Probation and Pretrial Services Office:
The Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania provides services to 12 U.S. District Judges and 6 U.S. Magistrate Judges. The Probation Office headquarters is located in the Joseph F. Weis, Jr. U.S. Courthouse, Suite 3330, 700 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. There are two branch offices (Erie and Johnstown). Travel is required as a duty function as well as for on-going professional development and training.
• Assist officers in the performance of select investigations, including compiling criminal history profiles, running record checks through local and national databases and files, conducting inquiries with collateral agencies, and performing other similar activities. Visit or contact various local, state and national law enforcement and regulatory agencies to collect and record information. Provide officers with verifiable and supportable documentation to assist in completion of reports and assist in identifying community resources to meet the special needs of offenders and defendants.
• Under the guidance and direction of an officer, supervise select lower-risk caseloads of offenders/defendants which may include placing telephone calls, making home/office contacts and community/field contacts, and maintaining case files and case records.
• Conduct selected investigations as needed for pre-release/furlough, presentencing, and bail reports. Draft and submit selected reports and maintain related investigative files and case records. Observe and report to officers/supervisors on the lifestyle, personal problems, and needs of offenders/defendants.
• Schedule and conduct urinalysis tests of offenders/defendants, following established procedures and protocols. Maintain records and inform officers of test results. Maintain and mail or transport tests and materials to laboratories for confirmation. Maintain chain of custody of urinalysis testing materials. Maintain inventory of supplies. Enter data and information into the office’s computerized database system. Testify as necessary, before the court or Parole Commission.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, in a field of academic study, such as criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, business or public administration, which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations skills involved in the position.
• General knowledge of the criminal justice system, knowledge of the practices and procedures used in probation/pretrial services, and relationships among the U.S. Courts, U.S. Parole Commission, Federal, Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Attorneys Office, Federal Defenders Office, and other organizations.
• Prior case management experience supervising and monitoring offenders/defendants.
• Demonstrated knowledge, experience and ability to understand and apply legal standards and the human relations expertise necessary to interact with offenders/defendants, their family members and others.
• Knowledge of evidence-based practices.