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Juvenile Institutions Officer, Senior

Salary: $20.76-$25.34 hourly / $3,611-$4,408 monthly / Range: 5414

DEFINITION: Under direction, assumes lead responsibility over other officers engaged in the supervision, control, guidance and occasional counseling of a group of juveniles in detention and/or treatment facilities; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from Juvenile Institutions Officer by its responsibility for lead functions in assigning and reviewing work and training staff, and for the occasional supervision of operations of a probation institution in the absence of the Supervising Juvenile Institutions Officer, or by responsibility for a specialized program.


1. Serves as leadworker on shift by assigning and reviewing work of staff; instructs new Juvenile Institutions Officers (JIOs) and Extra Help staff in daily routine including security, safety, operations, and procedures; provides input to supervisor on evaluations of officers in unit; and ensures delivery of medications to juveniles during shift.
2. Receives juveniles by making intake decisions; assigns security status to juveniles; classifies juveniles as suicidal, medical, restricted, or homosexual; makes detention or release decisions by evaluating detention intake criteria; reviews booking of, and history of juveniles, and information in family file; provides relevant information about juveniles to other agencies, such as Social Services, Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health, or law enforcement; and evaluates and determines eligibility status of juveniles for home passes.
3. Advises, corrects, directs, and counsels juveniles as needed individually or in groups, or in writing; enforces disciplinary policies of the institution by changing security status of juveniles, isolating juvenile from the group, removing privileges, and/or documenting the rules violations; responds to grievances of juveniles; conducts individual, group, or crisis counseling; and contacts mental health workers at facility to report the emotional stability and security status of juveniles.
4. Prepares or reviews reports of staff activities, Worker Special Reports (WSRs), progress reports for courts, juvenile admissions and releases, and chronological behavioral reports on juveniles; and keeps records of activities on shift.
5. Ensures security and safety of facility and juveniles by orienting new detainees and aiding them in adjusting to custody status; controls juveniles in detention or treatment facility by informing them of rules, correcting behavior, and physically restraining if necessary; screens visitors to determine safety and security risk to facility prior to admittance; and monitors visits between parents and juveniles.
6. May coordinate a program such as early release, home passes, home supervision, medical, or volunteers.
7. Responds to emergency situations by taking appropriate actions such as securing facility, notifying authorities and documenting the incident; may administer first aid and CPR.
8. Meets with supervisor to seek direction when appropriate, and keep supervisor apprised of institutional issues including movements of juveniles, and interacting or coordinating activities with other departments; oversees facility in absence of supervisor.
9. Performs various administrative tasks for facility operation and maintenance, such as maintaining inventories and ordering supplies; assists in the development of procedure manuals for facility; contacts vendors to repair equipment; conducts tours of the facility for the public; assists in preparing facility for annual inspections.
10. Performs other staff work, such as feeding juveniles, preparing meals, and cleaning detail.
11. May perform various recordkeeping tasks on a computer; checks booking sheet and may enter information in automated booking system; may enter other information such as detention decision form, unit roster, security level of juvenile, assigned Probation Officer; and may generate reports as needed or requested in automated system.


1. Two years of experience supervising juveniles in a detention and/or residential treatment facility; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Juvenile Institutions Officer 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 Requirements:

1. Must meet minimum peace officer standards as specified in Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031 including, but not limited to: no prior felony convictions (unless fully pardoned), good moral character as determined through a background check, and free from any physical, mental, or emotional condition which might adversely affect the powers of a peace officer.
2. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License. Must be an U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
3. Some positions in this class may require incumbents to obtain a California Class B Driver's License for the purposes of transporting juveniles in a commercial vehicle. Driver's license must be kept valid throughout the term of employment.
4. Once an incumbent has obtained the Class B Driver's License, he/she will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs prior to being assigned work requiring such a license; once assigned, incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.
5. Within one year of hire, must have successfully completed CORE training and an introductory law enforcement procedures (PC 832), certified by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.

Knowledge of: psychological principles and techniques applicable to the care and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders; safety and security measures in a treatment or detention facility; basic math including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers and percentages.

Ability to: supervise detainees in an institutional environment and gain their confidence and respect; identify, evaluate, and resolve tense group situations as they develop and accept responsibility for decisions; direct, correct, advise, and counsel individuals and groups; communicate effectively one-on-one with detainees, parents, colleagues, and others; make effective discretionary decisions; work well under pressure and emergency situations; organize own work and that of others and set priorities to meet deadlines; read, understand, and apply laws, regulations, and procedures related to juvenile detention and treatment; implement County and departmental policies, procedures, goals, and objectives; recall and document behavior of clients; identify behavior patterns and behavior changes of clients for signs of potential problems; establish and maintain effective relationships with others such as parents of juveniles, law enforcement, social services, and other agencies' staff; prepare memos and reports using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling; keep basic records; plan, organize, and coordinate special programs such as recreational and work programs, volunteer programs for facility, and counseling services; maintain confidentiality of juvenile records; use a personal computer to enter and access juvenile bookings and records.

Desirable Qualifications:

Knowledge of: Board of Corrections Minimum Standards for Juvenile Facilities, Probation Department policies and procedures, and County Policies; Probation Department policies and procedures related to juvenile detention; training techniques and methods to conduct sessions on policies, procedures, and methods of handling juveniles in a locked facility.

Ability to: supervise juveniles in an institutional setting, maintaining safety and security of the facility; assign and review work of employees on shift.

Certificates: Possession of First Aid and CPR certificates.

Supplemental Information: Incumbents must work in a structured, regimented work environment that includes working shifts, weekends, and holidays. Incumbents must enforce rules while maintaining flexibility, and adhere to professional ethics in working with juveniles; wear required uniform; stand for extended periods of time (up to eight hours per shift); work outdoors in a varying climate; perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.


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