County of Alameda

Superintendent, Probation (#6235)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - Gen Gov / Safety Prob Mgr (075)
$75.00-$91.04 Hourly / $6,000.00-$7,283.20 BiWeekly /
$13,000.00-$15,780.27 Monthly / $156,000.00-$189,363.20 Yearly

Under direction, the Superintendent assists with managing the Juvenile Facilities Division by providing direct oversight and guidance in the operation of juvenile facilities including, but not limited to, directing, facilitating, and/or delegating all business, personnel matters and financial affairs; and, to do related work as required.


This administrative position reports to the Juvenile Facilities Division Deputy Probation Officer, and is responsible for managing all Probation Department operated juvenile facilities. Areas of management include, but are not limited to the following: program development, personnel matters, security, health, safety, policy implementation, and day-to-day operations. The Superintendent supervises subordinates, and may act on behalf, or in the absence, of the Juvenile Facilities Division Deputy Chief Probation Officer. The class of Superintendent is distinguished from the next lower level class of Assistant Superintendent in that the former has overall leadership oversight responsibilities for the Juvenile Hall or Camp Sweeney, while the latter has management responsibilities for the day-to-day operations.


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. Responsible for planning, organizing, and operating juvenile facilities and programs, including the staffing and supervision of personnel, buildings, and grounds maintenance; confers regularly with the Juvenile Facilities Division Deputy Chief Probation Officer.

2. In collaboration with the Assistant Superintendent, supervises the day-to-day activity of the staff, giving instruction, planning work schedules, making assignments, observing and evaluating performance and recommending appropriate action; works with school personnel to coordinate facility activities and the school program.

3. Supervises preparation and maintenance of daily and periodic records; makes frequent inspection tours of each juvenile facility; reviews unit logs and programs; ensures that security, safety and health standards are maintained; and, may confer with staff concerning the behavior of juveniles and compliance with division regulations and philosophy.

4. Prepares purchasing requests and assists with budget development. Helps with managing the facilities’ S&S budget and special fund expenditures.

5. Evaluates staff performance and development; assists with personnel recruitment and selection, and plans and directs in-service training for staff.

6. Reviews lost property reports and recommends appropriate action.

7. May conduct division-level internal affairs investigations.

8. Supervises maintenance and utilization of buildings and grounds, the housekeeping and linen room functions, and approves supply requisitions.

9. Confers with representatives of other divisions, departments and agencies, and civic and community groups.

10. Maintains liaison with the court, ensures that court orders are followed and performs court tasks as required.

11. May assume temporary responsibility for the Juvenile Facilities Division in the absence of the Juvenile Facilities Division Deputy Chief Probation Officer.

12. Assists with juvenile related capital project planning, development and implementation including, but not limited to, developing capital outlay plans, working on project teams, preparing project budgets, establishing staffing, operation and transition and activation plans.

13. Confers with the Juvenile Facilities Division Deputy Chief on significant matters of juvenile facilities operations; confers with Juvenile Services Division on referrals of youths to the camps, on placing youths in the camps or out of State or County, and on coordinating the activities of the camp programs; confers with the Juvenile Facilities Division Deputy Chief on the interviewing and processing of detainees; and, confers with subordinate supervisors and Juvenile Institutional Officers on policies, procedures and total functioning of the facilities.


Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (180 quarter or 120 semester units) preferably with a concentration in Sociology, Criminology, Psychology, Penology, Child Development, Political Science or a closely related field.


Either I

The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in a class equivalent to, or higher than, Institutional Supervisor II with the Alameda County Probation Department. 


The equivalent of five years of professional, increasingly responsible full-time experience in an educational or counseling program within a probation or correctional institution, two years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity at the level of, or higher than, an Institutional Supervisor II in the Alameda County Probation Department.


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.
Possession of an automobile may be required.
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 must meet all minimum requirements for peace officer status.
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).
Any felony conviction is disqualifying.

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:

• Laws and codes governing probation services and probation institution administration.
• Principles of budget analysis and preparation.
• Business administration.
• Staff supervision techniques.
• Writing skills.
• Organizational abilities.
• Principles of personnel administration.
• Social theory relating to juveniles and rehabilitation institutions.
• Laws and codes governing juvenile hall administration.
• Evidence-based probation supervision practices.

Ability to:

• Implement and supervise a systematic behavior management program.
• Coordinate and direct the various activities in a large detention institution.
• Establish and maintain good working relationships with staff members and good public relations in the community.
• Write and speak English effectively.
• Direct and evaluate personnel.
• Plan suitable programs to implement departmental juvenile rehabilitation policies.
• Exercise tact and effectiveness in addressing difficult personnel matters.
• Deal effectively with representatives of other agencies, parents, citizen groups, and the general public.
• Interpret detention and probation policies.
• Analyze reports and statistics accurately in the process of effective budget preparation and facilities management.

Revised: 10/82
Retyped: 1/85
JH:pb Revised: 3/88
JH:pb Revised: 9/89
Old doc:  0617h
New doc:  6235.doc
CSC Date:  10/11/89
IB:pf  Rev/Retitle 3/1/05
Old title:  Assistant Director, Juvenile Hall]
CSC Date:   7/19/2006
IB:cs  Revised 1/13/11
CSC Date:  2/9/11
IC:jf Revised/retitled 3/15/17
Old Title: Supervisor, Juvenile Hall
CSC Date: 4/12/17
IC:jf Revised 9/28/17
CSC Date: 10/25/17
RE: saa Revised 03/02/2023
CSC Date:05/03/2023


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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