Yakima County Human Resources

  • 430-31 Probation Office - Juvenile

    Working Title
    Probation Counselor Truancy/ARY
    Regular Full Time Budgeted
    FLSA Status
    Juvenile Court
    Required Testing/Exercises
    AFSCME Local 87P
    Open Date
    Close Date
    $4,167 per month
  • Overview

    There is one opening with the Yakima County Juvenile Services Department.  Position is responsible for performing all facets of duties related to the oversight of the truancy court and ARY youth, and supervise a probation caseload of juvenile criminals, status offenders and/or diversion clients.   Caseload may include specialized populations of offenders/clients. 

    This recruitment may be used to fill future openings which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date.


    Interviews youth and school personnel for truancy petitions and assesses accuracy for truancy and ARY clients and their paperwork going into court, assigned to caseload and provides guidance to clients and providers of court proceedings; meets regularly with clients and guardians to monitor court ordered conditions of ARY contracts, may provide case management according to the Case Management Assessment Process (CMAP) adopted by Washington State Juvenile Court Administrators and/or BECCA guidelines, counsels, advises, and assess’ client cases to meet the statute for school attendance, determines eligibility for an At Risk Youth Petition at the parent or legal guardian’s request, performs re-assessments, and staffs cases regularly with supervisor; engages youth to increase motivation to comply with court ordered conditions, promising practices, restorative community service and other community based services designed to address risk and protective factors; Oversees the truancy and At Risk Youth petitions as they come into court for accuracy and compliance with state mandated guidelines.  Participates in the facilitation of Aggression Replacement Training or other skill classes.


    Coordinates activities and services with outside parties including parents, law enforcement, social service agencies, schools to provide and receive information and to clarify policies and court orders. Receives information regarding referrals, petitions and case management and acts as an advocate for clients and providers. Presents information and provides technical knowledge to schools and other interested parties; provides program support services such as scheduling hearings; serving notice and summons; fingerprints clients; collects urine samples for drug/alcohol use; transporting clients.

    Documents case progress by preparing case notes, compiling statistics, preparing periodic reports, court reports. Maintains files.  Participates in unit meetings, work groups and committees.

    Conducts field observations of client activity; visits client in the community and at home; Determines correct sanctions when client is out of compliance with supervision requirements, conduct school visits and meetings to monitor truancy cases for compliance coming into court,testifies in court, provides recommendations to the court; conducts decline and capacity investigations and prepares related reports or recommendations responds to crisis situations as needed; Represents juvenile department in courtroom.

    Other duties as assigned.


    Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice or closely related field and two years counseling, case work and interviewing experience required.


    • Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation.

    • Applicants selected for final interview will be required to complete a criminal and abuse/exploitation history disclosure statement pursuant to RCW 43.43.834.

    • Valid Washington State Driver’s License and proof of insurance at time of appointment.

    This is a Yakima County Courthouse Master Contract Bargaining Unit position.  As a condition of employment you are required to become a member of the Unit or pay representation fees per the negotiated contract.


    Upon appointment:

    • Probation Academy at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy (graduation) upon employment within one year.
    • CMAP Certification within 6 months of employment or as directed.
    • Department of Health Agency Affiliated Counselor Certificate within 6 months from date of hire.


    Bi-lingual in English/Spanish is preferred


    Equipment Used: Computer, printer, copier, telephone, cell phone, fax, projector, county automobiles.

    Working Conditions: Environmental Demands: travel, field work, may be required to work outside of standard business hours and at alternate work locations. Exposure to hazardous physical conditions and exposure to potentially violent or hostile individuals is possible. Requires working with felons, misdemeanants and/or sex offender where security may be lacking. Physical Demands: bending, carrying, handling, lifting, pulling, pushing, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, fingering, balancing, crouching, kneeling, hearing, smelling, talking, visual acuity. Intellectual Demands: ability to multitask, confidentiality, ability to work under pressure, ability to articulate and communicate information in conversations, ability to follow written and verbal instruction. Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects or work out in the field.



    • Statutory language in Title 13 RCW Juvenile Courts and Juvenile Offenders;
    • Case management theories, practices and principles,
    • Counseling and interviewing techniques,
    • Basic mathematical calculation and report writing methods;
    • Basic court and criminal justice system procedures;
    • Basic terminology, laws, rules, and regulations and codes governing area of assignment;
    • Technical program delivery methods, systems and techniques such as: court and criminal justice systems, truancy laws, counseling techniques, adult and juvenile sentencing options, chemical dependency treatment
    • resources, or personal safety and defense procedures; and
    • Customer service techniques and team building concepts.
    • Theories of mental health issues and treatment in adolescent population

    Skills (and abilities):

    • Using a personal computer and related software applications, and operating basic office equipment;
    • Collecting, compiling, organizing and maintaining information and notes of progress and compliance;
    • Determining appropriate course of action and making recommendations;
    • Interviewing and counseling clients and/or offenders;
    • Applying time management and work organization techniques and methods;
    • Applying crisis management, de-escalation, safety and security techniques;
    • Detecting drug and alcohol use/abuse and using equipment for the detection of such;
    • Preparing and giving presentations and facilitating groups;
    • Evaluating and assessing needs and developing, implementing and monitoring case plans and preparing related reports;
    • Applying authority and confronting individuals;
    • Complying with laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations;
    • Conducting investigation, field observations and surveillance;
    • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and
    • Communications, oral and written, sufficient to interview, exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.




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