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Deputy Probation Officer, Supervising

Salary: $29.08-$35.51 hourly / $5,058-$6,175 monthly / Range: 6090

DEFINITION: Under direction, plans, assigns, and supervises the work of a group of probation officers and assigned staff; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the full supervisory class in which incumbents are responsible for administration and direction of a unit staffed by Probation Officers and other assigned staff; incumbents also perform difficult investigations and handle case intake as necessary.


1. Assigns cases, supervises, reviews, and trains a staff of Probation Officers engaged in one of the following activities: investigating juvenile or adult offenders, rehabilitating offenders through supervision or referral to public or private agencies, or conducting civil investigations and preparing court reports.
2. Explains and interprets departmental policies and procedures to staff and ensures that they are carried out; conveys views and suggestions of staff to department administration.
3. Reviews and approves court reports for conformance with laws and departmental policy, and may attend court hearings and interpret and execute instructions of the court.
4. Coordinates with Department of Social Services, schools, law enforcement agencies, and others to ensure that offenders receive needed services.
5. Provides continuous on-the-job training for development of staff; evaluates staff performance; participates in interviewing, selecting, and assigning staff to a unit.
6. Attends meetings and conferences to stay abreast of legislation and new trends in professional methods.


1. Three years of experience as a probation officer, including one year of lead work experience; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Deputy Probation Officer, Sr. with 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.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required.

Candidates must meet minimum peace officer standards as specified in California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031 including but not limited to: no one currently on probation for a misdemeanor; no prior felony convictions (unless fully pardoned); good moral character as determined by thorough background investigation, submission of fingerprints for purpose of a criminal record check; and found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the powers of a peace officer.

Citizenship: United States citizenship or permanent resident alien status is required. A permanent resident alien must be eligible and have applied for citizenship

Knowledge of: probation theory and practice; federal, state, and local laws relating to probation work; principles of supervision; departmental policies and procedures; and standard English grammar and usage.

Ability to: plan and direct the work of others; coordinate probation work with related work of other agencies; establish and maintain effective relationships with others; communicate effectively orally and in writing; make sound discretionary decisions; work well under pressure; represent the department with tact and diplomacy; assign, delegate, and prioritize work; maintain objectivity and confidentiality; understand, interpret, and explain laws and policies.


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