PAROLE COUNSELOR APPRENTICE STATE PAROLE BOARD
Under the direction of a supervisor at the State Parole Board,
in a two (2) year training program, receives formal and
on-the-job training to review and maintain inmate case files,
calculate parole eligibility dates and schedule parole hearings
for State inmates housed in State and County correctional
facilities; 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.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
As an Apprentice and productive worker, while receiving
appropriate degree of training and supervision:
Learns how to perform mathematical calculations to
determine parole eligibility dates for an assigned caseload
of inmates; provides inmates their actual parole eligibility
date within 90 days of their admission to the State prison.
Under close supervision, reviews weekly computer-generated
lists to determine which inmates are eligible for parole
consideration and submits the names of eligible persons for
publication to each County Prosecutor's office for review.
Learns how to assist the Principal Parole Counselor with
the coordination of the Initial Parole Hearing process; certifies
pre- parole packages for accuracy and completeness, schedules
hearings and provides supportive services to the Hearing Office.
Learns how to provide assistance to the Board Panel prior to
and during panel hearings; prepares case files and other relevant
materials, verifies that all pre-hearing processes have been
completed, ensures the adequate operation of recording
equipment and ensures that the panel hearing proceeds in
accordance with State and Agency rules and regulations.
Under close supervision, conducts interviews at various stages
of the parole process to provide information to inmates who may
be eligible for parole; provides advice and assistance to inmates
concerning parole eligibility and parole plans.
Learns how to review and prepare of responses to inmate
correspondence regarding the parole process within a
specified time frame.
Establishes and maintains computer records and paper files.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and information systems used by
the agency, office, or related units.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid
in NJ only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the methods used to gather and analyze information.
Ability to learn how to identify the problems encountered in
interviewing and counseling inmates regarding parole eligibility.
Ability to learn the resources and techniques needed to assist
the inmate population.
Ability to interpret laws, rules and regulations and apply them
to specific situations.
Ability to conduct interviews and to provide advice and
assistance to inmates.
Ability to learn how to evaluate individual cases and identify
Ability to communicate with inmate population.
Ability to learn how to perform complex mathematical calculations.
Ability to review, analyze and interpret material or parole cases
for preparation of reports and evaluations.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
with those interested or involved with the work of the program.
Ability to prepare correspondence and reports.
Ability to establish and maintain records and files.
Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
recording and information systems used by the agency, office,
or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in
English sufficiently to perform duties of this position. American
Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable
forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as
long as they can perform 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.
Appointee's work performance will be reviewed and rated
semi-annually during the two (2) year apprenticeship program.
Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program,
appointees will be eligible for advancement to the title of
Senior Parole Counselor, in accordance with Department of
The inability of an employee in the Apprentice title to attain
the required level of performance stipulated in each of the
twelve (12) month training periods shall be considered a
cause for separation from employment.
CODES: 19/P19 - 61851 MER 8/02/08