DISTINQUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is a first-line supervisory position in a probation department. The incumbent supervises the activities of four to seven Probation Officers or Senior Probation Officers who are responsible for the control, supervision and care of adults and juveniles subject to probation supervision or intake services which requires them to meet certain standards of conduct. A Probation Supervisor may supervise clerical employees, Probation Assistants or volunteers. The incumbent may also direct the work of a district office or a special unit of a probation agency of moderate size and oversee special projects. The work is performed under the supervision of a higher-level probation professional with moderate leeway allowed to exercise independent judgment in carrying out the details of the work. This position differs from that of a Probation Officer or a Senior Probation Officer in that the work is primarily supervisory in nature and the incumbent possesses greater independence of action. A Probation Supervisor is a Peace Officer pursuant to Criminal Procedure Law, section 2.10 and may be authorized to carry a firearm in the performance of his/her duties. Performs related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)
Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Thorough knowledge of interviewing and investigative techniques and practices related to probation work; thorough knowledge of laws and rules pertaining to probation work and the functions and procedures of family and criminal courts; thorough knowledge of methods of differential supervision of probationers including the application of cognitive behavioral interventions motivational techniques; thorough knowledge of effective assessment, case planning and management; good knowledge of principles and practices of supervision; good knowledge of special offender populations such as domestic violence offenders, sex offenders, DWI offenders, youthful offenders, juvenile offenders, Persons in Need of Supervision, juvenile delinquents; good knowledge of juvenile and adult risk and needs assessment instruments; good knowledge of tools used to monitor compliance with conditions of probation, such as drug and alcohol screenings, DNA sampling kits and electronic monitoring devices; good knowledge of the powers of a Peace Officer; good knowledge of factors related to crime and delinquency; good knowledge of social sciences, including sociology, psychology and demography; good knowledge of social service programs and other community resources; good knowledge of the rules of evidence, arrest laws and custody procedures; good knowledge of the specific rules and procedures related to the agency worked in; working knowledge of the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations and policies relating to confidentiality of case record information; working knowledge of the geography of the jurisdiction employed in; working knowledge of employment, training and treatment options available to probationers; working knowledge of firearm safety; skill in the use of firearms where authorized; ability to manage projects; ability to plan, review, correct and supervise the work of others; ability to effectuate warrants and lead a warrant team; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to analyze and organize data and prepare records and reports; ability to oversee the activities of a district office or unit of a probation department; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; ability to understand and interpret complex written technical information including statutes, regulations and operational procedures; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to use a firearm safely and effectively if so authorized.
Bachelor’s degree or higher including or supplemented by thirty (30) credit hours in the social or behavioral sciences and two (2) years of experience as a Senior Probation Officer or four (4) years of experience as a Probation Officer.
EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION NOTE: Course work at the graduate degree level in social work, social sciences, education, administration, law, criminal justice, or a related field may be substituted for work experience for a maximum of one (1) year of experience.
One (1) year of permanent competitive class service as a Senior Probation Officer or three (3) years of permanent competitive class service as a Probation Officer.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Where required, possession of a current driver’s license or the ability to otherwise meet the transportation requirements of the position.
Social science includes areas of study concerned with humans living in relation to other humans in a social environment and such as anthropology, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology.
Behavioral science is a subset of social science characterized by observation of the behavior of living organisms and focused on human social behavior such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, counseling, criminal justice, gerontology, human behavior, social work/social welfare and vocational rehabilitation.
NOTE: Individuals whose duties and responsibilities include the use of a firearm must also complete training pursuant to Criminal Procedures Law, Section 2.30(3).
* The class specifications including the minimum qualifications for positions in Probation Departments are established by rule and regulations of the Division of Criminal Justice Services. These class specifications are found in Title 9 NYCRR Part 347, Appendix H-10, Standard Specifications for Professional Probation Positions.
**This position is allocated to the competitive class pursuant to the Executive Law Section 257(1).
Donald B. Smith
County Government Campus
110 Old Route 6, Building 3
Carmel, NY 10512