PROBATION OFFICER (SPANISH SPEAKING)

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(Competitive)


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS


The work involves responsibility for performing entry level professional work in the field of probation. An employee in this class provides evaluation, conducts investigations and supervises individuals placed on probation by the courts. The employee must apply modern social work techniques in making evaluations of adults or juveniles and in supervising persons on probation. Assignments are received as cases from the Probation Supervisor or higher level professional and reviewed through conference and narrative status reports on the probationer’s re-adjustment in a guided environment. Supervision is exercised over Trainees, paraprofessionals and clerical support staff. This class differs from that of a Probation Officer only in the need to be bilingual in English and Spanish. Does related work as required.


TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES


Obtains and analyzes social and legal data and prepares reports in relation to matters pending in the courts concerning persons awaiting disposition by the courts.

Interprets conditions of sentence to persons placed under probation supervision, supervises such individuals by ascertaining compliance with conditions of probation, and counsels and assists them in problems related to compliance and to the maintenance of lawful behavior in the community.

Prepares progress reports on persons under supervision and periodically reviews case histories to determine degree of adjustment.

Prepares violation reports and testifies at delinquency hearings.

Establishes and maintains contact with other social and law enforcement agencies and cooperates with them in matters of mutual interest.

Helps to maintain a variety of records utilized by the Probation Office.

Assists in supervision of Probation Officer Trainees, Probation Assistants, and volunteers.

May be assigned to an intake unit to evaluate matters for adjustment at the intake level or to perform supervision of persons in lieu of court action.

May carry a firearm on some assignments.

May be required to operate a personal computer to complete reports.


FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS


Some knowledge of social sciences, including sociology, psychology and economics.

Some knowledge of social service programs and other community resources.

Some knowledge of laws pertaining to probation work and functions and procedures of Family and Criminal courts.

Some knowledge of factors related to crime and delinquency.

Good judgment in dealing with people.

Ability to understand, interpret and prepare written material.

Ability to speak, read and write fluently in both Spanish and English.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS


A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Baccalaureate Degree and two (2) years of counseling or casework in a recognized agency adhering to accepted standards in probation, parole, social services, psychology or medical social work, or a closely related field; or,

B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's Degree in Social Work, Education, Administration, Law, Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, or a closely related field; or,

C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as set by the limits of (A) and (B).

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS


NOTE: Candidates must be able to read, write and converse fluently in Spanish and English


NOTE: Employees in this position will be required to successfully complete the NYS requirements for firearms training. At the discretion of the Commissioner of Probation, assignment to certain job duties will necessitate carrying a firearm in the execution of duties, while for certain other job duties the carrying of a firearm will be an option.


10/03 Revised