Specialized Probation Officer
State of Nebraska

Job Info

$3,000 hiring bonus to join the Judicial Branch! The Judicial Branch is a state-funded Branch of Government that offers benefits to include medical/dental/vision, $20,000 free basic life insurance, state-matched 156% retirement plan, 13 paid holidays, earned paid vacation and sick leave, tuition reimbursement and more.

The Judicial Branch values our employees as well as a supportive environment that strives to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. We recruit, hire, train and promote in all job qualifications at all levels without regard to race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or genetics. The Judicial Branch complies with Veterans Preference Laws.

This position serves under the authority of the Chief Probation Officer and is responsible for the supervision of the highest risk to re-offend clients.

Location: Sidney
Examples of Work
This position provides case management and supervises the activities of probationers in the community; collaborates with providers and stakeholders important to a client's success; and requires flexible individualized work scheduling that is caseload driven. This position will participate in the treatment process of clients; is engaged in the probationer's treatment through regular and on-going communication with treatment providers; and through attendance at treatment groups and facilities. Assists in the development of relapse prevention plan. Develops needed community resources, creates and maintains partnerships with identified community stakeholders. Is connected to the community by way of fieldwork in the form of regular and on-going visits to probationer's home, treatment, school, employment, support group, 12-step, group home, and team meetings. Assists in developing positive ongoing client support systems. Works as the caseload and needs of the clients on the caseload dictate, which may include a significant number of meaningful non-traditional hours, including weekend or holiday hours. This position is engaged in programming and the well-being of a reporting center or service center if applicable. Facilitates groups which may include but not be limited to, topical, supervision groups, cognitive programs or skill building, life skills enhancement and general education of clients. Conducts and prepares for submission to the court or other entities various reports to include presentence investigations (PSI), PSI updates, predisposition investigations (PDI), supervision overviews, alleged probation violation reports and various other types of written correspondence. Interprets data as it applies to successful performance standards for probationers and evaluates data in relationship to best practices and evidence-based standards. This position has the same statutory authority and responsibilities as a probation officer, which includes the authority to arrest and/or detain probationers as necessary.
Qualifications / Requirements
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in the social sciences, criminal justice, or related fields with at least two years of experience providing case management and/or completion of investigations in a human services based program or agency. All educational credits must be granted from an accredited institution approved by the U.S. Dept. of Education.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to match the client's needs to the appropriate treatment modality or service (i.e., substance abuse, mental health, medical, housing, employment and educational services, etc). Knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to Probation work and functions and procedures of courts involved. Knowledge of community resources. Interacts confidently and competently with individuals and groups at all levels.

Makes well-reasoned decisions in a timely manner, sometimes in situations where there are no standard procedures. Demonstrates sound decision-making/critical thinking skills.

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