The Probation Office for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania provides services to 9 U.S. District Judges and 6 U.S. Magistrate Judges. This vacancy is at the headquarters location in Pittsburgh. The Probation Office headquarters is located in the U.S. Courthouse, Suite 3330, 700 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. There are two branch offices (Erie and Johnstown). By statute, the probation/pretrial services officer serves in a judiciary law enforcement position and assists in the administration of justice and promotes community safety, gathers information, supervises offenders/defendants, interacts with collateral agencies, prepares reports, conducts investigations, and presents recommendations to the court. The Special Offender Specialist performs duties that involve both general cases and specialized cases involving offenders/defendants with high-risk issues, such as mental health treatment, substance and/or alcohol abuse, sex offenses, computer-related crimes, and financial (white collar) crimes or have location monitoring conditions. Intensive supervision is often required for high-risk offenders/defendants. Probation and pretrial services officer specialists must carry at least a 50 percent caseload, spending at least 50 percent of their time working with defendants and/or offenders. Officer specialists may guide the work of probation/pretrial services officer assistants and other staff.
Applicants who meet the qualifications must submit a cover letter, a resume and a Federal Judicial Branch Application for Employment, Form AO-78. Documents must be submitted in PDF or Word format, and please reference position #17-08. Failure to follow these instructions will result in disqualification. Applicants invited to interview will be asked to provide their past two performance evaluations.