing your leadership style, familiarity with evidence-based practices, and

how your particular skills and experience relate to the position,

  1. professional resume, and
  2. completed application for Federal Employment (AO 78) and Supplemental Application Form

located on the Court’s website (not required for current employees of the District of Kansas)


We, the members of Probation and Pretrial Services for the United States Courts for the District of Kansas, are an agency who provide the Judiciary and the community with superior service by completing quality investigations and reports, seeking alternatives to detention, and delivering a high standard of effective supervision. We are dedicated to providing protection to the public and assisting in the administration of justice, demonstrating fairness and mutual respect to all in the performance of our duties. We achieve success through interdependence, collaboration, and local innovation. We are committed to excellence as a system and to the principles embodied in this Charter.


The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the job announcement, any of which actions may occur without any prior written notice. This position is subject to mandatory favorable background checks. The U.S. Courts require employees to adhere to a Code of Ethics and Conduct. Due to the volume of applications received, the Court may only communicate to those individuals who will be interviewed for open positions. Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work for the United States Government.

SUSPO VA 2020 TO20-13 (file)
U.S. Federal Court District of Kansas


U.S. Federal Court District of Kansas