PRINCIPAL PROBATION OFFICER 6514
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Under general direction, an employee in this class is responsible for directing a large staff of professional probation personnel in a division or decentralized office of the Probation Department. The position differs from that of Supervising Probation Officer and Program Coordinator – Probation Officer in that a Principal Probation Officer has the increased supervisory responsibility of directing several units with a large number of professional employees including a number of Supervising Probation Officers and/or Program Coordinator – Probation Officers. Supervision is received through conferences and reports. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Supervises a number of probation units such as Intake, Investigation or Probation Supervision;
Plans, directs and coordinates the activities of the assigned units;
Directs, through a Supervising Probation Officer or Program Coordinator – Probation Officer, personnel in techniques and procedures applicable to particular cases and assigned projects;
Interprets rules and procedures to subordinate staff;
Insures the proper operation of procedures related to interviewing, report preparation, case record keeping and probation supervision through the observation of work performed;
Confers with judges, court personnel, attorneys, police, educational and social agency personnel, and various other groups and individuals on problems and other matters with which the probation agency is concerned.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to probation work; thorough knowledge of the functions and procedures of courts involved in the Probation Department; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of probation and social casework including interviewing, investigation, counseling, case supervision, record keeping and reporting; thorough knowledge of the social resources available to the community; thorough knowledge of current trends and developments in the fields of probation and correction; good knowledge of the social sciences including sociology, psychology and economics; ability to analyze data gathered through investigation of probationers; ability to deal effectively with people who may be under emotional strain; ability to plan, direct and supervise the work of subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; ability to establish effective working relationships with clients, relatives and other interested persons; ability to prepare clear, accurate and comprehensive case records and to reach valid conclusions based on pertinent regulations and information; good judgment; tact; courtesy; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Two (2) years of permanent competitive status as a Supervising Probation Officer or one (1) year of permanent competitive status as a Program Coordinator – Probation Officer.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, employees must possess a valid New York State driver’s license.