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Juvenile Justice Specialist

K10

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibility for providing services in the areas of rehabilitation of juvenile offenders and protection of the public through clinical and case management activities in the areas of juvenile intake, probation, parole and custodial responsibility for delinquent children and their families.  Within an Office of Juvenile Justice facility provides clinical social work services to residents and their families.  Employees perform both program delivery and client intervention functions.

Typical Functions

The functions within this fob family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Carries a differentiated case load in the area of juvenile justice; provides services and supervision to youths in custody or on probation or parole status or covered by the provisions of the Interstate Compact on juveniles.
  • Conducts intake interviews with juvenile offenders, families, and victims and develops appropriate treatment plans.
  • Provides individual and group counseling; arranges for health screening; recommends and implements placement, including out-of-home placement and community reintegration; visits clients in out-of-home placements and ensures that appropriate services are being provided.
  • Prepares reports for the court, District Attorney’s office and Parole Board; may testify in court as an expert witness; acts as liaison with the court.  Staffs cases with the District Attorney’s office; establishes restitution amount.  Initiates, develops, implements and monitors contracts with private nonprofit and for-profit entities; coordinates with providers for delivery of services.
  • Serves as liaison to facilities, agencies and schools and participates on community councils and planning boards.
  • Conducts foster care studies and recruits foster parents.
  • Conducts diagnostic and evaluation interviews with residents placed in facilities and their families; prepares written social assessment of diagnostic factors; participates as a member of multidisciplinary team of professionals and paraprofessionals in formal evaluation staffing to recommend treatment methodologies; prepares written clinical treatment plans with resident and family; coordinates efforts of psychological, residential and educational staff to provide services to meet treatment needs of resident.
  • May develop and maintain a specialized area of training and expertise in one or more of the following areas:  HIV/AIDS education, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Abuse Survivors and Sexual Offenders.
  • Makes application for Title XIX and Title IV-E for custody juveniles.
  • Provides detention screening for law enforcement entities and coordinates detention placement.
  • Serves as advocate, presenter or administrative hearing officer in due process District Review Hearings, which may result in the imposition of sanctions against a juvenile.

Level Descriptors

This job family consists of four levels which are distinguished by the level of complexity and diversity of the specific job assignments, the extent of responsibility assigned, the expertise required for the completion of the assigned duties and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I: Code: K10A Salary Band: I

This is the basic level where employees perform entry-level work in a training status in learning technical skills in providing juvenile services to clients and their families.  Casework determinations are tentative and require supervisory approval.  Employees at this level work with low risk clients and provide routine services in the areas of intake, custody, probation and parole; or entry-level work within a Juvenile Justice facility.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, legislation, policies and procedures as they pertain to the state administration of Juvenile Justice and the investigation of juvenile delinquency; of community resources; of human developmental stages and related dysfunction; of social work theory and practices; of emotional, physical and mental needs of children and families; of sensitivity to cultural diversity; of courtroom terminology and procedures; and of clinical and counseling techniques and treatment of juvenile delinquency.  Ability is required to perform crisis intervention; to gather necessary information to determine the needs of the child; to perform casework management; to provide courtroom testimony; to communicate effectively; to develop, evaluate and modify an intervention plan on an ongoing basis; to establish and maintain constructive relationships with children and their families; to help families become and maintain as functional family units; and to work with courts and law enforcement entities.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in a behavioral science; or a bachelor’s degree and one year of professional experience in juvenile justice, social work, community-based prevention and diversionary youth services programs, guidance and counseling, correctional case management or probation and parole.

Note:  No substitution of experience for education will be allowed for the bachelor’s degree.

Level II: Code: K10B Salary Band: J

At this level of this job family employees provide juvenile services to youth and their families at the full performance level.  In addition to differentiated casework activities and development of a treatment plan and provision of services, employees at this level will evaluate residents placed in facilities; monitor provider contracts; conduct foster care studies; act as liaison with community resources; act as client advocate; and develop and maintain expertise in specialized areas of treatment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I plus knowledge of statutes, policies and procedures concerning contracts for Juvenile Services; of statutes, policies and procedures for foster care.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in a behavioral science; or a juris doctorate degree; or a master’s degree and one year of professional experience in juvenile justice, social work, community-based prevention and diversionary youth services programs, guidance and counseling, correctional case management or probation and parole; or a bachelor’s degree in a behavioral science and one year of professional experience in juvenile justice, social work, community-based prevention and diversionary youth services programs, guidance and counseling, correctional case management or probation and parole; or a bachelor’s degree and two years of professional experience in juvenile justice, social work, community based prevention and diversionary youth services programs, guidance and counseling, correctional case management or probation and parole.

NOTE:  No substitution of experience for education will be allowed below the bachelor’s degree.

Level III: Code: K10C Salary Band: K

This is the specialist level of this job family where employees are responsible for the lead work and training of Level I and Level II Juvenile Services Specialists.  Employees at this level will perform complex and difficult casework activities, which may include acting as a court liaison in large metropolitan areas where juvenile bureaus are located.  Employees will assign and monitor caseloads, provide training in policies and procedures and may be designated as backup supervisors.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required at this level include those identified at Level II plus knowledge of the principles and practices of planning and monitoring the work of others and the ability to train and assist other professional staff.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus one additional year of qualifying experience.

Level IV: Code: K10D Salary Band: L

This is the leadership level of this job family where employees are responsible for the direct supervision of lower level Juvenile Services Specialists.  Employees acting as direct supervisors will supervise a staff of juvenile service specialists; act as experts in a specialized field, and implement and direct of juvenile services programs in multiple counties or a metropolitan area.  Employees at this level may be designated backup supervisor in the absence of the District Supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required at this level include those identified at Level II plus knowledge of the principles and practices of effective supervision and the ability to plan and direct the work of professional staff.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus one additional year of qualifying experience.

Special Requirements

Applicants must be willing and able to perform all job-related travel normally associated with this position, possess a valid Oklahoma driver’s license at time of appointment and be willing to be on-call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

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