Special Offender Specialist (Sex Offender Specialist)

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
CL 29
Salary Range: 
$91,221 - $148,279
Multiple Locations
Closing Date: 
Open Until Filled (preference given to applications received by 5/5/2023)
Number of Positions: 
One or more
Vacancy Number: 
Job Type: 
Full Time
Position Overview: 

The U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office, Central District of California is seeking exceptional individuals for our Special Offender Specialist to supervise sex offenders.  The position will pull cases from the Orange County and South Los Angeles region.  Subsequent to conclusion of the interview process, a ranked list of qualified candidates will be established for selecting a Special Offender Specialist.  The qualified list of ranked candidates will expire 180 days following its creation.  Candidates selected to be ranked will be notified by a member of the Court’s Human Resources Office.

The Central District of California serves seven counties and has 28 authorized district judgeships, 10 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:

  • Supervise offenders who have been convicted of sex offense-related charges, including using various technologies (i.e., IPPC) to monitor compliance.
  • Serve as an in-district authority for Probation and Pretrial Services staff for Sex Offender cases.
  • Develop policy and specialized program proposals for the Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer’s approval.
  • Determine and evaluate available resources.
  • Assist officers in utilization of specialized programs.
  • Assist in training of other officers.
  • Work collaboratively to propose program policy and procedures to ensure overall understanding and consistency within the district.
  • Provide consultation to judges and attorneys concerning Sex Offender and other specialized service programs.
  • Work with contracting official regarding details of contractual requirements.
  • Serve as liaison in specialized area to other court units and the public.
  • Serve as Acting Supervisor on an as-needed basis.
  • Work closely with collateral sources, including contract and non-contract vendors.
  • Assist with monitoring and site visits.
  • Other duties as assigned

Applicants for the position must have a minimum of three years federal probation and/or pretrial services experience, including at least one year as a CL 28 probation/pretrial officer.   Broad knowledge of the criminal justice system as well as thorough knowledge of federal pretrial services standards, policies, and procedures.  Thorough knowledge of the Sex Offender management, including district’s substance abuse and mental health policies, testing and treatment issues and expert knowledge of resources available.  Thorough knowledge in application of evidence-based practices.  Substantial experience developing court correspondence and attending violation hearings.  Experience supervising substance abuse, mental health, sex offenders and other high-risk cases.  The successful applicant must have strong skills in verbal communication, conflict management, time management, project management, problem solving, showing initiative, working independently, cultivating teamwork, professional ethics, thinking creatively, analyzing information, and making recommendations.  Additionally, the successful applicant must be able to handle multiple demanding tasks simultaneously, including tasks related to court, fieldwork, paperwork, and defendant needs.  Ability to interview persons with various backgrounds, their families, and others in the community to obtain the information.  Ability to discern deception, appropriately confront defendants and act accordingly.  Ability to work under deadlines.  Ability to write concisely and clearly.  Completion of the district’s substance abuse and mental health training programs is preferred but not required.  Must be willing to complete training program when next offered, if not previously completed.  Must be able to demonstrate an interest and willingness to stay current on issues of substance abuse and mental health technology/therapies/pharmaceuticals, testing and treatment.  This position is considered a federal law enforcement position with hazardous duty, which will require irregular work hours, including early morning, nights, weekends, and holidays.  The probation and pretrial services office reserves the right to transfer and/or reclassify this position based on future agency needs.

The selected applicant may not request an intra-district transfer for a minimum of two years from the effective date of appointment.

This position is subject to a one-year probationary period, which may be extended at the discretion of the Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer.


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: www.cacd.uscourts.gov.


Interested applicants should review the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Promotion Process for Specialist and Supervisory Probation and Pretrial Services Officers.

Applications should be submitted to apply_CACD@cacd.uscourts.gov.  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. Two (2) Most Recent Performance Evaluations
  4. For External Applicants Only:  An application for Federal Branch Employment (AO78) (please visit the Court’s website at http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/employment 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.