ASSISTANT PROBATION DIRECTOR (GROUP D)
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OFTHE CLASS:
This is an administrative-level supervisory position in a Group D probation department. The incumbent supervises a number of Probation Supervisors 2/Principal Probation Officers, assists a Deputy Probation Director (Group D) in department administration and may be responsible for specialized duties and/or the administration of a section of the probation department. The work is performed under the general supervision of a Deputy Probation Director (Group D) with extensive leeway allowed to exercise independent judgment in carrying out the details of the work. An Assistant Probation Director (Group D) is a Peace Officer pursuant to Criminal Procedure Law Section 2.10 and may be authorized to carry a firearm in the performance of his/her duties. The incumbent will perform all related duties as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
Assigns work to Probation Supervisors 2/Principal Probation Officers;
Confers with Probation Supervisors 2/Principal Probation Officers and reviews the type and quality of probation services rendered by their subordinates or them;
Assists a Deputy Probation Director (Group D) in planning, organizing, and supervising the activities of a division such as a family or adult division, or the activities within a specific geographical area by directing and coordinating the activities of the division or geographical area;
Assists a Deputy Probation Director (Group D) in various other areas of administration such as budget preparation and control and preparation and maintenance of reports and records by collecting and reviewing information and making recommendations;
Assists a Deputy Probation Director (Group D) in the formulation and implementation of agency policies and procedures including those related to financial restitution received from probationers;
Explains policy and procedures, directives, laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to agency work to lower level professional staff to help ensure operational consistency;
Confers and/or meets with public and private agencies to develop and coordinate programs directed toward the prevention and control of delinquent and criminal behavior;
Confers and/or meets with judges, court personnel, attorneys, other law enforcement, educational and social agencies and other entities involved with probation activities to help ensure cooperative working relationships;
May assist a Deputy Probation Director (Group D) with the public relations responsibilities of the department including meeting with various community groups regarding the agency’s activities, disseminating information and maintaining effective relationships with community groups and resources;
May coordinate with local leadership to respond to media inquiries regarding probation department activities; and
May use a firearm in performing duties and exercising authority pursuant to departmental policy.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of administrative supervision;
Thorough knowledge of interviewing and investigative techniques and practices related to probation work;
Thorough knowledge of laws and rules pertaining to probation work and the functions and procedures of family and criminal courts;
Thorough knowledge of methods of differential supervision of probationers including the application of cognitive behavioral interventions and motivational techniques;
Thorough knowledge of effective assessment, case planning and management;
Thorough knowledge of special offender populations such as domestic violence offenders, sex offenders, DWI offenders, youthful offenders, juvenile offenders, Persons in Need of Supervision and juvenile delinquents;
Thorough knowledge of juvenile and adult risk and needs assessment instruments;
Thorough knowledge of the specific rules and procedures related to the department worked in;
Thorough knowledge of the powers of a Peace Officer;
Thorough knowledge of tools used to monitor compliance with conditions of probation, such as drug and alcohol screening DNA collection, and electronic monitoring devices;
Good knowledge of the geography of the jurisdiction employed in;
Good knowledge of social sciences, including sociology, psychology and demography;
Good knowledge of employment, training and treatment options available to probationers;
Working knowledge of the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
(HIPAA) regulations and policies relating to confidentiality of case record information;
Working knowledge of firearm safety;
Skill in the use of firearms where authorized;
Ability to administer special projects;
Ability to plan, review, correct and supervise the work of others;
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions;
Ability to analyze and organize data and prepare records and reports;
Ability to oversee the activities of a district office or unit of a probation department;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
Ability to understand and interpret complex written technical information including statutes,
regulations and operational procedures;
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
Ability to use a firearm safely and effectively if so authorized.
OPEN COMPETITIVE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees, with a Bachelor’s degree or higher which included or was supplemented by thirty (30) credit hours in the social or behavioral sciences and one (1) year of experience as a Probation Director (Group C), two (2) years of experience as a Probation Director (Group B), or two (2) years of experience as a Probation Director (Group A), Deputy Probation Director (Group C or B), or Probation Supervisor 2/Principal Probation Officer or equivalent experience in a probation agency.
Note: Course work at the graduate degree level in social work, social sciences, education, administration, law, criminal justice, or a related field may be substituted for work experience for a maximum of one (1) year of experience.
Note: Social science includes areas of study concerned with humans living in relation to other humans in a social environment and such as anthropology, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology.
Behavioral science is a subset of social science characterized by observation of the behavior of living organisms and focused on human social behavior such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, counseling, criminal justice, gerontology, human behavior, social work/social welfare and vocational rehabilitation.
One (1) year of permanent competitive class service as a Probation Supervisor 2/Principal Probation Officer or two (2) years of permanent competitive class service as a Probation Supervisor 1.
Special Requirement: Possession of a current driver’s license or the ability to otherwise meet the transportation requirements of the position.
Note: Individuals whose duties and responsibilities include the use of a firearm must also complete training pursuant to Criminal Procedures Law Section 2.30(3).
Note: The class specifications including the minimum qualifications for positions in Probation Departments are established by rule and regulations of the Division of Criminal Justice Services. These class specifications are found in Title 9 NYCRR Part 347, Appendix H-10, Standard Specifications for Professional Probation Positions
Note: This position is allocated to the competitive class pursuant to Executive Law Section 257(1).