Requisition No: 360342
Agency: Juvenile Justice
Working Title: JUVENILE PROBATION OFFICER - 80002152
Position Number: 80002152
Salary: $1,241.94 Bi-weekly
Posting Closing Date: 05/07/2021
This is work providing social services to assist in
rehabilitation of juvenile law offenders in custody or on probation
or parole. Incumbents make recommendations for actions involving
formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender,
including conditional release and education and employment
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Case Management, Referrals, Recommendations and Assessment:
Initiate contact with the youth, family, victims, and law
enforcement when referrals are received by the FDJJ.
Conduct home and school visits as an integral part of the
information gathering process and family involvement model.
Initiate contact with the victim when a referral is received by
the FDJJ to obtain the victim's opinion regarding case handling and
Use Motivational Interviewing to engage the youth and family to
determine the youth's social, developmental, emotional, financial
and/or other needs.
Obtain and review collateral information such as abuse and
neglect history, educational, mental health, substance use, gang
related activity and other pertinent information from other
agencies involved with the youth and/or family.
Conduct and document FDJJ screening(s), to identify the youth's
risk and needs, protective factors and/or the need for further
evaluations, including but not limited to detention screening,
intake screening, Suicide Risk Screening Instrument, and any
Department approved risk/needs screening and/or assessment
Facilitate the completion of comprehensive assessments, and if
results indicate needed services refer the youth and family for
services regardless of youth's legal status (e.g., intake status
youth that may include diversion and civil citation).
Document all referrals for services regardless of youth's legal
status and the youth or parent's acceptance or refusal of
Formulate case management strategies based on assessments and/or
information gathered to address the specific needs of the youth and
Make service referrals to the appropriate provider (s) and
follow up actions needing to be taken.
Make supervision and treatment recommendations to the State
Attorney and other judicial partners that allow the Department to
provide the most appropriate services in the least intrusive
Discuss with the youth and family a safety plan that focuses on
averting exposure to situations of risk, harm or injury to prevent
Complete the screening instruments and reports used by the
Department and/or the courts that include but are not limited to
the following: Detention Screening Risk Assessment (DRAI), Suicide
Risk Screening Instrument (SRSI), Department approved risk/needs
screening/assessment instrument(s) and case plan, Pre-Post
Disposition Report, Adult Sentencing Summary Report, Progress
(Status) Report, Electronic Commitment Packet, and Termination of
Acts as the DJJ representative during court hearings to support
the Department's recommendation for the youth, family, and
Confer and advocate with the attorneys (e.g., State Attorney,
Public Defender, Youth's Private Counsel, DJJ General Counsel) on
the Department's recommendations based on information gathered
during the screening, assessment, intake and supervision process,
which represents a balanced and restorative justice approach taking
into consideration youth competency development, accountability to
the victimized community and promoting public safety.
Prepare and maintain current social histories, court reports,
referral letters, and related correspondence.
Explain court procedures to youth and their families.
Provide current information to the staff responsible for
detention screening, detention reviews, and related court
Testify at hearings, when appropriate.
Prepare affidavits/petition for Violation of Probation for any
violation that result in the filing of a delinquency petition.
Request hearings when appropriate.
Communicate and distribute the outcome of court proceedings to
all affected parties (i.e. youth, family, supervisor, detention,
residential, providers, schools, victims, etc.)
Notify circuit management on referrals to the Office of the
General Counsel for resolution of problem court orders or
Case Management, Interventions & Supervision:
Complete a risk and needs assessment using the appropriate
Department approved instrument(s) for all youth screened/supervised
by the department. Prior to the development of or revisions to the
case plan staff should negotiate, implement, and modify the plan
based on input from the youth and family, and the risk and needs
identified by the PACT instrument in accordance with departmental
Conduct face-to-face contacts in the home, school and varied
community-based settings by interacting with the youth, family and
community during non-traditional hours (weekends and evening hours)
in addition to business hours.
Initiate a face-to-face contact with the youth and family
following court to conduct a preliminary review of the court order
and to provide contact information for the JPO and/or program
information to the youth and parent.
Maintain communication based on departmental requirements for
all stages of youth and family involvement; gain firsthand
knowledge of where the youth resides, the family, the youth's
immediate and extended environment by meeting in different
locations, including the detention centers, schools, homes,
out-of-home placements, place of employment, community sites, other
agencies, treatment providers and offices.
Assist the youth with obtaining appropriate mental health,
substance abuse evaluations based on administered assessments, and
arrange for specialized testing and treatment, as needed.
Follow up with service provider(s) to ensure that assessments,
evaluations and progress reports, written or verbal, are received
on a regular basis, and follow-up with the youth and
parent(s)/guardian(s) on any actions taken or issues communicated
by the service provider.
Assist the youth and family with accessing community resources
and services at an appropriate agency or placement resources,
including intra-agency services, education and employment resources
that will address youth and family needs: Review written or verbal
reports from collateral sources, such as educational institutions,
employers, counselors, electronic databases, etc. Confer with
mental health practitioners, school personnel, public health
specialists, law enforcement, adult corrections, child welfare and
others to identify appropriate services and for the development of
a youth specific supervision plan.
Obtain identification documents needed for employability skills
training (Workforce Development) and employment, education,
recreational activities, or child in care application.
Assist youth and family with school and after school enrollment;
maintain school contact, verifying school attendance, academic
performance, and behavior.
Assist youth and family with enrollment in after school and
weekend pro-social recreational activities.
Arrange for life skills groups, counseling, etc., as needed.
Provide crisis intervention; assist the youth and family in
accessing crisis intervention services/resources by making
necessary referrals and follow-up on actions taken.
Work with the youth to establish personal goals/ plans and
provide ongoing support to help youth achieve their goals and
Assist youth, family and/or facilities with the planning and
coordination of transportation of youth and family to and from
detention centers, court, school, after school programs/activities,
residential programs, homes and other community-based
Discuss with youth and family projected timeframes for
completion of goals, sanctions/conditions of supervision and
anticipated date for termination of supervision based on progress
and as ordered by the court.
Monitor a specialized client caseload as assigned and refer for
services, provide direct services and/or supervision; participate
in all case related staffing, document all case work in JJIS,
prepare reports for the other agencies involved agencies and/or the
court, as required.
Respond to concerns, needs, and risks as presented by youth,
family, and the community by staffing cases, plans or violations
with the unit supervisor in accordance with existing departmental
policies, procedures, administrative rules, and FL statutes. Enlist
concerned parties in a team conferencing approach to provide input
on interventions and revisions to supervision plans.
Determine recommended handling of law violations and provide
appropriate interventions when a youth violates the conditions of
supervision based on the Effective Response Matrix and follow up on
actions taken in response to a violation.
Conduct staffing when benchmarks occur, case milestones are
achieved by the youth and or family or case is complex and in need
of additional considerations (i.e. when youth is still securely
detained a certain number of days pre-adjudication or post
disposition, or beyond a timeframe identified in statute, when
youth have completed all court ordered requirements and conditions
of supervision, or violated supervision, and when transition and
exit conferences are scheduled for a set number of days prior to
the youth's release from residential commitment, complex
Prepare case transfer or progress summaries within required
timeframes as defined by administrative rule.
Participate in transition and exit planning to finalize plans
for the youth pending release from residential programs, which
includes referrals for post-residential services to for mental
health, substance abuse, education and workforce services.
Provide the youth and family with needed support to ensure best
outcomes are achieved prior to Department's involvement being
Enter Juvenile Justice Information System (JJIS) all case
management activities, including risk/needs screening, assessment
and case planning activities related to the youth and family during
youth's involvement in the juvenile justice continuum.
Upload required forms/ documents into the Juvenile Justice
Information System (JJIS) case file to ensure accurate and timely
entries, in accordance with administrative and JJIS business
Organize and maintain hard copy or electronic (JJIS Case
Notebook Module) records to ensure inclusion of all required case
Review referral history and other JJIS data for accuracy and
conduct data collection for statistical purposes within established
Obtain and maintain in JJIS the youth's photograph with updated
Provide contact information for community-based service
providers in response to inquiries from non-involved youth and
families that may address the family's issues.
Ensure familiarity with community resources and provide input to
circuit management on provider community-based service delivery
issues and program developments, and provide input on grant related
proposals, if requested.
Cultivate restorative justice community service work sites,
schedule work crews, and supervise youth participating in group
work projects, as needed.
Special Assignments and Training:
Attend and participate in professional development trainings and
Participate in informal and formal supervision case audit
reviews and annual performance reviews.
Participate in committees and workgroups to develop policies and
procedure or other task as assigned.
Speak to community groups or external parties and explain DJJ
functions, as directed and approved.
Participate on committees and workgroups in community
organizations and agencies, as directed and approved.
Train and/or oversee interns, volunteers and/or students, as
directed and approved.
Participate in special projects, as directed.
Provide assistance to other staff when language interpretation
Perform other related duties as assigned.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is
required at the time of submission of candidate profile.
A valid driver's license is required.
Knowledge of case management practices.
Knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques.
Knowledge of computer programs.
Ability to make recommendations concerning the processing and
handling of delinquent youth.
Ability to develop case plans.
Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to determine work priorities.
Ability to establish and maintain an effective working
relationship with community and judicial partners for the purpose
of information sharing and collaboration to address community
concerns and promote safe and nurturing communities.
Ability to maintain a professional, safe and helpful work
Ability to make independent decisions based on individual
analysis, have strong verbal and written communication skills and
the ability to conduct and document interviews.
Preference will be given to candidates who have worked with
Juvenile Probation Officers are required to maintain CPR and
First Aid Certifications throughout employment.
Must be agreeable to work non-traditional hours which may
include varying/rotating shifts on short notice.
All prospective candidates will be subject to a sex offender
check, criminal background checks, (state, local and national) and
pre-employment drug screening for direct care positions.
DJJ participates in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility).
When identified on a position description, a valid driver's
license is required. If initially hired with an out-of-state
license, the Florida resident must obtain a valid Florida state
driver's license within 30 days of hire. Licenses suspended or
revoked for any reason, work permits (Business
purpose/Employment/education only licenses) and some types of
restricted licenses are not acceptable. Licenses that have
Corrective Lenses Restriction are acceptable, provided the driver
wears corrective lenses while operating the vehicle.
Positions that include the transportation of youth while
performing any work or work-related functions on behalf of DJJ,
require: (1) a valid driver's license; and (2) a three-year
acceptable driving record as defined in FDJJ Policy 1920.
Successful candidate must be certified in accordance with State
of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice direct care training
policy or obtain such certification within 180 days of employment.
In order to obtain certification, the candidate must attend and
successfully complete a mandatory residential training academy
located in Quincy, Florida. Such certification must be maintained
For those candidates not currently in the state system as a
direct-care worker for DJJ at the time of application, the
top-ranking candidate(s) after the interview phase will be required
to take and pass an Ergometric's IMPACT Assessment and Training
Test in order to be considered for the direct-care employment
opportunity. This test will be used to measure the candidate's
overall suitability for working with juvenile justice involved
youth. Test results will be used for a period of six months after
initial testing for candidates who reapply during that period for
another position for which testing is required.
985.66 Florida Statute Requirement:
Be at least 19 years of age.
Be a high school graduate or its equivalent as determined by the
Not have been convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor involving
perjury or false statement or have received a dishonorable
discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States. Any
person, who after September 30, 1999, pleads guilty or no lo
contendere to or is found guilty of any felony or a misdemeanor
involving perjury or false statement is not eligible for
employment, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding
of adjudication. Notwithstanding this subparagraph, any person who
plead no lo contendere to a misdemeanor involving a false statement
before October 1, 1999, and who has had such record of that plea
sealed or expunged is not ineligible for employment for that
Abide by all provisions of s. 985.644 (1), regarding
fingerprinting and background investigations and other screening
requirements for personnel.
Execute and submit to the department an affidavit-of-application
form, adopted by the department, attesting to his or her compliance
with sub paragraphs 1-4. The affidavit must be executed under oath
and constitutes an official statement under s. 837.06. The
affidavit must include conspicuous language that the intentional
false execution of the affidavit constitutes a misdemeanor of the
second degree. The employing agency shall retain the affidavit.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity
Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate
discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by
the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring
authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735).
Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to
allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All
employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in
accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace
VETERANS' PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes,
candidates eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive
preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are
encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans' Preference must
attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes
character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4)
along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7,
Florida Administrative Code. Veterans' Preference documentation
requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is
due by the close of the vacancy announcement.
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