Juvenile Detention Facility Supervisor (#RP2515)
$37.40-$45.46 Hourly / $6,482.10-$7,879.04 Monthly / $77,785.28-$94,548.49 Yearly


Under direction, supervises the day- to-day operation and administrative work of the youthful offender facility, assigning shifts, delegating staff assignments, and overseeing programs with emphasis on collaboration, education, and partnership; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


Incumbents serve in a second level supervisor capacity for the Juvenile Detention Officer series. With the oversight of the Deputy Chief and Assistant Deputy Chiefs, these supervisors share management responsibility for continuity of the facility’s internal operations, program administration, compliance with Title 15 mandates of the California Code of Regulations, departmental policies and procedures, and direction of the daily operation for the units and programs through subordinates.


  • Ensures continuity of internal operations and programs. 
  • Plans, supervises, directs and evaluates staff. Participates in the selection of employees. 
  • Provides information regarding laws, policy and procedures. 
  • Counsels youthful offenders individually and in groups in crisis situations; develops and maintains positive relationships with youthful offenders to gain compliance and build trust. Supervises and participates in the admission or the release of youthful offenders. 
  • Reviews reports and records to determine appropriate action. 
  • Assists in training activities. Acts in the absence of administrative staff. 
  •  Ensures adherence to facility and departmental rules, policies and procedures. 
  • Maintains safety, security and discipline for staff and youthful offenders; intervenes in emergency situations as necessary; determines appropriate course of action when faced with potentially violent situations. 
  • Uses computers for detention management and communication. 
  • Transports youthful offenders when necessary.


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

Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum of eighteen semester (or equivalent quarter) units in the social or behavioral sciences. 

Experience: One year of full-time experience in a supervisory capacity 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 Requirements: If not already obtained prior to appointment, the Juvenile Detention Facility 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; knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision and training; methods and techniques of youthful offender group work; basic administrative and institutional management principles; general principles of report writing and composition, basic computer literacy, including personal computer systems and computer software; principles of conflict de-escalation; self-defense and emergency/crisis management techniques; California Welfare and Institutions and Penal Code sections relating to youthful offender justice work; adult and child psychology; community interaction and collaborative problem solving; theory and practice of youthful offender justice work; community resources available for treatment of youthful offenders.


Establish rapport with youthful offenders under supervision; plan and assign work; oversee operations and administer programs; 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 their safety and the safety of others; drive safely; plan, organize and supervise the work of others; train and evaluate subordinates; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; interpret and apply laws, policies and procedures.


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 occasional 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: RP2515; EST: 10/17/2002; REV: 11/30/2022;