Position Title: Community Supervision Officer – Mental Health
Location: Main Office
Job Type: Full-Time
Work Shift: Day Shift
Open: December 4, 2017
The Community Supervision Officer (CSO) works under the guidance of a unit supervisor. Under the direction of the supervisor, the officer will manage a caseload of offenders who are placed on Community Supervision or Pre-Trial Supervision by the district and county courts (county courts-at-law) in the seven county region encompassed by this department. To enhance public safety, the CSO will present and enforce the conditions of supervision issued to the offenders by the Court; address the needs of the offenders through the utilization of community resources; and make opportunities available to offenders to improve their ability to maintain a crime free, productive life style.
Maintains a caseload of offenders based on Risk/Needs Assessment and type of caseload.
PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Interviews, screens and assesses offenders as required to determine an appropriate level of supervision, and to develop appropriate strategies for supervision.
- Develops supervision plans for offenders, and makes appropriate referrals to address the risks and needs of the offenders.
- Makes appropriate chronological entries and completes written reports, including pre/post sentence investigation reports, violation reports, amendments, and evaluations for early release in a timely manner using good written communication skills.
- Maintains case files and documentation on all contacts with probationers and others.
- Enforces all conditions of supervision placed on offenders by the courts, and uses appropriate intermediate sanctions to assist defendants, to gain compliance, and to change behavior.
- Collects specimens from offenders as ordered by the court for urinalysis or breathalyzer screening to detect the use of alcohol or other drugs.
- Ensures offenders pay restitution and other court-ordered obligations, and addresses delinquencies in appropriate ways.
- Conducts visits at homes, workplaces, or places where offenders are referred to address their needs or risks for the purpose of evaluation and supervision.
- Provides expert testimony and recommendations at court hearings.
- Conducts self in a professional manner with colleagues in the criminal justice system, with offenders, with victims, and with the public.
- Complies with the TDCJ-CJAD Code of Ethics.
- Possess a Bachelors Degree conferred by a college or university accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
- Cannot be employed as a peace officer or work as a reserve or volunteer peace officer.
- Preferred one year of experience in full-time casework, counseling, community corrections or an agency that deals with offenders or disadvantaged persons and that is determined to provide the kind of experience needed to meet this requirement.
- Experience with Special Needs/Mental Health preferred.
- Cannot be currently on community supervision or parole or serving a sentence for a criminal offense. Persons with past convictions or criminal justice supervision will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with standards established by the Community Justice Assistance Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
- Have the ability to utilize a personal computer.
- Be able to work independently and efficiently.
- Possess skills to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to be on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Working knowledge of the principles and techniques of correctional and social work
- Knowledge of the Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure
- Working knowledge of federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations, departmental policy and procedures, as well as techniques involved in the preparation and care of case records and related documents
- An understanding of human behavioral patterns; and the ability to apply good judgment to problems of individuals
- Ability to establish and maintain satisfactory and professional relationships with fellow employees, supervisory and administrative personnel, the general public, and other agencies and departments with whom we work
- Ability to project and maintain an image consistent with the aims, goals and philosophy of the Concho Valley Community Supervision and Corrections Department
- Ability to effectively and consistently communicate the mission and philosophy of the department
- Ability to assess the needs of individual offenders, and refer them to and involve them in the appropriate agency or service
- Ability to make rational, justifiable decisions
- Ability to take direction and critique from supervisory and administrative personnel
- Ability to follow the philosophy, policies, procedures and directives of the Concho Valley Community Supervision and Corrections Department
- Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License (if employee is coming to this position from another state, this requirement must be met no later than thirty days following date of employment)
- Must have a telephone number at which they can be reached
- Must have access to an automobile in good repair that can be used while on duty
- Must have the appropriate automobile insurance