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Job Specification

PAROLE OFFICER RECRUIT
 
DEFINITION:

Under the close supervision of a supervisory officer in 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, and communicate 
in Spanish and English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. 

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

Under close supervision, 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, or other supervisory 
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 essential records and files.

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

Ability to learn how to 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 if 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.

ADVANCEMENT:

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.

6/17/2023