County of Alameda

Institutional Supervisor I (#6217)

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Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - Gen Gov / Safety Prob Mgr (075)
$45.29-$54.98 Hourly / $3,623.20-$4,398.40 BiWeekly /
$7,850.27-$9,529.87 Monthly / $94,203.20-$114,358.40 Yearly


Under general supervision, supervises subordinate staff in developing and directing activity programs for youth housed within the Juvenile Facilities Division, including but not limited to Juvenile Camp Sweeney; personally plans and supervises these activities; and, does 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, 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 each shift in their unit with the staff and youth.   The Institutional Supervisor I may be responsible for supervising the community service work programs and detention alternatives. Overall supervision of the program is provided by the Institutional Supervisor II.  

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


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 youth; supervises unit personnel in such procedures; reviews observation and progress reports of youth written by 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 staff; approves time off; evaluates staff performance and makes recommendations for or against tenure; requests special evaluations and recommends disciplinary action as appropriate; writes performance commendations; investigates and critiques potential Departmental violations; and, assists in the selection of new staff.

4.  In the absence of the Home Supervision/Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Counselor or back-up Deputy Probation Officer, completes Home Supervision/Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) release contracts with youth and parents at Juvenile Hall.

5.  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. In addition, Institutional Supervisor Is are responsible for scheduling and holding monthly unit meetings.

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

7.  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, and on safety hazards and safety drills (i.e., fire drills, earthquake, riot drills).  Checks cleanliness of living unit.

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

9.  Is responsible for the overall operation of the community service work programs and detention alternatives.  

10.   May confer with Guidance Clinic Staff regarding youth with serious behavioral or psychological problems.        



Successful completion of at least 60 semester, or 90 quarter, units from an accredited college or university, preferably with specialization in Sociology, Criminology, Psychology, Political Science, Child Development, Penology, or a closely related field.  


Either I  


The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in the class of Juvenile Institutional Officer or a higher level Probation classification, in the Alameda County classified service.   

Or II  

The equivalent of three years of full-time, journey-level experience working with youth in correctional casework, or in correctional group work equivalent to Juvenile Institutional Officer in the Alameda County classified service.   


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License.  May be required to obtain a Class “B” driver's license.

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

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)

Applicants are not required to be a US citizen but must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law. (Per SB 960).

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment. A thorough background investigation will be made of all prospective Institutional Supervisors. Any felony conviction is disqualifying.  

Applicants must have graduated from high school, attained a satisfactory score on a G.E.D. test or passed a California High School proficiency examination.  

Applicants must be found free from any physical, emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a Peace Officer, as determined by a licensed examining authority in accordance with the California Government Code.   

Applicants will be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal records.   Incumbents must be available to work all shifts and locations.  

Physical Abilities:  

Binocular vision is required. Candidates must have uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/20 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 youth and the causes of youth 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 youth.

·  Basic laws and codes governing, penal and institutions practices and procedures.

·  Correctional and recreational facilities.

·  Principles of evidence-based supervision and personnel management practices.  

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.

·  Effectively utilize the Department’s automated systems to record entries, update case factors, access client risk and needs information and attend training to maintain proficiency with all departmental automation systems.  


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Retyped: 3/85

Retitled: l/86


Revised: 11/86


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Revised: 12/97


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

IC:jf Revised 12/18/17

CSC Date: 1/30/19

TG:sa Revised 03/14/2022

CSC Date:03/20/2024



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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