CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Under general direction of the Chief
Probation Officer, assists in planning and directing the activities of the
County Probation Department; acts for the Chief Probation Officer in his/her
absence or as assigned in accordance with established laws and regulations; and
performs related work as required.
This single position class is the Assistant
Department Head. The position reports to the Chief Probation Officer and is
responsible for the day to day administration and management of the departments
This class is distinguished from the next
higher class of Chief Probation Officer in that the latter is a department head
with responsibility for overall administration of the Probation Department.
This class is distinguished from the next
lower class Probation Division Director in that the latter is responsible for
the administration or supervision of a specific operation or division of the
Assist the Chief Probation Officer to plan,
organize, direct, control and evaluate Probation Department daily activities in
accordance with established laws, regulations, and policies, through
subordinate managers or supervisors; coordinates other duties as assigned by
the Chief Probation Officer. Handles all departmental duties of the Chief
Probation Officer in his/her absence.
- Supervises all of the
Probation Division Directors, the Administrative Services Manager, and the
Deputy Probation Officer III assigned as the Departmental Training Officer.
- Approves all final hire
recommendations to the appointing authority and makes final offers of
- Conducts or oversees all
internal investigations, violations of policy/procedure and recommends
appropriate action to the Chief Probation Officer. Responsible for
disciplinary actions up to and including terminations of employment.
- Coordinates all personnel
issues with Personnel and County Counsel, and advises the Chief Probation
Officer of final action if it involves matters of discipline, change in
policy, or new programs. Hears appeals and grievances. Responds to citizen
complaints. Resolves personnel conflicts.
- Provides administrative
oversight of the Departments personnel process. Manages the departments
- Participates in departmental
budget preparation and fiscal control activities. Reviews various
developmental phases of the budget, reviews Probation Administration
budget expenditures and advises the Chief Probation Officer.
- Supervises and participates
in analytical studies involving organizational and administrative
problems; recommends solutions to these problems and improvements in
departmental methods and procedures; prepares statistical and other
reports on departmental activities.
- Assists in the formulation,
implementation and enforcement of departmental policies, procedures, and
- Assists in the formulation
and implementation of departmental strategic plans, goals, objectives and
- Thorough knowledge of the
principles of adult and juvenile probation and rehabilitation; adult and
juvenile criminal justice systems relating to probation; Federal and State
laws, regulations and procedures affecting probation, detention and
rehabilitation programs; principles and practices of public administration
including personnel and fiscal management; Superior and Juvenile Court
procedures involving probation matters; community needs, and public and
private community resources.
Plan, organize, direct and evaluate complex
departmental programs and activities; develop, direct and evaluate the
implementation of departmental policies and procedures; analyze situations,
select alternatives, project consequences of actions, implement recommendations
and take appropriate action; understand, interpret, explain and apply laws,
rules, policies and regulations as they relate to the function of the Probation
Department; Superior, Juvenile Courts and personnel practices; collect,
interpret and evaluate narrative and statistical data pertaining to
administrative, fiscal and management matters; communicate orally and in
writing, to effectively present ideas, facts, recommendations, and
financial/statistical reports; plan, organize, and coordinate the work of
subordinate staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with
other county departments, public officials, public and private agencies,
community groups and the general public.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
- Two years of broad and
progressively responsible administrative and managerial experience that
includes working with peace officers in community corrections, probation,
parole, or the criminal justice system; or,
- Two years of experience
performing duties equivalent to the class of Probation Division Director
in Santa Cruz County; or,
- Equivalent combination of
training, education, and experience that would provide the required
knowledge and abilities.
- License Requirement:
Possession and maintenance of a valid California Class C Drivers License,
or the employee must be able to provide suitable transportation which is
approved by the appointing authority. Completion of mandated Standards and
Training for Corrections (Manager/Administrator Core Course) in the first year
of job assignment.
- Background Investigation:
Ability to pass a full background investigation to meet provisions of
Government Code 1029, 1029.1 and 1031.
- Special Working Conditions:
Exposure to the possibility of bodily injury; infections which may cause
chronic disease or death; combative minor detainees; offensive odors; high
noise levels; insect bites, dust and pollens. Physically and mentally
capable of performing the positions essential functions as summarized in
the specifications typical tasks. Apply a reasonable degree of physical
exertion to control client behavior in emergency situations.
- Other Special Requirements:
Availability to respond to emergencies as needed on a 24-hour basis, which
may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
Previous Titles: N/A
Bargaining Unit: Executive
EEOC Job Category: 02
Occupational Grouping: 68
Workers Comp. Code: 0053