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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2181 - EO Probation Officer

Job Description


Under general supervision; performs work of considerable difficulty with juveniles and adults under court order; performs related work as required.

Employees in this class are working in the field of probation. The primary responsibilities are to interview offenders and appropriate collateral parties for the purpose of conducting a thorough investigation, assess risk to recidivate, and develop case plans designed to reduce risk factors that impact criminal behavior. Probation Officers evaluate case information and make case management decisions within established standards, policies and procedures. The work requires the ability to analyze and evaluate information, make independent decisions using sound judgment, and act in line with State Statues, departmental standards and policies. During orientation and training, close supervision is provided to officers of this class. However, general supervision is provided following orientation.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Interviews defendants and all other primary persons involved in presentence investigations, juvenile dispositional reports, and adoptions
• Collects comprehensive information, verifies all facts, analyzes and organizes information into a written summary for the court; initiates personal contact, when appropriate with secondary persons such as victims of crimes, family members, school officials, employers, and police personnel
• Conducts home visits and field visits to assess offenders living and community situations
• Engages defendants in an assessment process, scoring a validated risk assessment, in order to determine criminal risk to re-offend; develops individualized case plans for offenders as a means to monitor court orders and reduce criminal risk
• Advocates for offenders and conducts correctional interventions
• Refers defendants to appropriate therapeutic services and monitors offenders’ progress in court referred programs
• Provides crises intervention when needed
• Appears in court and testifies in criminal cases when appropriate
• Documents all substantive contacts with defendants and collateral parties
• Prepares timely written reports for court
• Participates in staff meetings and attends relevant training
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Modern social service practices and casework philosophy, methods and practices
• Delinquency, criminal behavior and correctional interventions
• Individual and group behavior

Skill in:
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office
• Planning and organizing work
• Understanding and operationalizing laws and regulations
• Dealing effectively with the public

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in the Behavioral Sciences preferred and one year of probation, counseling, social work or related human service program work; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work will occur in an office and field environment. While performing the duties and responsibilities the employee maybe exposed to noxious odors, hoarding, unsanitary conditions, varying weather conditions, and other related conditions and situations.

Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois driver’s license.