CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER
County of Riverside - Riverside, CA

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The County of Riverside has an exceptional opportunity for a Chief Probation Officer.

The Riverside County Probation Department Department is a progressive criminal justice agency that believes in continuous improvement, searching and applying "best practices," using measurable outcomes to evaluate programs, and doing our utmost to fulfill our mission and make Riverside County a safe and law-abiding community for its citizens. We value accountability, commitment, compassion, positive image, integrity, creativity, honesty, excellence, respect/values, and ethics in our staff and constantly strive to uphold the public trust and provide the best quality service to our constituents. We recognize the value of a qualified, professional, high energy, and diverse workforce and building an organization that reflects the progressive community we serve.

Under direction of the Court's Probation Oversight Committee, the Chief Probation Officer administers a large department engaged in providing adult and juvenile supervision, juvenile pre-trial services, juvenile out-of-home care placement, management of juvenile detention and treatment facilities, and adult and juvenile case management services. The Chief Probation Officer reports to the Court's Probation Oversight Committee on the performance of the Probation Department's functions defined by law.

In addition to a competitive salary, Riverside County offers an outstanding benefits package. Benefits include more than five weeks of paid annual leave, County paid CalPERS retirement contributions, monthly medical flex benefit of $751, County paid vision insurance, long term disability, life insurance, 401 (a) contribution, (12) paid holidays, bereavement leave, and automobile allowance or County vehicle.

This class has been designated at will by the Board of Supervisors, in accordance with the provisions provided under Article 6, Section 601E (1) of the County Management Resolution.

This class has been deemed eligible for the Executive Performance Recognition Plan as set forth under Article 3, Section 311 (A) of the County Management Resolution.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  • Manages a large, multi-discipline staff through subordinate administrators; reviews and directs departmental human resources actions; formulates departmental policies in consultation with and under the direction of the Court's Probation Oversight Committee.
  • Formulates operating policies and procedures, assigning functions to the various divisions and delineating lines of authority and responsibility.
  • Selects Probation Management Team staff and directs their training and development; directs and consults with subordinate management staff in developing goals for the various divisions of the Probation Department; and develops succession management.
  • Evaluates the performance of executive level management staff; coordinates the operations of the various divisions and plans new programs involving the provision of more effective service or the expansion of service to comply with changing legislation and needs.
  • Reviews proposed legislation, and operational policy and program changes within the courts and law enforcement to determine the impact on the department.
  • Prepares and administers the annual budget; reviews and evaluates the budget estimates and needs of the various divisions with a view to maintaining good fiscal practices within the provision of effective probation services; in coordination with the Court's Probation Oversight Committee, presents and justifies the department budget to the Board of Supervisors.
  • Directs the preparation of necessary statistics and reports to keep the Court's Probation Oversight Committee and the Chief Probation Officer Governance Committee and the community fully informed on the activities of the department.
  • Initiates and maintains a public relations program for the Probation Department and interprets its policies and activities to the press and the public.
  • Attends and addresses meetings of civic groups and otherwise stimulates community interest in, and support of, the objectives of the Probation Department.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with other social agencies, criminal justice and public safety agencies, and public officials concerned with probation services.
  • Keeps informed on present and future trends in probation work; reads the professional literature and participates in professional organizations; confers with the Court's Probation Oversight Committee, and the Chief Probation Officer Governance Committee concerning services, procedures and policies.
  • Informs the Juvenile Justice Commission on changes affecting juvenile court law and juvenile delinquency.
RECRUITING GUIDELINES:
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree, preferably in the behavioral sciences.

Experience: Five years of administrative experience in a county probation department or similar correctional agency that has included program planning and evaluation and fiscal administration.

Knowledge of: Court procedure and the laws pertinent to adult and juvenile probation work; modern principles and methods of adult and juvenile probation work; principles of administration of a varied program of probation services; principles and techniques of modern organization, management and staff administration; principles of human behavior, growth and development; the principles and practices of community organizations.

Ability to: Plan, organize, direct, coordinate and supervise a comprehensive probation services organization; recommend policy, identify needs, establish priorities, determine objectives, and develop and design programs and operations to meet probation services objectives; evaluate the adequacy of procedures, departmental resources, programs and services, prepare and execute a departmental budget; perform effectively to meet program goals and objectives in conformity with County policy and existing legal requirements; establish and maintain effective working relationships; deal tactfully and persuasively with others in controversial situations; use communications skills and techniques required for gathering and transmitting information for interviewing, counseling, instructing, persuading and directing group discussions at all levels of organization.

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