PRETRIAL SERVICES PROGRAM SPECIALIST, Port Orchard, Washington

Employer Kitsap County
Created 05/14/2022
Reference 520318
Job Type Full Time
Country United States
State Washington
City Port Orchard
Salary $57,657.60 - $73,798.40 Annually
OVERVIEW

Make a difference in your community.
Become a part of the Kitsap County team!
Do what you love while serving the citizens where you live.
The Human Services Department is seeking a Pretrial Services Officer.

Pretrial Services Programs are procedures to prepare cases for trial in court. The Pretrial Services Division is designed to divert criminal defendants from pretrial incarceration . It provides complete, accurate and non-adversarial information to the judges of the Kitsap County Courts to improve the release/detention decision process. The program is responsible for gathering information about newly arrested defendants and preparing the recommendations considered by the Court in deciding release options.

Summary of position:
We have an exciting opportunity for a Pretrial Services Officer to join our team. The incumbent is responsible for interviewing detainees within the Kitsap County Jail and gathering financial and personal information from a variety of sources in an effort to determine and report the feasibility of granting bail and appointing legal counsel to the court.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of techniques and legal standards related to conducting investigations as well as the legal system and procedures, especially criminal case processes. Our new team member must be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a diverse audience. Must have the ability to conduct a comprehensive and completely objective interview with persons charged with felonies.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR PERFORMANCE OF THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
  • Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Human Services, or closely related field AND
  • One year experience in law enforcement, security, judicial/courts related field.
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the work;
PREFERRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, OR QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Four or more years of experience in law enforcement, security or judicial/courts related field.
If you use education to meet the requirements for the position, a copy of your official transcripts must be submitted prior to your first day of employment.

Criminal Conviction Standards:
  • The successful incumbent will or may have unsupervised access to a vulnerable adult, or a vulnerable person, or access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which may include fingerprinting.
    1. Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this position: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/ffa/disqualifying-list-crimes-and-negative-actions
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
  • The duties in this position are performed in an office setting utilizing standard office equipment, as well as performed in the Kitsap County Jail and courtrooms.
  • Incumbents may be exposed to hostile individuals while in the courtroom setting or jail setting.


ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLE OF DUTIES

  • Conduct pre-arraignment interviews and prepare bail studies for all in-custody and out-of-custody felons.
  • Obtain financial, criminal history and personal information from detainees and a variety of sources.
  • Interview and advise defendants of the advice of rights and verify all information provided.
  • Provide testimony in court.
  • Analyze findings and provide written recommendations to the Judges regarding personal recognizance or bail of defendants prior to trial or sentencing.
  • Assist in the expansion of the Pretrial Services Program.
  • Screen persons as to their ability to pay for legal counsel pursuant to standard guidelines for indigence as provided by the State of Washington.
  • Conduct interviews to verify applications for appointment of counsel and make written recommendations to Court as to the offender's ability to pay.
  • Review the files for the Sentencing Calendar and compile the necessary documentation for the judges.
  • Interview defendants requesting furlough from jail.
  • Verify information gathered and report to the court.
  • Obtain background criminal history on sponsor.


OTHER POSITION RELATED INFORMATION

  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • This position is non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual. Internal applicants should be aware that a change in union status or bargaining unit may impact your benefits and accruals. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • This recruitment is being used to fill an existing open position, and may be used to fill future openings for up to six (6) months.
  • Work hours for this position are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Closing Date/Time: 5/31/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

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