CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Probation Officers and Correction Treatment Specialists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Law
Benchmark Title: Probation Officers and Correction Treatment Specialists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations. Prepare and maintain case folder for each assigned inmate or offender.
 
Write reports describing offenders' progress.
 
Inform offenders or inmates of requirements of conditional release, such as office visits, restitution payments, or educational and employment stipulations.
 
Discuss with offenders how such issues as drug and alcohol abuse and anger management problems might have played roles in their criminal behavior.
 
Gather information about offenders' backgrounds by talking to offenders, their families and friends, and other people who have relevant information.
 
Develop rehabilitation programs for assigned offenders or inmates, establishing rules of conduct, goals, and objectives.
 
Develop liaisons and networks with other parole officers, community agencies, correctional institutions, psychiatric facilities, and aftercare agencies to plan for helping offenders with life adjustments.
 
Arrange for medical, mental health, or substance abuse treatment services according to individual needs or court orders.
 
Provide offenders or inmates with assistance in matters concerning detainers, sentences in other jurisdictions, writs, and applications for social assistance.
 
Arrange for postrelease services, such as employment, housing, counseling, education, and social activities.
 
Recommend remedial action or initiate court action in response to noncompliance with terms of probation or parole.
 
Interview probationers and parolees regularly to evaluate their progress in accomplishing goals and maintaining the terms specified in their probation contracts and rehabilitation plans.
 
Supervise people on community-based sentences, including people on electronically monitored home detention.
 
Assess the suitability of penitentiary inmates for release under parole and statutory release programs and submit recommendations to parole boards.
 
Investigate alleged parole violations, using interviews, surveillance, and search and seizure.
 
Conduct prehearing and presentencing investigations and testify in court regarding offenders' backgrounds and recommended sentences and sentencing conditions.
 
Recommend appropriate penitentiary for initial placement of an offender.
 
Participate in decisions about whether cases should go before courts and which court should hear them.
 
Identify and approve work placements for offenders with community service sentences.
 
Develop and prepare packets containing information about social service agencies, assistance organizations, and programs that might be useful for inmates or offenders.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Law
Benchmark Title: Probation Officers and Correction Treatment Specialists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Law
Benchmark Title: Probation Officers and Correction Treatment Specialists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Law
Benchmark Title: Probation Officers and Correction Treatment Specialists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Law
Benchmark Title: Probation Officers and Correction Treatment Specialists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Law
Benchmark Title: Probation Officers and Correction Treatment Specialists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Attendance Officer
Certified Juvenile Probation Officer
Chief Juvenile Probation Officer (CJPO)
Correctional Casework Specialist
Correctional Counselor
Correctional Probation Officer
Court Worker
Crime Prevention Worker
Deputy Juvenile Officer
Detention Attendant
Detention Officer
Detention Worker
Drill Instructor
Juvenile Correctional Officer
Juvenile Detention Officer
Juvenile Probation Officer
Offender Employment Specialist (OES)
Offender Job Retention Specialist
Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS)
Parole Agent
Parole Officer
Parole Supervisor
Pre-Parole Counseling Aide
Prisoner Classification Interviewer
Probation Counselor
Probation Officer
Probation Worker
Probation and Parole Officer
Probation and Patrol Agent
Truant Officer
Youth Probation Officer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Law
Benchmark Title: Probation Officers and Correction Treatment Specialists
 
 
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