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Job Title:Chief Deputy US Probation and Pretrial Services Officer, Type II

Department:Judicial Branch

Agency:U.S. Courts

Job Announcement Number:JVA-2014-03

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$96,690.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, May 14, 2014 to Thursday, June 19, 2014




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Little Rock, AR View Map


United States Citizens


Q - Sensitive




The U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas is an outcome based learning organization that believes and practices field based supervision in partnership with the community.  We are an organization that strives to improve the lives that we serve and the safety and welfare of the community, while working collectively for a common good.

The Deputy Chief Probation Officer reports directly to the Chief Probation and Pretrial Services Officer and assists in the administration and management of the Federal probation and pretrial services within the district. The Deputy Chief is the second-in-command and therefore, must have a working knowledge of the federal judicial system.


  • Occasional Travel
  • This position will be located in Little Rock, Arkansas; however, the district covers forty-one counties and has staffed divisional offices in Jonesboro and Pine Bluff, Arkansas. District, statewide travel, and out-of-state travel are required. Irregular working hours, including weekend work, may be required to support the Court and to assist defendants/offenders.


  • Yes
  • If an out of district candidate is selected, a relocation package is available.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.


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A complete position description for deputy chief is attached. . The Deputy Chief Probation and Pretrial
Services Officer has a variety of duties and responsibilities that include but are not limited to the
• Participates in the organization and management of the office to insure expeditious handling of investigative work for the courts, institutions, and parole authorities, and the effective supervision of offenders and defendants.
• Assists the Chief Probation and Pretrial Services Officer in the formulation, implementation, and modification of probation and parole policies in the district.
• Assists in the selection of professional and clerical personnel for appointment.
• Supervises office staff including all clerical, professional, supervisory, and administrative personnel; pays particular attention to travel, leave, and scheduling of work hours.
• Supervises administrative work to include inventory and ordering equipment and supplies, preparing statistical reports and personnel papers, maintaining files and records, and disposing records.
• Assists in the estimating personnel, space allocation, travel expenses, and purchases of services, equipment, and supplies.
• Assists in establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with other U.S. probation officers to assure all requests for assistance from other districts are met promptly and effectively.
• Assists in establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with all components of the criminal justice system to include Federal, state, and local law enforcement, correctional, and social services agencies.
• Assists in promoting and maintaining conditions that encourage staff loyalty, enthusiasm, and morale.
• Identifies training needs within the district.
• Participates in public relations that explain probation, parole, and other correctional services to the community.
• Confers with judges, attorneys, and other interested parties to interpret office policy and procedures.
• Monitors community issues and events with special focus on alleviating hazardous office and field incidents.
• Occasionally, deputy chief probation officers may perform the duties of a probation or pretrial services officer or supervising probation or pretrial services officer.
• Performs related duties as required by the chief probation officer and the Court.


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To qualify for the position of Deputy Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer Type II at JSP
14, 15, or 16, an applicant must possess the following years of specialized experience, one of which must have been at the next lower grade level or its equivalent. This includes completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field of academic study, such as criminal justice, criminology, sociology, human relations, or business, public administration or other related field. An official transcript is required from the candidate who is recommended for hire.

JSP Grade Level 14:  Six (6) to include one year of experience at or equivalent to a CL 29 or JSP 13
JSP Grade Level15:  Seven (7), to include one year of experience at or equivalent to a CL 30 or JSP 14
JSP Grade Level16:  Seven (7), to include one year of experience at or equivalent to a CL 31 or JSP 15

Specialized experience is progressively responsible experience in the investigation, supervision, counseling and guidance of offenders in community correction or pretrial programs. Experience in closely allied fields such as education guidance counselor, social work, caseworker, psychologist, substance abuse treatment specialist, and correctional researcher may constitute a portion of the specialized experience. Experience as a police officer, FBI agent, customs agent, marshal or similar position, other than any criminal investigation experience, does not meet the requirements of specialized experience. Specialized experience must be earned after the bachelor’s degree has been granted.

Completion of one academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of graduate study in one of the social sciences may be substituted for one year of specialized experience; or completion of a master’s degree or two years of graduate study (60 semester or 90 quarter hours) in an accredited university in one of the social sciences or a Juris Doctor (JD) degree may be substituted for two years of the specialized experience.

Note: A degree that relies primarily upon credit for life experience rather than academic course work is not considered qualifying for substitution of educational experience for actual work experience under this section. 

• Advanced degree from an accredited college or university in a field of academic study, such as criminal justice, criminology, sociology, human relations, or business, public administration or other related field.
• Applicant must maintain a thorough knowledge of and the ability to effectively apply the national, statutory, and local policies, procedures, and administrative practices specific to Federal pretrial, presentence, and supervision programs and services.
• Applicant must demonstrate progressively, more responsible experience in: Federal correctional rehabilitation programs and services of adult defendant/offender populations, employee supervision, strategic planning, financial management, which includes contract proposals and monitoring, information technology, personnel management, agency operations, special projects management, and general administrative tasks.
• Strong verbal and writing skills are required.
• A working knowledge of Federal pretrial, presentence, and adult defendant/offender supervision policies and procedures is required, which includes the Federal monographs for each specialized unit.
• Leadership skills, good analytical skills, good judgment, and a high degree or level or integrity is critical to be successful in this position.
• Currently holds status as a probation or pretrial services officer within the United States Courts.
• Experience in budgeting and financial management (including Internal Controls and internal audits), staffing and human resources functions, long and short-range planning, and oversight of information technology.
• Display time management skills, be detailed-oriented and have the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
• The Deputy Chief will assist the Chief Probation Officer in the creation of an outcome based learning organization that taps human potential through dialogue, accountability, and personal and professional growth.


Applicant must be a United States citizen or provide documentation proving eligibility to work in the United States.

If the selectee is currently in a federal hazardous duty position, mandatory retirement requirements apply.

Qualified candidates will be evaluated to determine those who are best qualified. This determination will be based on a review of the applicant’s relevant experience, education, and training.

Applicants not currently employed by federal probation who are considered for this position will undergo a full field background investigation, a credit record check, and pre-employment medical examination and drug screening as conditions of employment. In addition, the incumbent will be subject to random drug screening and updated background investigations every five years to determine continued suitability.

Upon successful completion of the medical examination, the selectee may then be appointed provisionally, pending a favorable background investigation and Chief Judge appointment approval. The medical requirements and the essential job functions derived from the medical guidelines for this vacancy are available for public review at

The court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct and a Charter of Excellence.



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Judiciary employees serve under “Excepted Appointment” and are considered “At-Will” employees.

Federal Government benefits include participation in the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS), Federal Employees’ Health Benefits (FEHB), and Federal Employee’s Group Life Insurance (FEGLI).

Thrift Savings Plan (similar to 401K plan with employer matching contributions), paid holidays and annual/sick leave accrual. This position is subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer for payment of net pay.

This position is considered a secondary law enforcement position for consideration of FERS. The incumbent, if already qualified for Law Enforcement Officer status under FERS, will retain that status.



The Eastern District of Arkansas strives to maintain and grow a productive, progressive, and positive culture, and we recruit and retain staff that promote, reflect, and thrive in that environment. Successful candidates must be leaders and motivators; must be mature and highly organized; must possess tact, good judgment, poise and initiative; and must maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times. A successful candidate will possess the following qualities: optimistic, introspective, honest, helpful, curious, adaptable, committed, accountable, and strives to be great.


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A copy of the job vacancy announcement, position description, and AO78 Judicial Branch Federal Employment Application is located at Qualified applicants, please submit ALL of the following documents in order to be considered for the position:
• A letter of interest which includes a detailed narrative statement addressing specific qualifications and relevant experience that outlines your personal characteristics and management philosophy. The letter should address the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to perform the duties of the Deputy Chief Probation and Pretrial Services Officer along with relevant examples or outcomes of your work. The letter should be no more than 4 pages, single spaced.
• Judicial Branch Federal Employment Application (AO-78)
• Resume
• Two most recent performance evaluations
• Three professional references
• Copy of transcript
It is preferred applicants submit ALL required documentation in a single PDF document to Applications may also be mailed to the following address:

U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Office
Eastern District of Arkansas
Attn: Human Resources
600 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite A-226
Little Rock, AR 72201




Hallie Yates
Phone: (501)604-5251
Agency Information:
US Probation and Pretrial Services Office ED of AR
600 West Capitol Avenue
Suite A226
Little Rock, AR



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