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Supervising U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer (Pretrial Supervision)

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
CL 29 or CL 30
Salary Range: 
$84,154 - $161,666
Multiple Locations
Opening Date: 
Monday, October 4, 2021
Closing Date: 
Open Until Filled (Preference given to applications received by October 18, 2021)
Number of Positions: 
One or more
Vacancy Number: 
Job Type: 
Full Time
Position Overview: 

The Supervising U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer (SUSPO) administratively and technically supervises a unit of officers who serve in a judiciary law enforcement position by assisting in the administration of justice and promoting community safety.  This SUSPO oversees a pretrial unit at the assigned duty location.  The location of the positions are in Los Angeles and Riverside.  The selection period for this announcement commences upon the ranking of the applicants until December 31, 2022.


Representative Responsibilities: 

As a SUSPO, the main duties will be to:

  • Plan work to be accomplished by staff and be a role model for excellence in pretrial/probation supervision.
  • Provide leadership in the development of alternate release recommendations and utilization of community resources.
  • Audit and reviews supervision work to include evaluating reports, case records and correspondence to ensure adherence to existing policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Determine the adjustment of individuals under supervision in consultation with the assigned officer.
  • Ensure compliance with policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • 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.



Applicants for the position must have a minimum of five years federal probation/pretrial officer experience.  Broad knowledge of the criminal justice system.  Comprehensive knowledge of pretrial legal requirements, policies and procedures.  Thorough knowledge of supervision techniques.  Familiarity with a wide variety of resources.  Ability to work under deadlines.  Ability to exercise sound judgment, analyze situations and determine appropriate solutions to problems.  Ability to be flexible and adapt to unanticipated needs and problems.  Must possess the leadership skills required to lead and motivate staff, and provide counseling and training as required.  Expert knowledge of resources available.  Substantial experience developing court correspondence and attending court hearings. The successful applicant must have strong skills in conflict management, project management, organizational/time management, problem-solving, showing initiative, working independently, cultivating teamwork, professional ethics, thinking creatively, analyzing information and making recommendations.  Ability to maintain confidentiality and interact tactfully with a wide variety of individuals.  Ability to work as part of a team.


Information for Applicants: 

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.  During the probationary period, the employee will not have recourse through the Probation and Pretrial Services Office’s Adverse Action Policy or the Grievance Policy.  However, the employee may have recourse under the U.S. District Court, Central District of California Probation and Pretrial Services Office’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan and Employee Dispute Resolution (EDR) Plan.  In addition, applicants must have completed the Federal Judicial Center’s New Supervisors’ Development Program within one year of being offered the position or as soon as the Program is otherwise available.  The selected applicant may not request an intradistrict transfer for a minimum of two years from the effective date of the promotion. To qualify for a CL30, you must have been in a CL29 position for a minimum of one year.  (If the selected applicant 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.)


Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be requested of the candidate selected for this position.


Application Process: 

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 and will need to reference the vacancy number #22-02, as well as location preference, if any. The following requested documents will need to be submitted to Human Resources by the closing date:


1) Letter of Interest - Please address how your background, skills, and experience meet the qualifications listed.

2) Resume - Include key career accomplishments.

3) Two most recent performance evaluations.

4) For External Applicants Only: Federal Judicial Branch - Application For Employment (AO78) - Obtain by visiting: