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Probation Officer I

Company: Oklahoma County Juvenile Bureau
Location: Oklahoma City
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:



*Probation Officer I*

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Location: Oklahoma County Juvenile Bureau (OCJB)

5905 N. Classen Court, Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Hours: The normal working hours for this position are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. May occasionally require additional or flexible hours to complete assigned responsibilities. This position is required to be available and responsive twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week to meet public safety and operational needs.


Probation Officer I (PO I) is an entry level position. The responsibilities and expectations of this position progress in concert with the training and experience received.


Provides guidance and supervision to youth who are adjudicated and made wards of the Oklahoma County Juvenile Division of the District Court in a manner consistent with the Oklahoma State Statutes, American Correctional Association (ACA) Standards, OCJB Policy and Procedure, and best practices.


Works under the direct supervision of the Probation Supervisor or designee as directed.


This position does not supervise other employees; however, supervision is provided to youth who are adjudicated and placed on probation under the supervision of the OCJB.


The job duties listed are typical examples of the work performed by this job classification. Not all duties assigned to this position are included, nor is it expected that all duties will be assigned, since every assignment may vary.

Understands, practices, and promotes the mission and vision of the OCJB.

Believes in youth and family potential and supports the success of assigned youth and families. Makes intentional efforts to engage and build meaningful relationships with youth and families. Makes intentional efforts to help youth and families to build developmental relationships with other community members. Actively works to create a safe and empowering atmosphere for growth. Assists in meeting the youth and family's needs, including basic needs when necessary.

Understands the impact of trauma and applies Trust-Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) principles (connecting, empowering, and correcting). Maintains daily focus on the department's service philosophy when interacting with youth.

Maintains familiarity with available programs and services. Makes appropriate referrals for programs and services based on the individual needs of each youth.

Works with each assigned youth to identify his/her "Spark: " an interest, passion, or gift that gives their life meaning or purpose. Works alongside youth to plan a Spark activity and participate in the Spark with the youth when possible. Assist youth with planning an activity that allows him/her to use his/her Spark to positively impact others.

Works with each assigned youth to engage the youth and his/her family to participate in "Family Night." Family Night is an evening used to build a connection with the youth and his/her family by providing a meal and activity without any discussion of condition and/or terms of their probation plan.

Assists the Court, District Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, youth and their family by presenting a thoroughly developed dispositional study to establish the youth's conditions of probation and individual treatment and service plan. Plans are developed by utilizing the information gained from assessments, interviews with the youth and their family, the youth's risk to reoffend and the identified programmatic needs to be addressed.

Attends all court hearings associated with the youth's term of probation and is prepared to inform the court as required.

Continues to provide the progress of the youth and make appropriate recommendations throughout the term of probation supervision.

Assists the Court, District Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office and the OCJB in maintaining the safety of the public and accountability of assigned youth by providing support and ensuring enforcement of court order probation conditions. Ensures the court is informed of violations by providing a quick response through probation levels of supervision and recommendations for a modification of the youth's individual treatment and service plan.

May conduct visits with the youth in the Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Center (OCJDC).

Maintains accurate and current documentation of activities associated with the guidance and supervision being provided to the youth and their family. Maintains contact with the assigned youth, according to the probation levels of supervision, by conducting visits with the youth and their family in their home, at school, in the office and on the telephone. Emphasizes mistakes as necessary parts of learning and helps youth work through barriers. Provides proactive and timely responses through verbal redirection, communication with applicable parties, problem solving, intervention activities, and modification of the youth's probation plan.

Remains available twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week by telephone to respond to needs of the youth and their families.

Assists in the development of partners in the community by working with OCJB employees, law enforcement, and community service agencies/placement facilities in meeting the needs of the community and the youth and their families.

Complies with assigned and approved work schedule, Oklahoma County employee rules, OCJB policies and procedures, and training requirements.

May serve as an interviewer in the hiring and promotional selection process as designated.

Completes other duties as assigned.

*NOTE: * The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. This job description is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


May serves as a representative of the OCJB in a variety of activities designed to improve community partnerships and operational practices.

May provide youth educational programs or engage in activities associated with community or civic engagement.


*Education and Experience: *Bachelor's degree or a combination of education/experience that totals four (4) years. Candidates whose education includes the attainment of undergraduate credits in social science, mental health, law enforcement, corrections and/or education course work may be given preference. Candidates who possess work experience and/or a documented student internship in the social science, mental health, law enforcement, corrections and/or education field may be given preference.

*Special Requirements*:

Must have a valid driver's license.

Must have a working telephone number where employee can be reached.

*Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: *

Must be supportive of TBRI practices and be willing to implement trauma based relational practices with all staff and residents. Must have a working knowledge of problematic youth and possess the ability to relate to them in constructive and effective manner.

Must possess maturity, judgment, and knowledge consistent with the high level of responsibility required.

Must have general knowledge of and experience in social work techniques and an understanding of community resources, family dynamics, cultural diversity, and substance abuse issues. Must have general knowledge of available community and youth serving resources.

Must be able to interact and effectively communicate with a broad range of individuals who may have differing education levels, socioeconomic levels, and communication abilities. Must demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments, other agencies, public officials and the public. Must possess skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others; in handling confidential work with tact and discretion; and in dealing tactfully with the public.

Must possess the ability to utilize a variety of software applications. Knowledge of JOLTS (Juvenile On-Line Tracking System) Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel is preferred.

Must be able to work independently, under general direction, to successfully develop, implement and supervise youth.

Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Must be able to read, write, and have the ability to understand and process the spoken and written word within the English language.

Must possess the ability to determine the most efficient method for completing tasks and ensure the accurate and timely completion of projects with little instruction. Must possess organizational skills that allow for the effective management of multiple priorities and tasks.Must possess the ability to remain calm and maintain composure under stressful situations.

Must possess the ability and willingness to perform job related travel.


Microsoft Office Programs, Email Correspondence, and a variety of internet search engines, copy machines, audiovisual equipment, telephones, fax machines, cell/mobile phones, and other office equipment.


Must be able to push/pull with at least twenty (20) pounds of force to operate the secure doors within the Detention facility as needed.

Must be able to occasionally lift/carry up to twenty-five pounds.

Must be able to occasionally kneel/bend/crouch as necessary for filing/administrative purposes.

Must have the ability to read, write, and comprehend to accomplish various administrative reports, filing, and number recognition related tasks.

Must have the ability to listen and communicate in such a way that effective communication with coworkers can be accomplished.

Must have clarity of vision and object manipulation to operate various computer/technological equipment including telephone, keyboard, mouse, computer, calculator, copy machine, etc.

This position is primarily sedentary, approximately 70% sitting and 30% walking/standing. Must be able to traverse uneven terrain in the field as necessary to visit schools, resident homes, etc.

*WORK ENVIRONMENT: *The work environment may vary depending on office duty or field duty. The office noise level ranges from quiet to moderate. When making home visits, the noise level may vary from quiet to very loud. While working in the detention center, an employee can expect a high noise level with several functions occurring at the same time. The work environment involves exposure to the general public and the potential for volatile situations.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $3,556.22 per month

* 401(k)
* Dental insurance
* Health insurance
* Life insurance
* Paid time off
* Vision insurance
* 8 hour shift
* Monday to Friday
* On call
* Weekend availability

* Driver's License (Preferred)

Work Location: One location%58047475%

Keywords: Oklahoma County Juvenile Bureau, Oklahoma City , Probation Officer I, Other , Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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