Job Details for Deputy Chief United States Probation Officer
|Announcement Number:||PROB 17-10|
|Court:||United States Probation Office|
|City, State:||Providence, RI|
|Job Grade:||JSP 13-15|
The Deputy Chief Probation Officer assists the Chief Probation Officer in all areas of the administration and management of the U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Office in the District of Rhode Island. The Deputy Chief oversees the day-to-day operations of the office. This position is a high-level management position, is second in command to the Chief U.S. Probation Officer, and is delegated to act as Chief in their absence.
Summary of Representative Duties/Responsibilities:
- Directly and indirectly manage and supervise all staff.
- Assist in providing executive leadership, management and supervision for all operations of the office.
- Assume the duties of the Chief Probation Officer in their absence.
- Assist in ensuring statutes, monographs, guidelines, case law, and rules pertaining of federal defendants and offenders are applied and adhered to appropriately.
- Monitor the supervision of services provided to defendants and offenders.
- Conduct special investigations and prepare reports.
- Assist in formulating, implementing, monitoring, and modifying organizational policy involving collaboration with judges and other court personnel.
- Assist in participating and collaborating in the establishment and development of judiciary-wide policies.
- Assist in developing and executing strategic plans.
- Interpret and apply the appropriate court statutes, rules, and operating procedures.
- Interpret and apply the Guide to Judiciary Policies and Procedures.
- Assist in developing, managing and monitoring all staff training programs to ensure compliance with minimum standards.
- Implement and ensure compliance of the officer integrity program, background investigations, re-investigations, random drug testing, and medical standards.
- Ensure officers and staff are fit for duty and adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees.
- Assist in setting measurable standards and expectations to ensure consistent implementation of the policies and procedures among divisional offices.
- Promote and encourage involvement in public outreach programs through public speaking, job fairs, public education, and internships.
- Assist in developing, implementing and enforcing policies and practices to secure staff and physical assets of the court unit, which may include: procurement of services and goods; human resources and training, recruiting, hiring and firing processes; information technology policy, planning and implementation; emergency preparedness and disaster recovery activities; property management; space and facilities needs for the court unit; and public relations for the court unit.
- Assist in developing, administering, executing, and monitoring the budget.
- Assist in certifying financial transactions of the office.
- Work with the AO, U.S. Parole Commission, U.S. Sentencing Commission, FJC, federal courts, and other governmental agencies having business before the court.
- Ensure proper statistical reporting to the AO.
- Provide subject matter expertise for judicial committees and judges’ meetings.
- May be asked to perform other duties by the Chief Probation Officer
- Performs related duties as required by the Court.
To qualify for the position of Deputy Chief Probation Officer Type II, at JSP-13, JSP-14 or JSP-15, a person must possess the following years of specialized experience, one of which must have been at the next lower grade level or its equivalent.
For placement at the:
- JSP-13 Level, the applicant must have experience at the JSP-12 or CPS CL 28 Level.
- JSP-14 Level, the applicant must have experience at the JSP-13 or CPS CL 29 Level.
- JSP-15 Level, the applicant must have experience at the JSP-14 or CPS CL 30 Level.
JSP Grade Level
Yrs of Specialized Experience
Progressively responsible experience in the investigation, supervision, counseling and guidance of offenders in community correction or pretrial programs is required. Experience as a police officer, FBI agent, customs agent, marshal or similar position, other than any criminal investigation experience, does not meet the requirements of specialized experience. Specialized experience must be earned after the bachelor’s degree has been granted.
Completion of one academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of graduate study in one of the social sciences may be substituted for one year of the specialized experience; or completion of a master's degree or two years of graduate study (60 semester or 90 quarter hours) in an accredited university in one of the social sciences or a Juris Doctor (JD) degree may be substituted for two years of the specialized experience.
Note: A degree which relies primarily upon credit for life experience rather than academic course work is not considered qualifying for substitution of educational experience for actual work experience under this section.
To qualify for the Deputy Chief position, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree or Juris Doctor is preferred.
Previous management/leadership experience, education, or training relevant to U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services operations, with substantial knowledge of and experience in the operations and management of supervision and court services, including policies and procedures.
Excellent analytical and writing skills, including the ability to analyze relevant information and prepare an accurate written summary of technical information in an organized, objective, clear, and concise manner.
Excellent organizational leadership and management skills. Extensive knowledge of federal judiciary policies and procedures, U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, applicable statutes and case law, and Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Current knowledge of evidence-based and re-entry practices, including relevant research and emerging trends, which clearly link to current and future operations and policies.
The successful candidate will be a leader and motivator; will be passionate about the work and mission of the Probation & Pretrial Services Office and national system; will be highly organized; possess maturity, tact, good judgment, poise, and initiative. The demonstrated ability to work effectively with the public, partner agencies and staff, and communicate effectively (verbal and written) is required. The successful candidate will be flexible and conscientious about detail and accuracy, and be able to balance the demands of varying workload responsibilities and deadlines without sacrificing quality. The successful candidate will also have a deep respect for and commitment to the work of the court, as well as the ability to work collegially with the other court units and members of the management teams.
Federal benefits include participation in the Federal Employee’s Retirement System, which contributes to the Social Security Retirement Program, Federal Employees’ Health Benefits, Federal Employees’ Dental and Vision Programs, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to 401K plan with employer matching contributions), paid holidays, and annual/sick leave accrual. More detailed benefits information can be found on our web site. This position is subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer (direct deposit) for payment of net pay.
First-time appointees to positions covered under law enforcement officer retirement provisions must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Applicants 37 years or over who have previous law enforcement officer experience under the Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employees Retirement System and who have either a subsequent break in service or intervening service in a non-law enforcement officer position may have their previous law enforcement experience subtracted from their age to determine whether they meet the maximum age requirement. If the selectee is currently in a federal hazardous duty position, mandatory retirement requirements apply.
Each applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible to work in the United States.
This position may require travel. If an office vehicle is not available, the incumbent is expected to use a personal vehicle and will be reimbursed for mileage.
The medical requirements and the essential job functions derived from the medical guidelines of Probation Officers and Officer Assistants are available for public view at http://www.uscourts.gov (click on U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers/What Professional Standards Apply to Them/Office and Assistant Medical Requirements). The incumbent will be subject to on-going random drug screening.
At the Court’s discretion, references and former employers (whether listed as references or not) of the final group of candidates may be called to seek information on past performance history.
The Court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct that is available upon request. Prior to appointment, applicants considered for this position will undergo a full field background investigation and a credit record check. Incumbent may be subject to updated background investigations every five years.
The U.S. Probation Office falls within the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government. Judiciary employees serve under “Excepted Appointment” and are considered “At-Will” employees.
How To Apply
Qualified applicants should submit an original:
- Letter of interest, which addresses qualifications, skills, education and experience necessary to perform the duties of the Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer;
- Detailed resume;
- Completed Application for Judicial Employment, form AO-78 (available at http://www.uscourts.gov/forms/AO078.pdf); and
- Copies of your last two (2) performance evaluations.
Note: Incomplete application packets will not be considered.
Mail, email* or hand deliver your application materials (marked “Confidential”) to:
RE: PROB 17-10
U.S. District Court
1 Exchange Terrace
Providence, RI 02903
*Please include PROB 17-10 in the subject line of your email. All documents should be in Adobe PDF format.*
Only applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted by the Court. The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, to withdraw the job announcement, or to fill the position sooner than the closing date, any of which actions may occur without prior written notice or other notice.
THE UNITED STATES PROBATION OFFICE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER