Date:  May 14, 2023

ALACHUA, FL, US, 32315

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Requisition No: 795120 

Agency: Juvenile Justice

Working Title: OPS JUVENILE JUSTICE OFFICER - 80900091

Position Number: 80900091 

Salary:  $15.00 per hour 

Posting Closing Date: 07/04/2023 

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LOCATION: Probation & Community Intervention – Circuit 8 - Alachua Regional Juvenile Detention Center, 3440 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641

CONTACT PERSON: Valerie Tyson, Juvenile Probation Officer Supervisor, 352-258-1777, valerie.tyson@fldjj.gov; or Tonya Allen, 386-418-5257, Tonya.Allen@fldjj.gov   

STARTING SALARY: $15.00 Per Hour 


This work includes providing intake and screening services to juveniles referred to the department for law violations. Incumbents make recommendations to the court for detention status, and referrals for services based upon assessment results.  


Case Management, Referrals, Recommendations and Assessment 

Initiate contact with the youth, family, victims, and law enforcement when referrals are received by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (FDJJ).

Interview the youth, parent/guardian, and collateral sources as an integral part of the information gathering process and family involvement model. 

Obtain and review collateral information such as abuse and neglect history, educational, mental health, substance use, gang related activity and other pertinent information from other agencies involved with the youth and/or family. 

Conduct and document FDJJ screening(s) to identify the youth’s risk and needs, protective factors and/or the need for further evaluations, including but not limited to detention screening, intake screening, Suicide Risk Screening Instrument and any Department approved risk/needs screening and/or assessments instrument(s).  

Make service referrals to the appropriate provider(s) and follow up actions needing to be taken.

Make supervision and treatment recommendations to the State Attorney and other judicial partners that allow the Department to provide the most appropriate services in the least intrusive manner. 

Complete the screening instruments and reports used by the Department and/or the courts that include but are not limited to the following:

Detention Screening Risk Assessment (DRAI), Suicide Risk Screening Instrument (SRSI), Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI), State Attorney Recommendation (SAR), and any other Department required tools.  

Court Process 

Acts as the DJJ Representative during court hearings to support the Departments’ recommendation for the youth’s detention status.   

Testify at hearings, when appropriate. 

Case Management, Interventions and Supervision  

Assist the youth with obtaining appropriate mental health, substance abuse evaluations based on administered assessments, and arrange for specialized testing and treatment, as needed.  

Provide crisis intervention; assist the youth and family in accessing crisis intervention services/resources by making necessary referrals and follow-up on actions taken.    

Records Management 

Enter into Juvenile Justice Information System (JJIS) all case management activities, including risk/needs screening, assessment and case planning activities related to the youth and family during youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice continuum. 

Upload required forms/documents into the Juvenile Justice Information System (JJIS) case file to ensure accurate and timely entries, in accordance with administrative and JJIS business rules. 

Community Collaboration 

Ensure familiarity with community resources and provide input to circuit management on provided community-based service delivery issues and program developments, and provide input on grant related proposals, if requested. 

Attend and participate in professional development trainings and meetings. 

Follow all departmental policies, procedures and administrative rules. 


High School Diploma. 

A valid driver’s license is required.

Juvenile Justice Officers are required to maintain CPR and First Aid Certifications throughout employment.  

Knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques. 

Knowledge of computer programs  

Ability to make recommendations concerning the processing and handling of delinquent youth.  

Ability to determine work priorities. 

Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with community and judicial partners for the purpose of information sharing and collaboration to address community concerns and promote safe and nurturing communities. 

Ability to work non-traditional working hours: evenings, weekends, holidays, shift work. 

Ability to successfully complete and pass Protective Action Response (PAR), CPR and First Aid training. 

Ability to make independent decisions based on individual analysis, have strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to conduct and document interviews. 


Experience working with youth.


All prospective candidates will be subject to a sex offender check, criminal background checks, (state, local and national) and pre-employment drug screening for direct care positions. 

DJJ Participates in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility). 

When identified on a position description, a valid driver’s license is required, If initially hired with an out-of-state license, the Florida resident must obtain a valid Florida state driver’s license within 30 days of hire. Licenses suspended or revoked for any reason, work permits (Business purpose/Employment/education only licenses) and some types of restricted licenses are not acceptable. Licenses that have Corrective Lenses Restriction are acceptable, provided the driver wears corrective lenses while operating the vehicle. 

Positions that include the transportation of youth while performing any work or work-related functions on behalf of DJJ, require: (1) a valid driver’s license; and (2) a three-year acceptable driving record as defined in FDJJ Policy 1920. 

For those candidates who are not currently in the state system as a direct care worker for DJJ at the time of application, the top-ranking candidate(s) after the interview phase will be required to take and pass Ergometrics IMPACT Assessment and Training Test in order to be considered for this direct-care employment opportunity. This test will be used to measure the candidate’s overall suitability for working with Juvenile Justice involved youth. Test results will be used for a period of six months after initial testing for candidates who reapply during that period for another position for which testing is required. 

985.66 Florida Statute Requirement:

Be at least 19 years of age. 

Be a high school graduate or its equivalent as determined by the department. 

Not have been convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement or have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the Unity States. Any person, who after September 30, 1999, pleads guilty or no lo contendere to or is found guilty of any felony or a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement is not eligible for employment, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication. Notwithstanding this subparagraph, and person who plead no lo contendere to a misdemeanor involving a false statement before October 1, 1999, and who has had such record of that plea sealed or expunged is not ineligible for employment for that reason. 

Abide by all provisions of s.985.644(1) regarding fingerprinting and background investigations and other screening requirements for personnel. 

Execute and submit to the department an affidavit-of-application form, adopted by the department, attesting to his or her compliance with sub paragraphs 1-4. The affidavit must be executed under oath and constitutes an official statement under s. 837.06. The affidavit must include conspicuous language that the intentional false execution of the affidavit constitutes a misdemeanor of the second degree. The employing agency shall retain the affidavit.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

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