†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PROBATION ASSISTANT (SPANISH SPEAKING)†††††††††††††††† ††††††† †††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6502
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Under general supervision, an employee in this class performs para-professional probation casework and is not a Peace Officer pursuant to the NYS Criminal Procedure Law. The position requires the use of Spanish language communication skills to assist Probation Officers in working with clients, probationers and their families who are Spanish speaking. Other than this additional responsibility, the position is equivalent to a Probation Assistant title. The incumbent is responsible for assisting Probation Officers in the performance of tasks which may include pre-dispositional/pre-trial interviews and screening; making recommendations for suitability for pre-trial release; opening and closing cases; monitoring individuals with pending cases; and notifying courts of case status. An incumbent may assist in the control and supervision of probationers by processing inter and intra-state transfers; serving as the departmentís point of contact for transfer of records and files with other probation departments, law enforcement agencies or courts; delivering documents to law enforcement agencies and the courts; and assisting with the collection of financial obligations. An incumbent may perform such tasks for a number of Probation Officers or as a member of a group program. Work is supervised by a Supervising Probation Officer or higher level probation professional through frequent consultations and review of work performed. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
††††††††††††††† Acts as an interpreter for Spanish speaking clients in Intake, Investigation and Supervision services;
††††††††††††††† Interviews, in Spanish or English, individuals in custody of a law enforcement agency to assess their suitability for release from detention pending trial,† monitors status of individuals relapsed and notifies courts of their status;
††††††††††††††† Assists in gathering information for probation personnel from a variety of sources, including public and private social agencies, law enforcement agencies, courts, employers, etc.;
††††††††††††††† Supports the departmentís involvement with specialty courts which may include gathering information; conducting drug/alcohol screenings; contacting victims, law enforcement or human service agencies, treatment providers and other involved parties; and in verification of social and legal history data pertaining to individuals serviced by the department;
††††††††††††††† Assists individuals serviced by the probation agency in completing questionnaires, family court petition forms and other documents requiring written information, and by answering general questions;
††††††††††††††† Assists in establishing or maintaining contact with persons or organizations in the community that may provide necessary resources for individuals serviced by the agency;
††††††††††††††† Assists in the more routine interviews of probation clients to ascertain conduct and progress of probationers and/or to resolve probationers' problems relating to housing, health care, employment, family support or other essential matters;
††††††††††††††† May provide employment preparedness assessments and related training and assistance;
††††††††††††††† Registers and updates case data; conducts record checks through local, state and federal databases; and produces reports;†
††††††††††††††† Gathers and verifies data for the preparation of memorandums, correspondence, transfer orders, discharge letters and other documents;
††††††††††††††† May perform drug
and alcohol screenings and collect DNA samples.††††††††
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of pre-trial court procedures; good knowledge of interviewing methods necessary to determine suitability for pre-trial release from detention; good knowledge of tools used to monitor compliance with conditions of probation, such as drug and alcohol screening, DNA collection and electronic monitoring devices; good knowledge of the geography of the jurisdiction employed in; working knowledge of laws pertaining to probation work and functions and procedures of family and criminal courts; working knowledge of the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations and policies relating to confidentiality of case record information; working knowledge of special offender populations such as domestic violence offenders, sex offenders, DWI offenders, youthful offenders, juvenile offenders, Persons in Need of Supervision and juvenile delinquents; working knowledge of juvenile and adult risk and needs assessment instruments; working knowledge of factors related to crime and delinquency; working knowledge of the rules of evidence, arrest laws and custody procedures; working knowledge of community resources; working knowledge of employment, training and treatment options available to probationers; working knowledge of office terminology, procedures, equipment and business English; ability to interview detainees in Spanish and English and assess their suitability for pre-trial release; ability to review and explain conditions of probation in Spanish and English to a probationer; ability to effectively communicate in Spanish as required; ability to gather and
organize information related to the work performed; ability keep routine records; ability to administer drug, alcohol testing and collect DNA samples as needed; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to understand and empathize with the needs and concerns of others; ability to maintain composure and make rational judgments under stressful conditions; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
††††††††††††††† OPEN COMPETITIVE
††††††††††††††† a) Graduation from a college with federally authorized accreditation or registration by New York State with an Associate's Degree or higher in criminal justice, human services, chemical dependency counseling, business administration, or a closely related field; or,†††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††† b) Graduation from a standard senior high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma, and two (2) years of experience working with the public in a public or private human services agency or a criminal justice or juvenile justice agency; or,
††††††††††††††† c) An equivalent combination of education and experience as defined by the limits of a) and b).
††††††††††††††† Candidate must successfully pass a qualifying medical and psychological evaluation authorized by the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service.
††††††††††††††† At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, candidates are required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York.
††††††††††††††† There will be a qualifying Spanish language examination.