Community Resource Specialist

Franklin County

375 South High Street, 10th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
JOB TITLE: Community Resource Specialist
DEPARTMENT: Pretrial and Probation Services
REPORTS TO: Chief Probation Officer
STARTING SALARY: $26.22/hour ($54,537.60/year)
HOURS: Full-time, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM or as assigned or required
FLSA: Exempt
DATE POSTED: Friday October 4, 2019
DEADLINE: Sunday October 20, 2019
The Department of Probation Services has approximately 100 employees, including Management, Probation Officers, and Support Staff. The Department’s mission is to promote community safety by reducing recidivism, changing offender behavior, and fostering accountability through the effective use of evidence-based practice.
This position is under the direction of the Chief Probation Officer and is responsible for the review, coordination and management of a variety of community resources and assists in management of other related Court and Department projects. This position also provides behavioral health screening and assessment needs of those under the Court and Department’s supervision.
Establishing and maintaining relationships with community providers is essential to the Department’s mission. Coordination and referral to these community treatment and program providers is an important component of the Community Resource Coordinator’s role. The evaluation component of pretrial and probation work in the Franklin County Municipal Court is substantial. In order to successfully develop and implement an appropriate supervision plan, it is often necessary to determine the mental health status and level of care, and/or to determine the substance abuse status and initial level of care, and/or to determine the level of risk of re-offending.
1. Supervise special programs staff including the Special Programs Coordinator, Courthouse MAT Project Manager and MAT Community Case Manager.

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2. Monitor the availability of residential beds and current referral options for other special programs, and provide this information in a weekly report to court employees.
3. Assist in the management and delivery of the Department’s residential program contracts.
4. Manage the court contracts and MOUs with community providers.
5. Manage and review invoices from contracted community programs.
6. Participate on program planning teams for community programs associated with the Department through contract or MOU.
7. Review cases with probation staff to help determine appropriate community program response.
8. Perform behavioral health screenings and assessments, with written reports and recommended treatment options, if needed, returned to referring Probation Officer or Judge.
9. Conduct and/or review results of the Ohio Risk Assessment System assessments as required, in order to appropriately facilitate program referrals.
10. Coordinate and manage referrals to community residential programs.
11. Maintain the data collection and outcome analysis of the Department’s utilization of community residential programs.
12. Serve as the liaison between the Department and community providers.
13. Assist in the review and evaluation of community programming to ensure it is consistent with evidence based/best practices and the Court’s needs.
14. Work to develop, expand and enhance relationships with community providers.
15. Oversee the Department’s compliance with Suzanne Hopper Act/Form 95 process.
16. Oversee and participate with the Department’s Resource Committee.
17. Perform other duties as directed.
Candidates must have a combination of education, experience, and personal characteristics that demonstrate the candidate’s ability to perform the duties of the position. Minimum requirements are:
1. A Master’s degree in counseling, social work, or related field from an accredited university.
2. Approved by the Counselor and Social Worker Board to be an independently licensed social worker or counselor.
3. Trained and certified to conduct Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) assessments.
4. Competent to diagnose mental and emotional disorders, including chemical dependency and abuse, domestic violence behaviors, and sexual disorders.
5. Knowledge of and experience using the ASAM level-of-care tool.
6. Knowledge of evidence based practice in Community Corrections.
7. Extensive familiarity with the legal system.
8. Knowledge of treatment and criminal justice program options within Franklin County.
9. Knowledge of common office practices, procedures, and equipment.
10. Proficiency in operating a personal computer as well as with Microsoft Office products such as Word, Outlook, and Excel for the purpose of tracking client progress and program outcomes.

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11. Ability to effectively and professionally communicate verbally and in writing with diverse audiences.
12. Ability to deal with potentially difficult people as well as interact and maintain effective working relationships with judges, attorneys, law enforcement officers, participating agencies and others conducting business with the Court.
13. Professional appearance and demeanor appropriate for the position and the work environment expected of a representative of the Court.
14. Demonstrated dependability, reliability, and excellent attendance record.
15. Patience, objectivity, maturity, effectiveness under pressure, initiative, and adaptability.
16. Good time management skills, ability to prioritize work, and ability to work under time constraints.
17. The ability to maintain accurate records of work performed.
Preferred qualifications include:
1. Experience in preparing evaluations for court usage.
In completing the duties and responsibilities of the position, the Court expects the employee will adhere to all court policies, guidelines, practices and procedures; act as a role model both inside and outside the Court; perform duties as workload necessitates in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and be conscientious about meeting department productivity standards; and communicate regularly with supervisor about department issues.
The Franklin County Municipal Court offers an excellent benefits package that includes: health, prescription, vision, dental, and life insurance; short-term disability; generous vacation, sick, and personal leave; ten paid holidays; longevity service payments; sick leave reciprocity; an Employee Assistance Program; a deferred compensation program; tuition reimbursement; credit union membership; and direct deposit of net pay.
Court employees are members of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), which provides retirement, disability, and survivor benefits for public employees. All full-time employees hired after January 20, 2010, contribute to OPERS by paying the required employee share, which is 10% of their salary. The Court pays the required employer’s share of 14% of the employee’s salary. Since Court employees are members of OPERS, they also do not have any Social Security taxes withheld from their pay.
Applicants must submit the Court=s employment application form, a resume, and a cover letter addressed to Human Resources Manager Adrianne Patterson that describes with some specificity how the
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applicant’s qualifications match those required for the position. The Court may decline to consider any applicant who does not submit all required items. The Municipal Court Judges’ application form can be found at (Municipal Court Judges Job Application). (Be sure to submit the Judges Job Application, and not the application of Municipal Court Clerk Lori Tyack.)
To ensure consideration, the application materials should be submitted by Sunday October 20, 2019 to:
Adrianne Patterson
Human Resources Manager
Franklin County Municipal Court
375 South High Street 10th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email, and only those applicants invited for an interview will be contacted by telephone. Applicants should not call or contact the Human Resources Manager or any Court employee concerning their application.
As a part of the selection process, a candidate may be required to perform skills tests that could include exercises to test the candidate’s writing ability, understanding of court systems, knowledge of legal terminology and procedures, and knowledge of Franklin County Municipal Court. Candidates who indicate knowledge of a second language or American Sign Language will be required to demonstrate those skills. The successful applicant will be required to undergo a criminal record check and may be required to undergo a background investigation.
Employees of the Court are at-will employees and serve at the pleasure of the Court; they are not in the classified civil service system and are not members of bargaining units. The Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion, race, color, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, military status, or genetic information.

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