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Job Details for Deputy Chief United States Probation Officer

Announcement Number: PROB 17-10
Court: United States Probation Office
City, State: Providence, RI
Court Website:
Permanent Position: Permanent
Job Grade: JSP 13-15
Minimum Salary: $94,520
Maximum Salary: $161,900
Closing Date: 12/18/2017
Position Description

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:


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 Grade Level

Yrs of Specialized Experience







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.


Court-Preferred Skills:

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 (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:

 Note: Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Mail, email* or hand deliver your application materials (marked “Confidential”) to:

Human Resources

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.