Sunday, April 22, 2018

Assistant Chief Probation Officer

Recruitment #17-6145-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Postmarks are not accepted.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Postmarks are not accepted. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.






The Alameda County Probation Department is an essential element of the County’s system of public protection and human services. The Department’s role is to reduce the impact of crime in the community by providing accurate, comprehensive and timely information and recommendations to the Courts, providing community-based sanctions and treatment for offenders, and working cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and community organizations with similar objectives. The Department provides a wide range of mandated and discretionary investigative, advisory, and supervisory services to adult and juvenile probationers pursuant to State law and the County Charter.



Under the general direction of the Chief Probation Officer, each Assistant Chief Probation Officer oversees the day-to-day operations of one of the three major operational branches of the Probation Department (Adult Services, Juvenile Services, and Support Operations); plans, directs, and evaluates the implementation of department/division-wide initiatives; implements and enforces departmental policy as it is determined by the Chief Probation Officer; may directly supervise staff within division programs and projects; may act for the Chief Probation Officer in their absence; and performs related work as required.

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Either Pattern I


Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a field directly related to human services administration, such as Public Administration, Social Welfare, Psychology, Business Administration, or Public Service Management.



The equivalent of three years of full-time experience at the level of a Deputy Chief
Probation Officer, or in an equivalent or higher level Probation Department classification
in the Alameda County classified service.

Or Pattern II


Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a field directly related to human services administration, such as Public Administration, Social Welfare, Psychology, Business Administration, or Public Service Management



The equivalent of five years of full-time supervisory administrative or managerial experience at the level of a Deputy Chief Probation Officer, which involved the supervision of a major functional division in an organization associated with the delivery of services in the fields of Probation, Corrections or other justice programs and services. A master’s degree in a field directly related to Human Services Administration may be substituted for two years of the required supervisory experience.

Or Pattern III

Nine (9) years of combined managerial experience directly responsible for correctional rehabilitation programs, criminal justice programs, development and oversight, labor relations, and fiscal management at a level of Correctional Administrator/Manager, Director level or above.


All candidates must possess a valid California Class "C" Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Good driving record according to DMV negligent operator guidelines and qualifications for automotive insurance. Possession of an automobile is required.


All applicants must meet all minimum standards for Peace Officer under Section 1031 of the Government Code which includes:

Persons appointed to positions in this classification in the Probation Department be citizens of the United States or permanent resident aliens who are eligible for and have applied for citizenship at least one year prior to their application for employment.

Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.

Graduated from high school, attained a satisfactory score on a G.E.D. test or passed a California high school proficiency examination.

Fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.

Found free from any physical, emotional or mental condition, which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer, as determined by a licensed examining authority in accordance with the California Government Code.

Within the prescribed time limit after date of appointment, satisfactory completion of training for probation officers as specified by the California Board of Corrections, Peace Officer Standards and Training PC 832 and any other training required under law.

May be required to be armed within course and scope of duties.

Any felony conviction is disqualifying, except if granted a full and unconditional pardon from the felony conviction.

Willingness to perform work requiring irregular hours, holidays and weekends.


Applicant must satisfactorily pass a thorough medical examination for Peace Officers and a psychological evaluation before job placement can take place.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of the role and function, responsibility and authority of a County Probation Department.
• Supporting federal and state regulations impacting the delivery of Probation services, the Welfare and Institution Code, the Penal Code, health and Safety Code, Government code, State Legislation, Peace Officer Bill of Rights, and other laws and regulations relating to probation operations.
• Philosophy, principles and practices of social casework pertaining to the investigation, evaluation and detention of juveniles, including placement services and treatment.
• Investigation and evaluation of adult offenders sentenced to probation supervision.
• Theory, principles and practices of public sector financial administration, governmental budgeting, grants, funding proposal development, reimbursement claiming, procedures and contracts administration.
• Principles of modern organizational development, management, Human Resources development and public relations.
• Community resources and current alternative sentencing and treatment trends in the field of professional Probation, Parole and Corrections services.
• Federal and state grants, funding proposal development, reimbursement claiming procedures and contracts administration.
• Labor relations laws, practices and trends.
• Information system concepts and advanced computer technology and terminology.
• Specialized operating system software and/or applications software.

Ability to:

• Demonstrate commitment to the County’s mission, credo and goals.
• Continually model excellence and demonstrate vision, leadership, strong managerial skills and innovation in a large, complex and changing urban Probation department.
• Administer, plan, organize and direct a major administrative and financial operation in a large County-based Probation department.
• Coordinate varied and complex probation activities, in order to gain the cooperation of the professional and administrative personnel involved.
• Communicate effectively orally, and demonstrate strong writing skills by preparing clear, concise and timely reports and correspondence.
• Establish and maintain effective collaborative working relationships with the Board of Supervisors, other elected and appointed officials, County Administrator's staff, community organization, other County departments’ management staff and others.
• Analyze and evaluate department-wide programs and administrative problems, identify alternative solutions and recommend practical, logical and effective solutions.
• Analyze new or proposed Federal and State legislation and to assess and report on the impact to the department's operations.
• Plan, organize and direct the multidisciplinary work of department staff, including professional and administrative support personnel.
• Maintain good public relations by being sensitive to the ethnic and cultural diversity of Alameda County's workforce, residents and clientele, responding to identified needs, advocating for customers and clients and stimulating community interest and promoting partnership in the delivery of all Probation programs and services.
• Work effectively as a team leader and builder.
• Use resources wisely.
• Effectively utilize a firearm.



1) A review of candidates' applications and supplemental questionnaires to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

2) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness, and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing:

Monday, April 24, 2017

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:

by Friday, April 28, 2017

Oral Examination*:

Week of May 15, 2017

*If designated as a combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, the oral interviews may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall wellbeing.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance  
  • Vision
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage) 
  • County Allowance (Employer Credit)
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Group Legal
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received, or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Iona Childers, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6463

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer