Thursday, April 22, 2021

Deputy Chief Probation Officer

Recruitment #20-6124-01


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.

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 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Postmarks are not accepted. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.


Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted on-line.




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 general direction, to plan, organize and direct the work of a major functional division of the Probation Department; to consult with and advise top level management on problems and needs within the division; to participate in community functions relating to the division's programs; and to do related work as required.

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In addition to the minimum qualifications and knowledge and skills listed below, ideal candidates for these positions will have track records of successful experience in organizational and management in probation services, including setting priorities, holding staff accountable, and moving the department forward in a fast-paced and politically-sensitive environment. Candidates should have experience managing a diverse workforce of dedicated probation professionals, both administrative and peace officer staff. The juvenile justice and criminal justice systems in Alameda County rely heavily on a collaborative team approach to achieving results and maintaining public safety. The ideal candidate will demonstrate how they will successfully integrate the Probation Department within this unified effort. In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the Deputy Chief Probation Officer will possess the following critical attributes:


  • Experience considering implications and impact of decisions across the organization and in the County.
  • Knowledgeable of trends relating to crime and delinquency. 
  • Experience in actively initiating change in the organization. 
  • Effectively manages conflict and problem solving. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply, monitor and integrate evidence-based practices throughout the organization.
  • Builds and supports effective relationships with other County departments, outside organizations and community stakeholders. 
  • Able to develop, revise and implement department policies. 
  • Possesses strong technical and interpersonal skills. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.


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Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (180 quarter or 120 semester units) in Social Welfare, Planning, Public Administration, Public Policy, Criminal Justice or a closely related field.



The equivalent of four years of full-time supervisory experience which included at least two years in the class of Institutional Supervisor II, or an equivalent or higher level class, in the Probation Department of Alameda County.



Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (180 quarter or 120 semester units) in Social Welfare, Planning, Public Administration, Public Policy, Criminal Justice or a closely related field.



The equivalent of four years of full-time, increasingly responsible managerial or administrative experience, which involved supervision of a major support function or program division at the level of Superintendent or an equivalent or higher level class in a probation, parole, correctional institution, etc.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Special Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.

A good driving record according to DMV negligent operator guidelines and qualification for automotive insurance.

State law requires that persons appointed to positions in this classification be citizens of the United States or must have filed for citizenship one year prior to employment application deadline date and must meet all other minimum requirements for Peace Officer status (Section 1031 Government Code).

A thorough background investigation will be made of prospective applicants. A record of any felony conviction will result in disqualification.

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 armed 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.

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

Physical Requirements:

Applicants 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:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, methods and techniques of administration, including the organization and management of modern probation services and institutional administration. 
  • Principles and application of evidence based practices in both the juvenile justice and adult corrections field. 
  • Laws, codes and statutes relating to the functions, duties and prerogatives of the Deputy Probation Officer. 
  • Social, economic and psychological factors. 
  • Forces and trends relating to crime, delinquency and social adjustment. 
  • Techniques of budget and personnel administration.

Ability to:

  • Plan and supervise the work of others. 
  • Plan, organize and direct a probation program.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Write effectively and speak before professional and public groups. 
  • Prepare budget estimates and reports. 
  • Develop, revise and implement policies. 
  • Prepare legislative bill analyses. 
  • Develop training plans. 
  • Work effectively with a variety of individuals, outside agencies, etc. 
  • Effectively utilize self-defense techniques. 
  • Effectively utilize a firearm.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

1. A review of the candidate's application, and responses to the first two questions on the Supplemental Questionnaire, 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. A review of the candidate's response to questions three through six on the Supplemental Questionnaire to determine the best qualified; only the most suitably best qualified candidates will be invited to the oral interview process.

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

All candidates who pass the oral examination must successfully complete the following:

  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION - includes 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.

After a conditional offer of employment has been accepted, appointees must successfully complete the following:

  • PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION - given by a licensed clinician. 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 Division Director.


Appointees must also satisfactorily complete a probationary period.



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:

5:00 PM, Monday, May 4, 2020

5:00 PM, Friday, May 22, 2020

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Friday, May 8, 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020

Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:

Week of May 18, 2020

Week of June 1, 2020

Oral Interviews*:

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Week of June 22, 2020

** updated 05/05/2020,  TG

*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 well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • 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.

Tracy Gonzalez, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
510-272-5085; Email:

Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.