Requisition No: 235785
Agency: Juvenile Justice
Working Title: SENIOR JUVENILE PROBATION OFFICER – 80039549
Position Number: 80039549
Salary: $1,311.06 Bi-weekly
Posting Closing Date: 09/21/2020
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THIS IS AN INTERNAL AGENCY OPPORTUNITY
FOR CURRENT DJJ EMPLOYEES ONLY
LOCATION, CONTACT AND SALARY INFORMATION:
LOCATION: CIRCUIT 6 – PROBATION & COMMUNITY INTERVENTION – Pasco County
CONTACT PERSON: ADMIN. ASSISTANT, NIVEA MALAVE, 727-893-2076, Nivea.Malave@djj.state.fl.us
STARTING SALARY: $1,311.06 Bi-weekly. (In accordance with current spending restrictions, an internal promotion into the position will be filled at the minimum of the pay grade or up to 5% of the employee’s current rate, whichever is higher.)
This is work providing social services to assist in rehabilitation of juvenile law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Incumbents make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including condition release and education and employment stipulations.
Case Management, Referrals, Recommendations and Assessment
Initiate contact with the youth, family, victims, and law enforcement when referrals are received by the FDJJ. Conduct home and school visits as an integral part of the information collection/family involvement model. Obtain and review collateral information such as abuse and neglect history, educational, mental health, substance use, gang related activity and other pertinent information from other agencies involved with the youth and family.
Conduct and document FDJJ screening(s) and assessments to identify the youth’s risk and needs, protective factors and/or the need for further evaluations, including but not limited to detention and intake screening, Suicide Risk Screening Instrument, and any Department approved risk/needs screening and/or assessment instrument(s).
Formulate case management strategies based on assessments and/or information gathered to address the specific needs of the youth and family. Make service referrals to the appropriate provider (s) and follow up actions needing to be taken.
Make supervision and treatment recommendations to the State Attorney and other judicial partners that allow the Department to provide the most appropriate services in the least intrusive manner. Complete the screening instruments and reports used by the Department and/or the courts that include but are not limited to the following:
Detention Screening Risk Assessment (DRAI), Suicide Risk Screening Instrument (SRSI), Department approved risk/needs screening/assessment instrument(s) and case plan, Pre-Post Disposition Report, Adult Sentencing Summary Report, Progress (Status) Report, Electronic Commitment Packet, and Termination of Supervision.
Provide technical assistance and conduct case reviews with staff to determine applicable case management intervention strategies
Act as the DJJ representative during court hearings in support of the Department’s recommendation for the youth, family, and community. Prepare and maintain current social histories, court reports, referral letters, and related correspondence. Testify at hearings, when appropriate.
Prepare affidavits/petition for Violation of Probation for any violation that result in the filing of a delinquency petition.
Request hearings when appropriate.
Case Management, Interventions & Supervision
Complete a risk and needs assessment using the appropriate Department approved instrument(s) for all youth screened/supervised by the department. Prior to the development of or revisions to the case plan staff should negotiate, implement, and modify the plan based on input from the youth and family, and the risk and needs identified by the instrument in accordance with departmental rule/policy.
Conduct face-to-face contacts in the home, school and varied community-based settings by interacting with the youth, family and community during non-traditional hours (weekends and evening hours) in addition to business hours.
Maintain communication based on departmental requirements for all stages of youth and family involvement; gain firsthand knowledge of where the youth resides, the family, and the immediate and extended environment by meeting in various locations, including the home, detention centers, schools, out-of-home placements, places of employment, community sites, other agencies, treatment providers and/or offices.
Assist the youth with obtaining appropriate mental health, substance abuse evaluations based on administered assessments, and arrange for specialized testing and treatment, as needed. Provide crisis intervention; assist the youth and family in accessing crisis intervention services/resources by making necessary referrals and follow-up on actions taken.
Work with the youth to establish personal goals/ plans and provide ongoing support to help youth achieve their goals and maintain skills.
Assist youth, family and/or facilities with the planning and coordination of transportation of youth and family to and from detention centers, court, school, after school programs/activities, residential programs, homes and other community-based appointments.
Discuss with youth and family projected timeframes for completion of goals, sanctions/conditions of supervision and anticipated date for termination of supervision based on progress and as ordered by the court. Determine recommended handling of law violations and provide appropriate interventions when a youth violates the conditions of supervision based on the Effective Response Matrix and follow up on actions taken in response to a violation.
Conduct staffing when benchmarks occur, case milestones are achieved by the youth and or family or case is complex and in need of additional considerations (i.e. when youth is still securely detained a certain number of days pre-adjudication or post disposition, or beyond a timeframe identified in statute, when youth have completed all court ordered requirements and conditions of supervision, or violated supervision, and when transition and exit conferences are scheduled for a set number of days prior to the youth’s release from residential commitment, complex cases).
Participate in transition and exit planning to finalize plans for the youth pending release from residential programs, which includes referrals for post-residential services to for mental health, substance abuse, education and workforce services.
Provide the youth and family with needed support to ensure best outcomes are achieved prior to Department’s involvement being terminated.
Provide technical assistance and conduct case reviews with staff to determine appropriate case management intervention strategies.
Enter into Juvenile Justice Information System (JJIS) all case management activities, including risk/needs screening, assessment and case planning related to the youth and family during youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice continuum.
Upload required forms/ documents into the Juvenile Justice Information System (JJIS) case file to ensure accurate and timely entries, in accordance with administrative and JJIS business rules.
Obtain and maintain in JJIS the youth’s photograph with updated images.
Conduct case reviews in JJIS, review for accuracy of data entries by staff, and when necessary correct data to reflect applicable JJIS data entry guidelines.
Act as the liaison to the Circuit Data Integrity Officer (DIO) on JJIS related issues as directed and approved.
Meet and maintain communication with schools, teachers, law enforcement, care providers, and other agencies and organizations for the purpose of information sharing and collaboration to address community concerns and promote safe and nurturing communities.
Ensure familiarity with community resources.
Act as a liaison with co-workers, community organizations, agency partners, and the court in a capacity defined by the Department.
Special Assignments and Training
Attend and participate in professional development trainings and meetings.
Follow all departmental policies, procedures and administrative rules.
Assume supervisory functions as directed or in the absence of the Juvenile Probation Officer Supervisor.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED ENTRY LEVEL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
A valid driver’s license is required.
Ability to conduct and document fact finding interviews.
Ability to make recommendations concerning the processing, handling and disposition of delinquent youth.
Ability to develop case plans, coordinate case assignments for multi-problem clients.
Ability to plan, organize, coordinate work assignments; to supervise, lead and motivate people; to determine work priorities, assign work and ensure proper completion of work assignments.
Ability to communicate effectively, to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers, community/judicial partners, and act as a liaison to those entities in a capacity defined by the department.
Ability to make independent decisions based on individual analysis, have strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to conduct and document interviews.
Preference will be given to candidates who are certified State of Florida Juvenile Probation Officers.
Two years of experience working with youth and knowledge of the juvenile court system
Juvenile Probation Officers are required to maintain CPR and First Aid Certifications throughout employment.
This position requires non-traditional hours, including weekend and evening hours when needed.
All prospective candidates will be subject to a sex offender check, criminal background checks, (state, local and national) and pre-employment drug screening for direct care positions.
DJJ participates in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility).
When identified on a position description, a valid driver’s license is required. If initially hired with an out-of-state license, the Florida resident must obtain a valid Florida state driver’s license within 30 days of hire. Licenses suspended or revoked for any reason, work permits (Business purpose/Employment/education only licenses) and some types of restricted licenses are not acceptable. Licenses that have Corrective Lenses Restriction are acceptable, provided the driver wears corrective lenses while operating the vehicle.
Positions that include the transportation of youth while performing any work or work-related functions on behalf of DJJ, require: (1) a valid driver’s license; and (2) a three-year acceptable driving record as defined in FDJJ Policy 1920.
Successful candidate must be certified in accordance with State of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice direct care training policy or obtain such certification within 180 days of employment. In order to obtain certification, the candidate must attend and successfully complete a mandatory residential training academy located in Quincy Florida. Such certification must be maintained.
For those candidates who are not currently in the state system as a direct care worker for DJJ at the time of candidate profile, the top-ranking candidate(s) after the interview phase will be required to take and pass Ergometric's IMPACT Assessment and Training Test in order to be considered for this direct-care employment opportunity. This test will be used to measure the candidate's overall suitability for working with Juvenile Justice involved youth. Test results will be used for a period of six months after initial testing for applicants who reapply during that period for another position for which testing is required.
985.66 Florida Statute Requirement:
Be at least 19 years of age.
Be a high school graduate or its equivalent as determined by the department.
Not have been convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement or have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States. Any person, who after September 30, 1999, pleads guilty or no lo contendere to or is found guilty of any felony or a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement is not eligible for employment, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication. Notwithstanding this subparagraph, any person who plead no lo contendere to a misdemeanor involving a false statement before October 1, 1999, and who has had such record of that plea sealed or expunged is not ineligible for employment for that reason.
Abide by all provisions of s. 985.644 (1), regarding fingerprinting and background investigations and other screening requirements for personnel.
Execute and submit to the department an affidavit-of-application form, adopted by the department, attesting to his or her compliance with sub paragraphs 1-4. The affidavit must be executed under oath and constitutes an official statement under s. 837.06. The affidavit must include conspicuous language that the intentional false execution of the affidavit constitutes a misdemeanor of the second degree. The employing agency shall retain the affidavit.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.