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Job Specification

PAROLE OFFICER RECRUIT
 
DEFINITION

Under the immediate supervision of a supervisory officer within the 
New Jersey State Parole Board, Division of Parole, works as a 
recruit and productive worker.  Receives training while attending 
a New Jersey Police Training Commission (P.T.C.) certified training 
program in order to qualify as a peace officer for the detection, 
apprehension, arrest, and conviction of offenders; assists 
Senior Parole Officers in the performance of duties; 
does other related duties.  

NOTE:  The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not 
perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, 
all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

NOTE:  Appointments may be made to positions requiring bilingual skills.

37593C- Bilingual in Spanish and English.
SPECIAL SKILL		
Applicants must be able to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in 
Spanish and English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. 


EXAMPLES OF WORK:

As a recruit and productive worker:

Attends a formal Parole Officer Recruit Training Program and is 
responsible for learning to conduct investigations and arrests, 
receives instruction in firearms care and use, report preparation, 
interviewing of parolees, parole laws and regulations, and law 
enforcement, professional casework topics and other training courses.

Required to qualify semi-annually in the use of firearms and other 
defense/restraint equipment after completion of the Parole Officer 
Recruit Training Program 

Carries a firearm and other appropriate law enforcement equipment 
while performing duties.

Responsible for the care, use, and security of assigned firearm 
and other law enforcement equipment.

After completion of the Parole Officer Recruit Training Program 
is empowered to act as a peace officer for the detection, 
apprehension, arrest, and conviction of offenders.

Attends formal classes and receives on-the-job training and 
instruction in the principles and practices of parole casework 
in either a district parole office or other operational unit.

Participates in new and revised planning programs for the social,
emotional, and economic adjustment of parolees and prospective
parolees.

Participates in conducting investigations of existing and potential
employment opportunities for persons on parole or about to be paroled.

Participates in conducting investigations and in developing parole
plans for prospective parolees.

Prepares reports to be used in the preparation of case histories 
when required.

Learns to recognize and rapidly evaluate potentially dangerous
situations involving parolees/parole violators; exercises caution 
and independent judgment in handling these circumstances to 
avoid personal injury or to prevent endangerment of the general 
public or serious property damage.

Participates in the work involved in interviewing parolees, explaining 
the conditions of their parole, and the rules and regulations of the 
State Parole Board and the Division of Parole.

Participates in the work involved in maintaining liaison with law
enforcement agencies, courts, employers, clergy, school officers,
welfare agencies, and civic and business organizations, and with
the relatives of parolees and others for the purpose of rehabilitating
persons on parole.

Participates in the work involved in conducting necessary 
investigations of parole violations and, as required, prepares
reports and recommendations thereon.

Discusses offenders' court imposed revenue obligations, sets payment
schedules, and makes collections; coordinates collection efforts with 
other government or private agencies in the event of default; performs 
necessary record keeping and maintenance activities as required.

May be required to assist a Senior Parole Officer, Assistant District
Parole Supervisor, District Parole Supervisor, or Supervising Parole 
Officer in placing a parole violator under arrest.
 
As assigned, and under supervision, supervises a caseload of 
persons under the supervision of the State Parole Board.

Prepares correspondence and reports.

Maintains records and files.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
manual recording and computerized information systems used by 
the agency.  Will be expected to learn to both retrieve data and enter
data into agency operated databases and other databases that are 
shared with other law enforcement agencies 

REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a 
Bachelor's Degree.

NOTE:  Experience may not be substituted for the above 
educational requirement.
 
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

AGE:

Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.

CITIZENSHIP

No person shall be appointed as a State Parole Officer Recruit
unless he/she is a citizen of the United States.

NOTE:  At the time of appointment, applicants for this position 
must submit acceptable proof of meeting the indicated requirements.

NOTE:  Appointee will be required to satisfactorily complete a Parole 
Officer Recruit Training Program as part of the one (1) year recruit 
period. Such training includes successful attainment of a level of 
proficiency in the use of firearms.  Appointees to this position shall 
be required to qualify in the use of firearms on a semi-annual basis

SPECIAL NOTE: Candidates certified from the eligible list for this 
title will be required to undergo medical and psychological examinations 
administered by the appointing authority.

LICENSE:

Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in 
New Jersey at the time of appointment

NOTE: The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess 
the required motor vehicle license, commensurate with the class and 
type of vehicles they operate, rests with the Appointing Authority.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the economic, social, emotional, and other problems of
paroled persons, and of the reactions to be expected of such persons.

Ability to read, interpret, and apply information on the laws of 
New Jersey relevant to probation, parole, the operation of law 
enforcement agencies, and the courts.

Ability to read and interpret information on the theory of modern
social casework, penology, sociology, and criminology.

Ability to function as a peace officer for the detection,
apprehension, arrest, and conviction of offenders after a period 
of training.

Ability to recognize and evaluate potentially dangerous situations
involving parolees and to exercise caution and independent 
judgment in the handling of these circumstances.

Ability to assist with the work involved in supervising persons on
parole who may be of varied ethnic and social backgrounds, who may
possess varied levels of intellectual comprehension and English
ability, and who may be antagonistic and/or emotionally disturbed.

Ability to visit and speak with business persons, employers, judges, 
clergy, police officers, school officers, and the representatives of health, 
welfare, civic and business organizations to enlist their cooperation in 
plans for the rehabilitation of parolees and, as required, to collect 
information for future action.

Ability to learn to conduct interviews and investigations of
prospective parolees, and of parole violations.

Ability to set appropriate payment schedules to collect court imposed 
revenue obligations concomitant with the capability to pay, to coordinate
the efforts necessary to collect payments in default and to maintain 
records thereon. 

Ability to plan and work constructively with parolees in the areas of 
improved family life, steady employment, and wholesome personal 
and neighborhood associates.

Ability to be proficient in the care, use, and security of firearms
and other law enforcement equipment after a period of training.

Ability to assist in the apprehension and arrest of parole violators.

Ability to assist with the work involved in investigating and
evaluating the living conditions of parolees.

Ability to work harmoniously with coworkers and superior officers 
and to consistently maintain a professional attitude.

Ability to prepare correspondence.

Ability to learn to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative
case histories, summaries, and other reports concerning parole 
matters containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Ability to maintain essential records and files.

Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
recording and computerized information systems used by the agency.  

Ability to learn to both retrieve data and enter data into agency 
operated databases and other databases that are shared with 
her law enforcement agencies 

Ability to read, write, speak, understand and communicate in 
English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. 

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as
they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable
accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation 
cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
such persons may not be eligible.

PROMOTION

Appointees who successfully complete the required twelve (12)
month training period will be eligible for promotion to the title
Senior Parole Officer, under Civil Service Commission Procedures.

The inability of an employee in this title to attain a level of
performance warranting advancement to the title listed above 
shall be considered as cause for separation.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code(s) which
are different work week or work month and/or variants of the job class title:
Job
Spec
Code
VariantState,
Local or
Common
Class of
Service
Work
Week
State
Class
Code
Local
Class
Code
Salary
Range
Note
37593SC4099N/AF99-
37593CBilingual In Spanish & EnglishSC4099N/AF99-
61769SCNE99N/AF99-

This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

02/29/2008