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U.S. Probation Officer Presentence Law/Legal Experience Desired

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U. S. Probation Office

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2 yrs required

Location
Los Angeles, CA

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PLEASE READ: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO APPLY TO THIS POSITION, PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE APPLICATION PROCESS BELOW. ANY PACKETS WITH MISSING ITEMS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Qualified applicants will be evaluated to determine those who are best qualified. This determination will be based on a review of the applicant’s relevant experience, education, and training as well as other evaluation procedures. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and their most recent performance evaluation by mail or email to the address below. Any packets with missing items or without the designation #18-105 will not be reviewed.

U.S. Probation Office

Attn: Human Resources (#18-105)

312 N. Spring St., 6th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90012

E-mail:

cacp_hr@cacp.uscourts.gov

Please visit our website to read the full posting on how to apply:

http://www.cacp.uscourts.gov/

The United States Probation Office, Central District of California is a part of the United States District Courts and the Federal Judiciary. The Probation Office is responsible for investigating, supervising, referring for treatment, and providing reports on federal offenders. The district is comprised of seven counties (Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo) with 11 branch locations.

The United States Probation Office is looking for professionals interested in working within the court system to conduct presentence investigations through interviews and research, and prepare thorough, objective reports for the court. The presentence report contains information about the offense, the defendant, the impact on the victim, the ability to pay fines or restitution, applicable statutes, release conditions, and sentencing options, taking into consideration the federal sentencing guidelines. The officer’s ultimate recommendation and justification assist the court in imposing a fair sentence that satisfies the punishment, deterrence, and corrective goals of sentencing. The probation office reserves the right to transfer and/or reclassify this position based on future agency needs.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:

  • Conduct investigations and prepare reports for the court with recommendations, which requires interviewing offenders/defendants and their families, as well as collecting background data from various sources. An integral part of this process is the interpretation and application of policies and procedures, statutes, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures, and may include U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, Monographs, and relevant case law.
  • Enforce court-ordered supervision components and implement supervision strategies, including evidence-based practices. Maintain personal contact with offenders/defendants. Investigate employment, sources of income, lifestyle, and associates to assess risk and compliance. Address substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and similar problems and implement the necessary treatment or violation proceedings, through assessment, monitoring, and counseling.
  • Schedule and conduct drug use detection tests and DNA collection of offenders/defendants, following established procedures and protocols. Maintain paper and computerized records of test results. Maintain chain of custody of urinalysis testing materials. Testify in court as to the basis for factual findings and (if warranted) guideline applications. Maintain detailed written records of case activity. May conduct surveillance and/or search and seizure at the direction of the court.
  • Investigate and analyze financial documents and activities and take appropriate action. Ensure compliance with Mandatory Victims Restitution Act. Responsible for enforcement of home confinement conditions ordered by the court.
  • Analyze and respond to any objections. This may include resolving disputed issues and presenting unresolved issues to the court for resolution. Assess offenders’/defendants’ level of risk and develop a blend of strategies for controlling and correcting risk management.
  • Communicate with other organizations and persons (such as the U.S. Parole Commission, Bureau of Prisons, law enforcement, treatment agencies, and attorneys) concerning offenders’/defendants’ behavior and conditions of supervision. Identify and investigate violations and implement appropriate alternatives and sanctions. Report violations of the conditions of supervision to the appropriate authorities. Prepare written reports of violation matters, and make recommendations for disposition. Testify at court or parole hearings. Conduct Parole Commission preliminary interviews.
  • Knowledge of, and compliance with, the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees and court confidentiality requirements.
  • Complete a mandatory 40 hours annually of work-related training.
  • Other duties as assigned or reassignment to other divisions and offices based on needs of the district.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Must be a United States citizen or eligible to work in the United States. Applicant must be under age 37 and in good health/physical condition. BA/BS in Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Law Degree or related field desired. Master's degree preferred but not mandatory. Minimum 2+ years case management experience preferred. Additional course work or experience in accounting or any other financial related field would be a plus in dealing with white-collar offenders. This position is considered a federal law enforcement officer (LEO) position with hazardous duty, which will require irregular work hours, including early morning, nights, weekends and holidays.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Successful applicants must undergo a full background investigation by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

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 medical requirements and essential job functions derived from the medical guidelines for probation officers are available for public review at www.uscourts.gov.

New officers will attend a six-week training academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy in South Carolina during the first year of employment.

Incumbent will be subject to ongoing random drug screening, updated background investigations every five years and, as deemed necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent fitness-for-duty evaluations.

BENEFITS:

Federal employees will have a wide variety of medical plans from which to choose. Options for dental, vision, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, long-term care insurance and flexible spending accounts. Participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System-Further Revised Annuity Employee (FERS-FRAE) with enhanced law enforcement officer benefits. Up to 5% matching on retirement savings (401k equivalent). Generous accrual of paid time off.

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U. S. Probation Office
Website : http://www.cacp.uscourts.gov/

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The United States Probation Office, Central District of California is a part of the United States District Courts and the Federal Judiciary. The Probation Office is responsible for investigating, supervising, referring for treatment, and providing reports on federal offenders. The district is comprised of seven counties (Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo) with 11 branch locations.

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