Juvenile Detention Unit Supervisor (#RP2510)
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$33.42-$40.63 Hourly / $5,793.45-$7,041.97 Monthly / $69,521.41-$84,503.71 Yearly


Under general supervision, assigns, trains, supervises and evaluates the work of subordinate staff; supervises and maintains safety, security and discipline in the youthful offender facility with emphasis on collaboration, education, and partnership; supervises youthful offender programs; counsels youthful offenders; ensures adherence to facility policies and procedures; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


Incumbents serve at the first line supervisor level for the Juvenile Detention Officer series, having both supervisory and program responsibilities as well as performing casework.  Those in this classification are responsible for the supervision of a living unit or work unit.


  • Assigns, trains, supervises, and evaluates the work of subordinate staff. 
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with youthful offenders, individually and in groups, to gain compliance and build trust.
  • Assesses programs and progress.
  • Prepares reports.
  • May prepare and maintain conduct records and reports.
  • Ensures adherence to facility and departmental policies, procedures and rules.
  • Maintains safety, security and discipline for staff, youthful offenders; participates in direct supervision of minors; physically restrains or subdues violent or attacking youthful offenders when appropriate for the safety and protection of themselves and others; learns to determine appropriate course of action when faced with potentially violent situations.
  • Provides for communications between shifts.
  • May distribute medications prescribed by medical professionals in accordance with currently established practice and procedures.
  • Uses computers for detention management and communication.
  • Transports youthful offender offenders when necessary.


Experience: One year as a Juvenile Detention Officer with San Joaquin County. 

Education: Completion of sixty semester (or equivalent quarter) units at an accredited college or university, including at least eighteen semester (or equivalent quarter) units in the social or behavioral sciences.

Experience: Two years of full-time experience in law enforcement, correctional work in a probation or parole agency, detention or residential treatment facility, correctional institution, or supervision of residents in a youth or adult housing program.

License:  Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Special RequirementsIf not already obtained prior to appointment, the Juvenile Detention Unit Supervisor must successfully complete all required Juvenile Corrections Officer and Supervisor Core Course training during the first year of appointment as established by the California Board of State and Community Corrections.  Employees in this classification are peace officers as defined by section 830.5 of the Penal Code and must satisfy the State of California criteria for peace officer status.  Employees must also conform to all training as well as other requirements including those necessary to hold and maintain peace officer status pursuant to the California Government Code.


California youthful offender justice system; principles and practices of supervision and training; counseling techniques; community interaction and collaborative problem solving; principles of conflict de-escalation; general principles of report writing and composition, basic computer literacy, including personal computer systems and computer software; self-defense and emergency/crisis management techniques.


Plan and assign work; establish rapport with youthful offenders; demonstrate clear written and oral skills; relate to a wide variety of socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds; fairly and equitably enforce rules and regulations with firmness; physically restrain or subdue youthful offenders for the safety of themselves and others; drive safely; train and evaluate subordinates; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; utilize a variety of office equipment.


Mobility—constant standing, walking, running, stooping, bending, climbing stairs and lifting of individuals, which require strength, coordination, endurance and agility; driving; Visual—constant overall vision; constant color perception; constant eye-hand coordination; constant depth perception; frequent reading/close-up work; constant field of vision/peripheral; Dexterity—frequent repetitive motion and reaching; Hearing/Talking–constant requirements to hear normal speech; constant hearing on telephone and radio; ability to hear faint sounds; constant talking on telephone/radio. Emotional/Psychological—constant contact with hostile individuals; frequent exposure to emergency situations; frequent exposure to trauma; grief and death; frequent public contact; frequent decision-making; frequent concentration; Special Requirements—assignments may require working weekends, nights, and/or overtime; Environmental—occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RP2510; EST: 10/17/2002; REV: 11/30/2022;