County of Alameda

Deputy Chief Probation Officer (#6124)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - Gen Gov / Safety Prob Mgr (075)
$78.32-$95.20 Hourly / $6,265.60-$7,616.00 BiWeekly /
$13,575.47-$16,501.33 Monthly / $162,905.60-$198,016.00 Yearly

Under general direction, plans, organizes and directs the work of a major functional division of the Probation Department; consults with, and advises top level management on problems and needs within the division; participates in community functions related to the division's programs; and does related work as required.


Incumbents in the class of Deputy Chief Probation Officer are assigned responsibility for the administration of a major division. They may report directly to the Chief Probation Officer or an Assistant Chief Probation Officer. They may direct first-and second-level supervisors, as well as Deputy Probation Officers and Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents and Juvenile Institutional staff. Deputy Chief Probation Officer is distinguished from Division Director, Probation and Superintendent in that the latter are responsible for specific programs or institutions but not entire divisions.


NOTE: The following are 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. Plans, organizes and directs the work of a major functional division of the Probation Department to conform with general policy established by the highest management levels or with Federal and State laws and County ordinances related to the division's programs.

2. Provides general direction to subordinates in specific program functions, such as investigation and supervision of probationers, which includes general procedures and techniques in the care and custody of juveniles in institutions.

3 Develops departmental policies in conjunction with top administration.

4. Consults with administration regarding public relations, addresses personnel matters, identifies and addresses divisional needs, and the utilization of community resources; develops and implements strategies and solutions related to areas of responsibility.

5. Prepares legislative bill analyses, develops implementation and training plans regarding legislation affecting areas of responsibility, and ensures full implementation of the plan including any necessary policy revisions.

6. Reviews and participates in the selection, assignment, training and evaluation of staff; takes corrective action and recommends disciplinary action; and, approves and schedules vacation and overtime work.

7. May approve minor building maintenance changes and necessary repairs; recommends any major building alterations.

8. Responds to media inquiries and develops press releases.

9. In conjunction with other management staff, makes recommendations to the Chief Probation Officer regarding the business and financial affairs of the division; monitors divisional expenditures to ensure compliance with County Auditor’s Manual of Accounting Policies and Procedures; and, participates in the annual budget development process.

10. Researches, initiates and oversees grant and funding proposals; coordinates development of divisional events; and, promotes volunteerism through outreach to institutions and agencies.

11. Ensures evidence-based practices are developed and utilized throughout the area of assigned responsibility. Identifies and develops best practice recommendations regarding areas of assigned responsibility.

12. Directs requisitioning of supplies and equipment and maintenance of required records and statistics.

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Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (180 quarter or 120 semester units) in Social Welfare, Planning, Public Administration, Public Policy, Criminal Justice or a closely related field.



The equivalent of four years of full-time supervisory experience which included at least two years in the class of Institutional Supervisor II, or an equivalent or higher level class, in the Probation Department of Alameda County.



Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (180 quarter or 120 semester units) in Social Welfare, Planning, Public Administration, Public Policy, Criminal Justice or a closely related field.



The equivalent of four years of full-time, increasingly responsible managerial or administrative experience, which involved supervision of a major support function or program division at the level of Superintendent or an equivalent or higher level class in a probation, parole, correctional institution, etc.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Special Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.

A good driving record according to DMV negligent operator guidelines and qualification for automotive insurance.

State law requires that persons appointed to positions in this classification be citizens of the United States or must have filed for citizenship one year prior to employment application deadline date and must meet all other minimum requirements for Peace Officer status (Section 1031 Government Code).

A thorough background investigation will be made of prospective applicants. A record of any felony conviction will result in disqualification.

Fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.

Found free from any physical, emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of armed peace officer, as determined by a licensed examining authority in accordance with the California Government Code.

Within the prescribed time limit after date of appointment, satisfactory completion of training for probation officers as specified by the California Board of Corrections, Peace Officer Standards and Training PC 832 and any other training required under law.

May be required to be armed within course and scope of duties.

Willingness to perform work requiring irregular hours, holidays and weekends.

Physical Requirements:

Applicants must satisfactorily pass a thorough medical examination for Peace Officers and a psychological evaluation before job placement can take place.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

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

Knowledge of:

• Principles, methods and techniques of administration, including the organization and management of modern probation services and institutional administration.
• Principles and application of evidence based practices in both the juvenile justice and adult corrections field.
• Laws, codes and statutes relating to the functions, duties and prerogatives of the Deputy Probation Officer.
• Social, economic and psychological factors.
• Forces and trends relating to crime, delinquency and social adjustment.
• Techniques of budget and personnel administration.

Ability to:

• Plan and supervise the work of others.
• Plan, organize and direct a probation program.
• Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
• Write effectively and speak before professional and public groups.
• Prepare budget estimates and reports.
• Develop, revise and implement policies.
• Prepare legislative bill analyses.
• Develop training plans.
• Work effectively with a variety of individuals, outside agencies, etc.
• Effectively utilize self-defense techniques.
• Effectively utilize a firearm.

TT:lm-h Revised: 4/83
Retyped: 1/85
DF:pb Revised: 3/17/93
TT:lm Revised: 9/95
HC:jc Revised: 12/98
Old doc: Y:\0598h.wpf
New doc: /6124.doc
CSC Date: 2/17/99
IB/cs Revised 1/6/11
CSC Date: 2/9/11
IB:cs Revised 4/23/12
CSC Date: 5/30/12
IB:cs Revised/Retitled 2/1/13
Old Title: Division Director, Probation
CSC Date: 3/20/13
SJ:cs Revised 1/12/15
CSC Date: 2/18/15
IC:jf Revision 3/6/2018
CSC Date: 4/11/18


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

  • 11 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.