Sunday, August 18, 2019

Assistant Superintendent, Probation

Recruitment #18-6230-01




In order to reapply for this position, please contact Leticia Diaz at to have your previous application released back to you.

THIS IS A REOPENING OF AN EXISTING EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.

Applications will only be accepted on-line.



The Alameda County Probation Department is an essential element of the County’s system of public protection and human services. The Department’s role is to reduce the impact of crime in the community by providing accurate, comprehensive and timely information and recommendations to the Courts, providing community-based sanctions and treatment for offenders, and working cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and community organizations with similar objectives. The Department provides a wide range of mandated and discretionary investigative, advisory, and supervisory services to adult and juvenile probationers pursuant to State law and the County Charter.


Under direction, the Assistant Superintendent is responsible for the ongoing operation of the Juvenile Facilities Division; for the care, custody and control of resident youth; for supervising Juvenile Facilities Division staff; and, related work as required.


In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders including but not limited to personnel, community and labor unions.
  • Extensive knowledge of behavior management strategies as they relate to juvenile justice.
  • Proven experience working with evidence based practices in the field of juvenile justice.
  • Solid experience in managing work groups and building partnerships, internal and external, to the Probation Department.
  • Remarkable organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks, accomplish multiple projects simultaneously, facilitate change and take prompt action to achieve objectives as well as identify issues as they arise and address them proactively.
  • Prudent and innovative decision making skills, with a history of choosing the appropriate courses of action by considering all implications and consequences, committing to action and ensuring successful implementation.
  • Proven ability to identify and understand complex problems and concepts, analyze information and exercise good judgment based on available data, design solutions to problems, and formulate and articulate action plans.
  • Awareness of the complexity of the day to day operations of a 24-hour detention facility, including auxiliary functions such as school, health, culinary, building maintenance, etc., and ensuring compliance with statutory guidelines and current case law.
  • Strong leadership skills with a track record of successful team-building which includes providing direction and structure for subordinates to facilitate accomplishment of identified goals.



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 three 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 a 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, a good driving record according to DMV negligent operator guidelines, and qualifications for automotive insurance.

Special Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
Persons appointed to positions in this class in the Probation Department must meet the minimum standards for Peace Officer (Sec. 1031 of the Government Code), which includes being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible, and has applied for citizenship one year prior to the employment application deadline.
Any felony conviction is disqualifying.
Graduation from high school, a satisfactory score on a G.E.D. test or passing a California High School proficiency examination.
Fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal records.
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.

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


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

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 the custody and care of juveniles, penal practices and institutional procedures.
• Modern techniques of personnel supervision, including disciplinary processes.
• Departmental policies and procedures.
• Disciplinary measures, particularly as applied to detained youth..
• Practices involved in the care, safety, and custody of youth.
• Principles and techniques of individual and group management within an institutional setting.
• Best practices concerning the operation of a detention facility.
• Principles of budget analysis and preparation.
• Social theory relating to detained youth and rehabilitation institutions.
• Evidence-based probation supervision practices.


Ability to:

• Supervise, train, and evaluate subordinate staff.
• Plan staff coverage schedules.
• Plan and execute suitable programs for juveniles in an institutional setting.
• Interact effectively with representatives of other agencies, parents, citizen groups, and the general public.
• Perform basic arithmetic functions (i.e. fractions). .
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Exercise tact when addressing difficult personnel matters.
• Organize, make decisions, problem solve and work under stressful situations.
• Analyze reports and statistics related to budget preparation and facility management.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of the candidates’ application to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates’ final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:



Deadline for Filing:

5:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

by Friday, January 4, 2019

Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:

by Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Oral Interviews*:

Week of February 4, 2019

*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing.   Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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.


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Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Leticia Diaz, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
510-272-6469; Email:

 Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer