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Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer (Type II)

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
JSP 14-16
Salary Range: 
$128,230 – $187,300
Los Angeles
Opening Date: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Closing Date: 
Open Until Filled (preference given to applications received by 4/6/2022)
Number of Positions: 
One (1)
Vacancy Number: 
Job Type: 
Full Time
Position Overview: 

The United States District Court and the Probation and Pretrial Services Office is recruiting for the position of Deputy Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer (DCUSPO). The position reports to the Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer (CUSPO). The position assists the CUSPO in all areas of operations and management of the agency. In addition to other duties, the DCUSPO supervises five Assistant Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officers (ADCUSPO) who oversee supervisors, line officers and support staff in the district.

The Central District of California serves seven counties and has 28 authorized district judgeships, 9 senior judges, 24 magistrate judges and 1 part-time magistrate judge. The Probation and Pretrial Services Office consists of 260+ employees spread among 11 office locations. Staff includes probation and pretrial services officers and clerical support positions. The workload in the district entails supervision of over 10,000 defendants, probationers, parolees, and persons on supervised release, and the preparation of approximately 3,000 presentence investigations annually.

Representative Responsibilities: 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Participates in the organization and management of the office to ensure expeditious handling of investigative work for the courts, institutions, and parole authorities, and the effective supervision of offenders.
  • Assists the CUSPO in the formulation, implementation, and modification of pretrial, probation and parole policies in the district.
  • Assists in the selection of professional and support staff appointments.
  • Participates in systematic analysis of performance for all subordinates.
  • In conjunction with ADCUSPOs, will oversee supervision of all staff and related work products in the clerical, professional, supervisory, and administrative areas.
  • Assists in estimating personnel, space allocation, travel expenses, and purchases of services, equipment, and supplies.
  • Monitors or oversees team reviews for quality control purposes of bail investigations, pretrial supervision, presentence and post-conviction units.
  • Assists in establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with other U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services offices and with all components of the criminal justice system to include federal, state, and local law enforcement, correctional, and social service agencies.
  • Assists in promoting and maintaining conditions which encourage staff loyalty, enthusiasm, and morale.
  • Identifies training needs within the district.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to and expert knowledge of evidence-based practices; supports the development of district practices rooted in evidence-based principles to improve justice outcome.
  • Participates in public relations which explain pretrial services, 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, may perform the duties of a probation and pretrial services officer or supervising probation and pretrial services officers.
  • Performs related duties as required by the CUSPO and the court.

The successful candidate must:

  • Possess exceptional leadership skills, be a motivator, and maintain a professional demeanor at all times. Integrity must be beyond reproach.
  • Have a record of displaying good judgment and being a proven problem-solver who can provide innovative solutions to workplace problems as well as employee relations issues.
  • Have excellent organizational skills and be able to balance the demands of varying workload responsibilities and deadlines.
  • Be an excellent communicator both verbally and in writing.
  • Be able to build good working relationships with peers, subordinates, and superiors.
  • Be adaptable to change and able to lead major change initiatives.
  • Have project management experience.
  • Be able to demonstrate basic understanding of IT, HR, Budget, Procurement, and other administrative functions and its relationship to each other.
  • Be able to meet medical requirements of a federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) position.
  • Complete the New Deputy Court Unit Executive Program within one year of being offered the position or when available.

To qualify for the position of Deputy Chief Probation Officer Type II at JSP 14, 15, or 16, a person must possess the following years of specialized experience as a U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer, one of which must have been at the next lower grade level or its equivalent.

JSP Grade Level     Years of Specialized Experience

14                                      6
15                                      7
16                                      7

Progressively responsible experience in the investigation, supervision, counseling and guidance of adult offenders in community correction programs is required. Experience in closely allied fields such as education guidance counselor, social worker, caseworker, psychologist, substance abuse treatment specialists, and correctional researcher may constitute a portion of the specialized experience. Experience in police officer, FBI agent, customs agent, marshal or similar positions 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 the 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.


Federal employees are entitled to federal benefits such as health, dental, vision, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, long-term care insurance and flexible spending accounts. Participation in a defined benefit plan the Federal Employees Retirement System-Further Revised Annuity Employee (FERS-FRAE), and up to 5% matching contributions on retirement savings through the Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent). Generous accrual of paid time vacation and sick leave and 11 paid holidays per year. Commuter subsidies for public transportation to and from work. Extensive online training options and in-person training and professional conferences, funds permitting.

Information for Applicants: 

Must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident with authorization to work in the United States who is currently seeking U.S. citizenship or intending to become a U.S. citizen immediately after meeting the eligibility requirements. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate is required to undergo an FBI background check. The Federal Financial Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages for employees. The United States District Court and the Probation and Pretrial Services Office requires employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Federal Judicial Employees, which is available on the Court’s website: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be requested of the candidate selected for this position.

Applications should be submitted to Documents must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format, and the email should reference the vacancy number. Complete applications must include the following:

  1. Cover Letter – Address how your background, skills, and experience meet the qualifications listed
  2. Resume – Include key career accomplishments
  3. For External Applicants Only: An application for Federal Branch Employment (AO78) (please visit the Court’s website at to download the AO78 application form).

This recruitment is for a position considered “high-sensitive.” To determine suitability for the position, applicants must provide criminal history information on the Federal Judicial Branch Application for Employment (AO78). Therefore, all questions requesting criminal history information must be answered even if identified as optional. This requirement also applies to any other employment-related forms when requested.

Due to the volume of applications received, the Court will only communicate with those individuals who will be interviewed. Applicants scheduled to interview should advise the Human Resources staff if any accommodation will be necessary to interview. Unfortunately, the Court is unable to reimburse applicants for any travel or parking costs.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this announcement, commence interviews immediately, withdraw the announcement, or fill the position at any time, any of which actions may occur without notice.

The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.