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Juvenile Institutions Officer, Senior

Company: County of Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: May 21, 2023

Job Description:

IMPORTANT NOTE: if you applied to this position between September 16, 2022, and 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, December 16, 2022, your application is still under consideration for the position and you do not need to re-apply.
$74,802.38 - $95,496.18 Annually, plus bilingual and uniform allowance when applicable.
BENEFITS OVERVIEW: Vacation: 12 to 25 days per year depending on length of public employment.Holidays: 12 days per year. Sick Leave: 12 days sick leave per year. Unlimited accumulation, one year of which can be converted to service credit upon retirement. Health Plan: Choice of medical and dental plans (with vision care). County contributes toward the employee's premium. On-Site Employee Health Clinics in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria: Provides ongoing and episodic services to eligible employees and their eligible dependents over age of 5.For County benefits, please visit . In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for retirement reciprocity and time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate.The Probation Department is accepting applications to fill full time vacancies for the Juvenile Institutions Officer, Senior position in "All Locations." We are accepting applications to establish one list that will be used to fill current and future vacancies at all locations (separate lists for different locations will not be established). Therefore, applicants must check "All Locations" on the application AND be willing to accept an initial assignment at any location. It is required that you select "All Locations" on the application to be considered.

Some positions that may be filled by this recruitment have been vacated as a result of a leave of absence (CS Rule 1414) and the duration of those appointments shall be subject to the return of the individuals who are on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under CS Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department.

THE POSITION:Under direction, assumes lead responsibility over other officers engaged in the supervision, control, guidance, motivation, and routine counseling of a group of youth and young adults in detention and/or treatment facilities; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from Juvenile Institutions Officer (JIO) by its responsibility for lead functions in assigning and reviewing work, assistance in training staff, responsibility for a specialized program, and for the occasional supervision of operations of a probation institution/facility in the absence of the Deputy Probation Officer, Senior.

The IDEAL CANDIDATE will possess: Strong written, and verbal communicationReputation for honesty and trustworthinessExcellent command presenceGood moral characterCredibilityIntegrity

Examples of Duties
1. Serves as leadworker on shift by assigning and reviewing work of staff; instructs new JIOs and Extra Help staff in daily routine including security, safety, operations, and procedures; provides input to supervisor on evaluations of officers in unit; and ensures delivery of medications to youth and young adults during shift.
2. Receives youth and young adults into the facility; makes detention or release decisions by evaluating detention intake criteria; contacts and informs parents/guardians of case status; assigns security status to youth and young adults; classifies youth and young adults by evaluating case factors; review bookings and case histories of youth and young adults and provides relevant information about youth and young adults to other agencies, such as Social Services, Behavioral Wellness, or law enforcement; and evaluates and determines eligibility status of youth and young adults for home passes/furloughs.
3. Advises, corrects, directs, motivates, and counsels youth and young adults as needed individually or in groups, or in writing; enforces disciplinary policies of the institution by updating security status of youth and young adults, removing youth/young adults from the group, restoring/removing privileges, and/or documenting rule violations; responds to grievances of youth and young adults; conducts individual, group, or crisis counseling; and contacts mental health workers at facility to report the emotional stability and security status of youth and young adults.
4. Prepares or reviews reports of staff activities, Worker Special Reports, progress reports for court, youth and young adult admissions and releases, and chronological behavioral reports on youth and young adults; and keeps records of and documents shift activities in End of Shift Summaries.
5. Ensures security and safety of facility and youth and young adults by orienting new detainees and aiding them in adjusting to custody status; controls youth and young adults in detention or treatment facility by informing them of rules, motivating them to succeed, correcting behavior, and physically redirecting and/or restraining if necessary; screens visitors to determine safety and security risk to facility prior to admittance; and monitors visits between parents and detainees.
6. May coordinate a program such as early release, home supervision, home passes/furloughs, detention alternatives, educational presentations, or volunteers.
7. Responds to emergency situations by taking appropriate actions such as securing facility, notifying authorities and documenting the incident; may administer first aid and CPR.
8. Meets with supervisor to seek direction when appropriate, and keeps supervisor apprised of institutional issues including movements of youth and young adults, and interacting or coordinating activities with other departments; oversees facility in absence of supervisor.
9. Performs various administrative tasks for facility operation and maintenance, such as maintaining inventories and ordering supplies; assists in the development of procedure manuals for facility; contacts vendors to repair equipment; conducts tours of the facility; assists in preparing facility for annual inspections.
10. Performs other staff work, such as preparing meals, meal distribution, and cleaning detail.
11. May perform various recordkeeping tasks on a computer; checks booking sheet and may enter information in automated booking system; and generate reports as needed or requested in automated system.
12. This classification includes assignments such as Community Transition Officer, Program Officer and Institutions Training Officer.
Employment Standards
To be considered for this position, applicants must demonstrate how they meet the employment standards. Applicants will need to attach all relevant degrees and/or unofficial transcripts to their application.
In order to determine if you meet the employment standards you must have the following qualifications:

Completion of 90 quarter units or 60 semester units of college coursework, with a major in behavioral sciences, social sciences, criminology, or a related field;


1. Two years of experience supervising youth/young adults in a detention and/or residential treatment facility; or,
2. Two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Juvenile Institutions Officer with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must meet minimum peace officer standards as specified in Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031 including, but not limited to: not currently on probation for a misdemeanor; no prior felony convictions (unless fully pardoned), good moral character as determined through a background check, and free from any physical, mental, or emotional condition, including bias against race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, gender identity and gender expression, ancestry, religion, disability, or sexual orientation, that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License. Driver's license must be kept valid throughout the term of employment. Incumbents must be able to travel independently.
  • Some positions in this class may require incumbents to obtain and maintain a California Class B Driver's License for the purposes of transporting youth/young adults in a commercial vehicle. Once an incumbent has obtained the Class B Driver's License, he/she will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs prior to being assigned work requiring such a license; once assigned, incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.Knowledge of: Standard English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage; college-level report writing; standard computer applications used in an office; psychological principles and techniques applicable to the care and rehabilitation of youth and young adult offenders; safety and security measures in a treatment or detention facility; basic math including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers and percentages.

    Ability to: Supervise detainees in an institutional environment and gain their confidence and respect while maintaining safety and security of the facility; identify, evaluate, and resolve tense group situations as they develop and accept responsibility for decisions; direct, correct, advise, motivate, and counsel individuals and groups; communicate effectively one-on-one with detainees, parents, colleagues, and others; make effective discretionary decisions; work well under pressure and emergency situations; organize own work and that of others and set priorities to meet deadlines; read, understand, and apply laws, regulations, and procedures related to youth and young adult detention and treatment; implement County and departmental policies, procedures, goals, and objectives; recall and document behavior of clients; identify behavior patterns and behavior changes of clients for signs of potential problems; establish and maintain effective relationships with others such as parents of youth and young adults, law enforcement, social services, and other agencies' staff; read and comprehend material at college level; prepare memos and reports using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling; keep basic records; plan, organize, and coordinate special programs such as recreational and work programs, volunteer programs for facility, and counseling services; maintain confidentiality of youth and young adult records; use a computer to enter and access youth and young adult bookings and records and to document and transmit facility information and reports.

    Desirable Qualifications:
    • Knowledge of: adolescent psychology, juvenile justice, juvenile delinquency, counseling, basic knowledge of the criminal justice system; Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Minimum Standards for Juvenile Facilities, Probation Department policies and procedures, and County Policies; Probation Department policies and procedures related to youth/young adult treatment and detention; training techniques and methods to conduct sessions on policies, procedures, and methods of handling youth/young adults in a locked facility.
    • Ability to: assign and review work of employees on shift.
    • Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with related course work focus is desirable.
    • Communication: Bilingual Spanish skills are desirable.
    • Certificates: Possession of First Aid and CPR certificates. Possession of 832 PC and BSCC Core Certificates.
      Supplemental Information
      Application and Supplemental Question Review - Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine those applicants who meet the employment standards. Oral Examination: The oral examinations are tentatively scheduled for late October, or early November 2022, via ZOOM. Candidates will be notified by email with instructions. The oral examinations may be eliminated if there are fewer than thirteen qualified candidates. Based on number of candidates who are invited to the oral examination, the dates could be subject to change. Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the oral examination to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates receive written notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list and exact duration of the employment list.

      REASONABLE ACCOMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution. Recruiters will correspond with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.Note: Medical marijuana possession/use, if legally prescribed, is not illegal under the laws of the State of California; however, marijuana use and/or possession, even if legally prescribed in California, is still unlawful under Federal law. Therefore, the County of Santa Barbara Probation Department does not distinguish between medical marijuana possession/use and illegal marijuana possession/use, both are viewed as unlawful. Therefore, recent use of marijuana may be disqualifying.

      All candidates for the job of Juvenile Institutions Officer, Senior must successfully complete the following:BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION includes an interview and a thorough check of police records, personal, military, and employment histories, and inquiry of persons who know you and evaluate whether you: respect the law and rights of others; are dependable and responsible; have demonstrated mature judgment in areas such as the use of drugs and intoxicants; are honest; and are a safe driver.POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION will measure the accuracy of information given during the background investigation process and is part of the background investigation.After a conditional offer of employment has been accepted, appointee must successfully complete the following: PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION is given by a psychologist. You will be evaluated on the psychological factors related to successful performance to determine if you are presently suited for the difficult and stressful job of Deputy Probation Officer.MEDICAL EXAMINATION: Appointee is subject to a medical examination.Submit written documentation of his/her LEGAL RIGHT TO WORK in the United States.Incumbents must work in a structured, regimented work environment that includes working shifts, weekends, and holidays. Incumbents must enforce rules while maintaining flexibility, and adhere to professional ethics in working with youth and young adults; wear required uniform; stand for extended periods of time (up to eight hours per shift); work outdoors in a varying climate; may perform First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

      The appointee must also satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period. COVID Vaccination Verification and Testing: This position may be subject to State Health Officer Orders (SHOOs) or County policy regarding vaccine verification and/or testing. Please contact the hiring department for more information.

      Disaster Service Workers: Pursuant to Governmental Code Section 3100, all employees with the County of Santa Barbara are declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service. Activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.

      Statement of CommitmentThe County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in policies, institutional practices and systems. The County recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, and health care, housing the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive, enabling all people to participate and reach their full potential. We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for inclusion and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We aspire to build a workforce that is reflective of these values and the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will resolutely uphold federal, California state law and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances. We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the County's mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One Future." Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the County to deliver our best to all our community members.

      We believe in the dignity and humanity of all people. We strive for a healthy and prosperous society that promotes all people having equitable access and opportunity

      APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: Open until filled. First review of applications will be after October 7, 2022. Postmarks not accepted. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at .

      If you have questions regarding the recruitment not answered in this job announcement, please email Michael Sam, Deputy Probation Officer, Supervising at

Keywords: County of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara , Juvenile Institutions Officer, Senior, Other , Santa Barbara, California

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