Chief Probation Officer
You must submit along with your application a cover letter and resume. You may submit your materials online or you can mail your completed application along with your cover letter and resume to: San Benito County Administration, 481 Fourth Street, Hollister, CA 95023. Attn: Georgia Cochran.
Under administrative direction, to plan, organize, direct, coordinate and administer the functions and activities of the Probation Department including setting policy and carrying out the activities involved in the public safety and rehabilitation of adult and juvenile offenders; to formulate departmental policies, goals, objectives, policies and procedures; to coordinate the work of the department with other agencies; provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Court and to do related work as required.
This class has responsibility for overall departmental policy development, program planning, fiscal management and operation of adult and juvenile Probation programs and of Juvenile Hall. Administrative direction is received from the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court and the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court.
Appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the presiding judge of the Superior Court and the presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court.
Provides direct supervision over the Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Juvenile Hall Superintendent and Administrative Services Specialist. Provides indirect supervision over lower level managerial, professional, technical and clerical personnel.
Examples Of Essential Duties:
Plans, organizes, administers and reviews all functions and activities of
the Probation Department including Juvenile Hall;
Develops and directs the implementation of departmental goals, objectives, work standards and departmental policies and procedures;
Selects, directs, supervises and evaluates departmental staff by establishing departmental goals, policies and performance standards; counsels staff members regarding their work performance and career development consistent with the department's goals and expectations.
Assesses current and future needs of the department in regards to policies, procedures and practices;
Monitors County policy to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local legislation;
Directs the preparation and administration of the department's budget;
Directs staff in the planning, resource allocation, budgeting and record systems needed to meet the department's responsibilities;
Works closely with the Board of Supervisors, County Administrative Officer, the Courts and other County Departments and a variety of public and private organizations in developing and implementing programs related to Probation and Juvenile Hall;
Prepares and presents reports and requests for approval to the Board of Supervisors;
Consults and cooperates with other department managers and outside criminal justice personnel on all aspects of probation services;
Dscuss problems, develops alternative strategies for dealing with those problems
Assist in implementation of solutions, as necessary;
Serves as technical advisor to the Board of Supervisors on Probation and Juvenile Hall matters;
Reviews and evaluates the effectiveness of programs and services and
Confers with staff on specific cases;
Interprets probation policies and ensures their consistent application;
Conducts interviews, investigations and makes observations in preparation for writing pre-sentence and
Prepares or directs the preparation of a variety of periodic and special reports related to departmental activities and the maintenance of accurate records and files;
Serves as the department advocate; deals with the most sensitive public complaints and issues;
Favorably represent the department before state, federal, and local regulatory, advisory and governing bodies with respect to probation matters;
Observes, monitors and collects information on adult and juvenile probationer behavior and activities to determine if conditions of probation, reporting, payment of costs, and other responsibilities are being fulfilled;
Directs and/or refers probationers to community resources such as treatment centers or other agencies based on observation of activities, behavior and conditions of probation;
Partners with civic groups, social agencies and interested persons on crime and delinquency prevention programs;
Directs the department's resource development efforts in developing
innovative probation and/or correctional programs, grant applications, projects and assists in securing potential funding; and
Performs related duties as assigned.
Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
Education: Equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university with major coursework in criminal justice, psychology, sociology, behavioral science, public administration or a closely related field,
Experience'. Five years of adult and/or juvenile probation and corrections experience involving the management, evaluation, administration, and fiscal control of varied types of probation programs, including two years of supervisory experience.
You must submit along with your application a cover letter and resume. You may submit online or mail your completed application along with your cover letter and resume to:
San Benito County Administration, 481 Fourth Street, Hollister, CA 95023,
Attn: Georgia Cochran.
All aspects of probation administration including appropriate methods, procedures and technical expertise;
Principles, practices and techniques of adult and juvenile probation and juvenile detention;
Principles, practices and procedures of adult and juvenile criminal and civil justice systems;
Community resources such as treatment centers or other agencies based on observation of activities, behavior and conditions of probation;
Pertinent local, state and federal laws and regulations regarding probation work;
Organizational, administrative, and management principles and practices, including goal setting, program and budget development and implementation;
Principles and practices of budget administration and control;
Principles and practices of applied psychology and behavior modification
Supervisory techniques, resource allocation, and planning.
Learn the County's operations and organizational structure;
Direct and coordinate all aspects of probation administration and juvenile detention;
Plan, organize, coordinate and direct the programs and functions of adult and juvenile probation;
Manage and operate the varied functions of a juvenile detention facility;
Select, evaluate and motivate staff and provide for their training and professional development;
Analyze complex probation, detention, operational and administrative problems, evaluate alternative solutions and recommend or adopt effective courses of action
Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work
Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials;
Exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines;
Endure and manage reluctant personalities;
Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
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