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Recruitment #20-RC9-01




THE JOB: Under direction, supervises the activities of staff in a correctional facility; insures inmate safety and security; coordinates inmate programs; assists a Lieutenant in managing a detention facility; and performs other work as required. *Effective July 11, 2020, this position will be furloughed by 5%.

Employment Standards

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

Graduation from high school or attainment of a satisfactory score on a G.E.D. test (required) AND one year of experience as a Supervising Correctional Officer in the County of Santa Cruz.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: License Requirement: Possession of a valid Class C California Driver License. Background Investigation: Ability to pass a full background investigation. Special Working Conditions: Exposure to angry or hostile inmates; infections which may cause chronic disease or death; high noise levels; heights of up to 40 feet, such as perimeter of main jail; bodily injuries; offensive odors; dust and pollens; and ionizing radiation. Other Special Requirements/Conditions: Availability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays, 12-hour shifts, and on an emergency, as needed basis.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of rules, regulations, practices and procedures involved in the daily operations and control of a detention facility; criminal attitudes, behavior problems, and the social factors influencing criminal behavior; disciplinary procedures and techniques appropriate for persons under criminal confinement; inmate classification systems. Working knowledge of principles of supervision and training.

Ability to: Organize, coordinate and direct the activities of a detention facility; assign, supervise, train and evaluate the work of subordinate staff; read, understand, interpret, apply and enforce office policies and regulations with firmness, impartiality and tact; analyze problems effectively and use good judgment in making decisions; take appropriate actions in emergency or stressful situations; communicate effectively with a wide variety of people; walk for up to twelve hours at a time; lift 55 pounds from floor level, such as assisting to lift an unconscious inmate; bend and stoop for extensive periods of time, such as intake searches; learn defense and restraint tactics; establish and maintain effective working relationships; prepare clear, concise and accurate statistical and narrative reports; distinguish colors, such as warning lights; restrain combative inmates; see at near and far distances, such as reading booking sheets and observing inmates 40-50 feet away; hear and distinguish a variety of sounds such as alarms and calls for assistance in a noisy environment.


VACATION - Employees on 5/8 schedule accrue at 14 days per year, rising to 29 days per year after 15 years service. Employees on 7/12 schedule accrue at 10 days per year rising to 25 days per year after 15 years service. Employees on 4/10 schedule accrue at 12 days and rising to 27 days per year after 15 years service. Vacation is available after 1 year of service.
HOLIDAYS – 13 days for employees on 5/8 schedule. Employees on 7/12 schedule receive 7.07% of their base pay as a holiday differential in lieu of and for holidays. Employees on a 4/10 schedule shall receive one 10 hour day off per month in lieu of the prescribed holidays.
SICK LEAVE - 96 hours 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.
VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT - 1959 Survivor’s Benefit plus pension formula 2% at age 50 or 2.7% at age 57 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 pays a portion of retirement contribution.
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
DEPENDANT CARE PLAN - 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.
LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN - Employee paid. Provides up to 70% of the first $14,286 of pre-disability earnings up to $10,000 per month maximum.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application 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. 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 mail/bring application 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 requires test accommodation, please 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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