The United States District Court for the District of South Dakota is seeking a qualified Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer (the Chief). The Chief is responsible for the overall management of the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office (the Office) in the District of South Dakota. The position reports to the Chief U.S. District Court Judge. The Office serves three active judges, three senior judges, two full-time magistrate judges, and two part-time magistrate judges. The position currently supervises a staff of 79 employees, including probation officers and clerical staff. The Chief, in conjunction with the Clerk of the District Court (the Clerk) oversees the shared services staff, which consists of information technology, human resources, and financial and other administrative services. The Probation/Pretrial Services Office serves 66 counties. Headquarters is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Divisional offices are located in Rapid City, Pierre, and Aberdeen. Seven satellite offices serve the Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Cheyenne River, and Standing Rock Indian reservations.
To qualify for a position of Chief Probation and Pretrial Services Officer JSP 14 through JSP 17, a person must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and possess at least three years of specialized experience, one of which must have been at the next lower grade level or its equivalent. A master's degree or advanced degree is preferred.
Completion of three years in a position of substantial management experience may be substituted for the requirement that one of the three years of specialized experience must have been at or equivalent to the next lower grade level.
The three years of specialized experience is mandatory.
Progressively responsible experience in the investigation, supervision, counseling, and guidance of offenders in community correction or pretrial programs is required. Experience as a police officer, FBI agent, customs agent, marshal, or similar positions does not meet the requirements of specialized experience. Specialized experience must be earned after the bachelor's degree has been granted.
SUBSTANTIAL MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE
Substantial management experience is high-level administrative experience that provided a thorough understanding of the organizational, procedural, and human aspects of managing an organization. Such experience typically includes financial management, space and facilities management, oversight of the information technology and human resources functions, and long- and short-range planning. Possible titles indicative of this experience outside the judiciary would include president or vice president in charge of several departments or offices, director or assistant director in charge of several departments or offices, or head manager or owner-operator of a medium to large company. Possible titles within the judiciary would include deputy chief probation officer, deputy chief pretrial services officer, assistant deputy chief probation officer, assistant deputy chief pretrial services officer, or deputy in charge.
A graduate degree in a closely related field received from an accredited university.
Previous management/leadership experience, education, or training relevant to U.S. Probation Office operations.
Substantial/high-level management experience in financial management, oversight of information technology and human resources functions, and experience in long- and short-range planning.
Excellent analytical and writing skills. Ability to analyze relevant information and prepare an accurate written summary of technical information in an organized, objective, clear, and concise manner.
Demonstrated commitment to and expertise in evidence-based practices and treatment, and in the development of organizational practices rooted in evidence-based principles to improve offender outcomes and reduce recidivism.
DESIRABLE PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Successful candidates must be adept leaders and motivators; must be mature and highly organized; must possess tact, good judgment, poise, and initiative; and must maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times. Ability to meet the public, work harmoniously with others, and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, are required. Must be flexible and conscientious about detail and accuracy. Must be able to balance the demands of varying workload responsibilities and deadlines.
APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Each applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible to work in the United States
This position will require travel. If an office vehicle is not available, the incumbent is expected to use his/her personal vehicle and will be reimbursed for mileage. The medical requirements and the essential job functions derived from the medical guidelines of probation officers, pretrial services officers, and officer assistants are available for public review at http://www.uscourts.gov (click on U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers/What Professional Standards Apply to Them/ Officer and Officer Assistant Medical Requirements).
If the selectee is currently in a federal hazardous duty position, mandatory retirement requirements apply.
Qualified candidates will be evaluated to determine those who are best qualified. This determination will be based on a review of the applicant’s relevant experience, education, and training. At the court’s direction, references and former employers (whether listed as references or not) of the final group of candidates may be called to seek information on past performance history.
The court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct that can be found at http://www.uscourts.gov (click on Rules and Policies/Codes of Conduct/Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees). Prior to appointment, applicants considered for this position may undergo a full field background investigation and a credit record check. Incumbent may be subject to updated background investigations every five years.
Internal Number: 19-13
About United States District Court
The federal judiciary is comprised of 94 districts nationwide, which are divided into 11 circuits. The District of South Dakota in part of the Eighth Circuit and covers the entire state of South Dakota. The Probation and Pretrial Services Office in the U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota (hereafter Office), is a combined (both pretrial and probation) district with headquarters in Sioux Falls. There are divisional offices in Rapid City, Pierre, and Aberdeen, with satellite offices in Kyle (on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation), Mission (on the Rosebud Indian Reservation), and Timber Lake (on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation).
The U.S. Probation Office plays an integral role in the administration of justice and serves as the community corrections arm of the Federal Court system.
There are five major functions performed by probation and pretrial services offices at various stages of the justice process:
1.Prior to prosecution and only at the request of the U.S. Attorney’s office, the probation and pretrial services office submits reports to the U.S. Attorney’s office on a person’s suitability for supervision and subsequently supervises persons approved by... the U.S. Attorney’s office to be diverted from formal prosecution pursuant to an established pretrial diversion agreement.
2.After charges have been filed, the probation and pretrial services office investigates persons who have been charged and submits a bail report to the court on each person. The reports provide information to the court about what, if any, conditions are necessary for the person to remain free during the pretrial phase based on the assessed likelihood the person will appear as directed by the court and does not pose a danger to another person or the community.
3.After bail decisions, the probation and pretrial services office supervises defendants during the pretrial phase as directed by the court.
4.After a person has been convicted of a crime and prior to sentencing, the probation and pretrial services office investigates the person and submits a presentence report to the court to assist the court in crafting the most appropriate sentence.
5.After sentencing when a person is allowed to remain in the community or is returning to the community, the probation and pretrial services office supervises the person for the duration of time specified by U.S. district court order or by the paroling authorities.
Overarching the duties and functions of each probation and pretrial services office is the primary mission to provide the best information to the court to aid in the administration of justice and to employ evidence-based and best practices to reduce re-offending behaviors and the harm caused by those re-offending.
Employing methods which have been demonstrated to be effective by empirical research is essential to achieving the best possible probation and pretrial services outcomes. Evidence-based practice is the application of the body of research and replicable knowledge that describes contemporary correctional assessment, programming and supervision strategies that lead to improved correctional outcomes. (see http://static.nicic.gov/Library/024107.pdf)As the scientific evidence about correctional practices continues to build and enlighten, the probation offices will adjust its practices to align with the empirical knowledge.
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