Drug, Alcohol, and Treatment Specialist (DATS
Company: U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
Posted on: February 25, 2021
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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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The opportunity to serve in a rewarding public service
- Accrual of paid vacation and sick leave.
- Paid federal holidays.
- Extensive health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care
- 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
- Ad hoc telework, alternative work schedules, and other
- 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
- 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
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