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Employment Opportunity


Training Specialist

This is an unclassified position held at the pleasure of the Court. This position is responsible for the training requirements of the Probation Department and to provide occasional assistance with the Court’s training requirements. The enactment of House Bill 86 in 2011 established minimum probation training standards and the implementation of evidence-based practices.

This position is responsible for the development and implementation of skill-based training related to evidence-based practices in criminal justice. That training requires small groups of individuals to learn and practice new information over a longer period, requiring frequent training sessions. These requirements supplement on-going and core training needs of the Court and Probation Department.

Department: Probation
Reports To: Chief Probation Officer
Starting Salary:

$ 0

Commensurate with Experience (Maximum $66,335.10)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Conducting needs assessments for the purpose of evaluating training needs;
  2. Developing an annual training plan and budget that prioritizes needs and resources for the following year;
  3. Designing, coordinating, and/or delivering function-specific training curriculum for staff, i.e. Supervision Officers, Investigation Officers, Supervisors, Support Staff and Lab Staff;
  4. Designing and implementing specific presentations for justice system partners and community agencies;
  5. Designing and implementing offender programming;
  6. Designing, coordinating, implementing, and maintaining online training curriculum on the Courts Learning Management System;
  7. Recruiting, training and supervising volunteer staff to assist in training staff, defendants, justice system partners and community agencies;
  8. Maintaining training records for the Department and assisting supervisors in monitoring staff compliance with State standards; sending training reports to staff on a periodic basis;
  9. Evaluating outside contractors for selected training topics based on their depth of knowledge, experience, and ability to engage staff;
  10. Overseeing Probation Department training workgroup committees, comprised of Probation Officers and supervisors; conducting chairperson and workgroup committees meetings on a periodic basis;
  11. Engaging in a continuing learning process that maintains progress in the use of current best practices in corrections, and informs the training of staff in the execution of those practices;
  12. Occasionally assisting the Court’s Director of Training and Development with the development and implementation of training and education;
  13. Preparing annual training reports for Court Administration and the Corrections Planning Board;
  14. Performing a variety of other related duties as required.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification.  They are not an exhaustive list of all duties.  Other duties may be assigned by Court Administration and/or Probation management.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must demonstrate the following:

  1. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, primarily with Judges, staff and other Court employees;
  2. Extensive knowledge of training design and development and the ability to conduct effective training presentations to staff and other adult audiences, both in large and small group settings;
  3. Ability to facilitate groups in problem-solving;
  4. Ability to engage staff in the training process;
  5. Ability to identify the training needs of a multi-function staff, and to balance/prioritize those needs;
  6. Excellent organizational skills; ability to organize work, set priorities and determine necessary resource requirements; ability to determine sequence of activities to achieve goals and objectives;
  7. Ability to facilitate the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace and encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to address challenges and opportunities;
  8. Ability to create and manage on-line registrations (e.g. SignUp Genius) for trainings;
  9. Familiarity with multi-media presentation equipment and basic computer skills;
  10. Effective time management, reliability and punctuality;
  11. Ability to work collaboratively, constructively and positively in a team environment; ability to build constructive working relationships to meet mutual goals and objectives;
  12. Ability to maintain effective performance under pressure and within time constraints and handle stress in an appropriate manner;
  13. Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information;
  14. Ability to work remotely and use remote conferencing applications, e.g. Zoom;
  15. Professional appearance and demeanor at all times.

Education and Experience

Required: Bachelor’s degree and minimum of five (5) years’ experience as an adult probation officer AND minimum of three (3) years’ experience in adult education and/or training.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here represent those an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job.  The work environment characteristics described here represent those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


This position requires working in a normal Court and/or office environment with no unusual demands or exposure to hazardous situations.  Frequent contact occurs with Probation Department and other Court personnel, other agencies and attorneys.


The normal hours of operation are from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  This position may require some work beyond normal hours, including evenings and weekends.  Some travel within and outside the State of Ohio may be required.

Proof of education and employment references will be required before final interview.  The Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas requires submission to a criminal history background check and drug testing prior to employment.  Valid Ohio Driver’s License is required.  Applicants must submit a letter of interest and resume by 4:30 P.M. on Friday, August 14, 2020, to:


Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court
Gregory Popovich, Court Administrator
1200 Ontario Street
Justice Center 11th Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44113 


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The Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas requires submission to a criminal history background check and drug testing
prior to employment.

All applicants will receive notification of their application status. No phone calls or e-mails please. Reasonable accommodation is available to all employees and applicants. If you have a disability that needs accommodation, please contact the Director of Human Resources for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court at 216-443-8560.

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