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Probation Manager

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DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, manages probation programs or institutions or departmental personnel/training services; participates in department's management team; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a management classification, distinguished from the Supervising Deputy Probation Officer and Probation Institutions Supervisor by its overall administrative and program responsibility for multiple facilities or programs.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Plans, organizes, and manages adult or juvenile probation services provided through a variety of departmental programs or in a detention facility, or departmental personnel/training services designed to support program and facilities staff; designs, implements, and evaluates programs and services for effectiveness; ensures that programs, services, or institutions are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations; develops and implements improvements to programs and procedures.
2. Directly or through subordinates: designs and participates in the testing and selection of job candidates, participates in or makes hiring decisions; assigns and supervises staff, sets performance standards, and evaluates performance; identifies training needs and conducts or arranges for training; directs subordinate staff by providing technical guidance and interpreting policies and procedures.
3. Confers with representatives of other County departments, other government agencies, and community organizations to coordinate efforts to provide cooperative services; may develop contracts or agreements with organizations or individuals to provide needed services, such as training of staff; represents the department before professional organizations, appointed boards, and the public, by explaining the plans, policies, and goals of the department, explaining and defending departmental decisions, and promoting community interest in and support for departmental programs.
4. Acts as a member of the departmental management team by serving on the departmental policy council and participating in the development and modification of departmental policies and procedures; may prepare correspondence, special reports, manuals, and grant applications.
5. Assists in setting budget priorities by identifying needs such as capital improvements, supplies, and staffing; monitors program expenditures; ensures that all operational requirements for revenue sources are met.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

1. One year of experience supervising peace officers in either community corrections, probation, or parole that included some project/program development and budget preparation; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Deputy Probation Officer, Supervising or Probation Institutions Supervisor 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.

Completion of Probation CORE training and PC 832 or equivalent are required within 1 year of employment.

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

Knowledge of: laws related to provision of adult and juvenile probation services; current practices of adult and juvenile probation; alternate programming for adult and juvenile probationers; psychological principles and practices related to the care and rehabilitation of clients; principles and practices of supervision and performance management; principles of budget preparation and administration; principles of project management; negotiating techniques; standard English usage and grammar.

Ability to: learn officer safety practices, departmental and program goals, objectives, and mission, and design courses of action accordingly; learn and apply management principles and practices; plan, organize, prioritize, and delegate work; gather and analyze data, draw conclusions, and make recommendations; apply and interpret laws, regulations, and policies; allocate resources; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with colleagues, other departments, agencies, and community organizations; prepare a variety of written communications; make public presentations; represent the department with tact and diplomacy; maintain objectivity and confidentiality; make independent decisions; stay informed of developments in the probation and personnel fields.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Incumbents assigned to manage an institution may be required to work nights, weekends, and holidays on an on-call basis.

Some assignments may require the following:

Ability to: learn, interpret, and apply federal and state employment laws and Civil Service Rules; learn and implement fair testing, selection, and hiring processes; advise colleagues on employment matters.

 



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