County of Alameda

Institutional Supervisor I (#6217)

$37.45-$45.48 Hourly / $2,996.00-$3,638.40 BiWeekly /
$6,491.33-$7,883.20 Monthly / $77,896.00-$94,598.40 Yearly

Under general supervision, to supervise subordinate staff in developing and directing activity programs for delinquent juveniles housed in facilities of the Juvenile Hall Division of the Probation Department; to personally plan and supervise these activities; and to do related work as required.


The Institutional Supervisor I works in one of the following situations:

At Juvenile Hall directs the operation of a number of detention living units. In security matters and in emergency disciplinary situations, immediate direction comes from the Institutional Supervisor II who is responsible for all living units during a shift. Overall supervision of the program and operation is provided by the Assistant Superintendent of Juvenile Hall. The Institutional Supervisor I may supervise more than one unit on a given shift but will be assigned as the Unit Manager of a specific unit. The Institutional supervisor I will be primarily responsible for managing the programs, activities, and staffing of that unit and will be responsible for high rates of school attendance, program participation, and low rates of incidents of the youth. The Institutional Supervisor I that is assigned to a unit must spend the majority of ach shift in their unit with the staff and youth.

In the Weekend Training Academy/Restitution program, Institutional Supervisor I's are responsible for development of recreation, work and education programs in either North or South County. They are responsible for the supervision of the staff who direct the work crews and they represent the Probation Department in Court during Weekend Training Academy (WETA)/Restitution failure calendars. Overall supervision is provided by the Institutional Supervisor II from Juvenile Hall.

This class is a first-line supervisory classification which distinguishes it from the classes of Juvenile Institutional Officer II and III, where incumbents may have some limited lead responsibilities but are primarily involved in the supervision and counseling of youths. This class is distinguished from the Institutional Supervisor II who is responsible for the operation of the detention or performs duties of a shift supervisor at the Camp.


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 and develops unit regulations, procedures, counseling and recreational programs designed to adapt Departmental policies to specific groups of juveniles; supervises unit personnel in such procedures; reviews observation and progress reports of detainees written by the Juvenile Institutional Officers; and reads and makes entries in the daily log to note unusual occurrences, activities, relay special instructions and to pass on needed information.

2. Trains new personnel in Departmental procedures and in group and individual counseling and control methods; develops and monitors training programs for staff, and enrolls staff in STC Training.

3. Assigns, schedules, and supervises the counseling, record and report writing functions of Juvenile Institutional Officer I/II's; approves time off; evaluates staff performance and recommends for or against tenure; requests special evaluations and recommends disciplinary action as appropriate; writes performance commendations; investigates and critiques potential Department violations; assists in the selection of new staff.

4. Supervises the releasing, admitting, and detainee disciplinary functions at the Probation Center/Court Staging. Reviews Intake/Control assignments at Juvenile Hall.

5. In the absence of the Home Supervision/Electronic Monitoring Counselor or back-up Deputy Probation Officer, completes Home Supervision/Electronic Monitoring release contracts with juveniles and parents at Juvenile Hall.

6. Participates in administrative and unit staff meetings for dissemination of information and the development of overall policies which may involve writing proposals/ recommendations; incorporates new departmental policies into detention living units; reviews Unit Manuals to ensure all updated revisions are in place and reviewed by staff.

7. Reviews detainee discipline reports and incident packets that occur in the living unit; provides information to appropriate staff on detainee behavior, including medical/ dental treatment and/or problems.

8. Initiates supply requisitions, inspects unit facilities and equipment and, if necessary, submits work orders for repairs; checks that all general security procedures are being followed. Trains staff on how to search and detect contraband; trains staff on safety hazards and safety drills (i.e., fire drills, earthquake, riot drills). Checks cleanliness of living unit.

9. Directly assists in counseling and group supervision activities; supervises visiting hours.

10. Is responsible for the overall operation of the Weekend Training Academy (WETA) program. Schedules staff, selects work sites, negotiates work site agreements with various agencies, and secures permission of the Juvenile Court. Supervises the work crew and citizenship activities. Assures vehicles and tools are safe and available. Manages S&S expenditures in WETA sub-accounts. Develops recreation work and education programs and lead citizenship discussions for 40-50 minors in the WETA program.

11. May confer with Guidance Clinic Staff regarding children with serious behavioral or psychological problems.

12. At the Weekend Training Academy, collects and maintains (Intermittent) staff usage hours daily; compiles, records and prepares staff usage report when required; schedules intermittent employees to work in the absence of regular staff and/or high count of the detainee population.


Either I


The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the class of Juvenile Institutional Officer III or the equivalent of two years as a Juvenile Institutional Officer II, or a higher level Probation classification, in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of three years’ full-time journey-level experience working with juveniles in correctional casework, or in correctional group work equivalent to Juvenile Institutional Officer II in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. May be required to obtain a Class II driver's license.  A good driving record according to DMV negligent operator guidelines.

Special Requirements:

Persons appointed to positions in this classification in the Probation Department must meet the minimum standards for Peace Officer (Sec. 1031 California Government Code), which includes being a U.S. Citizen, or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
Applicants must be at least 2l years of age at the time of appointment.
Any felony conviction is disqualifying.

Physical Abilities:

Binocular vision is required.

Candidates must have uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/200 in each eye and corrected visual acuity of 20/40 in each eye.

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:

• Management and supervision of staff, including training, coaching, encouraging and holding staff accountable.
• The general psychology and behavior patterns of juveniles and the causes of juvenile delinquency.
• Principles of group and individual counseling work as applied to adolescents.
• Standard health and first aid practices and emergency procedures.
• Recreational activities.
• Procedures involved in the care, safety, transportation, custody and security of juveniles.
• Basic laws and codes governing, penal and institutions practices and procedures.
• Correctional and recreational facilities.

Ability to:

• Communicate effectively verbally and in writing
• Make decisions.
• Solve and analyze problems.
• Plan and organize.
• Demonstrate management control
• Lead
• Adapt to stress
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity
• Compute basic math

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Retitled: l/86
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Revised: 3/26/97
Old document: 0637h.doc
New document: Jobspecs/6217
CSC Date: 6/24/98
IB:cs Revised 7/21/11
CSC Date: 8/24/11


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
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • 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.