County of Alameda

Inmate Services Programs Supervisor (#6833)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - Non-Sworn Sheriff Dept (029)
$37.47-$45.60 Hourly / $2,997.60-$3,648.00 BiWeekly /
$6,494.80-$7,904.00 Monthly / $77,937.60-$94,848.00 Yearly

Under direction, incumbents in this class plan, organize, and direct a wide range of recreational activities for inmates incarcerated in Alameda County as well as oversee and coordinate the activities of the Chaplaincy program in the detention and correction facilities; and perform related duties as required.


The incumbents of this class work independently and are responsible for planning and organizing craft programs, budgeting for supplies and equipment, supervising recreation program support staff, and providing oversight of the Chaplaincy program. This class is distinguished from the lower class of Recreation Assistant, which is primarily tasked with carrying out recreational activities. This position reports to the Inmate Services Lieutenant.

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. Supervises, trains, and evaluates professional and paraprofessional staff in developing and implementing inmate services programs to conform to State and Federal regulations and department policies and procedures in correctional facilities.

2. Prepares budget recommendations for recreation supplies, equipment, and facilities; makes cost comparisons on available recreation equipment, as well as on brands or makes of equipment; recommends on inventory record keeping and on improvement and renovation of facilities for recreation purposes.

3. Develops and maintains relationships with various community-based organizations, business, educational and other organizations to encourage their contribution to and support for inmate services; works collaboratively with these entities to attain service goals.

4. Seek funding sources to develop and implement programs including grants and partnership program development as assigned.

5. Works with various county departments and outside agencies to coordinate the installation, relocation, repair and billing information regarding facilities and equipment.

6. Coordinates purchasing activities; acts as liaison with County Purchasing; researches purchases, solicits bids, and makes recommendations; ensures that proper funds are debited and invoices approved; follows up with vendors as required.

7. Supervises inmates.

8. May participate in department, Countywide State and/or Federal planning processes for inmate recreation and chaplaincy programs; serves on a variety of inmate services committees and task forces.

9. Participates in the selection of inmate services staff; recommends and implements discipline as required.

10. Stays ahead of changes in regulations; evaluates the impact upon program operations.

11. Prepares a variety of correspondence, periodic and special reports, informational publications, program documentation, policies, procedures and other written materials.

12. Monitors assigned programs for compliance with contract provisions and funding source regulations; recommends and facilitates implementation of procedural and operational changes to maximize service delivery and revenue reimbursement.


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The equivalent of two years full-time experience in the class of Recreation Assistant in the Alameda County classified service.


Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, criminology, rehabilitation, sociology or a related field.

(Additional qualifying administrative and/or supervisory experience in a Correctional program may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)


The equivalent of two years of administrative and/or supervisory experience in a program dealing with the rehabilitation of persons in a corrections/detention setting, or in programs providing educational, rehabilitative or counseling services to disadvantaged clients including responsibility for planning and implementing programs, supervising paid and volunteer staff, and coordinating with community resources.


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

Special Requirements:

1. A thorough background investigation will be conducted of all prospective employees to ensure they are suitable for law enforcement related work. Employees must maintain clearance to work in a detention facility.

2. Recreation Supervisors may be assigned to work day, evening, night and rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays.

3. Recreation Supervisors are assigned positions throughout Alameda County and must be able to work at any location.

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 and practices in administering inmate services including recreational, vocational, educational, and library services.
• Principles of organization, management, supervision, and training.
• Federal and State laws, guidelines, and regulations and departmental policies and procedures pertaining to inmate programs and activities.
• Behavioral characteristics of incarcerated populations and how to manage them.
• Recreational, vocational, and educational program planning.
• Community, private, business, academic, public, and other resources to recruit volunteers and contributions.
• Equipment and facilities required for a recreation program; various survey techniques to provide a recreation program meeting the needs and desires of the inmates.
• Administrative procedures and techniques for planning and budgeting.
• Principles and practices of program planning and evaluation and analysis.
• Office administrative practices and procedures, including records management

Ability to:

• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Plan, direct, motivate, train and supervise subordinates, and volunteers in providing inmate programs, including recreational, vocational, and educational programs.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, community groups and inmates from a variety of social, cultural and economic backgrounds.
• Research, compile and summarize varied information, evaluate alternatives and reach sound conclusions.
• Work under stressful, emotional, and confrontational situations requiring good judgment, self-control, and flexibility.
• Tolerate different values and beliefs.
• Prepare reports, prepare budgets, and track expenditures.
• Make public presentations.
• Operate a variety of software programs and office equipment
• Identify programmatic and operational problems, investigate and evaluate alternatives and implement effective solutions.
• Interpret, explain, and apply complex regulations, policies and procedures.
• Prepare clear, accurate and effective reports, correspondence, policies, informational brochures and other written materials.
• Represent the department and the County in meetings with others and make effective presentations to diverse groups.
• Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines.
• Maintain accurate records and files.
• Exercise sound independent judgment within established policies and guidelines.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

JE:nw Revised: 8/22/77
Retyped: 3/85
HC:pb Revised: 2/18/87
HC:pb Revised: 1/24/89
Old doc: 0678h
New doc: 6833.doc
CSC Date: 2/15/89
DS:po Revised/Retitled 6/19/09
old title: Recreation Supvr.
CSC Date: 7/29/2009
NLB:cs Revised 2/29/16
CSC Date: 3/16/16
SJ:cs Revised 6/21/16
Old Title: Sheriff’s Recreation Supervisor
CSC Date: 7/6/16


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.