Pretrial Services Caseworker (Official Job Title: Caseworker II):This is responsible professional work in pretrial investigations, case management, and counseling and social service referrals for the Sarasota County Government Pretrial Services Program.
Subject to Passing Substance Screening: This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening. An applicant who fails to pass a required drug screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five (5) years.
Subject to Passing CJIS Background Check: This position is subject to passing a pre-employment FBI Criminal Justice Information Systems background check and security clearance.
Conducts defendant interviews with regard to demographics and community ties; verifies defendant information; conducts victim interviews.
Conducts mental health and substance abuse assessments; gathers information for those eligible for the Courts Assisting Veterans program and other treatment courts.
Prepares Judges’ reports for purposes of First Appearances; prepares Affidavits for Indigent Status for Public Defender services.
Prepares local criminal histories from 12th Judicial Circuit Clerk of Court and jail system programs; prepares Florida and National criminal histories from FDLE/JIS system/CCIS.
Conducts curfew calls as ordered by the court.
Compiles, organizes and maintains records of daily productivity.
Prepares and processes a variety of forms and documentation (i.e. Rules and Regulations contracts; warrants, case management documentation).
Keeps updates, trained and utilizes Connectrex-Monitor case management system.
Review Rules and Regulation contracts, First Appearance Advisory Forms and completed investigation reports to ensure accuracy.
Attends First Appearance hearings and other court sessions to provide information to the court.
Advises defendants of conditions of court order and restrictions of assigned program.
Instructs clients on matters pertaining to the conditions of pretrial release and the criteria and requirements of specified programs such as Drug Court, DUI Court and Health Care Court.
Functions as the Clerk of Court during weekend First Appearance hearings.
Performs a variety of special studies.
Compiles, organizes and maintains records of special projects (ROR Notification Unit, case file maintenance and disposition, per Bureau of Archives and Records Management).
Training: Attends training related to Intake and Juvenile Assessment Center responsibilities of Pretrial Services Program.
Minimum Qualifications:A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in criminal justice, counseling, social or behavioral science or a related field. Progressively responsible related experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required college degree. INTAKE ONLY: Required to obtain and maintain DJJ certification to screen arrested youth.
Job Based Competencies:Communicate well verbally and in writing; Foster teamwork, accuracy, high professional standards, reliability and consistent growth within the local criminal justice system; Must obtain certification by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as a Florida Crime Information Center/National Crime Information Center (FCIC/NCIC) operator within six (6) months of appointment; Keep CJIS Certification current.
Physical Demands: Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Hours:Pretrial Services is a 24/7 operation (including weekends and holidays). The current shifts are: 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (rotates every other week - 4 day week to 3 day week) Applicants must be flexible with ability to work shifts, weekends and holidays as assigned.
Sarasota County Government is committed to wellness and successful applicants must be tobacco free for twelve months preceding date of application.