FORMAL PROBATION OFFICER
POSITION: Formal Probation Officer
DEPARTMENT: Probate Court
SUPERVISOR: Probate Court Judge, Probate Court Administrator
LOCATION: Emmet County Building, downtown Petoskey
RATE OF PAY: $23.58/hour – $24.92/hour (depending on qualifications and experience)
Provide supervision and guidance to youth on probation/diversion and Lakeview Academy students.
• Investigate youth and their families to identify needs and assess risks. Develop goals and objectives for change; draft dispositional recommendations for consideration by the Court.
• 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. • Acts as designated Court Officer/Referee for delinquency or Protective Service 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 curfew or compliance checks.
• Transport youth to and from appointments and programming or school as needed.
• Be available to receive calls, greet walk-ins and answer questions regarding the juvenile’s status and their court proceedings.
• Perform job functions safely and other duties as may be assigned.
DESIRED BEHAVIORAL TRAITS:
• Ability to communicate clearly
• Good Listening skills
• Physical well-being
• De-escalation of potential volatile situations that may arise
• Flexibility in dealing with individual personalities and situations
• Demonstrate genuine caring and positivity for youth
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
• Must have thorough working knowledge of the Michigan Juvenile Code and applicable Michigan Court Rules.
• Demonstrated understanding of substance abuse, mental health and other challenges facing today’s teenage population.
• Willing to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends.
• Must be a good negotiator and problem-solving facilitator.
• General computer and technology skills.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to function in potentially high stressful and emotionally charged situations.
• Must be discreet with confidential case information.
• Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling or related field is preferred.
• An Associate’s degree with related experience may be considered.
• Substance abuse counseling background desired.
• Must be willing to comply with the Model Code of Conduct for Michigan Trial Court Employees.
• Must have or be willing to obtain Michigan Juvenile Probation Officer certification.
• Must have or be willing to obtain a valid Michigan 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.