Putnam County General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judges Office
Job Opening – Youth Services Officer – I
Starting salary - $36,500
Job Summary: As quoted by T.C.A. 37-1-106
(1) Intake duties including receiving and examining complaints and allegations of delinquency and unruly behavior for the purpose of considering the commencement of proceedings;
(3) Record keeping and transmitting information as required by this part or by law to the Tennessee Commission of Children and Youth or the office of the executive secretary of the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges;
(4) Make investigations, reports and recommendations to the judge having juvenile jurisdiction;
(5) Make appropriate referrals to other public or private agencies;
(6) Make predisposition studies and submit reports and recommendations to the court as required;
(7) Perform other functions as directed by the court or by law including, but not limited to, those set out in T.C.A. § 37-1-105;
Continued Responsibilities from T.C.A. 37-1-105
(1) Make investigations, reports and recommendations to the juvenile court;
(2) Receive and examine complaints and charges delinquency, unruly conduct of dependency and neglect of a child for the purpose of considering the commencement of proceedings under this part;
(3) Supervise and assist a child placed on probation or in such probation officer’s protective supervision or care by order of the court or other authority of law;
(4) Make appropriate referrals to other public or private agencies of the community if their assistance appears to be needed or desirable;
(5) Take into custody and detain a child who is under such probation officer’s supervision or care as a delinquent, unruly or dependent and neglected child if the probation officer, or other designated officers of the court, have reasonable cause to believe that the child’s health of safety is in imminent danger, or that such child may abscond or be removed from the jurisdiction of the court, or when ordered by the court pursuant to this part. Except as provided by this part, a probation officer, or other designated officer of the court, does not have the powers of a law enforcement officer. Such probation officer, or other designated officer of the court, may not conduct accusatory proceedings under this part against a child who is or may be under such officer’s care or supervision; and
(6) Perform all other functions designated by this part or by order of the court pursuant thereto.
(7) Any of the foregoing functions may be performed in another state if authorized by the court of this state and permitted by the laws of the other state.
Job Summary Continued:
(1) Prepare special orders pertaining to court order programs;
(2) Update and manage cases for compliance of court orders;
(3) Issue processes of contempt for YSO’s, Probation Officers, and Judges;
(4) Assist Intake Officer and other YSO’s in managing the progress of each juvenile offender;
(5) Oversees Court Action Reports (DL suspensions) and the Drug Free Youth Act.
(6) Assist offenders in reinstating their driving privileges;
(7) File necessary orders and forms with the GS/Juvenile Clerk;
(8) Update and maintain social history information;
(9) Manage and Maintain Foster Care Review Board as set out by T.C.A. § 37-2-404-406 under the direction of the Programs YSO.
(10) Manage referrals to the office via phone and window;
(11) Participate in other community service committees as required by T.C.A. or local government.
(12) Will be on call to Municipal, County and State Agencies for Putnam County. (On call may mean (7) days per week (24) hours per day including holidays and vacation days.
Required Knowledge and Abilities:
Employee: Required to have a background check acceptable to the Juvenile Judge of Putnam County and must be free of creating conflicts regarding cases being heard by the Judges.
Employee must be 21 years of age and be a United States Citizen.
Job requires a minimum of 20 hours college credit with prior social services experience.
Must be proficient in MS Excel, Word and related software, be willing to learn and problem solve in difficult situations.
Employee must be able to speak publicly in a courtroom setting with a good understanding of writing court orders and filling out paperwork. Employee must have good communication skills and must not be intimidated by other people in hostile situations. Employee may be required to do other office duties to maintain normal function and operation of the office due to lack of personnel or emergency situations.
Please email resume to Court Administrator, Greg Bowman.