[Full-time] Probation Officer/Diversion Specialist at Dept of Juvenile Justice


Location: Virginia
Description:
The incumbent ensures the protection of citizens of the Commonwealth by providing effective supervision, counseling services, and case management to youth in need of services and their families. This position works with youth and families to ensure needed services are provided to prevent out of home placements. This position provides thorough assessment of case needs, evaluation of appropriate community resources and monitoring of progress. Offers alternative service options rather than placement on probation. Prepares social history investigations, service plans, provides and coordinates service delivery and documents all case contacts
Minimum Qualifications
Working knowledge of the criminal justice system, to include working knowledge of court proceedings, and testifying in court. Experience interpreting regulations, guidelines and/or statutes. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; data entry experience; ability to work with diverse socioeconomic groups and populations; ability to identify and use community resources and agency services are also important. Ability to gather individual and family information to accurately assess and identify strengths, deficits and needs. A valid driver’s license is required by the time of employment.
Preferred Qualifications
BA or BS degree in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Work or a related field. Experience with at-risk youth and families in a court setting. Demonstrated experience with at-risk population and professional experience assisting or providing service delivery in the criminal justice or school setting. Experience counseling maladaptive juveniles and families and working knowledge of services and programs that may influence truancy and diversion cases. Experience working in court, social service or mental health agency is preferred. Ability to communicate in Spanish is preferred
Special Requirements
*Applications and/or resumes should include relevant work history which indicates your qualifications for this position* *Electronic Application Only*: If you wish to apply for a job with the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, an application/resume for employment must be submitted electronically through this website. *Mailed, faxed, emailed, or hand-delivered applications/resumes will not be accepted* Consideration for an interview is based solely on the relevant information presented on the application and /or resume submitted before the closing date. *Background Investigations*: Selected applicants are subject to a background investigation and pre-employment drug screen. The investigation may include fingerprint checks (State Police, FBI); local agency checks; employment verification; verification of education (relevant to employment); credit checks; and other checks requested by the hiring authority. Pre-employment medical screenings may be required for some DJJ positions. A valid driver’s license is required by the date of employment
Special Instructions to Applicants
*Lay off Policy 1.3*: If you have been affected by DHRM Policy 1.3 layoff, and possess a valid Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Card) or a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Card), you*must submit the card before the closing date* for this position. The Card may be submitted with the state application as an attachment. *DJJ welcomes Veterans!* DJJ is committed to hiring and retaining veterans. If applicable, please submit form DD-214 with your state application. Please include your name and the position number in which you are applying. *Supplemental Questions*: You may be required to respond to position-specific questions at the end of this application. This information may help us evaluate your credentials and qualifications for the job. Failure to respond to any questions may disqualify you from further consideration. *Status Updates/Confirmation*: Once you submit your online application, you will instantly receive an application confirmation number. You may use this number to track the status of your application during the recruitment process. Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application. Updates will not be provided via telephone. Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact our Human Resources Department for further assistance. The Department of Juvenile Justice practices fair and equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce. Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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