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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 as required.  

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 the assigned firearm 
and other law enforcement equipment.

After completion of the Parole Officer Recruit Training Program, is 
empowered to exercise full police powers and act as a peace officer 
at all times for the detection, apprehension, arrest, and conviction of 
offenders against the law.

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 Bachelorís degree 
requirement.

LICENSE:

Appointees must possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey. 

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.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

AGE:

Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.

CITIZENSHIP:

Must be a United Statesí citizen at the time of appointment. 

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

NOTE:  Appointees 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.

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 exercise full police powers and act as a peace officer at all
times for the detection, apprehension, arrest, and conviction of 
offenders against the law, 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.  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 the essential functions of the job with or without 
reasonable accommodation.  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:
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37593SC4099N/AF99-
37593CBilingual In Spanish & EnglishSC4099N/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.

5/12/2018