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State of Montana Community Supervision Officer in Missoula, Montana

SPECIAL INFORMATION: * An employee new to the Judicial Branch will serve a one-year probationary period. * The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check, including the Child Protection Services. * Working hours may include evenings & weekends. Nature of Work: This is community supervision work in support of the youth probation program in a youth probation department. Work includes assisting juvenile probation officers by following through on cases requiring community supervision. Work can be in one of more of the following areas of community supervision: home arrest (short-term 7-to-45-day supervision), pre-trial supervision (information gathering through short-term supervision), or intensive supervision (a dispositional alternative 9 - 12 months). Work involves meeting with youth and parents to explain the provisions of the kind of supervision mandated and to obtain a signed contract, monitoring compliance with mandates of community supervision, installing intensive supervision equipment if required, collecting urine samples for testing, providing crisis intervention if required, and preparing reports. Initially, work is performed under the close supervision of the community supervision supervisor or youth probation officer. Once experience is gained, work is performed with considerable independence. Guidelines include administrative and district court rules, community supervision manuals, and provisions of the Montana Youth Court act dealing with community supervision. Work is evaluated, through discussions and review of reports, for accuracy and completeness of work, adherence to policies and procedures, and effectiveness of program goals. Essential Functions: *(Any one position may not include all the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties which may be performed.) * Meets with youth and parent(s) to explain the program, review the rules and requirements being placed on the youth, explaining, and obtaining signatures on the contract. * For intensive supervision, places receiver units on youth’s ankle using various tools; delivers and hooks up the transmitter through the youth’s or parent’s telephone line; works with the private security firm monitoring the youth. * Maintains contact with the youth via telephone or personal contacts at home, work, or school. * Provides crisis intervention and counseling to youth and families as needed. * Collects urine specimens from youth to ensure compliance with terms of the contract. * Prepares incident reports using a personal computer when the youth violates the terms of supervision. * Works closely with law enforcement officials to arrest youth who have violated terms of supervision. *Working Conditions: The work is performed primarily in an office environment and involves exposure to normal, everyday risks which require normal safety precautions typical of offices. Employees may be exposed to violent or non-compliant youth or family members and be on-call for work evenings and on weekends. Latex gloves are worn when obtaining urine samples. Physical Demands: This position requires activities such as sitting for long periods, standing, bending, stooping, reaching, climbing stairs, lifting, moving, and carrying light to medium objects, operating office equipment. Knowledge, Abilities and Skills: Knowledge of the general principles of youth probation work and related court procedures. Knowledge of youth behavior and family dynamics. Some knowledge of the provisions of the Montana Youth Court Act dealing with community supervision programs. Ability to read, understand, and apply the provisions relating to community service programs in training manuals, department policies and procedures and Youth Court Act. Ability to accurately document contacts/observations. Ability to organize time and effectively manage workload. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the youth and their families, school personnel, supervisor, chief probation officer and probation staff, and the public. Ability to be perceptive, versatile, flexible yet firm and matter of fact when necessary. Ability to communicate effectively verbally or in writing. Ability to write or type incident reports. Ability to deal with upset, angry, and emotionally charged people in a calming manner. Skill in the operation of a personal computer with a word processing application. Qualifications:(Any combination of training and work experience which indicates possession of the knowledge, abilities and skills listed above. An example of an acceptable qualification for this position is shown below.) Possession of a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences preferably supplemented by some experience working with youth or graduation from an approved high schoolorvocational school and considerable experience working with youth. Licensure and Certification Requirements: Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Montana driver's license;proof of insurance if using a personal vehicle on State business. Job: Community/Social Services* *Title: *Community Supervision Officer Location: Missoula Requisition ID: 21141623

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