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Douglas County  2855
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*JUVENILE INTENSIVE SUPERVISION OFFICER
Pay Range GC19

INTRODUCTION

This classification performs juvenile casework duties that include intake, investigation, counseling, rehabilitation, guidance and intensive field supervision of med-high to high risk juvenile offenders with significant behavioral and/or emotional problems.  The Juvenile Intensive Supervision Officer works in partnership with the juvenile, family, law enforcement agencies, schools, treatment providers, and the community to enhance community safety, hold youth accountable, support efforts to repair harm, and reconnect the youth to the community in ways that reduce recidivism and support the youth’s success by developing individualized case plans that utilize effective interventions.

This classification is journey-level distinguished from other juvenile probation officer classifications by the level of supervision received, its greater degree of independence of action, experience, and a non-traditional work schedule.  A significant portion of work duties are performed during evenings and weekends.  The position requires flexibility in scheduling, as work with youth, families, and law enforcement agencies is primarily carried out during non-traditional business hours in the community, rather than a traditional office environment.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES

(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.  Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Systematically administer risk assessments to gather youth and family information; assess and determine placement for youth including detention with regards to community safety concerns.

2. Conduct investigative assessments of youth offender activity; prepare law violation and/or probation violation petitions, set hearing dates and prepare summons; explain court procedures to juveniles, families, and victims; present recommendations to the court.

3. Confer with governmental agencies concerning matters of law, follow-up investigation, interagency agreement compliance, and legal disposition and conditions of youth under supervision.

4. Initiate victim contact to determine victim impact and/or financial loss, provide hearing notification, and address any other victim concerns and questions.

5. Confer and coordinate with public and private service providers to aid case planning, placement, accountability, and supervision of youth.

6. Adjudicate, advocate, develop case plans, supervise, and monitor juvenile offenders for compliance including restitution collection.

7. Respond to emergency situations; provide crisis intervention with aggressive clients or in volatile.

8. Conduct field visits to youth/families, searches and seizure as authorized by law, accompany juveniles to and from detention, placements, court, activities, and appointments.

9. Prepare, maintain, and provide timely and accurate documentation including contacts, incidents, treatment/supervision discussions, and electronic records.

10. Design curriculum, lead, teach, and/or facilitate educational and skill groups and programs for youth and families.

11. Perform related duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION

Knowledge of: Working knowledge of the principles and practices of balanced and restorative justice, rehabilitation, detention practices and standards, juvenile justice professional ethics, and the juvenile justice system.  Working knowledge of and the ability to understand and use the Juvenile Code and pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations; skill to understand and use Juvenile Department, Court, Oregon Youth Authority, Department of Human Services, Law Enforcement Agencies, and community partner’s policies, procedures, and practices.  Working knowledge of the symptoms of physical and mental disorders, substance abuse, behavior and adjustment problems of juvenile offenders, and limitations or disabilities in children, adolescents, and adults.  Thorough knowledge of the theories, methods and techniques of social casework, counseling, motivational and strength-based interviewing, child psychology and adolescent development.  Working knowledge of and the ability to apply an understanding and appreciation for family dynamics, gender issues, cultural diversity and individual differences.  Knowledge of and the ability to utilize community resources available for diagnosis, treatment, supervision, and support of the juvenile and family.

Skill in: Objectively assess risk factors, protective factors, personal and evaluation needs to develop appropriate individual interventions or case plans; teach life skills within prescribed boundaries; develop skill group curricula, and facilitate skill groups with juveniles and families; build and maintain effective working relationships with peers, superiors, partner agencies, and community members to gain cooperation and support for intensive juvenile supervision and services; use effective communication and listening skills to interact with and engage individuals from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds who may have emotional disorders or be highly resistant, hostile, and/or aggressive; provide articulate and informative court room presentations and make appropriate and convincing recommendations; apply business letter writing and detailed report preparation techniques; including English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation; prepare and maintain accurate and concise case histories, reports, legal documents, and statistical records. Skill to utilize word processing, mail, calendar, and client tracking systems to complete tasks.

Ability to: Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms; effectively administer a variety of juvenile counseling activities; plan/coordinate with partner agencies, families of clients, law enforcement, and the community; work within a team; relate to a diverse population of people; apply graduated sanctions appropriately; teach socialization and living skills to individuals with various learning levels; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; prioritize assignments and manage time efficiently; remain calm and exercise sound independent judgment during confrontational, high pressure, and potentially dangerous situations involving emotionally disturbed, impulsive and/or unpredictable individuals; establish and maintain records, reports, and statistical data; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other agencies, law enforcement agencies, service agencies, the community, youth, families, and the public.

Education, Experience, and Training: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in child psychology, social work, counseling, criminal justice or a related field or equivalent, AND two years of professional counseling and case management experience working with clients in a social service or rehabilitative setting, with one year in a setting working with delinquent and/or disturbed youth preferred OR satisfactory equivalent combination of progressive and related education, experience and training.  At the time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon driver's license.

Physical/Other Requirements: Ability to perform fieldwork; learn and adhere to general safety practices and procedures; provide own transportation; may transport youth and families in a county vehicle.

Ability to pass a security clearance and a thorough background investigation, which includes being fingerprinted.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION

Work is performed under the general direction of the Accountability Services Division Manager.  The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation.  Employee estimates and manages time efficiently.  Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.  May provide functional and technical supervision over student interns or volunteers.

GUIDELINES

Work is performed within departmental policies and procedures, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; accepted social work principles and practices. Incumbent exercises independent judgment when applying guidelines which are specific and well-defined.  Deviations from guidelines are discussed with supervisor.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in both field and office environment; may require bending, hearing voice conversations, keyboarding, lifting up to 60 pounds, pushing, reaching and walking.  A considerable amount of driving is required.

 
   
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