Job Details

County of Santa Cruz
  • Position Number: 3016660
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Position Type: Business and Financial Management
The County of Santa Cruz is seeking a Probation Division Director. Do you have experience with adult and juvenile probation and rehabilitation? Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding career? If so, come join the Santa Cruz County Probation Department!

The County of Santa Cruz offers a generous benefits package which includes annual leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, vision and CalPERS retirement benefits!

Salary: $106,392 - 142,085 Annually

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THE JOB: Under general direction, plan, organize and direct the operation of a functional division of the Probation Department; serve as a member of the management team to develop and implement policies, procedures, programs and the departmental budget; act for the Chief Probation Officer as assigned and do other work as required. Assignments may include administrative oversight of the juvenile hall, adult probation, pretrial and/or juvenile probation services. The ideal candidate will have special subject matter knowledge (i.e., juvenile hall, grants, etc.); college or graduate degree in humanities, social sciences or a closely related field; up to date knowledge of research based justice practices, including the juvenile detention alternative initiative, evidence based practices and restorative justice; and ability to utilize data to inform decision making, lead and participate in grant writing responsibilities that create equitable opportunities for success. The ideal candidates will possess exceptional leadership skills and qualities that enables them to promote the mission and vision of the department and builds alignment between staff and management. Commitment to public service and promoting the wellbeing of those we serve is essential.

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education, training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these would be:

Two years of experience equivalent to a Deputy Probation Officer III in the County of Santa Cruz which included one year of supervisory responsibility.


Two years of experience equivalent to an Assistant Probation Division Director in the County of Santa Cruz and one year of probation casework.

The County's natural beauty spans from its coastal beaches to its redwood forests. The County also has excellent shopping throughout the local communities and features a lively downtown area in the City of Santa Cruz and Capitola.

The ideal Mediterranean climate features low humidity with a typical 300 days of sunshine a year. Its unique shops and restaurants, coupled with a multitude of cultural and recreational activities, including theater, music, art, as well as golfing, surfing, hiking and biking offer a wealth of leisure activities. Higher education includes Cabrillo College and the University of California, Santa Cruz, with two additional State Universities less than an hour away. These elements of high-quality living make Santa Cruz one of California's most desirable areas.

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