U. S. Probation Officer
Salary Range: $43,188 – $97,753, CL 25/27/28
Vacancy Announcement #19-10; Type of Appointment: Full-Time
Date opened: November 18, 2019; Closing date: December 16, 2019, or until filled
Area of Consideration: All Qualified Applicants; Location of Position: Indianapolis
Current U.S. Probation Officers Seeking Transfer are Encouraged to Apply
The U.S. Probation Office for the Southern District of Indiana is accepting applications for the position of U.S. Probation Officer to conduct investigations, provide sentencing recommendations to the Court, supervise offenders, and perform pretrial duties. The selected candidate will be stationed in Indianapolis, however, duty station assignment is at the discretion of the Chief Probation Officer. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Hiring may be constrained by budgetary considerations. This is a federal law enforcement position.
THE OFFICE: A part of the United States District Court, the U.S. Probation Office for the Southern District of Indiana assists the Court in both probation and pretrial functions through investigating and supervising individuals charged with or convicted of federal crimes. The Probation Office provides coverage for 60 counties in Southern Indiana. In addition to the headquarters office in Indianapolis, divisional offices are located in Bloomington, Evansville, New Albany, Noblesville, and Terre Haute.
THE POSITION: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Conducts investigations and prepares reports for the court with recommendations for sentencing of individuals convicted of federal offenses. The preparation of these reports requires interviewing offenders and their families, investigating the offense, prior record, and financial status of the offender, and contacting law enforcement agencies, attorneys, victims of the crimes, schools, churches, and civic organizations. The purpose of these activities is to ascertain the offender's background, to assess the probability of future criminal behavior and determine profit from the offense, restitution, and the offender's ability to pay fines and costs of prosecution, incarceration and cost of supervision. An integral part of this process is the interpretation and application of policies and procedures, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures, and may include the U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines, Monographs, and relevant case law.
- Following disclosure of the presentence report, analyzes any objections and determines appropriate course of action. Such actions include resolving disputed issues and/or presenting unresolved issues to the court for resolution.
- Presents presentence report and sentencing recommendations to the court. Responds to judicial officer=s request for information and advice. Testifies in court as to the basis of factual findings and guideline applications. Serves as resource to the court to facilitate proper imposition of sentence.
- Supervises defendants and offenders to maximize adherence to imposed conditions, reduce risk to the community, and to provide correctional treatment. Assesses offenders=/defendants= level of risk and develops a blend of strategies for controlling and correcting risk management.
- Maintains personal contact with defendants and offenders through office and community visits and by telephone. Investigates employment, sources of income, lifestyle and associates to assess risk and compliance. Responsible for detection of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and similar problems and implement the necessary treatment or violation proceedings, through assessment, monitoring, and counseling. Refers offenders to appropriate outside agencies such as medical and drug treatment facilities, employment and training.
- Initiates contact with, replies to and seeks information from organizations and persons such as the U.S. Parole Commission, Bureau of Prisons, and attorneys concerning defendants= and offenders= behavior and conditions of supervision. Detects and investigates violations and implements appropriate alternatives and sanctions. Reports violations of the conditions of supervision to the appropriate authorities. Prepares reports, which may include application of U.S. Sentencing Commission revocation guidelines. Makes recommendations for disposition. Testifies at court or parole hearings.
- Conducts preliminary interviews and other investigations as required.
- Complies with established training and safety standards for carrying a firearm, restraints, and oleoresin capsicum, if authorized by the court. Complies with, the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees and court confidentiality requirements. Consistently demonstrates sound ethics and judgment.
- Maintains a detailed written record of case activity.
- Participates in and contributes to ongoing training programs. Keeps informed of new developments and techniques in the corrections field.
- Performs other duties as may be assigned.
REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Completion of a bachelor=s degree from an accredited college or university in a field of academic study, such as criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, or business or public administration, which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations skills involved in the position, is required for all probation officer positions. For placement at CL-25, at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to work at CL-23; for placement at CL-27, at least two years of specialized experience, with at least one year equivalent to work at the CL-25, is required. Specialized experience includes progressively responsible experience, gained after completion of a bachelor=s degree, in such fields as probation, pretrial services, parole, corrections, criminal investigations, or work in substance/addiction treatment. Experience as a police, custodial, or security officer, other than any criminal investigative experience, is not creditable.
STRONGLY PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: At least three years of specialized experience and a master=s degree in a closely related field of study. Excellent computer knowledge and the ability to type a high volume of material accurately. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. Ability to organize, oversee, and complete multiple projects simultaneously, with limited supervision. Detail oriented with strong organizational skills. Dependable, with a commitment to regular attendance and the ability to work beyond traditional office hours. The incumbent must exercise sound judgment, maintain confidences, work harmoniously with others, foster high ethical standards, and demonstrate integrity in meeting the office's vision, mission and goals. Travel and possession of a valid driver’s license are required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE: The duties of probation officers require the investigation and management of alleged criminal offenders or convicted offenders who present physical danger to officers and to the public. The supervision, treatment, and control of these offenders requires moderate to arduous physical exercise, including prolonged periods of walking and standing, physical dexterity and use of self-defense tactics. On a daily basis, officers face unusual mental and physical stress because they are subject to danger and possible harm during frequent, direct contact with individuals who are suspected or convicted of committing Federal offenses. Because officers must effectively deal with physical attacks and are subject to moderate to arduous physical exertion, applicants must be physically capable. Officers must possess, with or without corrective lenses, good distance vision in at least one eye and the ability to read normal size print. Normal hearing ability, with or without a hearing aid, is also required. In most instances, the amputation of an arm, hand, leg, or foot will not disqualify an applicant from appointment, although it may be necessary for the applicant to use a prosthesis to compensate for the amputation. Any severe health problems, however, such as physical defects, disease, and deformities that constitute employment hazards to the applicant or others, may disqualify an applicant. Examples of health problems that may be disqualifying are hernia (with or without truss), organic heart disease (whether or not compensated), severe varicose veins, serious deformities or disabilities of the extremities, mental or nervous disease, chronic constitutional disease, and marked speech abnormalities.
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 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. Retirement is mandatory at age 57.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS, DRUG SCREENING, MEDICAL, AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Prior to appointment, applicants considered for this position will undergo a medical examination and drug screening. Upon successful completion of the medical examination and drug screening, and following a local background investigation, the selectee may be appointed provisionally, pending a favorable suitability determination. If a provisional hire is authorized (appointment prior to completion of the background investigation), continued employment will be contingent on successful completion of the investigation. In addition, as conditions of employment, the incumbent will be subject to ongoing random drug screening, updated background investigations every five years and, as deemed necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent fitness-for-duty evaluations. Newly appointed probation officers are required to attend a 4-6 week training program at the National Training Academy in Charleston, South Carolina. This program usually occurs within six months of being appointed, and participants receive advanced notice of the training dates. There is also local training within the district that supplements the national curriculum. In addition, district-wide training occurs at least annually and it may require up to two overnight stays outside of the assigned duty station.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, completed application (AO78) and a resume by e-mail or mail. By e-mail to: HRsubmit@insp.uscourts.gov. PDF format is preferred, but Word documents will be accepted. The subject line for e-mail submissions should have the applicant’s name and Probation Officer (#19-10). Mailed applications should be addressed to: Personnel - CONFIDENTIAL (#19-10), U.S. Probation Office, 101 U.S. Courthouse, 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Incomplete or faxed application packages will not be considered nor will they be acknowledged by the Probation Office.
The cover letter should address your experience relative to the position of U.S. Probation Officer, major/minor of study of bachelor=s degree and where it was obtained, why you would like to serve the U.S. Probation Office for the Southern District of Indiana in this capacity, and how your selection would benefit the district. Any references to individual cases should be sanitized and no supplementary material should be submitted. Applications may be obtained at: https://www.insp.uscourts.gov/career-opportunities. To ensure consideration, completed application materials must be received or postmarked by Monday, December 16, 2019.
INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS: Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States. Submission of false or fraudulent information on or attached to an application may be grounds for nonselection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed. All information is subject to verification. Applications and enclosures will not be returned. The most suitable applicants will be invited to participate in an interview and testing at their own expense. Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid. Due to the volume of applications received, the Probation Office may only be able to communicate with those individuals who will be interviewed or tested. The Probation Office reserves the right to modify the conditions of this announcement or to withdraw the announcement, either of which may occur without prior written notice. This office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and interviewing process, please notify the local human resources representative. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case by case basis. Employees of the Probation Office are Excepted Service and are required to adhere to a Code of Conduct which will be made available for review by applicants upon request. Employment with the Probation Office is Aat will@ and is subject to termination by the Court. This position is subject to mandatory electronic deposit of salary payment.
The Southern District of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Location/Region: Indianapolis, IN