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Probation Assistant

Salary: $15.16-$18.51 hourly / $2,637-$3,219 monthly / Range: 4784

DEFINITION: Under direct supervision, assists Deputy Probation Officers in providing probation services by performing intake procedures for clients, monitoring probationers' progress, closing out cases with approval of Deputy Probation Officer; and performs other related duties as required.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Assists with intake procedures; reads incoming case material to determine its content and files or distributes it appropriately; completes intake forms; such as juvenile health history, 11590 H&S registration.
2. Monitors case progress; gathers information requested by Deputy Probation Officer, who makes case decision; makes notations in case files, such as restitution made or letters received; conducts office visits and documents contacts; checks with staff or other agencies to verify that clients are following their case plans and logs information in the case file.
3. Occasionally testifies in court about research that supports Deputy Probation Officers' recommendations; researches new law or probation violations and sets court date for offender.
4. Collects specimens for the purpose of testing, which includes but is not limited to urine and DNA from clients; follows specific procedures to preserve the chain of evidence.
5. Completes and types information for form letters or other correspondence; picks up and delivers documents, reports, receipts, etc.; performs calculations to determine remaining amount of restitution client must pay; gathers departmental information as assigned.
6. Under direct supervision and review of a Deputy Probation Officer: processes closing/termination of cases; drafts factual portions of disposition, informational, suitability, and violation reports.
7. Under limited circumstances, may accompany officers into the field to check on the location of clients, assist in transportation of clients, verify addresses and assist with evaluating home environments for risk factors.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

1. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent and two years of clerical experience that included considerable public contact; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

College coursework may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required at time of appointment.

Knowledge of: basic computing resources; standard English grammar and usage; basic math; public contact and communication techniques.

Ability to: read, understand, and comply with laws, regulations, and procedures; interact well with probation clients; follow through with directions; maintain confidentiality of client information; assume responsibility but know when to consult with supervisors; keep accurate and complete file information; communicate effectively both orally and in writing with persons from a variety of social, cultural, and economic backgrounds; develop good interviewing skills; budget time, effectively organize, and perform work amid interruptions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees.

 



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