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Probation Institutions Supervisor

Salary: $27.45-$33.51 hourly / $4,774-$5,828 monthly / Range: 5974

DEFINITION: Under general direction of a Probation Manager, supervises administrative and program activities of the Los Prietos Boys Camp, the Los Prietos Boys Academy, Santa Maria Juvenile Hall, or Santa Barbara Juvenile Hall; supervises the quality of care in the institution; interprets policies and procedures; supervises subordinate staff and detainees; and performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from Supervising Juvenile Institutions Officer by its ongoing responsibility for supervising operations of a probation institution, whereas the Supervising Juvenile Institutions Officer serves as shift supervisor with primary responsibility for assigning and reviewing work and training staff in a work unit. This class is further distinguished from Probation Manager by the Manager's greater authority and responsibility for overall administrative, fiscal, and program oversight and for all facets of facility operations, policies, and procedures.


1. Exercises onsite responsibility for the development and implementation of all institution programs and administrative matters, including budget preparation and monitoring, and updating of policies and procedures; meets with the Manager on a regular basis and keeps him/her informed of all pertinent matters;
2. Makes decisions regarding resolution of non-routine administrative, operational, and programmatic problems;
3. Supervises staff and coordinates and reviews work schedules, performance evaluations, employee discipline, training, orientation, staffing patterns and other staffing issues such as workers compensation;
4. Supervises institution operations including food services programs, updates operations manuals, and ensures compliance with applicable standards of the Board of Corrections, the courts, and other regulatory bodies;
5. Oversees the scheduling of and preparations for annual local and state inspections of the institution;
6. Supervises maintenance and general security of the institution; develops and implements emergency plans in the event of fire, flood, or earthquake; reviews community confinement program, and approves all special visits with detainees in the institution;
7. Counsels staff on professional issues, and assists in the investigation of complaints involving staff;
8. Coordinates with other agencies on areas of mutual interest; participates in meetings with staff and representatives from other agencies;
9. Periodically reviews medical policies, procedures and reports;
10. May perform line supervisory duties when necessary;
11. May assume responsibility for overall program management in the absence of the Probation Manager and perform other duties as assigned.


1. One year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of either Deputy Probation Officer, Senior or Juvenile Institutions Officer, Supervising with Santa Barbara County; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License and U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. 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, submission of 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.

Knowledge of: the principles of general administration and supervision; general operations of detention facilities and scope of work for subordinates; procedures of the courts, ideally juvenile courts, and the provision of probation services to adults or juveniles in the criminal justice system; psychological principles and techniques applicable to the care and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders; the growth, development, needs, and problems of juveniles.

Ability to: lead and communicate effectively with institutions staff and other on-site personnel, such as medical, mental health, and County Education Office staff; motivate and train staff; plan, assign, and direct the work of others; accept responsibility for decisions; counsel and supervise individuals and groups and provide support and control when needed; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; learn and apply principles and practices of personnel management, budget administration, California Board of Corrections standards, and applicable sections of the Penal Code and the Welfare and Institutions Code.

Supplemental Information: Work in this class may require shift work, including night, holiday, and weekend assignments.


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