JUVENILE PROBATION OFFICER
POSITION: Juvenile Probation Officer
DEPARTMENT: 7th Probate Court
SUPERVISOR: Probate Judge/Probate Court Administrator
FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt
GRADE & STEP: 11
LOCATION: Emmet County Building/Lakeview Academy
RATE OF PAY: $22.86/hr to $28.60/hr (depending on knowledge, skills & experience)
Provide supervision and guidance to youth on probation/diversion and Lakeview Academy students.
• Investigate youth/families to identify needs and develop goals and objectives for change.
• Supervise youth and enforce Lakeview Academy school rules and assist in discipline as needed.
• Monitor compliance with all court orders and document case progress for case files.
• Provide and coordinate referrals to community services/resources for youth on probation.
• Determine and make recommendations on appropriate case plan for juveniles and families and provide written reports as requested by Program Manager and Court Administrator.
• Participate in court hearings, testify in court for disposition and review hearings.
• Consult regularly with families, schools, police agencies, and other professionals to monitor progress of youth and families.
• Assist youth in identifying problems and direct them toward reasonable and appropriate solutions. May encounter situations with potential for physical risk.
• Assist Program Manager in implementation of group activities and programming, which may include self-esteem building activities, community service programs, vocational education, assistance with homework or positive recreational activities.
• When designated, responsible for “on call” for current caseloads, detention placements and issues with delinquent youth. Service as designated Court Officer/Referee for delinquency or Protective Services emergency placements.
• Participate and supervise group outdoor physical activities. Physical participation in sports, outdoor games and community service projects with youth.
• Execute daily food service tasks for students at Lakeview Academy.
• Provide monitoring of youth, including searches, drug screens, PBTs and in home monitoring.
• Transport youth to and from appointments and programming or school as needed.
• Acquire familiarity with court policy and procedures and juvenile law.
• Be available to receive calls, greet walk-ins and answer questions regarding juvenile law and court proceedings.
• Perform job functions safely and other duties as may be assigned.
DESIRED BEHAVIORAL TRAITS:
Ability to communicate clearly; listening skills; physical ability to handle de-escalation of potential volatile situations that may arise; flexibility in dealing with individual personalities and situations; demonstrate genuine caring and positive outlook for youth.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
• Must demonstrate a clear understanding of substance abuse, mental health and other challenges facing today’s teenage population.
• Must be a team player willing to assist others with difficult client situations.
• Some knowledge of computer technology and learning computer input for probate/family court system.
• Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to function in potentially high stressful and emotionally charged situations.
• Must be a good negotiator and problem-solving facilitator.
• Computer/typing skills required.
• Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling or related field. Five years of experience in a related field.
• Substance abuse counseling background desired.
• Will attend, within first two years of employment, the following three seminars offered by the Michigan Judicial Institute: Basic Counseling and Interviewing Techniques, Juvenile Law I and II.
• Must be willing to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends.
Valid driver’s license
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed by such a person.