City and County of San Francisco

Senior Counselor, Juvenile Hall and Log Cabin Ranch (PERS) (#8322)

$44.30-$53.85 Hourly / $7,679.00-$9,334.00 Monthly / $92,144.00-$112,008.00 Yearly


Under general direction, the 8322 Senior Counselor, Juvenile Hall and Log Cabin Ranch oversees the operation, and maintenance of a juvenile court facility and/or long-term rehabilitation facility.

Distinguishing Features

Class 8322 Senior Counselor, Juvenile Hall and Log Cabin Ranch is distinguished from class 8318 Counselor 2 by the former’s supervisory responsibilities.

Supervision Exercised

Supervises subordinate counselors.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Provides supervision of juveniles at the Juvenile Hall and/or Log Cabin Ranch; plans and oversees the activities of staff members.

2. Develops, interprets, and enforces policies, methods, rules and regulations relating to the care of youth in custody; communicates with parents, counseling staff, probation personnel, psychologists, and others regarding the care, security, and rehabilitation of juveniles; maintaining a liaison with juvenile hall or ranch school staff.

3. Plans and oversees daily routines involving clean-up, bedding, general sanitation, and laundry at the ranch; evaluates reports of illness and injury and arranges for appropriate treatment.

4. Administers the receipt and censoring of incoming and outgoing mail; may receive and be responsible for safeguarding wards’ money, valuables, and personal property.

5. Represents the Department when collaborating with other agencies; conducts tours.

6. Conducts regular inspections to evaluate the sanitation and safety of living units and grounds; reviews log entries, watch lists, and the maintenance of records; and reports on damages, deterioration or malfunction of equipment. Patrols halls, units, entire ranch facility, and other areas to evaluate security of facilities and the overall well-being of youth in custody; confers with counselors on special behavioral problems and various disciplining methods; counsels emotionally disturbed or overly aggressive youths and confers with other departmental personnel on difficult cases; may be assigned to investigate and resolve juvenile grievances.

7. Reviews and approves all youth discipline along with the Director or as designated; conducts hearings for major violations; reviews staff reports for accuracy; and forwards reports for prosecution when crimes have been committed.

8. Prepares operational, progress, and related records and reports; evaluates reports; write court reports.

9. Facilitates the booking or admitting and releasing of children and reviews case records and official documents for proper entries; makes decisions on search status and classification for unit placement of new admissions.

10. Conducts and coordinates the initial training of new personnel and advanced on-going training of experienced counselors. Trains and evaluates new staff in the techniques and methods of individual and group counseling, recreation, athletics and supervision of large groups; notifies appropriate personnel regarding runaways from the facility.

11. Participates in counseling, disciplining and oversees difficult cases; submits reports regarding the progress of wards; confers with parents, probation officers, school department personnel and others in connection with the overall rehabilitation problems and the educational programs for juveniles; develops and conducts recreational and other special activities and programs. Makes recommendations relative to the graduation of wards from the ranch.

12. Develops annual work plans for subordinate personnel; conducts annual evaluations on the performance of subordinate employees.

13. Conducts investigations of incidents; provides discipline and counseling to staff.

14. Maintains accountability of inventory of clothing, food, supplies, and equipment necessary for the operation of a ranch; Maintains accountability and control of facility issued keys, radios, and important documents. Reviews facility records and reports. Maintains and updates electronic databases and case management systems.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: group and individual counseling techniques as applied to adolescents; the laws and codes governing the care and custody of juveniles confined to detention facilities; professional principles that aid in the rehabilitation of delinquents; the policies and procedures of the Juvenile Court with specific application to living facilities; reporting requirements for suspected child abuse; emergency procedures and the ability to direct unit/institutional staff during major emergencies including basic first aid, CPR, and evacuation procedures; gang issues both in the facilities and in the community; city policies and procedures concerning harassment, discrimination, and violence in the workplace.

Ability and Skill to: Identify and enforce policies in safety and security issues, and make recommendations for improvement; supervise and direct activities of an institutional work force, train subordinate personnel, and direct and supervise the operations of detention living units; write clear and concise reports; exercise firm but appropriate discipline over juveniles and aid in their rehabilitation; operate a ranch; mediate and resolve inter-personal conflict between staff, as well as the ability to collaborate with other departments.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in counseling, disciplining, and care of delinquent or dependent children.

License and Certification:
Possession of a valid California driver license.
Possession of a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate.

Experience in counseling, disciplining and caring for delinquent or dependent children may substitute for up to two (2) years of the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. One (1) year of experience equals to thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units of college coursework.



From: 8318 Counselor 2 (PERS)


AMENDED DATE: 8/19/65; 12/16/11; 08/03/18

REASON FOR AMENDMENT To accurately reflect the current tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities defined in the most recent job analysis conducted for this job code.


Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CLASS: 8322; EST: 1/12/1961; REV: 8/3/2018;