The Christian County Juvenile Office is accepting applicants from qualified individuals for the position of Deputy Juvenile Officer II. An employee in this position is vested with the statutory authority of a juvenile court officer to take charge of children who come within the jurisdiction of the juvenile or family court. An employee in this position is expected to exercise supervision over juveniles under the court’s jurisdiction and to work with a high degree of independence. General supervision is received from and work may be reviewed by a higher level Juvenile Officer.
Responds to on-call or daily referrals made by law enforcement agencies, schools or the Department of Social Services. Prepares petitions, motions, social and court summaries and other reports for all juveniles on caseload; Schedule pre-court staffing between Department of Social Services, juvenile office, interested parties, attorneys, and notifies all persons involved; Recommends and monitors case plans as ordered by the Court; Conducts informal and formal conferences with juvenile and parents to discuss rights of juvenile and possible dispositions; Maintains working relationship with local school officials; Makes recommendations to the Juvenile Court based on evidence, client history and statutory requirements; Works with the prosecutors or contracted attorneys to adjudicate contested cases before the Juvenile Court; Represents the Juvenile Court system at schools and community meetings and makes presentations as required; Performs other related work.
- Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration, Criminology, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work or related field.
- Four years of experience as a Juvenile Officer I or equivalent.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: This job requires that you physically be able to meet the requirements necessary to perform the job, such as carrying, standing, and lifting; Considerable knowledge of Missouri statutes and laws regarding juvenile cases; Considerable knowledge of juvenile courts and procedures; Basic knowledge of the principles and practices of management and supervision; Basic knowledge of personal computers and software; Ability to apprehend and detain alleged juvenile offenders including the use of necessary physical force; Ability to pass a firearms qualification; Ability to prepare motions, petitions and other legal documents for each juvenile on caseload; Ability to present cases and make recommendations to the juvenile court; Ability to handle potentially hostile situations with a juvenile and family regarding a referral; Ability to physically control juvenile acting out behavior; Ability to communicate effectively with staff and public.