This position serves under the authority of the Chief Probation Officer and is responsible for the supervision of substance abuse clients. Responsible for the day-to-day activities of substance abuse clients in the community and communicate with local providers and stakeholders. The position possesses the same statutory responsibilities and authority as a traditional, community-based intervention probation officer or SSAS officer. Facilitate the treatment process of clients which may include attending treatment groups and communicating with providers under the guidelines of the Standardized Model. Evaluate substance abuse clients; match substance abuse clients’ needs to the appropriate treatment modality or service; establish appropriate case plans for clients; participate in specialized training that addresses the supervision of specialized clients; create partnerships with stakeholders in the community; interpret data as it applies to successful performance standards for clients; involve clients in early stages of behavioral changes through targeted treatment; facilitate groups which may include cognitive restructuring, skill building, life skills enhancement and general education of clients; conduct interviews and investigations as required by law or a court; cooperate with and render assistance to other probation officers. Working knowledge of Standardized Model cognitive skill building, relapse prevention, motivational interviewing, and social learning theory; ability to communicate effectively; ability to acquaint oneself with judges, court staff, school personnel, mental health facilities, alcohol and drug programs, vocational rehabilitation programs; ability to assess individual and group behavior; motivate clients toward self-improvement using evidence-based practice skills. Due to the nature of this work, the position requires flexible scheduling and non-traditional working hours.
Meet basic requirements for selection as a senior probation officer. The requirements consist of conducting and preparing of presentence investigations, supervision of clients, conducting drug/alcohol tests on clients as required, being available for speaking engagements and consultation with community groups; demonstrating proper use of all Probation forms and other necessary paperwork; be knowledgeable of district functions and individual duties of each staff member; exercise the authority to arrest and detain clients in accordance with Nebraska statutes; testify in court, demonstrate a positive ongoing working relationship with the court system, other criminal justice agencies, and community providers; demonstrate a keen understanding of available community resources and services; demonstrate expertise in conducting and preparing all types of reports; demonstrate expertise in supervising clients, demonstrate willingness to obtain advanced training, demonstrate excellent writing and oral communication skills. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences, criminal justice, or related fields with at least three years of experience providing case management and/or completion of investigations. Licensed in the State of Nebraska as a Mental Health Practitioner, Clinical Social Worker or Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Meets the basic requirements as a Probation Officer.
The ability to speak Spanish is desired but not required.
Please visit http://www.statejobs.nebraska.gov/ to fill out the State application.