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Supervising Probation Officer

Company: County of Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Examples of Duties Benefits Supplemental Questions

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reviews difficult and unusual cases with Probation Officers.

  • Assists in coordinating staff members responsible for inter related cases.

  • Assigns cases for investigation by Probation Officers and suggests procedures for investigations. Also conducts case reviews of all assigned files.

  • Presents reports and recommendations to the Court.

  • Helps plan and conduct community educational activities and conducts training.

  • Conducts internal administrative and background investigations and prepares reports.

  • Train, supervise and evaluate assigned staff.

  • Participates in the grievance procedure of employees or their representatives.

  • Assists in the implementation of policy changes or develops and implements policy as assigned.

  • Evaluates departmental programs and implements new or revised programs.

  • Assists in community outreach which may include special volunteer or paid programs for prevention/treatment.

Minimum Qualifications: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS


Four (4) years of full-time experience in probation/parole field casework or similar work in a related correctional field.


Graduation from a four (4) year accredited college or university with a degree. (One year graduate training in the field of Criminology, Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology, or similar field may be substituted for no more than one (1) year of the required experience.)


Possess a valid California driver's license at time of appointment and maintain.


California Penal Code Section 832 requirements regarding arrest, search, and seizure.

Possess and maintain a STC Certificate for Deputy Probation Officer Core Training, or certificate for STC supervisor core, and evidence of continued compliance with annual training requirements.

Training and background which will meet the requirements of California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031.

Must be free from any physical, mental or emotional condition that might adversely affect the exercise of Peace Officer powers.

Satisfactorily complete the Merced County Probation Departments Armed Academy.

Essential Functions: ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Operate a personal computer and other modern office equipment.

  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.

  • Analyze data, interpret policies, procedures and regulations, develop appropriate conclusions, and prepare reports.

  • Resolve conflicts and respond appropriately to complaints.

  • Complete multiple priority projects with conflicting deadlines and under stressful conditions.

  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.

  • Perform job duties under stressful conditions and respond appropriately to situations.

  • Train, evaluate and supervise staff.

  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.

  • Occasionally lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.

  • Frequent use of hand-eye coordination.

  • Frequent use of data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motion.

  • Be physically fit to perform the following: detain, restrain and handcuff, both resisting and non-resisting persons, run short distances, search probationers, walk up flights of stairs and drive a vehicle.

  • Use appropriate level of force, when necessary, for the purpose of stopping and/or restraining a combative youth.

  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 60 pounds.

  • Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.

  • Sit or stand for long periods of time.

  • May be required to carry a firearm and safely operate the weapon.

  • Regular attendance is an essential function.

Knowledge of:

  • Provisions of the California Penal, Welfare and Institutions, Civil, Education, Vehicle and Health and Safety Codes pertaining to the Department's function.

  • Principles, trends, methods and services in modern probation work.

  • Psychology as applied to both juvenile and adult offenders.

  • Fiscal, administrative, and personnel procedures.

  • Effective supervisory and management techniques.

  • Principles of training and staff development.

  • Writing, public speaking, local city and County government protocol.

  • Operation and capabilities of computer programs and data entry functions on personal computers.

Ability to:

  • Provide leadership, supervision, and training to subordinate staff members.

  • Work with assigned staff to resolve problems.

  • Develop, maintain, and prepare probation statistics, records, and reports.

  • Speak effectively to groups of people on probation work and delinquency prevention.

  • Effectively represent the Merced County Probation Department with the court system, public, community organizations, and other government agencies.

  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of the work.

  • Maintain computerized automated records.

  • Maintain Peace Officer status in accordance with California State Government Code (Sections 1029 and 1031) and California State Penal Code (Section 832).

Keywords: County of Merced, Merced , Supervising Probation Officer, Other , Merced, California

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