Work at PPP

Work at PPP

Glossary of Terms

Thank you for taking an interest in working at the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services! 

  • Interested applicants should complete the State Application online at www.jobs.sc.gov.
  • If you have additional questions, please contact the Human Resources Office at (803) 734-9220.
  • Applicants for Information Technology Jobs can review requirements here

Current job openings:               

     

HUMAN SERVICES SPECIALIST I (FIELD OFFICE SPECIALIST)

  • Spartanburg and Charleston County
  • Closing Date:  August 14, 2018
    • Non C-1 position. 
    • Assists in the performance of offender intake duties;
    • Receives reporting information from low risk offenders;
    • Assists with collecting and compiling pertinent data to be included in investigative reports;
    • Performs routine and complex data entry processes;
    • Maintains and manages records;
    • Supports fiscal/materials;
    • Performs other related duties as required.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES SPECIALIST III (INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES SPECIALIST III)

  • Central/ITS - Columbia, SC
  • Closing Date:  August 14, 2018
    • Non C-1 position. 
    • Under general supervision, responds to and diagnoses problems through discussions with users using problem recognition, research, isolation, and resolution steps.
    • Recommends procedures and controls for moderately complex problem prevention via request, meetings or Help Desk through emails, incoming calls and walk-ins.
    • Operates, monitors/updates console systems, peripheral equipment, and computing/networking systems.
    • Technical/User/Business writing skills/activities.
    • Prepares procurement and user documentation including shopping carts and other documentation.
    • Assists programmers, users, IT personnel and stakeholders to ensure programs/needs and are met/understood.
    • Assists in monitoring and maintaining system data integrity.
    • Troubleshoots basic user errors in systems and finds resolution.
    • Works with vendors, programmers and other staff to resolve issues. Assists with reports to management on project status.
    • Troubleshoots and restores service by analyzing, identifying and diagnosing faults and symptoms using established processes and procedures.
    • Performs other related duties as assigned or required to include various project participation, assisting in the purchase of hardware and software, help desk on call responsibilities.
    • Performs other related duties as required.

PROGRAM ASSISTANT (OFFENDER SUPERVISION SPECIALIST)

  • Charleston County
  • Closing Date:  August 14, 2018
    • Non C-1 position. 
    • Responsible for assisting Probation and Parole Law Enforcement Officers to include non-sworn duties by monitoring compliance or using technology in the management of the caseload. 
    • Performs compliance monitoring on Standard level offenders to include conducting required non-field related progress reports and community contacts;
    • Reviews offender financial obligations and other special conditions of supervision.
    • Performs other related duties as required.

PROBATION AND PAROLE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

  • Statewide Vacancies
  • Closing Date:   Continuous

Hiring/Selection Process

The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services is committed to the active recruitment of highly motivated individuals for all positions.  SCDPPPS employees become part of a team dedicated to improving the lives of all citizens in the state of South Carolina. Interested persons enter a highly competitive selection process. All components of the selection process use minimum qualifications that are job related.  Selection processes for both sworn and non-sworn positions may include one or more of the following components:

  1. Complete on-line Application
  2. Reading Comprehension Testing (Nelson Denny Testing)
  3. Interview
  4. Background Investigation
  5. Medical Examination
  6. Physical Ability Testing (PAT)
  7. Psychological Testing
  8. Drug Testing
  9. Final Hiring Decision

Officer Requirements

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Applicants for the Probation and Parole Law Enforcement Officer Career Track must hold at least a four-year degree from an accredited college or university. Officers are Class-One Certified and must complete the Basic Training Program at the Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, the Department's Basic Training courses and on-the-job training

Additionally, applicants:

  • Cannot have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or be subject to a criminal domestic violence restraining order. (Forfeiture of bond, a guilty plea, or a plea of nolo contendere is considered the equivalent of a conviction.)
  • Must complete a Fair Credit Reporting Act Disclosure authorization.
  • Will be fingerprinted for a criminal background check.

Upon a conditional offer of employment, an applicant must undergo a screening for illicit drugs a physical examination, and a psychological screening. 

To Apply:

Applicants interested in applying for any position at SCDPPPS should first complete the State Application online at www.jobs.sc.gov

Applicants interested in applying for the position of Probation and Parole Law Enforcement Officer I, must then take the Department’s test focusing on reading comprehension and vocabulary.  On the date of testing, applicants must bring a copy of the state application which includes the Probation and Parole Agent Checklist, certified college transcripts, photo ID and Social Security Card to the designated test site.

Officer applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and successfully pass the reading comprehension test may be contacted by the Human Resources Office for an interview before the Agent Applicant Interview Panel at the Central Office in Columbia.

(Any applicant with prior Department service in the Agent Career Track will not be required to retake the reading comprehension test or appear before the panel.  They should contact the Agent in Charge of the county of interest.)

To receive more information, contact the Human Resources Office at (803) 734-9220.

General Recruitment: 

The goal of any recruitment process is to generate a pool of qualified applicants.  There is no minimum or maximum number of applicants to be included in an applicant pool.  However, a competitive pool should reflect racial and gender diversity.  Recruitment efforts will include sources or means by which this diversity can be achieved.  All qualified applicants will be considered.

Employee Benefits:

Insurance
State insurance to include health, dental, vision, and/or life insurance and disability.  Please visit PEBA Insurance Benefits for more information.

Retirement
All employees are eligible to enroll in the SC State Retirement System.  Our law enforcement positions are eligible for the Police Office Retirement Systems (PORS) and our non-law enforcement positions are eligible for either the SC Retirement Systems (SCRS) or the State Optional Retirement Program (ORP).  Please visit PEBA Retirement Benefits for more information.

Employees can also contribute to a 401(k) or 457(b) plan through the SC Deferred Compensation Program.  This voluntary program allows you to save and invest extra money for retirement through before-tax and/or after-tax contributions.  Please visit SC Deferred Compensation for more information.

Leave and Holidays
All employees in a full-time equivalent position receive 15 days paid annual leave per year and 15 days paid sick leave per year.  There are also 13 paid holidays per year.  Please visit State Human Resources Division for more information.

Offender Supervision Specialist

In 2017 SCDPPPS was granted statutory authorization to hire a new staff position for which members of the public may apply. Offender Supervision Specialists (OSS), are non-Class 1 staff members who monitor low level offenders for a team of Class 1 certified Agents and handle non-law enforcement duties associated with these offenders. The monitoring duties conducted by OSS staff consists of the review of supervision reports, financial reports and arrest records. OSS staff are not assigned high level or sex offender cases. (Offender supervision level is determined by a risk and needs assessment administered to offenders.)   

OSS staff experience minimum contact with offenders in the SCDPPPS County Offices. Class 1 Agents continue to address and handle all offender violations. OSS do not perform face to face contacts with offenders in the field, do not issue or serve legal process and do not transport offenders. OSS staff do, however, attend the SCDPPPS 3-week Basic Training to learn basic supervision skills. OSS staff also receive office safety training. Interested applicants can find the applications online at www.jobs.sc.gov.