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Juvenile Court Officer 4 (D4 13076-002)

Date Posted
July 6, 2021
Full Time

Job Details


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Position Title

Juvenile Court Officer 4


Juvenile Court Services
227 South 6th St, Room 532 D
Council Bluffs, IA 51501


Pay Grade 34, $67,246.40 - $103,542.40 annually
Eligible for State of Iowa benefits

Position Summary

This position is open ONLY to employees of the Iowa Judicial Branch.  Candidates in other agencies are not eligible to apply.

This position is under the leadership of the Chief Juvenile Court Officer within the Fourth Judicial District and supervises Juvenile Court Officers 1, 2, 3, and Juvenile Court Specialists.  In addition to the supervisory duties, this Juvenile Court Officer 4 position may also require the management of a caseload of juvenile offenders.  This Juvenile Court Officer 4 position is located in the 8 rural counties of the Fourth Judicial District, as well as Pottawattamie County, and significant travel is required. 


The Juvenile Court Officer 4 ensures JCS office(s) operate according to directives, policies, and procedures established by the Chief Juvenile Court Officer. 
Ensures intake decisions are conducted consistently, equitably and in accordance with the Code of Iowa.
Initiates community collaboration with law enforcement, Department of Human Services (DHS), mental health and behavioral health professionals, school and other stakeholders to develop effective programming.
Ensures Juvenile Court school Liaison based staff and trackers are working cooperatively with local JCS offices, student interns, and contract employees.
Guides Juvenile Court casework to ensure youth receive the appropriate level and type of treatment that best matches the youth’s risk level of the and needs of the youth and family.
Assists youth and families in identifying areas for improvement to function in the community. 
Works with the youth and their family to create a plan that will identify, addresses and monitors risk factors to increase the youth’s safety and reduce the likelihood of re-offending.
May devise and develop diversion practices and programing, as necessary.
Provides presentations to internal and external stakeholders, as necessary.
Serves as JCS representative on committees, work groups, Decat, and initiatives.
Ensures JCO and support staff performs their duties in a professional manner.
Provides continuous quality improvement to assess, assure, monitor, evaluate, and improve the quality of JCS activities, processes, and services.
Ensures JCO’s respond in a timely manner to random moment sampling (RMS) inquiries that are used to determine JCS participation in federal programs.
Reviews Juvenile Court Officer’s casework for compliance with casework standards by examining intake records, court reports, case notes and placement recommendations.
Observes supervised staff in the performance of their duties on a frequent and regular basis. 
Oversees the performance of JCOs and support staff, and promotes teamwork and efficiency proficiency throughout the office.
Assists in covering emergency situations and provides support to the JCO and other stakeholders (law enforcement, CA, schools, etc.).
Oversees office practices that promote community safety and accountability.
Utilizes the risk assessment tool observation criteria to give feedback to staff.
Supervisors will audit files of each JCO reviewing the IDA case notes and court reports according to district, state and federal standards.
Investigates and assists in resolving conflicts and issues as necessary.
Mediates and arbitrates conflicts with JCS staff, providers, and interested parties to a case as necessary. 
Ensures timeliness of casework and case records are in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, along with court order and court expectations. 
Serves as a resource to staff and is able to perform the duties of those under his/her supervision to include casework and court responsibilities as necessary.
Performs all of the supervisory duties as enumerated in the Iowa Judicial Branch Personnel Policy and Iowa Judicial Branch Supervisory Handbook, including annual employee Performance Appraisals, while providing ongoing constructive feedback to promote growth, resilience, and morale.
Oversees Ensures new employee training and instruction. Provides staff the ongoing support and education needed to maintain the skills to perform their duties in a manner consistent with current practices.
At the direction of the Chief JCO, assists the Chief JCO as necessary in budget development, expenditures and requests for proposals.
Assists the Chief JCO in managing service/program contracts across the district.
Reviews office statistics to validate accuracy, discern trends, and plan accordingly.
Strives to improve outcomes for delinquent youth.
Provides transportation to a youth and/or a family or support system in accordance with established policy.
Assumes JCO casework/supervision/court responsibilities as necessary.
Adheres to all Judicial Branch and JCS specific policies and practices, including, but not limited to, EPICS, IDA, Treatment Outcome Package (TOP), and Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), and Juvenile Sexual Offense Recidivism Risk Assessment Tool (JSORRAT).
Performs other work related activities as required.


At least three years experience as a Juvenile Court Officer 3 or comparable experience in a juvenile or criminal justice or related setting. Candidates must possess a valid Iowa driver’s license. Working knowledge of evidence-based practices in juvenile justice and motivational interviewing is preferred. Knowledge of court operations, procedures and processes. Demonstrated ability to work with youth and families from various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Must have knowledge of counseling theories and methods, and skill in interviewing techniques. Knowledge of community resources, adolescent and child development. Experience in computer software applications including word processing.

Contact Information

How to Apply

Email cover letter, resume, and the Iowa Judicial Branch Application for Employment to and Timothy J. Ross, Chief Juvenile Court Officer at  Email must include all three items requested.  Also, please add "D4 Juvenile Court Officer 4" in the subject line of your email.

NOTE:  Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Posting Close Date

All application materials must be received by Tuesday, August 31, 2021.



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