Job: Assistant Chief Probation Officer (Departmental Promotional Only)

This posting has expired and is no longer available.

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Assistant Chief Probation Officer (Departmental Promotional Only)
Closing Date/Time:Thu. 02/22/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$66.76 - $83.46 Hourly
$11,571.73 - $14,466.40 Monthly
$138,860.80 - $173,596.80 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo, California
The San Mateo County Probation Department is seeking a dynamic leader for the position of Assistant Chief Probation Officer. 

The San Mateo County Probation Department will achieve excellence in community corrections and will focus on effective service to our county. To this end, we will develop interventions that demonstrate a blend of our law enforcement and treatment responsibilities. We will be leaders in our profession exemplifying the highest standards of performance established in the fields of community corrections and organizational development.

Ideal Candidate:
  • An approachable and politically astute leader, with a management style that fosters trust, loyalty, respect, commitment and partnership.
  • A strategic thinker and an excellent problem solver with innovative yet practical solutions to problems. An Assistant Chief who can provide the Chief Probation Officer with the research and recommendations he needs to make informed decisions.
  • Experienced hard working and productive manager who leads by example, empowers staff and values a culture of collaboration and accountability of all employees.
  • A collaborator and consensus builder, who can energize, motivate and mentor Probation employees around improving quality performance.
  • An excellent communicator, both orally and in writing with an ability to make effective and persuasive presentations in order to achieve consensus.
  • A diplomatic member of the Probation executive team.
  • An independent thinker who fosters teamwork, welcomes new, creative ideas and appreciates differing opinions.

 Examples Of Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Direct, supervise, and guide Deputy Directors of the Adult and Realignment Services, Juvenile and Institution Divisions by establishing departmental goals, policies and performance standards, conduct periodic evaluations of the staff members' performance, and counseling staff members regarding their performance and career development consistent with the department's vision, mission and values.
  • Provide highly responsible administrative and management assistance to the Director of Probation in planning, organizing, directing and reviewing all functions and activities of the Probation Department.
  • Conduct or direct the conduct of periodic review of departmental practices relating to the Juvenile, Adult and Institutional Divisions.
  • Assist the Director to monitor department policy to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local legislation.
  • Consult and cooperate with other department managers and outside criminal justice personnel on all aspects of probation services; discuss problems, develop alternative strategies for dealing with those problems; assist in implementation of solutions, as necessary.
  • Assist the Director with the preparation of the department's budget.
  • Represent the Department before state, federal, and local regulatory, advisory and governing bodies with respect to probation matters, as requested by the Director.
  • Act as the Director in his/her absence.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:
  • All aspects of probation administration including appropriate methods, procedures and technical expertise.
  • Pertinent state and federal laws and regulations regarding probation work.
  • Principles and practices of modern probation administration.
  • Budget preparation and management.
  • Policy development and implementation.
  • Organizational, administrative, and management principles and practices.
  • Supervisory techniques, resource allocation, planning and budgeting.
Skill/Ability to:
  • Learn the County's operations and organizational structure.
  • Assist in directing and coordinating all aspects of probation administration.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate the work of professional, technical and clerical staff.
  • Analyze and evaluate statistical data and reports related to probation management.
  • Interpret, apply, and explain County policies and state and federal legislation related to probation services.
  • Establish and evaluate policies, procedures and controls related to the County's probation programs.
  • Represent the County under diverse circumstances and prepare and deliver oral presentations to small and large groups.
  • Effectively and persuasively communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Identify existing or potential problems, secure relevant information relating data from a variety of sources, determine probable cause(s), and effect appropriate solution(s).
  • Successfully develop, control, and monitor departmental budget and expenditures.
  • Utilize appropriate interpersonal style and methods of communication to gain acceptance, cooperation, or agreement of a plan, activity, and/or program idea.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:

Five years of increasingly responsible experience performing a wide variety of duties related to probation management in a large, complex public agency including one year experience in a senior level administrative or management position.

Other Requirement:
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or qualify under provisions of the California Government Code Section 1031.5.

Departmental Promotional Only. Only San Mateo County employees in the Probation Department with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a current regular, probationary, or extra-help classified position prior to the final filing date may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to the standard County employment application. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination.
IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Tentative Recruitment Timeline
Final Filing Date: February 22, 2018
Application Screening:  Week of February 26, 2018
Panel Interviews: Week of March 5, 2018

At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees, and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day.  County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Analyst: Mandy Singh  (Assistant Chief Probation Officer 02092018)


Career Sites by