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Parole Officer

Date Posted:  Sep 22, 2022
Requisition ID:  397500

Fort Wayne, IN, US, 47711

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana Department of Correction Division of Parole Services:

The Division of Parole Services was established within the Indiana Department of Correction in the 1960s severing its relationship with the State Welfare Department.  Parole Services is charged with enhancing public safety by providing community-based supervision and services for adult offenders through the use of evidence-based practices as they transition from a Correctional Facility to Community Supervision.  Parole Services Division operates out of ten district offices located across the State.


Salary Information:

This role starts at a base salary of $32,058.

About the Job:

As a Parole Officer you will maintain a caseload of parolees providing services aimed at successful transition of offenders into the community.  You will be assigned to a specific district and will report directly to a Parole Officer Supervisor.   

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Complete an initial Risk Assessment and a Re-entry Accountability Plan on each offender.  Subsequent Re-entry Accountability Plans are required by policy. 
  • Maintain and provide accurate electronic and written records concerning all aspects of the supervision of assigned parolees, on a regular and ad hoc basis. 
  • Communicate with parolees and complete subsequent case notes as required, and as dictated by the risk assessment at a work site, home, office, or other location. 
  • Monitor a parolee’s movement, housing, employment, and other services, including for registered sex offenders. 
  • Provide counseling services to offenders transitioning back into the community, including direction and assistance in securing employment, schooling, training and/or housing for offenders leaving the custody of the department. 
  • Promote and develop community resources for offender programs and treatment and maintain records of community resources 
  • Conduct community-based investigations for clemency and parole, including parole violations, per Departmental and State laws and procedures.  This may include apprehension of offenders who have violated the conditions of parole. 
  • Serve as an expert witness/subject matter expert in various legal proceedings and hearings. 
  • Hold probable cause hearings, administer drug/alcohol screenings to offenders, and promote and develop community resources.  
  • Respond to emergency contacts on a 24 hour/7 days per week basis. 
  • Transport or assist in the transportation of offenders to departmental facilities. 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • ​High School Diploma or High School Equivalent (HSE) required. 
  • Two (2) years of full-time professional experience in criminal justice, correctional counseling, criminology, parole/probation work, law enforcement, social work, or a related area. 
  • Must test negative on all drug screenings. 
  • Upon hire, must qualify for and maintain firearm certification as well as carry a firearm in the performance of duties.  This includes successful completion of Parole Academy as part of initial onboarding. 
  • Broad knowledge of the laws, rules, departmental policy, and procedures concerning the supervision of paroled offenders. 
  • Working knowledge of community-based resources (education, employment, counseling, rehabilitation, etc.) to aid in the parolee's transition. 
  • Extensive problem-solving abilities as it relates to case management. 
  • Ability to accurately assess an offender’s risk level, as well as report signs of illness and inappropriate behavior. 
  • Ability to conduct a thorough and accurate investigation into a parolee's activities, including community investigation. 
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with all parolees as well as their families, employers, and program providers.  This includes cooperative relationships with local law enforcement, judges, and other local officials for effective parolee reintegration. 
  • Strong critical thinking skills and the ability to apply as needed. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides supervision for offenders and requires a high level of judgment and care.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans.
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave; 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; 
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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