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Youth Engagement Specialist: Juvenile Probation Officer I

at Williamson County

Pay: $18.10 to $20.81/hour
Salary : $18.10 - $20.81 Hourly
Posted: 8/15/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2540301
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Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Youth Engagement Specialist: Juvenile Probation Officer I
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:$18.10 - $20.81 Hourly
Job Type:Full-Time
Location: Williamson County Area, Texas
Department:Juvenile Services
 
Reporting directly to the Probation Supervisor on site, responsible for providing case management and supervision of youth on assigned caseload using trauma-informed practices. Juvenile Probation Officer I specialized areas are:  Intake, Field, Prevention, Residential Case Manager.  Level I of II in Juvenile Probation.

Please note current vacancies are Field & Intake in the Georgetown, Round Rock & Cedar Park offices.
 EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:
  • Understands, practices, and promotes the vision of Williamson County Juvenile Services
  • Maintains daily focus on the department's service philosophy when interacting with youth, including emphasis on Developmental Assets, Developmental Relationships, SPARK identification, Motivational Interviewing, and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)
  • Engages with youth on their caseload to develop relationships and focuses efforts toward diversion of youth from commitment to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD)
  • Models positive behavior and leadership to youth in all interactions
  • Redirects youth behavior using appropriate trauma-focused interventions when necessary
  • Performs investigations and evaluations of offenders to submit social histories and/or recommendations to relevant court(s)
  • Interviews and counsel offenders and families in development and rehabilitation
  • Appears in juvenile court and testifies for relevant hearings regarding youth on caseload
  • Provides supervision of youth on Conditions of Release, monitor compliance with Electronic Monitor for youth placed on Deferred Prosecution and Court Ordered Probation
  • Maintains compliance with contact and case plan standards
  • Coordinates and transports juveniles for appointments outside the facility and for placement in out-of-county and TJJD facilities
  • Develops quality relationships with personnel in law enforcement, schools, community organizations, and other social service agencies
  • Readily complies with departmental / countywide policies and TJJD standards
  • Other related duties as assigned
  • The physical demands and environmental factors listed below, as well as regular attendance, are also essential functions for this position

SPECIALIZED AREAS JOB DUTIES

INTAKE:
  • Performs Detention and Probation intake meetings with the juvenile and family

PREVENTION:
  • Performs community outreach
  • Supervises First Offender Program and SEARCH Program youth

RESIDENTIAL CASE MANAGER:
  • Collaborates with all relevant staff and counselors to provide case management supervision to residential caseload of juveniles on highest levels of supervision.
  • Attends expulsion hearings in each school district throughout the county, as needed
  • Conducts and facilitates the intake process for youth placed into the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) and the CORE therapeutic residential program
  • Works closely with JJAEP school personnel in recording attendance
  • Assists with compiling, monitoring, and recording statistical data for reports to TJJD

ORGANIZATION RELATIONSHIPS
  • Reports directly to – Juvenile Services Probation Supervisor or designee
  • Direct Reports – No

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
  • Ability to use non-violent physical restraint and non-hostile management of aggressive behavior
  • Position requires prolonged walking, standing, sitting, bending, reaching, twisting, pulling, pushing, kneeling, squatting, writing, and typing in the performance of daily activities
  • Position involves operating motor vehicles
  • Position involves using mechanical restraint devices (handcuffs and leg shackles)

IRREGULAR HOURS
  • Serves on-call on a 24-hour basis.
  • Office hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. -5 p.m. However, flexibility to work; days, evenings, and/or weekend hours are needed
  • Ability to work scheduled Saturdays supervising juveniles in various programs
  • Non-Essential Personnel for Emergency Situations, unless employees are designated by Department Heads

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS
  • Continuous contact with youth accused of or adjudicated for various crimes
  • Work is primarily conducted indoors in air-conditioned building
  • May be required to perform some work outdoors in inclement weather (heat, cold, wet conditions)

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
  • Completion of one year of graduate study in a field approved by TJJD (substitution for the graduate study requirement is one year of full-time work experience in a juvenile supervision related field approved by TJJD)
  • Per Texas Administrative Code Section 344.200, be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a non-disqualifying criminal history as defined in Texas Administrative Code Chapter 344.400
  • Maintain a satisfactory motor vehicle record

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Required by date of employment
  • Written proof of one year of related work experience from previous employer (on employer's letterhead to include; dates of employment, description of job duties, and performance) OR certified original of Master's degree transcript
  • Valid driver's license
Required within six (6) months of employment
  • Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) Juvenile Probation Officer certification
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification
  • First aid certification
  • Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) certification
  • Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) trained

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bilingual Spanish speaker
  • Knowledge and skills to work efficiently with Microsoft Word to complete forms and required documentation for caseload management

EMPLOYMENT TESTING
Employment is contingent on passing post-offer /pre-employment screening listed below:
  • Criminal background check: Yes
  • Motor Vehicle Record check: Yes
  • Drug screening: Yes
  • Physical exam: Yes
  • Psychological exam: No
  • Additional: Child Abuse Registry check

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) STATUS
Non-exempt (Hourly)
 SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
TOBACCO FREE WORKPLACE POLICY
Williamson County is a tobacco free workplace. The use of tobacco and non-tobacco products such as vapor, e-cigarettes and the use of chewing tobacco or like products is prohibited on all Williamson
County premises. Employees who violate this policy are subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position. This job description is subject to change as the needs and requirements of the job change.

Williamson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you require an accommodation in order to apply for a position, please request assistance from the Human Resources Department.