Release Assistance Officer

Oregon Judicial Department | Dallas, OR

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Posted Date 5/13/2022

Interviews: Interviews will be scheduled on week of May 30, 2022.

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  • REQUIRED: A cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the Minimum Qualifications, Special Qualifications, and Requested Skills and Attributes, listed below. Prepare your cover letter before starting your Workday application.

  • REQUIRED: a completed work history, either through your completion of the Job History (internal candidate) or Work Experience (external candidate) portion of your Workday profile, OR by attaching an updated resume.

  • Your cover letter and work history must demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications, Special Qualifications, and Requested Skills and Attributes, listed below.

  • You must follow all Instructions to be considered for this position.

  • Failure to provide a completed work history and cover letter may result in your removal from consideration.


We are hiring a Release Assistance Officer at the Polk County Circuit Court located in Dallas, Oregon.


As a Release Assistance Officer…

You will determine pretrial release options for defendants by applying Oregon Revised Statutes, Chief Justice and Presiding Judge Orders, and using risk assessment tools, when available. You will determine who, upon release, is most likely to appear in court, not likely to commit new offenses, and/or does not pose a threat to the community or themselves.


Your work will focus on interviewing defendants being held in custody at the Polk County Jail, pending trial, as well as victims and other interested parties and using internal law enforcement, jail, court case management systems, and defendant monitoring system. You will conduct research and obtain information necessary to apply established financial and release guidelines in determining court provided attorney appointment and release eligibility of defendants. You will also monitor defendants’ compliance with release agreement conditions, log all pertinent information into pretrial release program and take appropriate action when release conditions are violated by defendants. You will research and provide recommendations to the court on defendants’ release risk at Release Hearings.


You are expected to perform administrative and computer work related to pretrial release. In performing your work, you will prepare new files, review court orders, compile and produce statistical and narrative written reports, and respond to questions from judges, court staff, and the public regarding pretrial release and court appointed counsel.  


If these duties sound interesting you, we encourage you to apply. Assigned tasks may be changed to accommodate workload and organizational needs. We welcome all candidates who are inspired by our work and mission


What can help you get a chance to interview?
It’s important to know your application will be read by an actual person, not a computer algorithm. When we read your cover letter, we are looking to see if you are writing to us, at OJD, and whether you have addressed the Requested Skills and Attributes listed below. Using a generic cover letter is likely not going to get you an interview, so please take the time needed to personalize your cover letter.


Instructions for Work History/Resume and Cover Letter

This recruitment requires a cover letter and a complete work history that addresses the Requested Skills and Attributes. To be considered for this position, you must follow these instructions:


Resume/Work History

  • Attach your updated resume in the Resume / CV / Cover Letter section of the application.  The attached resume file should include your name.


  • Complete the Job History/Work Experience portion of your Workday profile if you are not using an updated resume.


Cover Letter

  • Attach your cover letter (not to exceed two pages) in the Resume / CV / Cover Letter section of the application. The attached cover letter file should include your name.

  • In the body of your cover letter, please include responses to all five (5) Requested Skills and Attributes listed below.

  • Address the cover letter “To the Hiring Manager.”


Failure to follow these above points may result in rejection of your application.

All application materials will be evaluated for consistency of information, and your letter will be evaluated for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and language use in addition to demonstrated experience.


Minimum Qualifications

(These must be evident in your resume for full consideration.)

The qualified candidate must have at least three (3) years of experience in a criminal justice setting that typically supports the knowledge, skills, and abilities requirements listed for this position.
Possession of a high school diploma or GED, or equivalent life or work experience.
A bachelor's degree in business or public administration, behavior or social/human services, or a closely related field.

Special Qualifications

(These must be verifiable in your application.)

The qualified applicant must have Law Enforcement Data Systems (LEDS) certification or obtain certification within six (6) months of hire.


Requested Skills and Attributes

(These must be verifiable in your application and addressed in your cover letter for full consideration.)

  • Experience conducting interviews to obtain personal and/or financial information.

  • Experience communicating effectively, orally and in writing, with people in emotionally charged and stressful situations.

  • Experience communicating decisions regarding the approval or denial of benefits or services and the explanation of laws, rules, or regulations.

  • Experience using a personal computer to access and input information and complete various tasks.

  • Experience working in a court system, criminal justice, corrections, or other legal environment.


Working Conditions

  • This is a full-time position and the work schedule currently is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The work hours may change to meet the business needs of the Court. It is eligible for overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of 40 per work week.

  • Work is inside the secure perimeter of the Polk County Adult Corrections Facility for a significant part of the workday. 

  • Occasional local and overnight travel may be required for training and meetings.

  • Frequent telephone, video, and in-person contact with people from diverse backgrounds.

  • Long periods of sitting, standing; frequent bending or reaching below knee level or above shoulder level are also expected.  

  • The following equipment may be used: FTR recording equipment, audio/video equipment, telephone, personal computer, photocopier, and office equipment.


Criminal Background Check

You will be subject to a criminal background check if you are a finalist. Adverse results are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may result in disqualification if the circumstances are directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the position.

United States Employment Eligibility
OJD does not offer visa sponsorships. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US.

Future Vacancies
Apply now if you are interested in this or future vacancies. This job announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in this class of work.

Veterans' Preference
Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given preference in the recruitment process. To receive preference, veterans must attach the appropriate documentation after they receive an email in their Workday inbox requesting the information to verify eligibility. The action item, asking veterans to attach their documentation, will arrive after they have submitted their initial application materials. Visit the Oregon job opportunities Veterans web page for additional details, information, and resources.

Conduct Expectations
Because of the Oregon Judicial Department's role in providing justice and upholding the rule of law, employees of the Department are required to meet the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics while on the job, and also to maintain those same high standards when taking actions in their personal lives that could reflect on the Department. As an employee, you will be expected to preserve the confidentiality of information received in the course of OJD employment.

Pay Equity
As an employer, the Oregon Judicial Department complies with Oregon’s pay equity law. We determine salary from applicable professional experience and education. For more information on pay equity, click here.

Employee Benefits
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Questions and Support

  • If you require an alternate format to complete the application process, call 503-986-5930, or TTY: Oregon Relay Service 711 for the hearing impaired. Be prepared to describe the alternate format needed.

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Listing Type
Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Entry Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$3,896 - $6,338
Salary Type

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