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Under direction as a supervisor in a field parole operation or an institutional setting, to have either direct line or technical program supervision over subordinate staff who are responsible for parolee supervision or are involved in institution casework and treatment programs for wards; and to do other related work.
Positions in this class are supervisory. Incumbents perform duties which are substantially different from those of subordinates, and have the authority, in the interest of management, to: hire, transfer, suspend, lay off, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward, or discipline other employees, responsibly direct them, adjust their grievances, or effectively recommend such actions. Leadpersons are excluded.
In a Parole Operation:
Reviews parole plans to determine acceptability; keeps informed as to the policies and standards of the Youthful Offender Parole Board and the Department of the Youth Authority; interprets those policies and procedures to staff; develops community resources and secures the cooperation of social, law enforcement, recreational, religious, educational, and other agencies concerned with rehabilitation of parolees; reviews case reports; monitors performance standards to assure compliance; evaluates institutional experience and training in terms of field placement; recommends and develops employment programs; performs duties related to the Interstate Compacts; conducts special studies or investigations of parole operations as assigned; acts for the Unit Supervisor in his/her absence; operates a motor vehicle; hires or recommends the selection of subordinate employees; participates in the recruitment, training, and supervision of subordinate staff; trains and evaluates the performance of personnel and takes or effectively recommends appropriate action; dictates correspondence; and prepares reports.
In an Institutional Setting:
Coordinates the work of the casework section with the other activities in the institution; assigns and controls work flow; assists in planning and conducting preparole program; is responsible for initial interviews and reports for presentation to the Classification Committee; utilizes casework methods in the supervision of wards and makes individual diagnoses and progress reports indicating case prognosis; reviews case reports; conducts case conferences and with the case-carrying parole agent; classifies cases for level of supervision and service; assists in the development and monitoring of the total treatment program; assists in the development and maintenance of the ward classification system; is responsible for interpreting Youthful Offender Parole Board Orders; is responsible for training and indoctrination of new casework staff in casework methodology; may coordinate joint institution and field parole staff in-service training meetings at the institution; operates a motor vehicle; hires or recommends the selection of subordinate employees; participates in the recruitment, training, and supervision of subordinate staff; trains and evaluates the performance of personnel; and takes or effectively recommends appropriate action.
One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Parole Agent I, Youth Authority, or a Casework Specialist, Youth Authority.
Experience: Two years of experience in social casework with a caseload of youthful offenders; or two years supervising social caseworkers with a caseload of youthful offenders. (One year of graduate education in sociology, psychology, criminology, or in a recognized school of social work may be substituted for one year of the required experience.) and
Education: Equivalent to graduation from college. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for not more than two years of the required education on a year-for-year basis.)
Knowledge of: Principles, techniques, and trends in rehabilitation, parole, and social casework; methods used and problems involved in the supervision and rehabilitation of youthful offenders; causes, extent, and treatment of juvenile delinquency; organization and functions of the Youthful Offender Parole Board and the Department of the Youth Authority; California laws relating to youthful offenders; the Youth Authority Act; court decisions affecting the rights of parolees; placement, probation, and parole services to youthful offenders; organizations, facilities, and services of public and private welfare and employment agencies available to youthful offenders; employment conditions and opportunities in California and facilities available for instruction, training, and placement of youthful offenders; vocational and educational counseling; peace officer duties and responsibilities of Youth Authority employees as defined in the Penal Code; functions and procedures of State, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies; principles of supervision; principles and practices of administration, organization, budget, and personnel management; a manager's/supervisor's responsibility for promoting equal opportunity in hiring and employee development and promotion, and for maintaining a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.
Ability to: Supervise, plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the work of others; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; prepare reports; communicate effectively; effectively promote equal opportunity in employment and maintain a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.
Interest in the rehabilitation of youthful offenders; ability to gain the confidence of youthful offenders; willingness to travel and to perform work requiring irregular hours; satisfactory record as a law- abiding citizen; tact; emotional stability and maturity; reliability; and neat personal appearance.
Minimum age for appointment is 21 years of age.
Citizenship Requirement: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031(a), in order to be a peace officer, a person must be either a U.S. Citizen or be a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for U.S. Citizenship. Any permanent resident alien who is employed as a peace officer shall be disqualified from holding that position if his/her application for citizenship is denied.
Felony Disqualification: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1029, persons convicted of a felony are disqualified from employment as peace officers except as provided under Welfare and Institutions Code, Division 2, Chapter 3, Article 8, Section 1179(b), or Division 2.5, Chapter 1, Article 4, Section 1772(b). Except as provided for by these statutes, persons convicted of a felony are not eligible to compete for, or be appointed to, positions in this class.
Firearm Conviction Disqualification: Anyone who is restricted for employment-related purposes from accessing, possessing, carrying, receiving, or having under his/her control a firearm or ammunition under all applicable State or Federal laws is ineligible for appointment to any position in this classification.
Background Investigation: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1029.1, persons successful in peace officer examinations shall be required to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to appointment. Persons who have previously undergone a Youth Authority background investigation may be required to undergo only a partial background investigation.
Medical Requirement: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031, persons appointed to a peace officer class shall undergo a medical examination to determine that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job safely and effectively.
Drug Testing Requirement: Applicants for positions in this class are required to pass a drug-screening test. (The drug-screening test will be waived for employees who are currently in a designated "sensitive" class for which drug testing is required under State Personnel Board Rule 213.)
Training Requirements: Under provisions of Penal Code Section 832, successful completion of a training course in laws of arrest, search and seizure, and in firearms and chemical agents is a requirement for permanent status in this classification.