Pretrial Services JAC Screener (Official Job Title: Caseworker II) (New FY20 Budgeted Position - Selected candidate will start on or after 10/1):This is highly responsible, professional work in assessment, screening and release of juvenile offenders for the Sarasota County Government Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) and Pretrial Services Program, located within the jail. Serves as primary JAC screener on shift in processing juveniles, assists JAC Compliance Coordinator with stats and assists with training staff when necessary. Provides back-up coverage to Pretrial Services Intake Unit, as JAC-related responsibilities permit.
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.
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 years.
Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) Duties:
Acts as the primary JAC screener on shift
Conducts interviews and provides detention screening services to arrested youth to determine whether youth meets criteria for release, supervised release or secure detention
Ensures each youth receives medical and mental health clearance prior to admission to the JAC
Assesses suicide risk, completes mental health and substance abuse screenings and makes State Attorney recommendations for youth admitted to the JAC
Communicates with youth’s guardians, Department of Juvenile Justice personnel, Sarasota Sheriff’s Office, etc., to ensure efficient and effective processing of youth
Installs Electronic Monitoring equipment on juvenile offenders based on assessment score or court order
Maintains accurate records for the JAC
Provides information regarding juvenile citation eligibility and other JAC questions as needed to community stakeholders
Ensures all forms are printed and placed in appropriate bins
Maintains organization and cleanliness within JAC
Maintains JAC certification by attending and completing required trainings
Actively involved in training of JAC certified Intake caseworker IIs and IIIs:
Works alongside newly trained JAC certified Intake caseworkers, who shadow JAC responsibilities; responds to work related questions
Monitors work for accuracy
Updates JAC Compliance Coordinator and Intake Senior with regard to performance of Intake caseworkers in the JAC
Assists in JAC compliance:
Assists supervisor with maintaining JAC records and ensuring compliance with Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) requirements
Assists supervisor with monthly, quarterly and annual statistical reporting
Assists with and participates in program audits
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
Prepares investigation reports for purposes of First Appearances
Utilizes and keeps updated and trained on all software, such as CE-Pretrial-Automon case management system
Attends Detention hearings or other court sessions to provide information to the Court.
Minimum Qualifications for Both Positions: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. 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 one (1) month of appointment (CJIS Certification).
Additional Minimum Qualifications (in addition to the above):
Tier II:Must obtain Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) certification to screen arrested youth within 180 days of appointment.
Job Based Competencies:Knowledge of courtroom procedures, practices and demeanor. Advanced skills in preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials, using effective writing principles and practices; interviewing, screening, and investigative/fact-gathering techniques; recording behavioral events; and accurate case-record/work-record keeping skills. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with others and foster teamwork; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to interact successfully with individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in person and over the telephone often when relations may be confrontational and strained. Ability to take effective action and exercise sound judgment in emergency or crisis situations. Ability to uphold high professional standards, reliability, and consistent growth within the local criminal justice system.
Work Schedule:This position is assigned to a shift between 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and shifts will include some weekends. For example, a person may work 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Work schedules may vary due to split shifts, rotations, on-call, emergencies, etc.: May be required to work weekends, holidays, shift work for 24/7 operation.
Sarasota County Government is committed to wellness and successful applicants must be tobacco free for twelve months preceding date of application.