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Deputy Chief Probation Officer

(Department Promotion - Probation)

Recruitment #0319-RP2005-01


This is a departmental promotion. Qualified applicants must be currently employed with the San Joaquin County Probation Department and meet the promotional eligibility requirements as stated in Civil Service Rule 10, Section 3-Eligibility for Promotional Examinations.  This examination is being given to fill one vacancy in the Probation Department and to establish an eligible list to fill future vacancies. Please be advised that Human Resources will be accepting only online applications for this recruitment.  Resumes and paper applications will not be accepted in lieu of an online application. A completed application must be received online by the final filing deadline.

NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one provided on your employment application during time of submittal. Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you correspondences via US Mail.  


·    Plans, directs, organizes, staffs and coordinates the full range of activities for major probation function that involves the care, custody, and/or rehabilitation of youths and adults; may serve as the superintendent of the Juvenile Hall, ensuring compliance with codes and laws regarding the detention and housing of juveniles; works with the County Probation Officer and Assistant County Probation Officer to establish goals and objectives and develop action plans; oversees all operational aspects of the assigned function.  

·    Analyzes staffing, policies and procedures based on legal, funding and program changes; evaluates programs and activities in consultation with the County Probation Officer, the Assistant County Probation Officer, the Court, the Board of Corrections, the Probation Department management team, and others as appropriate; develops, recommends and directs the implementation of administrative policies as well as division operating procedures in response to legislative, program requirements or quality improvement efforts.  

·    Communicates and interprets division goals, programs, policies and procedures to subordinate staff, other justice system agencies, social service agencies, the courts and the public; may serve as a community resource; may speak before public groups and serve on boards and/or committees as the Department representative; may provide liaison between the Probation Department and other agencies.  

·    Supervises and evaluates the work of subordinate managers and supervisors and provides administrative and technical direction; assures quality, accuracy and legal compliance of programs.  

·   Administers personnel management functions including hiring, transfers, employee and labor relations, discipline, and evaluation processes; coordinates departmental activities with County Human Resources and Labor Relations as appropriate; investigates complaints; may conduct administrative investigations.  

·    Analyzes legislation, correspondence, reports and other materials to evaluate impact on division activities and develop plans for appropriate action; interprets complex rules, regulations, laws, policies and procedures and stays current on probation-related issues.  

·   Develops and manages major Probation Department studies, projects, initiatives, or other activities as assigned; develops goals and objectives; directs staff in implementing strategies and work plans for the successful achievement of such goals and objectives.  

·   Evaluates, interprets and reports on program/project results; researches, analyzes and prepares program and/or project data and information; prepares written communications including reports, memoranda, letters, electronic mail and other documents; prepares charts, graphs and other documents to present conclusions or results; shares information appropriately with boards, groups, committees and others as requested.  

·   Prepares division budgets; develops estimates, negotiates agreements, reviews plans/specifications, and authorizes purchases; establishes budgetary controls and monitors expenditures; compiles information for annual reports; develops, proposes, presents and justifies new division programs, projects, operations and services; makes recommendations to resolve division budget issues and implements adjustments as necessary; may coordinate, direct and administer grants.  

·   Attends training programs, academic courses, seminars, conferences and institutes.  

·   May transport individuals, exercise powers of arrest and participate in searches of probationers and their property as required; on occasion, may physically restrain or subdue individuals, when appropriate, for the safety and protection of themselves and others; may be required to carry a firearm in the performance of duties and meet related State and departmental requirements.


PLEASE NOTE: This is a departmental promotion. Qualified applicants must currently be employed with the San Joaquin County Probation Department and meet the promotional eligibility requirements as stated in Civil Service Rule 10, Section 3-Eligibility for Promotional Examinations.

Note:  Supplemental application must be submitted with employment application.


Experience: One year of experience as an Assistant Deputy Chief Probation Officer in San Joaquin County.  


Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, preferably with a degree in administration of justice, corrections, psychology, sociology, counseling or a related social or behavioral science.

Experience: Two years of supervisory experience in a probation or parole department including at least one year at a manager level comparable to or higher than the class of Assistant Deputy Chief Probation Officer in San Joaquin County.

Substitution: A master's degree in public or business administration, administration of justice, corrections, psychology, sociology, counseling or a related social or behavioral science may substitute for one year of the above-required general (non-management) supervisory experience.   


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

Training Requirements: Employees in this class 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. Appointees must meet state-mandated CORE training requirements as defined by Standards and Training in Corrections (STC). As part of this requirement, applicants must provide evidence that they have successfully completed probation manager and administrator CORE training or an equivalent training course prior to appointment. If an equivalent training course has been successfully completed, then upon appointment, the employee must complete the probation manager and administrator CORE training within one year of employment.

Special Requirements: (1) must be at least 21 years of age upon appointment; (2) must meet minimum standards required for Peace Officers as set forth in Section 1029 and 1031 of the Government Code; (3) must pass a background investigation; (4) must meet physical standards established for County Safety employees, including a psychological examination; and (5) must be able to qualify for use of a firearm.  


Principles and practices of public administration including organization, management, supervision, leadership, training and public relations; advanced written and oral communication techniques; principles and methods of logic and data organization, mathematics, statistics and research methods; California Welfare and Institutions and Penal Code sections relating to probation work; principals, theories and practices of juvenile and adult probation work; current developments in delinquency prevention and offender rehabilitation; principles and theories of sociology and psychology, particularly those related to assessment and adjustment of adult and juvenile personality development, behavior patterns and motivation; group and family dynamics; advanced concepts of law enforcement as well as probation and court practices; advanced knowledge of socio-economic, psychosocial, and cultural influences on individual behavior; advanced awareness of community resources available for treatment of probationers.


Plan, organize, direct, staff and coordinate complex probation functions; supervise and evaluate the work of staff; analyze complex administrative problems and determine appropriate problem-solving techniques; independently complete special probation projects and reports; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; review and present comprehensive reports and proposals; interpret, explain and apply applicable laws, codes and regulations; make sound decisions in emergency or crisis situations; read and comprehend complex written material involving difficult concepts and issues; gather and analyze data; pay attention to detail; operate a computer; use a firearm; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other department staff, law enforcement officials, the community, and other agencies.


Mobility-Frequent standing, walking, stooping, bending, climbing stairs, driving; constant use of a computer; occasional use of a firearm; Lifting-Able to lift 50 pounds; 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 requirement to hear normal speech; constant hearing on telephone and radio; ability to hear faint sounds; constant talking on telephone/radio; Emotional/Psychological-Potential contact with hostile individuals; exposure to emergency situations; may be exposed to trauma, grief and death; frequent public contact; constant decision-making and concentration; Special Requirements-Some assignments may require working weekends and/or nights; Environmental-Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.


Health Insurance:  San Joaquin County provides a comprehensive benefits package to employees of this bargaining unit.  The benefits include the option of three medical plans: a Kaiser Plan, a Select Plan, and a Premier Plan.  Employees pay a portion of the cost of the premium. Dependent coverage is also available.

Dental Insurance: The County provides employees with a choice of two dental plans:  Delta Dental and United Health Care-Select Managed Care Direct Compensation Plan.  There is no cost for employee only coverage in either plan; dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense.

Vision Insurance:  The County provides vision coverage through Vision Service Plan (VSP).  There is no cost for employee only coverage; dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense.

For more detailed information on the County’s benefits program, visit our website at under Human Resources/Benefits.

Life Insurance:  The County provides eligible employees with life insurance coverage as follows:

            1 but less than 3 years of continuous service:                $1,000
            3 but less than 5 years of continuous service:                $3,000
            5 but less than 10 years of continuous service:              $5,000
            10 years of continuous service or more:                       $10,000

Employees may purchase additional term life insurance up to a maximum of $200,000 at the group rate.  Regular employees in this unit shall be provided with a supplemental life insurance policy with a face value up to $75,000.

125 Flexible Benefits Plan:  This is a voluntary program that allows employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for health-related expenses that are not paid by a medical, dental or vision plan (Health Flexible Spending Account $2550 annual limit with a $500 carry over); and dependent care costs (Dependent Care Assistance Plan $5000 annual limit). 

Retirement Plan:  Employees of the County are covered by the County Retirement Act of 1937.  Please visit the San Joaquin County Employees’ Retirement Association (SJCERA) at for more information.  NOTE:  If you are receiving a retirement allowance from another California county covered by the County Employees’ Retirement Act of 1937 or from any governmental agency covered by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), you are advised to contact the Retirement Officer of the Retirement Plan from which you retired to determine what effect employment in San Joaquin County would have on your retirement allowance.

Deferred Compensation:  The County maintains a deferred compensation plan under Section 457 of the IRS code. You may annually contribute $18,000 or 100% of your includible compensation, whichever is less.  Individuals age 50 or older may contribute to their plan, up to $24,000. The Roth IRA (after tax) is also now available.

Vacation:  Maximum earned vacation is 10 days each year up to 3 years; 15 days after 3 years; 20 days after 10 years; and 23 days after 20 years.

Holiday: Depending on date of hire into the unit, employees earn either 10 or 14 holidays per year. 

Administrative Leave:  Each fiscal year, department heads grant 10 days of administrative leave to eligible salaried employees.  Administrative leave may not be carried beyond to the next fiscal year.

Sick Leave:  12 working days of sick leave annually with unlimited accumulation.  Sick leave incentive: An employee is eligible to receive eight hours administrative leave if the leave balance equals at least one-half of the cumulative amount that the employee is eligible to accrue.  The employee must also be on payroll during the entire calendar year.

Bereavement Leave:  3 days of paid leave for the death of an immediate family member, 2 additional days of accrued leave for death of employee’s spouse, domestic partner, parent or child.

Merit Salary Increase:  New employees will receive the starting salary, which is the first step of the salary range.  After employees serve 52 weeks (2080 hours) on each step of the range, they are eligible for a merit increase to the next step.

Educational Reimbursement Program:  Eligible employees may be reimbursed for career-related course work up to a maximum of $850 per fiscal year.  Eligible employees enrolled in an approved four (4) year College or University academic program may be reimbursed up to $800 per semester for a maximum of $1600 per fiscal year.

Parking Supplemental Downtown Stockton:  The County contributes up to $17 per pay period for employees who pay for parking and are assigned to work in the Downtown Core Area.

School Activities:  Employees may take up to 40 hours per year, but not more than eight (8) hours per month, to participate in their children’s school activities.

Note: County employees who currently receive a cafeteria plan allowance and subsequently transfer, demote or promote from or into the Middle Management represented unit which provides for a capped cafeteria plan contribution amount shall receive the capped amount of the Middle Management unit.


Selection Procedures

Civil Service Rule 10 – Section 3 – Eligibility for Promotional Examinations

To compete in a promotional examination, an employee must:

A. Meet the minimum qualifications of the class on or before the final filing date for filing applications.

B. Meet one of the following qualifying service requirements:

1. Have permanent status in the Classified Service.

2. Probationary, part-time, or temporary employees who have worked a minimum of 1040 hours in the previous 12 months or previous calendar year.

3. Exempt employees who have worked a minimum of 2,080 continuous and consecutive hours.

C. Have a rating of satisfactory or better on the last performance evaluation.

D. If a person whose name is on a promotional list is separated (except for layoff) the name shall be removed from the promotional list of the action.  

Employees who meet the minimum qualifications will go through one of the following examination process:

  • Written Exam: The civil service written exam is a multiple choice format.  If the written exam is administered alone, it will be 100% of the overall score.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list.
  • Oral Exam:   The oral exam is a structured interview process that will assess the candidate’s education, training, and experience and may include a practical exercise.   The oral exam selection process is not a hiring interview.   A panel of up to four people will determine the candidate’s score and rank for placement on the eligible list.  Top candidates from the eligible list are referred for hiring interviews.  If the oral exam is administered alone, it will be 100% of the overall score.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list. 
  • Written & Oral Exam:  If both a written exam and an oral exam is administered, the written exam is weighted at 60% and the oral exam is weighted at 40% unless otherwise indicated on the announcement.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% on each examination in order to be placed on the eligible list.
  • Rate-out:  A rate-out is an examination that involves a paper rating of the candidate’s application using the following criteria: education, training, and experience. Candidates will not be scheduled for the rate-out process. 

Note:  The rating of 70 referred to may be the same or other than an arithmetic 70% of the total possible points.

Testing Accommodation:  Candidates who require testing accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must call Human Resources Division at (209) 468-3370 prior to the examination date.   

Eligible Lists:   Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification.  Eligible lists are effective for nine months, but may be extended by the Human Resources Director for a longer period which shall not exceed a total of three years for the date esblished.  

Certification/Referral: Names from the eligible list will be referred to the hiring department by the following methods.

  • Rule of Five:  The top five names will be referred for hiring interviews.  This applies only to department or countywide promotional examination.

Physical Exam:  Some classifications require physical examinations. Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the physical examination. The County pays for physical examinations administered in its medical facilities.

Employment of Relatives: Applicants who are relatives of employees in a department within the 3rd degree of relationship, (parent, child, grand parent, grand child or sibling) either by blood or marriage, may not be appointed, promoted, transferred into or within the department when;

·         They are related to the Appointing Authority or

·         The employment would result in one of them supervising the work of the other.

Department Head may establish additional limitations on the hiring of relatives by departmental rule.


Please be advised that Human Resources will be accepting only Online Application submittals for this recruitment. Paper application submittals will not be considered or accepted.


Apply Online:


Office hours:               
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; excluding holidays.

Phone:  (209) 468-3370 


Job Line:

For current employment opportunities please call our 24-hour job line at (209) 468-3377. 

When a final filing date is indicated, applications must be submitted online to the Human Resources Division before the submission deadline. Resumes and paper applications will not be accepted in lieu of an online application.  (The County assumes no responsibility for online applications which are not received by the Human Resources Division).  

San Joaquin County Substance Abuse Policy: San Joaquin County has adopted a Substance Abuse Policy in compliance with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. This policy is enforced by all San Joaquin County Departments and applies to all San Joaquin County employees.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  San Joaquin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and is committed to providing equal employment to all without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  For more information go to

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Human Resources Division  Stockton, CA 95202
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