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Berrien County Administration Juvenile Probation Officer - Trial Court in St. Joseph, Michigan

uRequired/u: Bachelorrsquo;s degree in social work, psychology, criminal justice, behavioral science or related field and a minimum of one year paid full time experience working with youth within the juvenile court system or social service agency. Must submit college transcripts with the application.uSpecial Requirements/u: Complete the Michigan Judicial Institute (MJI) juvenile probation officer certification training within two years of employment. Working knowledge of developmental and child psychology, family dynamics, behavioral disorders and appropriate interventions required. Computer literacy, organization skills, attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work with diverse populations are essential. Ability to maintain the confidentiality of information and professional boundaries. Requires access to transportation while performing the duties of the job and must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted Michigan driverrsquo;s license, personal auto insurance, and must maintain eligibility to drive as per the Countyrsquo;s Vehicle policy. Must pass a pre-employment physical, drug test, and a criminal and civil record check. A mental health screening may be conducted before or during the course of employment. Employees will be fingerprinted. Appropriate speech, dress and a high level of personal and professional conduct for work in a court setting must be maintained in accordance with the standards established by the Judicial Council. Regular, reliable and predictable attendance is required. Ability to maintain confidentiality, effective working relationships with other employees, and interact effectively with the general public. May be assigned to work at any Berrien County Trial Court location during the course of employment. Submit to random drug and alcohol testing per the Courtrsquo;s policy.uDesired/u: Thorough knowledge of the theory, laws, and procedures pertaining to probation activities, casework supervision, counseling skills and techniques, community service process and substance abuse. Knowledge of the criminal law component of the Michigan court system. Masterrsquo;s degree in one of the aforementioned programs and two years of casework in a juvenile court or related child welfare agency desired.uDuties/u: Reviews new petitions and conducts pre-disposition investigations to prepare written reports and make recommendations to the court. Manages a caseload of delinquent youth under the jurisdiction of the Berrien County Trial Court-Family Division, which includes the development and implementation of individualized treatment and counseling plans for probationers and their families. Evaluates risk assessment tool outcomes and selects appropriate programs for probationers and their families to address identified risks/needs. Management of cases may include field work within the home, school and community environments. Maintains and documents organized contact with child, parents, schools, police and other agencies to verify information, obtain reports, monitors progress, and completes evaluations or assessments of court-engaged youth. Explains court orders to youth and families to increase assurance that youth follow through on court directed appearances, community service, payment of fines and/or restitution and other court ordered conditions. Maintains records and prepares reports reflecting childrsquo;s progress, case contacts and other summaries as required. Maintains caseload reports and participates in data collection efforts to assist the Court Services Department with overall goals. Maintains productive working relationships with the judges, co-workers, police agencies, social service agencies and others; foll