SENIOR PROBATION OFFICER 6512
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class performs professional probation work as a specialist in one of several areas including warrant and arrest procedures, violent crimes, alcohol and drug dependency, internal affairs, and sex crimes. The incumbent performs intake, investigations, group treatment, and other functions with a specialized client base. The incumbent does not have direct supervisory responsibility. However, while working as a specialist and handling the more complex cases, incumbents may direct, train, and review the work of professional or paraprofessional staff who handle the less complex cases and issues in a probation unit. Work is distinguished from that of a Probation Officer, in that Probation Officers do not provide treatment, act as team leaders, provide guidance to other Probation Officers, or perform highly specialized duties. The incumbent may work under direct supervision of a psychologist or other independent clinician. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Supervising Probation Officer, and is reviewed through conferences and written reports. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Provides intensive treatment using methods including individual, family, and/or group treatment on the most complex cases or clients that have failed conventional supervised treatments;
Performs duties in one of several specialized areas including warrant and arrest procedures, violent crimes, alcohol and drug dependency, and sex crimes;
Serves as a lead worker of a group of probation professionals or serves as team leader where a team approach is employed;
May direct and train Probation Officers in handling less complex cases and issues in a probation unit;
Reviews investigation reports and probation supervision summaries;
Conducts complex assessments and/or evaluations for placement into private or state hospital and treatment programs;
Conducts complex pre-sentence investigations on specialized cases such as sex crimes, multiple murders, fraud involving complex restitution, or cases subject to a high degree of public scrutiny;
Prepares monthly status reports and progress reports on the work of the unit;
Provides technical and/or tactical assistance to Probation Officers making arrests and/or conducting searches;
Acts as the family
and/or criminal court liaison for the Probation Department;
Uses a variety of treatment and intensive supervision methods including individual, family, and/or group treatment on most complex cases or clients that have failed conventional supervised treatments;
Conducts internal affairs investigations under the direction of the Director or Deputy Director and may act as liaison to the County Attorney for employee investigations;
Represents the Director on committees, task forces, and other special projects outside the Department.
Good knowledge of the modern principles and practices of probation work; good knowledge of principles underlying human behavior, growth, and development; good knowledge of correctional treatment model, domestic violence, family dynamics, and substance abuse assessment; good knowledge of the laws pertaining to probation, and of functions and procedures of courts involved with the work of the Probation Department; good knowledge of and skill in investigating, interviewing, case recording, supervision, and report preparation techniques as applied to probation work; good knowledge of community resources in areas of mental health and substance abuse treatment; ability to supervise personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to prepare clear, accurate and comprehensive case records, and to reach logical conclusions based on pertinent regulations and information; ability to deal effectively with probationers and their families; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Two (2) years of permanent competitive status as a Probation Officer or Probation Officer (Spanish Speaking).
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, employees must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.