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Adult Probation Officer

***THIS RECRUITMENT WILL BE USED TO FILL ENTRY LEVEL AND EXPERIENCED PROBATION OFFICER VACANCIES IN VARIOUS DIVISIONS WITHIN ADULT PROBATION THROUGHOUT MARICOPA COUNTY***

External candidates will be compensated at a rate of $21.80 during the first year of employment and while on initial probation. Upon successful completion of certification training and the initial probationary period, employees are eligible for an increase to the minimum of the Probation Officer range ($23.70). Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for current Judicial Branch or County employees depending on current classification, and related experience. Candidates currently certified as Probation Officer in the State of Arizona will be compensated at the minimum of the range ($23.70).

Under general supervision, performs work of considerable difficulty in providing correctional casework services to difficult cases conducting specialized pre-sentence investigations and performs related work as required.

Position Qualifications:

Minimum education and/or experience:
Bachelor’s degree* from an academically accredited college or university through the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) or the US Department of Education (USDE) and must be at least 21 years of age.

Applicants must meet minimum requirements as set by the Arizona Supreme Court, which includes a Bachelor’s degree from an academically accredited college or university.

*Individuals who will have a Bachelor’s degree awarded no later than July 2016 will be considered. Applicants who have not been awarded their degree must add their educational information (type of degree, school attended, major, etc.) under the “Education” section of the application AND include in the “major” box the anticipated graduation date next to the major (i.e., Business Management 07/16). Failure to include the anticipated graduation date will result in the removal of your application from further consideration for this position.

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from a foreign country must submit an educational equivalency (basic statement of comparability) report completed by the International Education Services division of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO-IES).

Please indicate any additional language skills on your application. Applicants have the opportunity to take an Oral Proficiency Interview through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). If a passing score is received applicants may be placed in an assignment that requires the ability to utilize the language in which they demonstrated proficiency, such as Spanish. Based upon your rating you may receive a multi-lingual differential in pay.

If you were selected to participate in the recruitment process for Adult Probation Officer within the previous 12 months (example: PHQ, Interview, Polygraph, Psychological evaluation) and you received notification that you were not selected after completing one of these steps, you may not be considered for the current recruitment.

Please be advised that in order to be considered for this position, you must meet all requirements listed. Disqualification may occur due to, but not limited to, the following: The applicant is unable to prove US citizenship or right to work in the United States; the applicant is currently awaiting trial for or has been convicted of a felony; the applicant has sold, produced, manufactured, cultivated, or transported any illegal substance or drug; the applicant has a history of excessive or illegal drug use; the applicant has been dishonorably discharged from the US military; and/or, the applicant has been cited for excessive traffic violations.

Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Work assignments and locations vary throughout the County. Assignments will be made based upon the needs of the Department. Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona Driver’s License. CANDIDATES WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE A COMPLETE BACKGROUND/REFERENCE CHECK, INTERVIEW, POLYGRAPH AND PRE-EMPLOYMENT PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills; have strong analytical and interpersonal skills; must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to prioritize/organize, as well as plan and manage multiple assignments efficiently and effectively. Must demonstrate professional behavior and ethical standard of conduct. The position also requires problem-solving and change-intervention skills.

Must have knowledge of the principles and practices of: social and correctional casework, interviewing and counseling, the criminal justice system, principles of human behavior, principles and practices of pre-sentence investigations and case load management. Skill in correctional casework services, diversion activities and social investigations for disposition hearings. Skill in interpersonal relationship, motivating, interviewing and counseling. Skill in maintaining documentation utilizing case files and effectively organize work load. Skill in time management, with the ability to apply principles and methods of correctional case work. Ability to analyze and evaluate residential environments. Ability to effectively organize work load. Ability to communicate effectively both oral and written with individuals of varying educational levels and establish and maintain effective relationships with other employees, probationers and the public.

Working conditions:
Probation Officers are Peace Officers per A.R.S. 12-253.3 and can thus serve warrants, make arrests, and bring persons before the court who are under suspended sentences. Therefore, those selected for the position are required to meet physical standards of the position which are based on the ability to perform effectively all phases of the job duties. The person(s) selected will make 60% to 80% of their client contacts in the field. These various geographic locations throughout Maricopa County may be inaccessible by public transportation. Must possess a valid Arizona driver’s license. To be reimbursed for the authorized use of a private vehicle, employees must provide proof of insurance. (The current reimbursement rate is 54 cents/mile.)

Applicants must be able to recognize and handle confrontational situations using Defensive Tactics techniques, if necessary, to include: throwing punches at partial speed, punch-and-kick drills at partial speed, kicking at targets below 24″, standing up for 1 hour at a time, controlled falls at partial speed, use of an expandable baton (21″) at partial speed, swab application of OC spray under one eye and/or nose.

Essential Job Tasks:

Directs and counsels probationers regarding the conditions of probation and payment of restitution, fines, and other costs associated with probation. Conducts field visits (home, work, treatment facilities or jail), conferences, office visits and breathalyzers/urinalysis in connection with investigation and supervision terms established by the Court. Counsels probationers with problems related to compliance of terms and lawful interaction within the community. Investigates alleged violations of probation, conducts searches and effects arrests, if warranted. Conducts assessments to identify crimino-genic risk and needs and develop case plan based on identified needs. Documents and maintains confidential case records. Directs and refers probationers to community resources such as treatment centers or other agencies based on observation of activities, assessments, behavior, and conditions of probation. Prepares a variety of electronic and written reports, to include: pre-sentence/pre-trial reports and violation reports. Cooperates and maintains contact with other social and law enforcement agencies. Conducts in-depth interviews with offenders in order to gather accurate data regarding background and present situation. Gathers data pertinent to each individual on the caseload, to include information about the offender’s home, school, neighborhood, and relevant social agencies. Conducts investigations, prepares/types reports, and makes recommendations to the Court based upon these investigations. Testifies at court hearings. Operates office machines and computer terminals. Maintains attendance and training standards.

Selection Procedure:

The Maricopa County Human Resources Department performs recruitment, assessment and other personnel functions on behalf of the Judicial Branch and its departments. The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a pool provided by Human Resources.

All Judicial Branch offers of employment and continued employment are contingent upon passing a thorough background/fingerprint check. Applicants must completely and fully answer any questions regarding felony and misdemeanor convictions including any convictions that have been expunged or set aside. Failure to include criminal history information is grounds for termination of an offer and employment. A conviction may not automatically disqualify an applicant.

Judicial Branch facilities are located throughout Maricopa County. This position may be reassigned to other locations. Assignments will be made based upon the needs of the department.

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