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Deputy Chief Probation Officer

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DEFINITION: Under general direction, plans, organizes, and directs the activities of a division in the Probation Department; implements policy as determined by the Chief Probation Officer; acts for the Chief Probation Officer during absences; and, performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an at-will, assistant department head class. Incumbents are exempt from Civil Service and serve at the pleasure of the department head. Incumbent relieves the Department Head of many administrative details and acts for the Department Head during absences or as directed.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Interprets County and Probation Department policy and directives to the management staff of the various divisions and institutions; reviews operations and secures compliance with policy and directives; consults with and advises management staff on problems concerning personnel, procedures, and services; evaluates continuing operations and, if indicated, initiates corrective action through discussion with the management staff involved; recommends the assignment and reassignment of professional and clerical personnel according to the needs of the Department; assists the Chief Probation Officer in all roles, including preparing and administering the annual budgets; reviews budget estimates and requests with the management staff with a view to maintaining good fiscal practice, conformity with policy and maximum economy; evaluates budgetary needs and participates in budget conferences with the Chief Probation Officer; studies and reports on anticipated needs and services in the Probation Department including new and expanded facilities and designs, as well as the more efficient utilization of existing facilities; evaluates the overall effectiveness of training programs and plans future developments; acts for the Chief Probation Officer during absences; addresses community groups and professional organizations.


1. Two years of broad administrative and managerial experience that included supervising peace officers and managing programs in community corrections, probation, parole, or the criminal justice system; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Probation Manager in Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: the functions, responsibility, and authority of a county probation department; laws and regulations relating to probation work; budget administration; negotiation methods; current management theory and practice; organizational development; principles and practices of performance-based budgeting, program management, effective supervision and performance management; team-building techniques; contract administration; standard English grammar and usage.

Ability to: formulate, explain, interpret, and implement policies; plan, organize, prioritize, and delegate work; analyze information, identify problems, project consequences, and make recommendations or develop solutions; balance competing priorities; exercise independent judgment; prepare and administer budgets and plan for equipment, space, and personnel needs; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, other departments, elected and appointed officials, other agencies, and the community; prepare clear, complete, and concise reports; work well under pressure; use tact and diplomacy in representing the department; persuade and influence others.

Additional Qualifications: Applicants must meet minimum peace officer standards as specified in California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031, including but not limited to: no prior felony convictions (unless fully pardoned), good moral character as determined by thorough background check. Finalists must submit fingerprints for purpose of a criminal record check, and be found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the powers of a peace officer. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who are eligible for and have applied for citizenship. In addition, possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required.


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