United States Probation Officer Assistant


UNITED STATES PROBATION OFFICE and PRETRIAL SERVICES OFFICE

DISTRICT OF KANSAS

Position Title: United States Probation Officer Assistant – Vacancy #21-11
(This is a federal law enforcement officer position.)
Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Opening Date: September 20, 2021
Closes: Open until filled; preference given to applications received by 10/08/2021
Salary Range: $43,182 – $47,550 (CL 25/1-26/1)

(Starting salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and based upon Court Personnel System Guidelines. Advanced in-step placement up to the grade maximum of $77,278 may be available for exceptionally qualified candidates or current or former federal employees.)

This position has future promotion potential as well as future consideration for the position of United States Probation Officer without need for further competition.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we value diversity in our workforce. The essential function of courts is to provide protection to the public and assist the court in the administration of equal justice. An important component of this function is the creation and maintenance of diversity in the court system. A community’s belief that we serve the public well is heightened when the court reflects the racial, ethic, and gender diversity of the community.

 POSITION OVERVIEW:

The United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Kansas is seeking a Probation Officer Assistant in our Kansas City Divisional Office.  This is a federal law enforcement position requiring an extensive background investigation, medical examination, and drug screening.  The Probation Officer Assistant serves under the guidance and direction of a United States Probation Officer.  The incumbent will provide technical support and assistance to probation officers in a wide range of areas, including completion of investigations, supervision of persons under supervision, writing reports, and other related duties.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:

  • Under the guidance and direction of a United States Probation Officer, supervise a low risk and administrative caseload, requiring contact telephonically, in the office, and in the field with persons under supervision. Complete investigations of noncompliance with conditions of release and maintain case files, as well as detailed chronological records of activity.
  • Assist officers with investigations to include compiling criminal histories, running record checks through local and national databases and conduct inquiries with collateral agencies.
  • Draft and submit selected reports to the court and collateral agencies. Observe and inform the court of criminogenic risk factors associated with persons under supervision.  Assist in the development of community resources to meet those risks and needs.
  • Conduct collateral investigations and submit collateral reports, which may entail making telephone, office and/or field contacts.
  • Collect and conduct urine tests on persons under supervision and maintain records associated with testing.
  • Operate various criminal justice, law enforcement, and probation automated systems.
  • Participate in ongoing training and development programs.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Skill in communicating (verbal and written) and working with judges, attorneys, other law enforcement agencies, and correctional agencies. Ability to interact and communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and professions.  Ability to interview and establish rapport with persons under supervision and their families/support systems for purposes of supervision and investigation.
  • Skill in conducting research related to varied legal issues related to sentencing and supervision. Skill in dealing with sometimes violent and/or difficult people.  Skill in motivating persons under supervision to maintain compliance with conditions of release.  Ability to compile and summarize information into report form within established time frames.
  • Skill in the use of automated equipment, including mobile devices, word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications, and various other types of software. Ability to utilize computer software and automated systems to perform record checks, enter urinalysis results, compile criminal history information, and similar activities.  Skill in interpreting and analyzing data from a variety of investigative databases.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Mandatory:

Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field of academic study such as criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, or business or public administration, which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations skills involved in the work of the position.

At least one year of progressively responsible experience, gained after completion of a bachelor’s degree, in such fields as probation, pretrial services, parole, or community corrections. Experience solely as a police officer, custodial or security officer is not creditable.

Preferred Experience:

Preference will be given to applicants who possess a master’s degree or have completed course work toward a master’s degree.

EVALUATION PROCESS:

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, either virtually or in person, or a combination of both.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS:

  1. 13 days paid vacation for each of the first three years
  2. 20 days paid vacation after three years, 26 days after 15 years
  3. 13 days paid sick leave
  4. 11 paid holidays
  5. Choice of healthcare coverage, including dental & vision coverage
  6. Life insurance options
  7. Participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System
  8. Participation in the Thrift Savings Plan (tax deferred retirement savings plan)
  9. Participation in the Long Term Care Insurance plan
  10. Participation in the Flexible Benefits Program
  11. Free parking
  12. Free onsite fitness center

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

To apply for this position, applicants must submit the following application materials in a single Adobe PDF document via email to hr@ksd.uscourts.gov.

  1. cover letter summarizing your experience and reasons for seeking position
  2. professional resume
  3. completed application for Federal Employment (AO 78) and Supplemental Application Form located on the Court’s website (you need to download/save form to your computer, then complete, then re-save)
  4. college transcript (unofficial)

Applicants selected for an interview may be asked to submit copies of their two most recent job performance evaluations, if applicable. 

 

Medical Requirements:

The duties of probation officers require the investigation and management of alleged criminal offenders or convicted offenders who present physical danger to officers and to the public. In the supervision, treatment, and control of these offenders, these duties require moderate to arduous physical exercise, including prolonged periods of walking and standing, physical dexterity and coordination necessary for officer safety, and use self-defense tactics. Officers face unusual mental and physical stress because they are subject to danger and possible harm during frequent, direct contact with individuals who are suspected or convicted of committing federal offenses. The medical requirements for law enforcement officer and officer assistant positions are available for public review on the USCourts.gov website under Officer and Officer Assistant Medical Requirements.

Prior to appointment, the selectee considered for this position will undergo a 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.  The incumbent will be subject to ongoing random drug screenings, updated background investigations every five years, and as deemed necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent fitness-for-duty evaluations.

Maximum Entry Age:

  1. S. Probation/Pretrial Services Officers are covered under the law enforcement retirement provision that requires mandatory separation at age 57 with at least 20 years of service due to the physical requirements of the position. Therefore, first-time appointees must have not reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Applicants age 37 or over who have previous law enforcement officer experience under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and who have either a subsequent break in service or intervening service in a non-law enforcement officer position may have their previous law enforcement officer experience subtracted from their age to determine whether they meet the maximum age requirement.

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 job announcement may involve filling more than one position described herein.  This position is subject to mandatory participation for payment of net pay (i.e. Direct Deposit).  The U.S. Courts require employees to adhere to a Code of Ethics and Conduct which is available to applicants for review upon request.  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.

A background investigation with law enforcement agencies, including fingerprint and criminal record checks, will be conducted as a condition of employment.  Any applicant selected for a position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of the background investigation, drug screen, and medical examination.  Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment. Judicial employees are required to adhere to the court’s Code of Conduct, available for public review on the USCourts.gov website.

CHARTER FOR EXCELLENCE:

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 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER ***

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.

 

Attachments:
Probation Officer Assistant September 2021 (file)
U.S. Federal Court District of Kansas

 


U.S. Federal Court District of Kansas