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Chief U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Officer

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
JSP 15 - JSP 17
Salary Range: 
$146,260 - $218,600
Los Angeles
Opening Date: 
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Closing Date: 
Open until filled
Number of Positions: 
Vacancy Number: 
21-02 (Repost)
Job Type: 
Full Time
Position Overview: 

The Court is seeking an experienced law enforcement administrator with a proven track record to fill the position of Chief U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Officer for one of the largest federal probation & pretrial services offices in the nation. The Chief U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Officer is a high-level management position which functions under the administrative direction of the District Court Executive and the Chief Judge of the Court. The Chief U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Officer is responsible for management of all daily operations, and the leadership of officers and support staff in the district, which is comprised of the Los Angeles headquarters, 3 divisional locations and 7 field offices.

Relocation expenses may be reimbursable in accordance with Judiciary Policy. Details will be discussed with the successful applicant.

Representative Responsibilities: 

Representative duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages the Probation & Pretrial Services Office to ensure expeditious handling of investigative work and effective case supervision of pretrial and presentence defendants, probationers, parolees and persons on supervised release;
  • Reviews, analyzes, and interprets statutory, Judicial Conference, U.S. Sentencing Commission, and Parole Commission requirements for the administration of probation and parole services;
  • Makes specific recommendations to the Court regarding policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards to ensure an appropriate level of service delivery;
  • Selects and recommends officer candidates for appointment to the court and appoints all non-officer personnel as well as performs oversight of all personnel matters;
  • Manages the staff of the office and ensures all personnel are adequately trained and participates in continuing in-service training to ensure high-quality service delivery using the most up-to-date correctional practices and tools;
  • Provides qualitative and quantitative measures of work performance and ensures accountability for service delivery;
  • Utilizes evidence-based principles to consistently evaluate and improve organizational performance;
  • Collaborates with the District Court Executive in preparing the operating budget and makes estimates of personnel, space allocation and operating allowance needs;
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with probation and pretrial offices in other districts, the District and Bankruptcy court units, and other criminal justice and social service agencies;
  • Maintains a system of communication, enabling awareness of pertinent information at all levels, and delegates decision-making responsibility at appropriate levels;
  • Solicits contracts for carrying out the probation service functions, including mental health and substance abuse treatment;
  • Oversees the district’s firearms and staff safety programs with special attention to preventing and managing hazardous office and field incidents;
  • Promotes and maintains a safe and harassment-free work environment and fosters conditions that encourage staff loyalty, enthusiasm and morale;
  • Maintains a public/community relations program;
  • Performs related duties as required by the Court.

The successful candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Possess strong leadership and management qualities, a keen ability to lead with vision and integrity, and a desire to achieve and maintain a high level of professional excellence;
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with specialization in one or more of the social sciences related to this position;
  • Possess a minimum of six years of progressively responsible and successful experience in the investigation, supervision, counseling and guidance of
  • offenders in community corrections or probation programs, preferably at the federal level (at least three years of experience earned after completion of the bachelor’s degree);
  • Possess a minimum of three years of high-level supervisory experience;
  • Be able to demonstrate successful and significant application of leadership and management skills in a challenging environment.

Experience in closely allied fields, such as education guidance counselor, social worker, caseworker, psychologist, substance abuse specialist, and correctional researcher may constitute a portion of the specialized experience. Experience as a police officer, FBI agent, customs agent, marshal or similar positions, other than any criminal investigation experience, does not meet the requirements of specialized experience. Completion of one academic year of graduate study in one of the social sciences may be substituted for one year of specialized experience. Completion of a master’s degree or two years of graduate study in an accredited university in one of the social sciences or a Juris Doctor degree may be substituted for two years of specialized experience offices, and director or assistant director in charge of several departments.


Preference will be given to applicants with a Master’s degree in the social sciences or a related field and substantial experience in a federal probation/pretrial setting. Excellent computer skills are highly desired. Knowledge of evidence-based practices and re-entry initiatives, which clearly link to current and future operations and activities. Excellent organizational leadership and management skills.

Experience and tenure in leading teams, managing budgets and financial plans, leading large multifaceted projects, evaluating work processes and organizational impact, reengineering or creating new organizational models, and planning and implementing organizational change. Understanding of the Judiciary's decentralized administrative model. Ability to effectively interact with judges, the legal community, and other law enforcement, corrections, and service providing agencies. Displays executive leadership skills, vision and innovation.

Substantial knowledge of and experience in the operations and management of federal probation and pretrial services. Knowledge of federal judiciary strategic plans, policies and procedures. Knowledge of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, applicable statutes and case law, and Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Knowledge of evidence-based practices and reentry initiatives. It would be beneficial to have this knowledge but not required. Skill in operational leadership, strong analytical skills, and excellent oral and written communication abilities. Ability to learn and adapt to change while leading an organization, to get results under challenging conditions and inspire others to perform at a high level. Exhibits a presence that builds confidence in others. Must possess the ability to analyze problems from a fresh point of view and communicate their ideas/thoughts to others.

  • United States District Court and the Probation and Pretrial Services Office employees are entitled to federal benefits such as: a defined benefit pension plan; a retirement savings plan including generous matching contributions; paid vacation and sick leave; eleven paid holidays per year; and choosing from an array of insurance plans including health, life, dental, vision, long term disability, long term care, and flexible spending programs.
  • Commuter subsidies are available to employees who use public transportation to and from work.
  • Extensive on-line training options. Travel for in-person training and professional conferences is available, funds permitting.
Information for Applicants: 

The Central District of California serves seven counties and has 22 district judges, 8 senior judges, 23 magistrate judges and 1 part-time magistrate judge. The Central District of California Probation & Pretrial Services Office employs a diverse staff of 240, stationed among 10 office locations. Staff includes probation and pretrial officers, data quality analysts, support staff managers, and clerical support positions. The workload in the district entails pretrial supervision of over 2,200 defendants, post-conviction supervision of over 5,700 probationers, parolees and persons on supervised release; and the preparation of  approximately 2,000 pretrial release investigations and 1,400 presentence investigations annually.

This is an executive high-sensitive position within the Judiciary. An incumbent not already employed by the Judiciary will be subject to pre-employment drug testing and medical examination as a condition of employment. An incumbent not already employed by the Judiciary will be considered provisional pending successful completion of a tenyear full-field OPM background investigation. The incumbent will be subject to random drug screening, and updated background investigations every five years.

There is no "maximum entry age" for this position; however, in order to be included under federal law enforcement officer retirement provisions, an individual must have been appointed to a federal law enforcement officer position prior to their 37th birthday.

Application Process: 
  • As a condition of employment, the successful candidate is required to undergo an FBI background check
  • The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States currently seeking citizenship or intending to become a citizen immediately after meeting the eligibility requirements.
  • This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay.
  • 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.


For priority consideration, application packets should be submitted by email to Attached documents must be in PDF format and the email should reference the position title and Vacancy No. 21-02 (Repost). Complete application packets must include the following:

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a resume; and
  3. an application for Federal Branch Employment (visit the court’s website at to download the job application).

Applicants scheduled to interview should advise the Human Resources staff if any accommodation will be necessary to interview.

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