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Modoc County is seeking a Chief Probation Officer who will be able to plan, organize, manage, direct, and supervise the functions, activities, and programs of the Modoc County Probation Department as well as an exceptional ability to collaborate with other Justice partners in Administration of Justice.  This would include fiscal management, personnel management, program planning and evaluation, and public and political relations.

Wage Rate: Depends on Experience (DOE)

The ideal candidate will be able to:

  • Present Department activities, programs, and functions within the Court system, community organizations, and other government agencies
  • Provide direction, training, and supervision for Department staff
  • Develop the Department budget and control expenditures
  • Review the work of staff and resolve problems
  • Be responsible for the development, maintenance and preparation of probation statistics, record and reports
  • Perform the most difficult and complex professional probation work
  • Apply the principles of adult and juvenile probation work and related court procedures in a variety of situations
  • Effectively represent the Modoc County Probation Department in contacts with the public, community organizations, and other government agencies
  • Will perform special assignments, and provide administrative support for the Board of Supervisors.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This class serves as the administrative head of the Probation Department and is responsible for setting all policies, procedures, and priorities of the office in addition to supervising assigned staff and outside service providers.  In addition to planning and overseeing probation functions, the incumbent also carries a caseload of difficult and/or complex cases and provides technical assistance to and maintains liaison with representatives of other law enforcement agencies, direct social providers, and other public and private organizations involved in the probation process.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Principles, practices, and philosophy of law enforcement, particularly as related to the field of adult and juvenile probation.
  • Principles, methods, and techniques of legal and social service research and investigation, judicial procedures, sentencing regulations, and rules of evidence.
  • Applicable laws, policies, and regulations.
  • Social, medical, educational, and other resources are available in the community.
  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the supervision of staff.
  • Principles and practices of budget development and administration.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, occasionally where relations may be strained.

Training and Experience

  • Five (5) years of broad and extensive professional work experience in adult and juvenile probation work, including at least three (3) years of experience in a management, supervisory, or lead position.
  • Graduation from college with a BA/BS in criminology, sociology, psychology, social work, or closely related field.

Special Requirements

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of application and a valid California Driver’s License by the time of appointment. A valid California License must be maintained throughout employment.
  • Possession of certification to meet California Penal Code Section 832 requirements regarding arrest, search, and seizure.
  • Completion of the Basic Probation Course and Supervisor Core Training as certified by the Board of Corrections and evidence of continued compliance with annual training requirements.
  • Ability to obtain a CPR/First Aid Certificate within one (1) year of employment.
  • Ability to pass a full background investigation to meet provisions of Government Code 1029 and 1029.1. In addition, under Government Code Section 1031, the Candidate’s physical, emotional and mental health will be evaluated and must be free from any condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer or performance of the duties of this position.

Application Process

Applications may be obtained from and returned to:

OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION/HR, 204 South Court Street, Room 100, Alturas, CA 96101

Phone: (530) 233-7660

Scanned and completed application packets may be emailed to:

Required Application*

  • A Cover Letter
  • A signed and completed Modoc County employment application
  • Resume
  • 3-5 References

(*Submitting an incomplete packet may result in disqualification of your application)

Modoc County is an EOE.

Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 60
Education Required: Bachelor's
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Background Checks
  • Reference Check
  • Salary: DOE