Job Title: Probation Officer Department: Probation Services Report to: Probation Officer Supervisor Salary: $20.76/hour ($43,180.80/year) Hours: Full-time 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or as assigned Posted: Friday, May 4, 2018 Deadline: Friday, May 18, 2018
The Franklin County Municipal Court is one of the largest and busiest municipal courts in the state. The Court has fourteen judges in the General Division and one judge in the Environmental Division. Judges preside over civil, criminal, and traffic cases and conduct both jury and non-jury trials. The Probation Department consists of approximately 80 employees. The Mission of the Department of Probation Services is to promote community safety by reducing recidivism, changing offender behavior, and fostering accountability through the effective use of evidence based practices. Probation Officer functions include pretrial, investigation and supervision services. Supervision structures are determined by risk and need and include all types of cases that are referred by the judges of the Court. The Department also operates specialized caseloads including domestic violence, sexual offenses, soliciting, mental health, and electronic monitoring. The Probation Department strives to stay current and relevant with the ongoing goal of being an evidence based organization.
A Probation Officer is under the general direction of the Chief and Deputy Chief Probation Officers and the immediate direction of a Probation Officer Supervisor. A Probation Officer’s primary responsibilities are to: investigate, interview, assess, case plan, provide interventions, and manage a defendant’s compliance with court orders and required programming in an effort to promote public safety and reduce recidivism. Probation Officers routinely communicate a defendant’s supervision compliance with the assigned judge and work closely with criminal justice partners and community resources.
This is a grant funded position and is not part of the Court’s general operating budget, ongoing funding for this position is dependent upon the continuation of the grant or identification of other external funding resources.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Position:
1. Administration of the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) and other identified assessment tools to ensure appropriate supervision placement, intervention and programming. 2. Develop an appropriate supervision plan to address the requirements of the Court and the assessed needs of the defendant. 3. Supervise and monitor an active caseload; support the defendant in attaining identified goals and maintaining compliance with the conditions of supervision; perform field work as needed; notify the Court of non-compliance with supervision requirements; conduct arrests when necessary; and attend court hearings when required. 4. Conduct investigations for the Court and prepare reports to assist judges in the determination of appropriate sentences, release conditions or the sealing of criminal offense records, as assigned. 5. Supervise specialized caseloads consisting of environmental compliance issues; defendants convicted of domestic violence or related charges; defendants who abuse and/or are dependent on alcohol and/or drugs; defendants who may suffer from mental illness or developmental disability; defendants convicted of sex offenses; or defendants ordered to a period of electronic monitoring. 6. Participate in activities that enhance the Department and Court, the individual units within the Department, and the Officer’s own professional development. 7. Active participation in required training and professional development events around evidence based practices in community corrections and behavioral health issues, per department standards and as deemed appropriate. 8. Perform other tasks as assigned, and may be assigned to other positions in other departments of the Court as needed.
Applicants must submit the Court's employment application form, a resume, and a cover letter addressed to Human Resources Manager Adrianne Patterson that describes with some specificity how the applicant's qualifications match those required for the position.
The Municipal Court Judges' application can be found at http://www.fcmcclerk.com/court/employment. Applications may be completed and submitted on-line or by hard copy.
To ensure consideration, the application materials should be submitted by Friday, May 18, 2018, to:
Adrianne Patterson Human Resources Manager Franklin County Municipal Court 375 South High Street, 10th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215
Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by mail, and only those applicants invited for an interview will be contacted by telephone. Applicants should not call or contact the Human Resources Manager or any Court employee concerning their application.
As a part of the selection process, a candidate may be required to perform skills tests that could include exercises to test the candidate’s writing ability, understanding of court systems, knowledge of legal terminology and procedures, and knowledge of Franklin County Municipal Court. Candidates who indicate knowledge of a second language or American Sign Language will be required to demonstrate those skills.
Employees of the Court are at-will employees and serve at the pleasure of the Court; they are not in the classified civil service system and are not members of bargaining units. The Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion, race, color, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, military status, or genetic information.
Qualifications and Requirements:
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with core course work in areas related to criminal justice, criminology, corrections, psychology, social work or related field. 2. The ability to demonstrate and apply basic knowledge of mental health, trauma and substance abuse issues. 3. Become trained and certified to perform the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) and other Department Risk and Need assessment tools. 4. Successful completion State Probation Officer Certification and training process within one (1) year of hire, if not currently certified. 5. Pass tests required to become certified to use Law Enforcement Automated Data Systems (LEADS), National Crime Information Center (NCIC), Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Interstate Identification Information Systems (III) computer information systems. 6. Willingness and ability to be trained and maintain certification in the Department’s Field Safety Training Program, including but not limited to: defensive tactics, verbal de-escalation techniques, and first aid/CPR, in order to engage with defendants in the community. 7. Ability to assess and supervise defendants effectively (e.g. assess and resolve problems, motivate defendants toward prosocial supports and activities, and facilitate interventions that assist defendants in changing their thinking and behavior). 8. Effective oral and written communication and interviewing skills (e.g. ability to listen effectively, obtain sensitive information, explain complex issues in a comprehensible manner, prepare accurate and logical reports relevant to the defendant). 9. Ability to make informed and thoughtful recommendations and decisions. 10. Knowledge of the criminal justice system and current research trends in the field of community corrections, in order to work within the Court and community corrections field effectively. 11. Ability to appropriately receive and follow supervisory feedback, coaching and direction. 12. Ability to demonstrate resilience and flexibility in a high-paced, dynamic work environment. 13. Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information. 14. If assigned to the Pretrial Services, Electronic Monitoring or Work Release Units, be willing to work various days and/or hours throughout week, including evenings and weekends. 15. Proficiency in operating a personal computer and using, or being able to learn, Microsoft Office products such as Word, Outlook, and Excel, and the Court’s case management software. 16. Knowledge of common office practices, procedures, and equipment. 17. Pleasant personality and ability to deal with potentially difficult people and ability to interact and maintain effective working relationships with judges, employees, attorneys, litigants, law enforcement officers, and others conducting business with the Court. 18. Conscious of, and sensitive to, the diversity within the Court’s jurisdiction and ability to interact professionally with this diverse population of people from many different geographic, socioeconomic, religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds on a regular basis. 19. Excellent time-management skills, ability to prioritize work, ability to work independently, and ability to work under time constraints. 20. Ability to work effectively in a team environment. 21. Professional appearance and demeanor, particularly a positive attitude appropriate for the position and the work environment as a representative of the Court. 22. Demonstrated dependability, punctuality, and excellent attendance record. 23. Patience, objectivity, maturity, effectiveness under stress, initiative, adaptability, and sound judgment. 24. Ability to work collaboratively with Criminal Justice partners. 25. Skilled in the art of interviewing and assessment. 26. Willingness to become familiar with the Court’s community resources. 27. Maintain a valid Ohio driver’s license. 28. Monitor and/or collect urine specimens from defendants.
Preferred Qualifications Include:
1. One year’s experience in the courts, corrections, counseling, law enforcement, or related fields. 2. Experience as a licensed social worker, professional counselor, and/or chemical dependency counselor. 3. Certified as a State Certified Probation Officer. 4. An understanding of legal terminology. 5. Additional consideration will be given to individuals who are fluently bilingual in Spanish and English with a college level vocabulary in both languages and the ability to communicate complex information in both English and Spanish. In addition, consideration will also be given to those who speak a language commonly used by people of Somalia for whom English is a second language or who are proficient in American Sign Language (ASL).
Additional Salary Information: Benefits: The Franklin County Municipal Court offers an excellent benefits package that includes: health, prescription, vision, dental, and life insurance; short-term disability; generous vacation, sick, and personal leave; eleven paid holidays; longevity service payments; sick leave reciprocity; an Employee Assistance Program; a deferred compensation program; tuition reimbursement; credit union membership; and direct deposit of net pay.
Court employees are members of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), which provides retirement, disability, and survivor benefits for public employees. All full-time employees hired after January 20, 2010, contribute to OPERS by paying the required employee share, which is 10% of their salary. The Court pays the required employer’s share of 14% of the employee’s salary. Since Court employees are members of OPERS, they do not have any Social Security taxes withheld from their pay.
About Franklin County Municipal Court
The mission of the employees of the Franklin County Municipal Court is to implement the policies and procedures established by the Judiciary and the State Legislature in a professional and dedicated manner and to ensure accessibility, fairness and courtesy in the administration of justice.