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Supervising U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer (Post-Conviction)

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
CL 29/30
Salary Range: 
$86,804 – $166,709
Opening Date: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Closing Date: 
Open Until Filled (preference given to applications received by 6/15/2022)
Number of Positions: 
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 Supervising U.S. Probation Officer (SUSPO) in the post-conviction division. The position reports to an Assistant Deputy Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer (ADCUSPO). The SUSPO administratively and technically supervises a unit of probation officers who serve in a judiciary law enforcement position by assisting in the administration of justice and promoting community safety. This SUSPO oversees a post-conviction unit in the assigned office. Due to the location of the unit, the SUSPO may also share duties with Pretrial and/or Post-Conviction SUSPOs in oversight of the office coverage.

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:
• Oversee the post-conviction function in the office to ensure compliance with the Guide to Judiciary Policy Volume 8, Part E.
• Plan work to be accomplished by staff and be a role model for excellence in post-conviction.
• Collaborate with officers in case planning and the evaluation of offenders; application of evidence-based practices principles, assist officers in meeting the needs of offenders with complex problems and circumstances.
• Help staff identify the need for and develop community resources.
• Perform supervisor functions such as handling staff issues, carrying out disciplinary actions when required, completing performance evaluations, and managing workflow.
• Clearly communicate expectations and motivate and help employees develop their capabilities to their maximum potential, including providing on-going training.
• Conduct unit meetings and serve as a communication catalyst and link between staff and Administration.
• Review relevant 9th Circuit case law and succinctly summarize and disseminate analysis of the relevant law to officers and unit.
• Develop cooperative relationships with other agencies; act as a liaison with Federal, State and local law enforcement, and social welfare agencies.
• Assume additional responsibilities as required by the Administration.


To qualify for the position of SUSPO, applicants must have a minimum of five (5) years as a U.S. Probation and Pretrial Officer.  The successful candidate must have the following: a broad knowledge of the criminal justice system; a comprehensive understanding of federal pretrial services, probation and parole legal requirements, policies and procedures; a thorough knowledge of investigative techniques; a familiarity with a wide variety of resources; superior communication skills, both verbal and written; the ability to organize and work under deadlines; the ability to exercise sound judgement, analyze situations and determine appropriate solutions to problems; the ability to be flexible and adapt to unanticipated needs and problems; the leadership skills required to lead and motivate a staff and provide counseling and training as required; the ability to maintain confidentiality and interact tactfully with a wide variety of individuals; and the ability to work as part of a team.

The selected candidate must complete the Federal Judicial Center’s New Supervisors’ Development Program within one year of being offered the position or when available.  To qualify for a CL30, the candidate must have been in a CL29 position for a minimum of one year.  If the selected candidate is currently at a CL28 level, he/she will be promoted to a CL29 upon selection and will then be eligible for a promotion to a CL30 after one year at a CL29.

This position is subject to a two-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:  Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be requested of the candidate selected for this position.

Application Process: 

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. 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 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.