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PRINCIPAL PROBATION OFFICER
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for supervising the activities of a number of Probation Supervisors in several units within a class III Probation agency. Under the supervision of the Commissioner of Probation, an employee in this class has responsibility for supervision of one or more probation units or major areas of assignments. This class is distinguished from that of Probation Supervisor in the span of control exercised and the area of assignment The employee may exercise supervisory responsibility in special innovative projects. Assignments are received from the Commissioner through conference. Work is reviewed through the submission of narrative reports and success of the program. Supervision is exercised directly over a number of Probation Supervisors.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Reviews all social investigations prepared for the court to determine the adequacies of the content and conformance to agency policies and standards;
Contributes to the preparation of the departments annual budget by submitting needs to the Commissioner;
Prepares semi annual and annual analysis of his units output for the departments administration;
May hear staff grievances and complaints; facilitates adjustment of personnel problems;
Supervises a number of units of probation staff performing similar or different functions;
Within assigned area of responsibility plans, directs and coordinates specific activities;
Instructs personnel under his supervision in techniques and procedures applicable to particular cases and assigned projects;
Helps to interpret rules end procedures for the benefit of subordinate staff;
Insures the proper operation of administrative processes related to intake, investigation, report preparation, case record keeping, probation supervision, end declarations of delinquency;
Confers with judges, court personnel, attorneys, police, educational end social agency personnel end various other groups and individuals on matters of common interest;
Individually carries out highly responsible and specialized staff assignments;
Represents the Department and/or County on various community Boards and/or Committees;
Keep abreast of national/global trends in community supervision to create new and efficient programs and procedures.
May act on behalf of the Commissioner in his/her absence.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of modern management principles and practices.
Thorough knowledge of principles underlying human behavior, growth end development.
Thorough knowledge of and skill in investigative, interviewing, case recording and report preparation techniques as applied to probation work.
Thorough knowledge of current trends and developments in the fields of probation and correction.
Thorough knowledge of functions and procedures of courts involved with the agency.
Thorough knowledge of community organization principles arid practices.
Ability to supervise the work of subordinates.
Ability to gain the confidence end cooperation of others
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Two (2) years of permanent competitive class status in the title of Probation Supervisor.
Three (3) years of work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in a supervisory, administrative, or executive position in a Probation Agency.