County of Alameda

Probation Chief of Research and Evaluation (#6037)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Confidential Mgmt (U50)
$80.20-$97.54 Hourly / $6,416.00-$7,803.20 BiWeekly /
$13,901.33-$16,906.93 Monthly / $166,816.00-$202,883.20 Yearly

Under the general direction of the Assistant Chief Probation Officer, this position is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all Alameda County Probation Department research and evaluation activities; and, doing related work as required.


This single position classification formulates research and development programs, policies and procedures; directs, through subordinate staff, the creation, development and implementation of strategic initiatives; and plans, organizes and directs all aspects of the ACPD's research and evaluation policies, objectives, and initiatives.

NOTE:  The following are some of the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1.  Establishes and maintains ongoing demographic and recidivism statistics that are reported to other law enforcement partners, the Department of Justice, other external stakeholders and the public. 

2.  Oversees and directs complex research projects through a variety of resources in support of the Department's initiatives and programs.

3.  In collaboration with both Adult and Juvenile Services' executive management teams, identifies project goals, research methods, variables, and other test parameters for multiple departmental goals; makes recommendations on data collection and evaluation components; establishes timeframes and oversees the budget and timeline to ensure departmental goals are met.

4.  Responsible for data security and data sharing protocols.  Implements security software protocols to keep research projects safe and confidential.

5.  Monitors research and evaluation consultants' methodologies, progress and findings to ensure program fidelity.

6.  Represents the Chief Probation Officer and the ACPD to the Board of Supervisors, media, public and stakeholders, presenting departmental data on research, statistics, population demographics and evaluation issues related to Probation programs.

7.  Supervises the work of staff within the Research and Evaluation Unit.


Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (180 quarter or 120 semester units) preferably in research, evaluation or assessment.


Five years of full-time, professional-level experience in research and development activities related to rehabilitation, criminal justice and/or re-entry programs, in which your primary responsibilities involved research, analysis and the compilation, investigation and evaluation of data.  Two years of this experience must have included research project management and responsibility for directing staff.


Possession of a master's degree or above may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

NOTE:  The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Example of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:
  • State and local regulations that govern probation programs.
  • Methods and techniques of research program development, performance metrics, evidence-based practices, and program fidelity measures.
  • Principles, methods and practices of public administration; statistics, research and development; management and statistical analysis; personnel, fiscal, program management and administrative problem solving.
  • Community and agency consultation methods and procedures.
  • Computer applications, hardware and software related to the work.
Ability to:
  • Plan, organize, control and evaluate Probation Department research programs.
  • Establish and maintain data security protocols.
  • Integrate the activities of a program to attain program goals.
  • Communicate and interact effectively with a variety of government and community officials, and with individuals of diverse backgrounds, positions and life experiences.
  • Interpret and apply state and local legislation, codes, regulations and programs related to probation.
  • Prepare and present clear and concise oral and written communications.
  • Develop and recommend effective courses of action.
  • Consult with and advise top administrators on the activities and effectiveness of various programs.
  • Manage multiple priorities and work under pressure.
  • Make public presentations to groups within and outside of County government.
  • Develop short and long-range budget plans that accurately reflect program needs.
  • Apply the resources and tools of a specialty subject area.
  • Supervise staff, evaluate their performance and take appropriate action.

Newspecs: 6037
LD:jf 02/05/2018
CSC Date: 10/24/2018


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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