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Drug, Alcohol, and Treatment Specialist (DATS

Company: U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

Career Opportunities with U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota A great place to work. Careers At U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota Current job opportunities are posted here as they become available. Subscribe to our RSS feeds to receive instant updates as new positions become available. Drug, Alcohol, and Treatment Specialist (DATS) Closing Date: January 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time Area of Consideration: Only open to current judiciary employees Location: Minneapolis,--MN Classification and Salary Range:--

  • $78,457 to $127,523 ( Position may be transferrable to other units depending on agency needs) Vacancy Announcement Number: 2020-13 THE DISTRICT U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services in the District of Minnesota is headquartered in the U.S. Courthouse located at 300 South Fourth Street, Suite 406, Minneapolis, Minnesota. There are four field offices located in Bemidji, Duluth, Fergus Falls, and Saint Paul. The Probation and Pretrial Services Office serves the Judicial District of Minnesota, which includes 87 counties. INTRODUCTION This position is located in the U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Office, in Minneapolis, MN. DATS manages a caseload that includes persons under supervision of a specialized type and/or high risk; and the incumbent serves as an expert on cases of this type. This position is responsible for matters related to persons under supervision who require involvement in a drug aftercare program, treatment, and/or testing. The incumbent must carry at least a 50 percent caseload, spending at least 50 percent of their time working with persons under supervision. Further, the DATS shall perform some administrative services, such as solicitation and contracting, reviewing invoices for payment, and community outreach. The incumbent may also be called upon to assist with programming, such as reentry court, trauma informed care, and cognitive behavioral therapeutic programs (i.e., Moral Reconation Therapy, Interactive Journaling, etc.). This position is considered hazardous duty, which requires irregular work hours, to include nights, weekends, and holidays. This position also requires frequent travel to divisional offices. -- REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES
    • Perform investigative and supervision responsibilities for offenders/defendants in both general and high-risk/specialized cases which include offenders/defendants who are identified as having drug and/or alcohol issues. Conduct investigations, prepare reports, and make recommendations for the court in general, high-risk, and/or specialized cases by interviewing offenders/defendants and their families and collecting background data from various sources. An integral part of this process is the interpretation and application of policies and procedures, statutes, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures, and may include U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, Monographs, and relevant caselaw in the area of specialization.
    • Serve as a resource and expert to the court, line officers, and staff in drug and alcohol cases. Guide, advise, train, and make recommendations to other officers, the court, and other individuals in cases involving area of specialization. Assist in developing policies and proposals to provide needed services. Train line officers on identification and treatment of offenders/defendants with drug and alcohol issues.
    • Participate in on-going training and educational opportunities to further develop and/or enhance techniques and skills relating to investigation and supervision practices of offenders/defendants in area of specialization. Provide management and staff with ongoing updates related to changes with this offender/defendant population, and with procedural matters related to aftercare.
    • Track developments in the law and update staff and the court. Enforce court-ordered supervision components and implement supervision strategies. Maintain personal contact with offenders/defendants through office and community contacts and by telephone. Investigate employment, sources of income, lifestyle, and associates to assess risk and compliance. Address substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and similar problems and implement the necessary treatment or violation proceedings, through assessment, monitoring, and counseling.
    • Investigate and analyze financial documents and activities and take appropriate action. Interview victim(s) and provide victim impact statements to the court. Ensure compliance with Mandatory Victims Restitution Act. Responsible for enforcement of location monitoring conditions ordered by the court, and in may perform location monitoring reintegration on behalf of the Bureau of Prisons.
    • Determine and evaluate on an ongoing basis the available resources throughout the district concerning alcohol and drug aftercare. Secure and contract aftercare services for offenders/defendants while adhering to procurement and contracting guidelines and requirements. Maintain regular contact with contract providers to ensure compliance with contractual agreements. Ensure regularly scheduled meetings to assess offender/defendant progress. Monitor the accurate submission of billing documents from the providers to ensure the appropriate disbursement of funds.
    • Communicate with other organizations and persons (such as the U.S. Parole Commission, Bureau of Prisons, law enforcement, treatment agencies, and attorneys) concerning offenders'/defendants' behavior and conditions of supervision. Identify and investigate violations and implement appropriate treatment, alternatives, and/or sanctions. Report violations of the conditions of supervision to the appropriate authorities. Prepare reports of violation matters and make recommendations for disposition. Testify at court or parole hearings. Conduct Parole Commission preliminary interviews. Guide the work of staff providing administrative and technical assistance to officers.
    • Provide proposals/recommendations for updates or amendments to conditions of supervision for this special offender population. Respond to judicial officer's request for information and advice.
    • Schedule and conduct drug use detection tests and DNA collection of offenders/defendants, following established procedures and protocols. Maintain paper and computerized records of test results and all other case activity, to include chain of custody materials. Testify in court as to the basis for factual findings and (if warranted) guideline applications. Conduct surveillance and/or search and seizure at the direction of the court.
    • Participate in the administrative planning of specialized caseloads. Provide advice, consultation, and program vision and direction and make proposals to the Chief. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Must be a current judiciary employee. To qualify for the position of DATS, applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in a related field of study. For placement at CL29, the selected applicant must have three years of specialized experience, including at least one year as a CL28 U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Officer in the U.S. Courts. Specialized Experience Specialized experience is progressively responsible experience, gained after completion of a bachelor's degree, in such fields as probation, pretrial services, parole, corrections, criminal investigations, or work in substance or addiction treatment. Experience as a police, custodial, or security officer, other than any criminal investigative experience, is not creditable. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (COURT PREFERRED SKILLS) The successful candidate must have excellent writing skills and average computer knowledge. Preference may be given to those applicants who have more than three years specialized experience in any specialty area such as drug and alcohol treatment, location monitoring, sentencing guidelines, workforce development, or other evidence-based practices programming. The ideal candidate may also possess the following preferred skills:
      • Be skilled and knowledgeable about national initiatives impacting each discipline within probation (i.e. presentence, post-conviction, and pretrial services).
      • Have contributed to our system via national workgroups or committees sponsored either by the Federal Judicial Center or the Office of Probation and Pretrial Services within the last seven years.
      • Illustrated their understanding of DSS and be able to demonstrate how he or she has used DSS reports to problem solve, access trends, and rely upon evidence-based practices (EBP) principles within their discipline.
      • Have extensive knowledge of EBP (to include re-entry programming) and skilled in their application. A good understanding of programs and service policies and procedures is essential to support decisions and exercise good judgment. Must be a perennial learner with the desire to be an expert in our changing field.
      • Have experience and/or knowledge of supervising high-risk persons under supervision, specifically those with a chemical dependence of drugs and alcohol.
      • Familiarity with local and/or state-wide social service organizations and/or programming which addresses chemical dependence of drugs and alcohol, along with some knowledge of co-occurring disorders.
      • Completion of the Federal Judicial Center's Foundations of Management and Leadership Development Programs.
      • Be skilled in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals and groups to provide information, facilitate meetings, and influence decision-makers and strive for high level achievement.
      • Demonstrated leadership by showing initiative to engaging in project management and establishing programs which helps achieve an organization's mission and vision.
      • Demonstrated how he or she has used technology to improve a process.
      • Demonstrated the ability to organize, oversee, and complete multiple projects simultaneously with limited supervision.
      • Skill in supervising persons under supervision, managing risk assessments, and developing appropriate alternatives and sanctions to non-compliant behavior. Knowledge of legal terminology. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Officers must possess, with or without corrective lenses, good distance vision in a least one eye and the ability to read normal size print. Normal hearing ability, with or without a hearing aid, is also required. Any severe health problems, such as physical defects, disease, and deformities that constitute employment hazards to the applicant or others, may disqualify an applicant. BENEFITS
        • The opportunity to serve in a rewarding public service position.
        • Accrual of paid vacation and sick leave.
        • Paid federal holidays.
        • Extensive health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance plans.
        • On-site fitness center.
        • Traditional (pre-tax) and Roth (after-tax) retirement savings and investment plans through the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) with employer matching contributions.
        • Pre-tax medical and childcare reimbursement accounts.
        • Extensive on-line training options. Travel reimbursement for in-person training and professional conferences available, funds permitting.
        • Ad hoc telework, alternative work schedules, and other workplace flexibilities.
        • Federal Student Loan Forgiveness eligibility. Employees of the U.S. District Court are not classified under Civil Service. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT The selected candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident seeking U.S. citizenship. Noncitizens must execute an affidavit indicating their intent to apply for citizenship when they become eligible to do so. Judiciary employees serve under excepted appointments and are considered "at-will" and may be terminated with or without cause or notice by the Court. The United States District Court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct Policy. The selected candidate must engage in continuing education, while in the position, which focus on chemical dependence and co-occurring disorders. Training may be within the continental United States, either in-person or virtual. This position is also subject to mandatory Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit. The selected candidate will be subject to random drug screening and updated background investigations every five years.
          • A cover letter (not to exceed five pages), which includes a concise description of the following:
            • Your familiarity and ongoing experience in evidence-based practices, to include research; and how you have applied evidence-based practice competencies to your work in either investigations or community supervision;
            • How you have used outcome metrics, via PACTS or DSS, to enhance your level of service provided to the Court and persons under supervision;
            • How your overall experience and preparation relates to the stated duties and responsibilities; and
            • Any other educational efforts or steps taken to prepare you for enhanced leadership roles.
            • A resume, which includes dates of employment, duties and responsibilities, and key accomplishments;
            • Copies of the last two performance appraisals;
            • Names and contact information of three professional references. If you are selected for an interview, references may be contacted prior to the interview. The U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office reserves the right to contact additional references other than those provided by the applicant. An application must be completed in its entirety, using our electronic online recruitment system, to be considered for this opportunity. All application materials received will be reviewed to identify the best qualified candidates. Only the most qualified candidates will be invited for interviews. Due to COVID-19, first interviews will likely be scheduled via Zoom. Candidates selected to interview should ensure they possess the applicable network capability to carry out a virtual interview format. If interviews are held in person, applicants are responsible for any travel costs. Applicants selected for an interview may be required to prepare a written assignment and presentation, not to exceed 10 minutes. Information will be provided to those selected for an interview. The U.S. District Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement, or to fill the position sooner than the closing date, any of which action may occur without prior written notice. THE UNITED STATES COURT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Keywords: U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, Minneapolis , Drug, Alcohol, and Treatment Specialist (DATS, Other , Minneapolis, Minnesota

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