Probation and Parole Officers (PPOs) promote community and victim safety through the assessment and effective case management of offenders on community supervision.
Working collaboratively with colleagues and justice partners, PPOs advance rehabilitation and reduce recidivism through counselling, motivational interviewing, referrals to programming, and enforcing the conditions of supervision orders / certificates.
We are committed to public service, equity and evidence-based practice in response to the changing needs of the community.
This competition may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill upcoming opportunities within the next fourteen months following the closing date of the job ad posting.
The number of hours per week may range from 14.5 to 18.13 or greater, and will be discussed with the hiring manager.*
What can I expect to do in this role?
Working as part of a diverse and dynamic team, you will :
provide probation, parole and conditional sentence services to adult offenders
investigate and gather information to prepare reports ordered by the Courts and the Ontario Parole Board to support sentencing and parole decisions
enhance community safety by monitoring and enforcing conditions of court orders
assess criminogenic risk and needs and develop and implement offender case management plans to address those criminogenic needs
help offenders to make positive changes by guiding and supporting their efforts through meaningful interventions, cognitive-
behavioural counselling, referrals, and motivational interviewing
liaise with victims and with diverse criminal justice system stakeholders such as police, courts and community agencies.
Mandatory requirement(s) :
Degree (from an institution authorized by the province to grant degrees) in one of the following disciplines : social work, psychology, sociology, and criminology OR a degree (from an institution authorized by the province to grant degrees) and experience greater than five years in total, in a social services or correctional organization, in a role(s) that involves the formal assessment of human behaviour and the application of structured interventions aimed at supporting the changing of human behaviour.
Applied social work expertise :
You have demonstrated the ability to conduct thorough assessments using risk assessment tools
You have developed and implemented comprehensive case management plans.
You have applied knowledge of social work and the psychology of criminal conduct and / or social learning theory to reduce recidivism and support rehabilitation.
You have applied knowledge of evidence based correctional practices
You have demonstrated the ability to provide a differential level of intervention based on risk level
You have applied knowledge of how people change behaviour and are able to provide appropriate pro-social modeling, effective reinforcement, effective disapproval and skill based practice
You have demonstrated the ability to conduct effective cognitive-behavioural counselling and motivational interviewing to guide and support clients to achieve positive outcomes.
You have knowledge of social issues faced by probation and parole clients.
You have demonstrated that you can identify, analyze and interpret issues, patterns, and connections from information gathered through your investigation.
Decision-making and client accountability :
You have demonstrated the ability to think critically and use sound judgment
You have demonstrated that you can make appropriate decisions that are informed by the interpretation and application of policy and legislation
You have demonstrated that you can set consistent expectations for clients and apply appropriate discretion to decision making while being attentive to the mitigation of risk
You have demonstrated an ability to provide a firm but fair approach in carrying out the dual role of helping clients and holding them accountable
You have demonstrated that you can hold clients accountable for their actions and initiate corrective actions when appropriate.
Other essential skills :
You have interpersonal skills to work effectively with colleagues, clients, victims and justice partners.
You have demonstrated your ability to maintain professional boundaries, confidentiality and to contribute to a team environment.
You have exceptional oral communication skills to interview and work with clients, provide testimony in court and deliver group programs.
You have exceptional written communication skills to prepare comprehensive reports and legal documents.
You appreciate and value the differences and diversity of others.
You have organizational and computer skills to prioritize and manage your time and work independently, meeting administrative demands in a fast-paced environment.
Additional Information : Note :
In accordance with the Ontario Public Service Employment Screening Checks Policy, the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check.
Please refer to the Additional Information / Address section above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.
You will be responsible for obtaining the criminal record check at your own expense and provide it, along with your written consent, to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), HR Service Delivery Division to evaluate the results.
If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional screening checks as indicated in the Additional Information / Address section above that were not obtained directly by you.
Note : If a Vulnerable Sector Screening / Check is required, it must also be obtained in person at your local police service.)
A record under the Criminal Code and / or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position.
The screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision.
The details of an individual's screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled.
Screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
If you have not completed the Ministry's Probation and Parole Officer basic training program and the experience requirement, you will be hired in the Probation Officer (PO1) salary range ($960.43 - $1,251.72)
Before you receive a job offer you must successfully complete a security check that includes a police records check.