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Recruitment #19-SW7-01



THE JOB: Under general direction, coordinate, order and schedule the day-to-day operations of juvenile hall, Adult or Juvenile Services Unit (including a satellite office) of the Probation Department; supervise and train subordinate staff and perform other work as required.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience which will provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain these would be:

One year of experience equivalent to a Deputy Probation Officer III in the County of Santa Cruz. Work history must include experience working with juveniles.


One year of experience equivalent to an Institutional Supervisor in the County of Santa Cruz in a juvenile detention facility.


One year of experience equivalent to a Supervising Corrections Officer in the County of Santa Cruz. Work history must include experience working with juveniles.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS/CONDITIONS: License Requirement: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License (upon appointment). Background Investigation: Ability to pass a full background investigation to meet provisions of Government Code 1029, 1029.1 and 1031. Special Working Conditions: Exposure to the possibility of bodily injury; infections which may cause chronic disease or death; combative minor detainees; offensive odors; high noise levels; insect bites; and dust and pollens. Other Special Requirements: Availability to work on an emergency, as needed basis.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of principles, objectives and methods of secure facility management; principles and methods of adult and juvenile probation and rehabilitation; laws, regulations and ordinances governing juvenile institutional administration; probation casework objectives, principles and methods; and the operations and interrelationships of the adult and juvenile criminal justice system and associated community based organizations. Working knowledge of psychology of adolescence and the causes of juvenile delinquency; and principles and practices of supervision, personnel and training. Some knowledge of budget preparation; and methods of facilitating groups, and the concepts of group dynamics and adult learning.

Ability to: Plan, schedule, coordinate and evaluate the Probation Department training program; supervise, train and evaluate subordinate staff; establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with a wide variety of persons; control, direct and instruct juvenile delinquents individually and in groups; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; effectively represent the department to other county agencies and community groups; present ideas, facts and recommendations effectively, orally and in writing; exercise independent judgment and initiative; explain the detention process and program to the public and other agencies; and input, and access and analyze data using a computer.


VACATION - 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years service. Available after 1 year service.
ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE – One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
SICK LEAVE - Six days per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - The County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN - Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum.
- Employees who pay for qualifying child or dependent care expenses may elect this pre-tax program.
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that would require test accommodation, call (831) 454-2600. 

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer

County of Santa Cruz 
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