Deputy Probation Officer - Lateral Transfer

Santa Barbara County, CA Santa Barbara , CA 93101

Posted 2 weeks ago

Description

BEFORE YOU APPLY, PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION ON THIS JOB BULLETIN.

  • This recruitment is ONLY for lateral transfers from other California public agencies.

The County of Santa Barbara Probation Department is currently accepting lateral transfer applications for current regular employees of another public agency operating a personnel merit system in the State of California for the Juvenile Institutions Officer, Senior classification.

  • SALARY / BENEFITS:

$80,030.62 - $102,371.15 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 here. 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 lateral transfer applications to fill full time vacancies for the Deputy Probation Officer 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.

The Position: Under general supervision, provides professional casework services to adult and juvenile offenders and their families; supervises, motivates, and rehabilitates adult and juvenile offenders; conducts pre-sentencing investigations; carries out special assignments; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Deputy Probation Officer (DPO) is the entry-/journey-level class in the series. Deputy Probation Officer is distinguished from Deputy Probation Officer, Senior in that the latter is the lead worker level in Probation Field Service operations and the first line shift supervisor level within a Probation Institution.

The IDEAL CANDIDATE will possess:

  • Strong written, and verbal communication

  • Reputation for honesty and trustworthiness

  • Excellent command presence

  • Good moral character

  • Credibility

  • Integrity

Examples of Duties

  • Conducts investigations which include interviewing adult or juvenile offenders, their families and interested individuals, and reviewing documents such as police reports, court transcripts and criminal records; makes assessments regarding the nature of the individual's environmental, employment, financial or domestic difficulties as they apply to the case; makes recommendations for sentencing and dispositions of probationers; prepares probation plans.

  • Assures that terms and conditions of probation are complied with; coordinates case management with representatives of criminal justice and social service agencies in cases of mutual interest by providing and receiving information on case investigation and status; advises and makes referrals of adults, juveniles, or their families to available community resources to aid in solving their psychosocial problems; motivates, monitors and evaluates probationer's progress; makes written and oral recommendations to the courts for continuance or dismissal of probation status, or to return probationer to the judicial system.

  • Makes arrests and conducts vehicle, building, and body searches as necessary and authorized; observes, collects and examines urine samples; administers chemical, skin, and eye/pupil checks for illegal substances or alcohol abuse; transports adult and juvenile offenders when necessary.

  • Carries an assigned caseload involving adult and/or juvenile offenders; conducts field contacts and home visits; prepares petitions, violations, correspondence, case histories, regular and special reports, and maintains case files; monitors payment records to ensure-court ordered collection of fines, fees, and restitution is carried out; conducts civil investigations and may conduct juvenile traffic hearings.

  • May train colleagues in a specialized area of expertise; may train and guide Extra Help employees and volunteers.

Employment Standards

To be eligible to laterally transfer from your agency to the County of Santa Barbara, you must have held permanent or probationary status in the classified service of a California public agency operating a personnel merit system; and, meet the following criteria (per the Civil Service Rule 713 included below):

  • The Santa Barbara County job into which you are seeking to transfer possesses essentially the same or lesser minimum qualifications as the job class in which you held permanent or probationary status in your current/previous agency, and

  • You have been employed by the other agency within one year of the date the lateral transfer is approved, and,

  • You achieved permanent or probationary status with your current/previous agency as the result of a qualifying or competitive examination, and

  • You have performed satisfactorily and have not been separated nor are you being considered for separation because of misconduct or poor performance, and

  • Your current/previous agency submits information to Santa Barbara County which confirms that the required conditions have been met and that you are eligible for reemployment or continued employment in the class in which permanent or probationary status is held.

Please note that if a department head appoints an eligible lateral transfer applicant from another jurisdiction, the employee shall serve the required probationary period before attaining permanent status.

To be considered for this position, applicants must demonstrate how they meet the employment standards. Applicants will need to attach their unofficial transcripts to their application.

In order to determine if you meet the employment standards you must have the following qualifications:

  • Possession of a bachelor's degree that included 27 quarter units or 18 semester units of coursework in sociology, psychology, criminology, or a related field that would provide the required knowledge and abilities; OR,

  • Completion of 90 quarter units or 60 semester units of college coursework, including 14 quarter or 9 semester units in sociology, psychology, criminology, or a related field that would provide the required knowledge and abilities AND two years of experience performing duties equivalent to Juvenile Institutions Officer, at least one year of which is at the Senior level, or to Probation Assistant with Santa Barbara County; OR,

  • 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 California 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 by thorough background investigation (this includes a polygraph examination); submission of fingerprints for purpose of a criminal record check; and found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the powers of a peace officer.

  • Must be an U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien while is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.

  • 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.

Additional Qualification within one year probationary period:

  • Unless previously completed, candidates must complete and successfully pass a Corrections Standards Authority approved "Core" Training course within the first year of employment. (This five-week course may be held outside the County.) Additional physical training, such as unarmed defensive tactics, may be required for assignment to some units.

  • Possession of First Aid and CPR certificates

  • Possession of 832 PC

Knowledge of: standard English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage; college-level report writing; standard computer applications used in an office; socioeconomic, psychosocial, and cultural influences on individual behavior; basic math including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers and percentages.

Ability to: read and comprehend material at college level; establish and maintain effective, constructive, motivational relationships with probationers from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds; observe and record events and information; interpret behavior patterns; make appropriate referrals; work cooperatively with others; read, understand, and apply relevant laws; analyze information in order to make sound, objective decisions; work well under pressure; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; interview and elicit information from others; organize work and files; perform basic arithmetical calculations; learn casework objectives and investigation techniques; learn probation laws regarding investigations; learn to read and understand financial and accounting statements; learn, apply, and teach departmental procedures; learn how social, environmental, and psychological influences affect human behavior; learn and apply principles of cognitive, social, physiological and psychological development; learn the functions, structures, processes and interactions of the basic components of the criminal justice system; learn and apply constitutional and procedural considerations affecting arrest, search and seizure; kinds and degrees of evidence and rules governing admissibility; judicial decisions interpreting individual rights; use a computer keyboard.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Communication: Bilingual Spanish skills are desirable. The ability to read, write, and converse fluently in English and Spanish is desirable for some positions. Hiring departments will test you on your fluency. If you do not demonstrate sufficient fluency, your name may be withheld from future certification or removed from the bilingual employment list, in accordance with Civil Service Rule 7.

Assignments to this classification may require working some nights, holidays, and/or weekend. Wearing a uniform is required. Supplemental Information

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 Santa Barbara County 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 Deputy Probation Officer, Lateral Transfer, 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.

The appointee must also satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period.

Firearms:

  • Carrying a firearm is not required, and most DPOs do not carry firearms. However, in some assignments, officers may exercise their right to request to carry a department-issued firearm, subject to successful completion of department-required training and approval by the Chief Probation Officer.

  • Assignment to certain units requires training of all officers in the use of firearms, whether or not individual officers choose to carry one. Therefore, some incumbents may be required (depending on assignment) to undergo firearms training and quarterly qualification at the firing range, even if the individual chooses not to carry a firearm.

TO APPLY:

If after reviewing all of the information above you believe you meet the employment standards, please complete the following steps.

1.Click on the Apply link at the top of the screen and complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Your application must be fully completed to be considered. A resume is not required.

2.Print the Authorization for Release of Personnel Information Form and Lateral Transfer Information Request by clicking HERE. You must complete the entire Authorization for Release of Personnel Information Form, the Lateral Transfer Information Request must be entirely completed by your agency Human Resources. We WILL NOT accept electronically signed forms.

3.Send the completed forms to your Authorized Public Agency operating in a personnel merit system in the State of California to complete the requested information and send the authorization forms AND Job Description to the County Human Resources Department within 14 business days of submitting your application. Forms must be sent directly from your agency Human Resources to us using the methods below:

E-mail: HR@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

Receipt of these documents along with the submitted online application will then be reviewed for Employment Standards.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, not all candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to continue in the hiring process. Thank you for your interest in our department.

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 Commitment

The 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; postmarks not accepted. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at www.sbcountyjobs.com.

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


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