Arkansas Government Job Juvenile Justice Specialist in Little Rock, Arkansas


The Juvenile Justice Specialist is responsible for providing juvenile justice services to circuit courts through the Juvenile Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts. This position will work with the Juvenile Director of the AOC to provide training and education to juvenile probation and intake officers statewide and will stay abreast of evidence based practices and innovative juvenile justice methods and reforms in other jurisdictions. This position works closely with and reports to the Juvenile Director of the AOC.

Typical Functions

Works with the Juvenile Division Director of the AOC to provide education, training, and assistance to juvenile courts. Researches juvenile justice initiatives and innovative programs utilized in other jurisdictions and collaborates with Juvenile Division leadership to develop and implement relevant programs in Arkansas. Stays knowledgeable concerning evidenced based tools, screenings, and assessments utilized in the field of juvenile justice and provides necessary training to implement use of tools by juvenile officers statewide. Assists in planning and facilitating annual Juvenile Officer Certification Training and other continuing education programs for juvenile officers. Works closely with juvenile officer leadership statewide to assess the needs of juvenile intake and probation officers and ascertains the appropriate services and/or programs to address those needs. Provides leadership and direction in instituting effective juvenile justice diversion programs and practices. Works with DYS, service providers, and other participants in the juvenile justice system. Travels out-of-state occasionally for conferences and training and travels in-state frequently to conduct training and work with juvenile offices statewide. Other duties as assigned.

Special Job Dimensions

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Excellent oral and written communication skills are critical. Knowledge of the Arkansas court case management system, practices, and procedures is helpful. Familiarity with adolescent development and behavioral health is desired. Knowledge of Risk-Needs Assessments, such as the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY), and juvenile justice screening tools such as OYAS is helpful. Knowledge of basic documentation and record keeping procedures. Ability to learn new technologies and maintain technical currency. Ability to work independently with little or no supervision. Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills.

Minimum Education and/or Experience

Education A Bachelors degree, preferably in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Psychology, Behavioral Health or other related field. Alternatively, an applicant who possesses any combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the job may be considered. Experience The Juvenile Justice Specialist must have at least two years of relevant experience. In-depth knowledge of the Arkansas juvenile justice system is highly desired.

Preferred Qualifications

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Agency Specific Information

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Email Jennifer Craun directly to apply at DO NOT APPLY VIA AR STATE JOBS.