22-14 Probation Support Technician
22-14 Probation Support Technician
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
District of Nebraska
Position Announcement No. 22-14
Position: Probation Support Technician
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Appointment: Full Time
Starting Salary: CL 24/21* - $47,894
Salary Range: $39,621 – $64,441
Opening Date: Friday, June 17, 2022
Closing Date: Sunday, July 10, 2022
Career Opportunity: CL 24/61
*Starting salary is set considering human resources policies, qualifications, experience, and applicant’s current salary or federal pay grade.
The United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Nebraska is responsible for providing meaningful assistance to the court in its deliberations and decisions concerning the investigation and supervision of criminal defendants and offenders, and to ensure public safety by reducing risk and maximizing offender success, now and in the future. The focus in the District of Nebraska is on evidence-based practices, modeling our district's vision with a focus on the Charter of Excellence and Code of Conduct while encouraging and cultivating a collaborative, positive work environment at all levels within the organization.
The United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Nebraska is seeking a full-time probation support technician. This position will be located in Lincoln, Nebraska. Work is generally performed in an office setting, where defendants and offenders with violent backgrounds are regularly present.
Probation support technicians provide technical support and services to probation and pretrial services officers and managers. Primary duties include but are not limited to:
• Performing receptionist duties by greeting visitors/defendants/offenders in person and on the telephone, answering routine questions, and directing visitors/callers to the appropriate person or department. Advise defendants/offenders reporting from prison or from court as to officer assignment and procedures. Provide information to a wide variety of people within and outside of the probation and pretrial services office as appropriate;
• Scanning/storing documents electronically to include the daily office mail and archived files;
• Preparing correspondence as requested;
• Performing data entry into the national case file management system
• Conducting law enforcement and other record checks via various automated systems;
• Reviewing Internet monitoring reports;
• Performing and/or assisting with investigations of all types (e.g., collateral, pretrial, presentence, post-sentence, and supervision);
• Reporting noncompliance issues to officers and the court;
• Assisting with general case management;
• Assisting with the review and processing of invoices from vendors;
• Running statistical reports and entering workload data as requested; and
• Performing all other duties as assigned.
Education: High school graduation or equivalent; bachelor’s degree is preferred.
Experience: Prospective candidates should have two years of specialized experience that includes progressively responsible clerical or administrative experience requiring the regular and recurring application of clerical procedures that demonstrates the ability to apply a body of rules, regulations, directives, or laws and involves the routine use of specialized terminology and automated software and equipment for word processing, data entry, or report operations. Such experience is commonly acquired in law firms, legal counsel offices, banking and credit firms, educational institutions, social service organizations, insurance companies, and real estate and title offices. Knowledge of the criminal justice system and community corrections is also preferred.
The candidate must possess the following:
• strong ability to be flexible
• strong organizational skills
• strong interpersonal skills
• strong communication skills
• ability to maintain composure in challenging times
• strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
• emotional intelligence
Qualified applicants must submit an application package in PDF format including:
• A cover letter.
• A detailed resume that includes full educational background, continuing education, legal training, alcohol/drug/mental health employment/certifications; facilitation/presentation skills; second language/sign language proficiencies; law enforcement/institutional or community work; military service; management experience; community service/civic involvement; work with under-represented populations; academic/professional publications; and internships.
• A complete AO 78 Application for Judicial Branch Employment. The form AO 78 is available on the court’s website at: http://www.ned.uscourts.gov/public/employment-opportunities/
All documents must be submitted in PDF format to: USDCHR@ned.uscourts.gov
Incomplete application packages, those not received in PDF format, and applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Only applicants selected for an interview will be notified. The applicants deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in a personal interview at their own expense. The United States District Court will not be responsible for expenses associated with traveling for interviews or for relocating the successful candidate. References will be required for an applicant considered a finalist. As a condition of employment, the selected candidate will be subject to either an FBI fingerprint check or five-year background investigation with updates every five years thereafter, depending on the position classification. The selectee for this position is subject to a criminal record check and satisfactory adjudication by the employing office to be eligible for employment. Applicants will not be asked about their criminal history prior to receiving a tentative offer of employment. Applicants completing the AO-78 Application for Judicial Branch Employment are not required to complete questions 18 through 20 regarding criminal history. Criminal history is not in itself disqualifying. All available information, past and present, favorable, and unfavorable, about the reliability and trustworthiness of an individual will be considered when making an employment suitability determination. Providing false and/or misleading information may be grounds for removal from the application and selection process, as well as disciplinary action if discovered after an individual’s date of hire. All application information is subject to verification. An applicant selected for the position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of the investigation. Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment.
Employees of the United States District Court are not included in the government’s Civil Service classification but are under an excepted appointment and therefore serve at will. All judiciary employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States. The United States District Court for the District of Nebraska is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among staff. In particular, members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
The chief probation officer reserves the right to modify the conditions of this vacancy announcement at any time or to withdraw it without prior notice.
A generous benefits package is available and includes the following:
• Paid annual leave, 13 days per year during the first three years of federal service; accrual rate increases with additional years of service
• Paid sick leave, 13 days per year with unlimited accumulation
• Federal holidays, 11 paid days per year
• Federal Employees Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance programs
• Health Care Reimbursement Account
• Dependent Care Reimbursement Account
• Long Term Care Insurance
• Thrift Savings Plan participation with up to 5% employer matching contributions
• Federal Employees Retirement System
• Flexible work schedule opportunities
• Telework opportunities
• On-site fitness facility
• Paid parking (contingent upon availability of funds)
• Employee Assistance Programs
• Work Life Services and on-site Health Units at select locations
• Virtual Learning through the Judiciary Online University
• Student Loan Forgiveness for Public Service Employees
For a detailed review of benefits, click here: http://www.uscourts.gov/careers/benefits
Employees are required to use Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for payroll direct deposit.
June 17, 2022