Incumbent ensures the protection of the citizens of the Commonwealth by assisting the courts in holding juveniles accountable for their actions and serving as an agent of the Court Service Unit during legal proceedings, law enforcement matters, and academic and community programs. Duties include: interviewing and counseling court referred juveniles and parent/guardians; completing social history investigations, commitment packets and other court reports, conducting home and school visits, developing rules of supervision and supervision plans for juveniles and families; requisitioning services for juveniles and their families, developing a balanced approach and risk based supervision strategies, making referrals to community based agencies; utilizing counseling and crisis intervention skills to improve family functioning and reduce recidivism; assist in the training and development of new probation officers, supervises specialized caseloads; assists unit supervisor in the facilitation of unit meetings, provides supervision of probation officers and assumes supervisory duties in the absence of the supervisor. Queries and enters data in the BADGE system.
Considerable experience in a Court Service Unit as a field probation/parole officer. Working knowledge of criminogenic risk factors, evidence based practices, BADGE, EPICS, motivational interviewing, and YASI; assessing and counseling at-risk juveniles and families.
Considerable knowledge of court proceedings, is needed along with the ability to interpret regulations, guidelines and statutes. The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with diverse socio-economic groups and populations; ability to gather and analyze pertinent information from a variety of sources as well as a knowledge and understanding of the code of Virginia related to juveniles; the ability to identify and use a diverse array of community resources and agency services. Experience using windows based computers and business software, as well as knowledge of DJJ computer based case management and information systems.
Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or a related field. Experience counseling at-risk youth and their families
*Mailed, faxed, emailed, or hand delivered applications/resumes will not be accepted
Background Investigations: Selected applicants are subject to a background investigation and pre-employment drug screen.
The investigation may include fingerprint checks (State Police, FBI); local agency checks; employment verification; verification of education (relevant to employment); credit checks; and other checks requested by the hiring authority. Pre-employment medical screenings may be required for some DJJ positions. A valid driver's license is required by the date of employment.
State Of Virginia