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Kansas Department of Commerce Probation Officer I in Leavenworth, Kansas

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The City of Leavenworth is seeking qualified applicants for this FT position to serve as liaison between the court and persons convicted of violations. Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from high school plus at least 24 credited college course hours in criminal justice, psychology or related; or equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education; 2 years experience in law enforcement, probation or related field; at least 21 years of age; valid driver's license at time of application; and may be subject to call outs after hours. GENERAL PURPOSE Serves as liaison between the court and persons convicted of violations to provide an alternative for the court; assures sentence is carried out. Must work harmoniously with other staff and agencies such as Court personnel, attorneys, law enforcement officers and others. Clients are primarily offenders of the Uniform Public Offense Code and standard traffic offenses. SUPERVISION RECEIVED Works under the direct supervision of the Probation Officer II and under the general supervision of the City Manager and/or the Municipal Judge. SUPERVISION EXERCISED None. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Duties listed below do not include all tasks which may be performed.) 1. Interviews offenders and conduct appropriate functions such as photographing and other investigative functions as is necessary. 2. Prepares pre-sentence reports for court. 3. Carries out the directives of the Court by monitoring house arrests for persons convicted. 4. Interviews clients to determine strengths and capabilities and assigns and schedules work. 5. Advise clients about available programs. 6. Tracks clients completing assigned work. 7. Monitors clients and their progress and report findings to the court. 8. Administers drug and/or alcohol screenings; interprets and documents results. 9. Researches and prepares reports and statistics. File reports and other necessary documents with Municipal Court. 10. Testifies and makes recommendations to the Court. 11. Communicate effectively and coherently, through multiple communication channels, with clients, the court and the public on a regular basis. 12. The ability to read, write, and comprehend legal and non-legal documents written in the English language, including the preparation and processing of such documents as court dockets and reports. 13. Solicits community support and works regularly with limited information. 14. May require some travel to other cities, within Leavenworth County, as needed. PERIPHERAL DUTIES 1. Maintains departmental equipment, supplies and facilities. 2. Maintains contact with general public, court officials, and other City officials in the performance of court services activities. 3. May serve as a member of various employee committees. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education and Experience: 1) Graduation from high school or GED equivalency with a minimum of 24 credited college course hours in criminal justice, psychology or related subjects; or any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education. 2) Two years experience in law enforcement, probation or related field. 3) Must be at least 21 years of age. 4) Must not have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor crimes of a violent nature or involving moral turpitude, been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, been placed on diversion, nor have an expunged conviction. 5) Must possess a valid driver's license at time of application (and maintain for duration of employment) and meet insurability standards under fleet insurance policy. NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES Working knowledge of: 1. The principles and practices of probation services and department policies and procedures. 2. Federal, State and local laws and ordinances; legal language and legal procedures. 3. Dynamics of human behavior; must ensure decis ons in individual cases are appropriate and effective. 4. Personal computers and associated word processing, spreadsheets and database software applications. 5. Modern office practices and procedures. 6. Skill in operation of listed tools and equipment. Ability to: 1. Maintain confidentiality. 2. Research files, laws, legal documents and data in a CRT. 3. Prepare written reports, and create appropriate programs for clients. 4. Maintain accurate records. 5. Deal tactfully, courteously and effectively with offenders, clients, public agencies, other employees and the general public. 6. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with Department personnel, Court personnel, City personnel, Federal, State and local law enforcement authorities and agencies, and the general public. 7. Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with subordinates, peers, superiors, public agencies and the community. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS Trained in collection of drug screen specimens; operation of breathalyzer. Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or related field. TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT Personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet and data base software; printer; 10-key calculator; copy machine; fax machine; scanner; multi-line telephone system; first aid equipment. PHYSICAL DEMANDS Work is performed primarily indoors in an office environment. Job performance is primarily performed during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; however, schedules may be modified to acc