U. S. PROBATION & PRETRIAL SERVICES
DISTRICT OF DELAWARE
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (#17-03)
POSITION: UNITED STATES PROBATION OFFICER
SALARY RANGE: CL-25, Step 1 to 25 ($44,629.00 - $55,361.00) CPS Table PHL (LEO)
(depending upon qualifications & experience)
LOCATION: Wilmington, Delaware
OPENING: June 7, 2017
CLOSING: Complete Application Package must be received by June 27, 2017, 4:30 pm
Position Overview: This position is located in the U. S. Probation & Pretrial Services Office,
District of Delaware. The District serves the three counties of Delaware and has offices in
Wilmington and Dover. Assignment to an office duty station is at the discretion of the Chief
Probation Officer. The person filling this position must be able to perform a wide range of
duties, such as investigation and supervision of pretrial defendants, conducting background
investigations on convicted defendants, and supervising sentenced federal offenders. The ability
to communicate effectively, in writing and orally, is a requirement. The successful applicant
must also be able to work effectively with a wide range of people of varying backgrounds. There
is potential promotional opportunity up to a CL 28, without further competition. More than one
position may be filled; however, hiring may be constrained by budgetary considerations.
Representative Duties: As a U. S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer, the incumbent will
perform administrative and operational responsibilities such as the following:
Under the guidance and direction of a Supervisory Officer, conduct investigations and prepare
reports for the court with recommendations. Interview offenders/defendants and their families
and collect background data from various sources. Interpret and apply policies and procedures,
statutes, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures, and U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, Monographs,
and relevant case law, as applicable.
Under the guidance and direction of a Supervisory Officer, enforce court-ordered supervision
components and implement supervision strategies. Maintain personal contact with defendants
and offenders, investigate employment, sources of income, lifestyle, and associates to assess risk
and compliance. Address substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and similar
problems and refer to appropriate specialist.
Schedule and conduct drug use detection tests and DNA collection of offenders/defendants,
following established procedures and protocols. Maintain paper and computerized records of test
results. Maintain chain of custody of urinalysis testing materials. Respond to judicial officers’
requests for information and advice. Testify in court as to the basis for factual findings and
guideline applications, if warranted. Maintain detailed written records of case activity.
Investigate and analyze financial documents and activities and take appropriate action. Interview
victim(s) and provide victim impact statements to the court. Ensure compliance with Mandatory
Victims Restitution Act.
Under the guidance and direction of a Supervisory Officer, review and resolve disputed issues
involving defendants/offenders and present unresolved issues to the court for resolution. Assess
offenders’/defendants’ level of risk and develop a blend of strategies for controlling and
correcting risk management.
Provide offenders/defendants with information on local resources and programs regarding
employment, GED certification assistance, ongoing education, and vocational training. Identify
interests, aptitudes, and abilities of offenders/defendants through interviewing and gathering
appropriate information. Assist offenders/defendants toward integration into the job market.
Communicate with other organizations and personnel (such as the U.S. Parole Commission,
Bureau of Prisons, law enforcement, treatment agencies, and attorneys) concerning
offenders’/defendants’ behavior and conditions of supervision. Identify and investigate
violations and implement appropriate alternatives and sanctions. Discuss violations with
Supervisory Probation Officer. Report violations of the conditions of supervision to the
appropriate authorities. Prepare written reports of violation matters, and make recommendations
for disposition. Testify at court or parole hearings. Conduct Parole Commission preliminary
To qualify for the U. S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer position, a
candidate must be a United States citizen or otherwise eligible to work for the United States.
Must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field of academic
study, such as counseling, social work, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, law or family
services, which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply legal requirements
and human relations skills necessary for the position.
Physical Requirements and Maximum Entry Age:
Prior to appointment, the selectee considered for this position will undergo a medical
examination and drug screening. Upon successful completion of the medical examination and
drug screening, the selectee may then be appointed provisionally, pending a favorable suitability
determination by the court. In addition, as conditions of employment, incumbent will be subject
to ongoing random drug screening, updated background investigations every five years and, as
deemed necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent fitnessforduty
The medical requirements and the essential job functions derived from the medical guidelines for
probation officers, pretrial services officers and officer assistants are available for public review
First-time appointees covered under law enforcement retirement provisions must not have
reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Applicants 37 or over, who have previous
law enforcement officer service under the Civil Service Retirement System, or the Federal
Employment Retirement System, and who have either a subsequent break in service or
intervening service in a non-law enforcement officer position, may have their previous law
enforcement officer experience subtracted from their age to determine if they meet the maximum
Superior writing skills and sound analytical judgment. Excellent computer knowledge, with
experience in the Windows operations environment. Experience with WordPerfect 12 and
Microsoft Word. Fluent in Spanish. Graduate degree.
Judiciary employees serve under excepted appointments and are entitled to standard federal
benefits such as paid vacation, paid sick time, health and life insurance and a tax-deferred
savings plan. Judicial employees are also eligible for long-term care insurance, disability
insurance, and a Flexible Benefits Program which includes medical care reimbursement,
dependant care reimbursement, and commuter benefits reimbursement.
Applicants will be screened for these qualifications and the best qualified applicants will be
invited for a personal interview in Wilmington at their own expense. Applicants invited for a
personal interview will be subject to a background check including credit and criminal record
checks with law enforcement agencies.
Please visit the U.S. Courts website at www.uscourts.gov/forms/AO078.pdf to obtain a judicial
application form. Printed application packages are available upon request from the Wilmington
office at 302-252-2955.
To be considered for this position, the completed judicial application (AO078), a cover letter,
resume, and brief writing sample (not more than two pages) is required. The nature of the
writing sample is your choice, as long as it exemplifies your ability to write. It would be
preferable if the item selected was something that you have previously submitted in the context
of your education or work. The package must be received in the Wilmington, Delaware office
by 4:30 P.M. on June 27, 2017. Handwritten or incomplete applications will not be
considered, returned, or retained.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their complete application packages via email to:
DEHR@dep.uscourts.gov. Application packages may also be submitted to:
United States Probation and Pretrial
Att.: Administrative Officer
824 Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Due to the volume of applications received, the probation office will communicate with only
those individuals who will be interviewed. If you are not contacted, another candidate was
invited for an interview.
Employees of the U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services are required to adhere to a Code of Ethics
and Conduct which is available to applicants for review upon request. This position is a
mandatory EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) participation for payment of net pay, i.e., Direct
The U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services office reserves the right to modify the conditions of this
job announcement, or to withdraw the job announcement, which action may occur without prior
written notice or other notice.
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