Juvenile Institutions Officer, Senior
Salary: $20.76-$25.34 hourly / $3,611-$4,408 monthly / Range:
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.