U.S. Proabation Officer (Presentence)
Company: US District Court
Posted on: June 13, 2019
U.S. Probation Officer
The United States Probation & Pretrial Services Office for the
Western District of Arkansas is accepting applications for the
position of United States Probation Officer (Presentence
Investigation). The Western District of Arkansas is a combined
district that encompasses 34 counties and six court divisions. Our
district serves three district court judges, four magistrate
judges, and one senior district judge. We have divisional offices
located in Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Hot Springs, El Dorado, and
Texarkana. Frequent travel within the district is required as is
some out of district travel.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES
• Conducts investigations and prepares reports for the court with
recommendations, which requires interviewing offenders and their
families, as well as collecting background data from various
sources. An integral part of this process is the interpretation and
application of policies and procedures, statutes, Federal Rules of
Criminal Procedures, and may include U.S. Sentencing Guidelines,
monographs, and relevant case law.
• Presents presentence report and sentencing recommendations to the
court. Response to judicial officer's request for information and
• Tracks legal developments and updates staff and the court.
Testifies in court as to the basis for factual findings and (if
warranted) guidelines applications. Serves as a resource to the
court. Maintains detailed written records of case activity.
• Analyzes and responds to any objections to the presentence
report. This may include resolving disputed issues and presenting
unresolved issues to the court for resolution.
• Investigates and analyzes financial documents and activities and
takes appropriate action. Interviews victims and provides victim
impact statements to the court. Ensures compliance with Mandatory
Victims Restitution Act.
Completion of a Juris Doctor (JD) and a bachelor's degree from an
accredited college or university in a field of academic study, such
as criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human
relations, or business or public administration, which provides
evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the legal
requirements and human relations skills involved in the
Experience in such fields as probation, pretrial services, parole,
corrections, criminal investigations, substance use/addiction
treatment or the practice of law is required. Experience as a
police officer, custodial, or security officer, other than any
criminal investigative experience, is not creditable.
• Excellent written and oral communication, proofing, and
grammatical skills. Superior attention to detail.
• Ability to interact and communicate effectively (orally and in
writing) with individuals of diverse backgrounds including criminal
defendants, law enforcement personnel, judicial personnel, and
• Ability to exercise impartiality, objectivity, fairness and
discretion with the defendant population and their family/support
• Possess excellent organizational and problem-solving skills and
be able to prioritize work schedules, work independently with
minimal supervision, and work under pressure with short deadlines
while maintaining a positive and professional demeanor.
• Ability to exercise discretion, maintain confidentiality, foster
high ethical standards, and demonstrate integrity in meeting the
district's vision, mission, and goals.
• Desire to contribute to a positive work environment and work
harmoniously with others.
PREFERRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
• Member of the Bar of a state, territory, or federal court of
general jurisdiction in good standing is preferred.
• Knowledge of federal law and the criminal justice system and how
it relates to the roles and functions of a U.S. Probation
• Understanding of the federal sentencing statutes and U.S.
• Skill in conducting legal research related to complex and
difficult legal issues.
• Skill in analyzing and summarizing legal concepts and issues.
A high-sensitive background investigation with law enforcement
agencies, including fingerprint and criminal record checks, will be
conducted as a condition of employment. Any applicant selected for
a position will be hired provisionally pending successful
completion of the background investigation. Unsatisfactory results
may result in termination of employment. The selected candidate
will be subject to updated background investigations every five
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORKPLACE DRUG TESTING
Prior to appointment, the selectee considered for this position is
required to undergo an extensive 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 a condition of employment, the incumbent
will be subject to ongoing random drug screening, and as deemed
necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to
subsequent fitness-for-duty evaluations. The medical requirements
for law enforcement officers are available for public review at
MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE
First-time appointees to positions covered under law enforcement
officer retirement provisions must not have reached their 37th
birthday at the time of appointment. Applicants 37 or over who have
previous law enforcement officer experience under Civil Service
Retirement System or the Federal Employees' 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 experience subtracted from their age to
determine whether they meet the maximum age requirement.
Newly appointed officers will be required to attend and
successfully complete a six (6) week training course at the Federal
Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Charleston, South
Full-time employees are eligible for a full range of benefits such
as paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement benefits
that include a defined contribution program and the Thrift Savings
Plan (TSP). TSP is a 401(k) equivalent program that includes
matching contributions. Additional benefits include health and life
insurance, disability and long-term care insurance, dental and
vision insurance and a Flexible Benefits Program which includes
medical and dependent care reimbursement. Additional benefit
information is available at
Qualified applicants should submit a complete packet which
includes: (1) a letter of interest, (2) an 800 word or less essay
answering the following question: How did the Supreme Court's
United States v. Booker 543 U.S. 220 (2005) decision affect federal
sentencing? (3) a current and detailed resume, (3) name, address,
and telephone number of three professional references, (4) copy of
transcripts for bachelor's degree and any advanced degree, and (5)
a completed Application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment
(Form AO78). You may download this form from our website
www.arwp.uscourts.gov. Date of birth and undergraduate GPA must be
reported on the application form. Incomplete packets will not be
considered. Applicant materials submitted in addition to the
required documents will not be considered or retained. Attachments
must be saved as a single PDF file. Please reference the vacancy
announcement number in the subject of the email. Email your
complete packet to: email@example.com.
Only qualified applicants will be considered for this position.
Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in
the United States. Due to the volume of applications received, only
candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.
Applicants selected for interviews must travel at their own
expense. A preliminary criminal history background check,
verification of employment and education, and reference checks will
be made prior to any offer of employment.
The selected applicant's employment is contingent upon a commitment
to remain employed as a USPO in the Western District of Arkansas
for a minimum of three (3) years.
Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit is required.
The U.S. Probation Office reserves the right to modify the
conditions or withdraw this vacancy announcement or fill the
position at any time before the closing date, any of which may
occur without prior notice. Multiple vacancies may be filled from
this announcement. If a subsequent vacancy of the same position and
location becomes available within a reasonable time of the original
announcement, the Chief U.S. Probation Officer may elect to select
a candidate from the original qualified applicant pool.
The court provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with
disabilities in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act.
If you need a reasonable accommodation, please notify human
resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. The decision on granting
reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.
The United States Probation Office for the Western District of
Arkansas is an
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the
Applicants may view the district's Equal Employment Opportunity
Employment Dispute Resolution (EDR) Plan on our website at
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