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PROBATION COUNSELOR I

Company: Arlington County (Virginia) Government
Location: Arlington
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

Position InformationArlington County is seeking a Probation Counselor I to provide quality services, programs and interventions to juveniles, adults and families before the court within the Intake Unit of the Arlington County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Services Unit (JDR). As a court-duty officer, this Probation Counselor will address public safety, victim impact, offender accountability, and competency development in conformance with court orders, the Code of Virginia and regulations of the Department of Juvenile Justice. JDR is comprised of Intake, Juvenile Probation, Adult Probation, Argus House, Girls Outreach, and the Young Achievers Afterschool Program.Following court hearings, the Probation Counselor will meet with clients to review court orders, complete required paperwork, and make necessary referrals for services. The employee will apply an understanding of the court system, causes of delinquent behavior, and awareness of various community resources, particularly those addressing substance abuse and mental health concerns. This position will provide services to an ethnically diverse population, of whom many may have limited English speaking skills.Specific duties include:

  • Attending court hearings daily, assisting the judges and citizens who come before the court by providing background and other information, testifying to probable cause, and monitoring compliance with court orders;
  • Making appropriate referrals for court programs, treatment services, or other community resources in order to assist the parties coming before the court and making recommendations regarding the release of juveniles;
  • Providing counseling to clients, family members of clients, and consulting with concerned agencies to address client needs;
  • Gathering intake information regarding youth coming to court including those brought in on detention and Sheltercare orders;
  • Preparing and maintaining reports, legal documents, correspondence, memos, case notations, and client records; and
  • Entering summonses into the State electronic data system (BADGE), providing assistance to court-intake functions, and performing additional duties as needed.Selection CriteriaMinimum: Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, or related field plus experience in a legal, court or probation environment.Substitution: Substantial qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates who have oral Spanish/English proficiency and/or with experience in one or more of the following:
    • Working in the juvenile and/or adult criminal justice system;
    • Experience using the State of Virginia juvenile court intake and case management system (BADGE);
    • Counseling troubled youth and/or families in crisis;
    • Training and use of Motivational Interviewing techniques;
    • Conducting risk assessments on offenders, such as the Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI);
    • Using evidence-based cognitive-behavioral interventions with clients, such as Evidence-based Practices in Community Settings (EPICS); and/or
    • Bilingual English/Spanish.Additional InformationWork hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: Permanent, Full-Time AppointmentsAll jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.Limited Term Appointments:Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.Temporary Regular Appointments:Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.01 Do you have a Bachelor's degree or higher in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, or related field?
      • Yes
      • No
      • I am substituting experience for education on a year-for-year basis. 02 How many years of experience in a legal, court or probation environment do you have?
        • None
        • Less than 6 months
        • 6 months but less than 1 year
        • 1 but less than 2 years
        • 2 years or more 03 Please select if you have experience in the following:
          • Working in the juvenile and/or adult criminal justice system
          • Experience using the State of Virginia juvenile court intake and case management system, (BADGE)
          • Counseling troubled youth and/or families in crisis
          • Training and use of Motivational Interviewing techniques
          • Conducting risk assessments on offenders, such as the Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI)
          • None of the above 04 Describe in detail the items checked in question #3 if not clearly stated on the application. 05 Are you orally proficient in Spanish to interview, assess the needs of, counsel and refer Spanish speaking individuals who have limited English proficiency?
            • I am sufficiently proficient in Spanish to carry out these duties without difficulty.
            • I can speak and understand some Spanish but I would require some additional training to carry out these duties.
            • I cannot speak or understand Spanish. Required Question

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