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Position Title: Community Supervision Officer – Mental Health
Location: Main Office
Job Type: Full-Time
Work Shift: Day Shift
Salary: $30,825.60
Open: December 4, 2017
Closed:

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.

JOB SCOPE:

Maintains a caseload of offenders based on Risk/Needs Assessment and type of caseload. 

PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Interviews, screens and assesses offenders as required to determine an appropriate level of supervision, and to develop appropriate strategies for supervision.
  2. Develops supervision plans for offenders, and makes appropriate referrals to address the risks and needs of the offenders.
  3. 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.
  4. Maintains case files and documentation on all contacts with probationers and others.
  5. 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.
  6. Collects specimens from offenders as ordered by the court for urinalysis or breathalyzer screening to detect the use of alcohol or other drugs.
  7. Ensures offenders pay restitution and other court-ordered obligations, and addresses delinquencies in appropriate ways.
  8. Conducts visits at homes, workplaces, or places where offenders are referred to address their needs or risks for the purpose of evaluation and supervision.
  9. Provides expert testimony and recommendations at court hearings.
  10. Conducts self in a professional manner with colleagues in the criminal justice system, with offenders, with victims, and with the public.
  11. Complies with the TDCJ-CJAD Code of Ethics.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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

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