Job description for a juvenile probation officer Include a description of required job duties, as well as how probation fits into the juvenile justice system in general.
Think in terms of: (1) What are the pros and cons of probation?, (2)What are the goals of probation? (3)What makes an effective probation officer, and how do his/her role aid in transforming delinquent and/or 'at risk' youth?
One approach to help you with this type of assignment is to provide illustrative examples of job descriptions, which you can then use as an exemplar to draw up your own job description. This is the approach this response takes.
Let's look at two illustrative examples to consider.
Notice how the job descriptions answer the questions posed in your assignment. It should be fairly easy to write up your job description by following the outline and information that is included in the job descriptions below.
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLE 1:
Job Title: Juvenile Probation Officer
Date Last Revised: June 2006
Department: Youth Services
Reports to: Director of Youth Services
Meets with youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system and their families. Conducts social histories and assessments to identify areas of criminogenic need, develops case plans and makes recommendations to the Judge for Disposition. Provides supervision of youth on Probation and Diversion and enforces terms of Probation/Diversion agreements.
Duties and Responsibilities
Conducts Social Histories and Writes Reports to the Court
? Meets with assigned youth and their families to conduct social histories and assessments to identify areas of criminogenic need and develop case plans.
? Writes Reports to the Court including recommendations to the Judge for Disposition.
? Refers youth to appropriate agencies to receive services.
? Updates and maintains case file.
Supervises Juvenile Offenders
? Meets with youth on a regular basis and coordinates with the family, school, and other agencies to ensure the youth's compliance with Court orders.
? Schedules urinalysis testing, curfew calls, or other services to ensure youths' compliance.
? Ensures that youth's complete community service, pay restitution and Court fees, and meet other obligations in a timely manner.
? Conducts home visits and searches of juveniles and their personal property.
? Confronts and redirects inappropriate behavior and attitudes.
Through illustrative examples, this solution describes a job description for a juvenile probation officer, which includes a description of required job duties, as well as how probation fits into the juvenile justice system in general.