Probation Program Quality Analyst

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Oct 14, 2019
Full Time Accounting and Finance CORRECTIONS Probation Public Safety
  • Salary: $74,739.77 - $90,831.47 Annually

Job Description

Position Information

The County of Sonoma Probation Department seeks a qualified professional to join their Planning, Implementation & Evaluation team!

Starting salary up to $43.52/hour ($90,831/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*

The Planning, Implementation & Evaluation (PIE) team exists to meet the goals and objectives of the Probation Department and the Board of Supervisors in their commitment to Evidence Based Programs and Practices (EBP) through a series of activities organized around a structured implementation framework.

Through participation in the PIE learning team, the Probation Program Quality Analyst will carry out project management activities for planning, implementation, and/or evaluation. This position will focus on correctional, health, and human service programs provided to youth and adults within the juvenile and criminal justice systems, assuring these effectively engage and serve historically underserved or marginalized populations. The Probation Program Quality Analyst position has an emphasis on research, writing, planning, analysis, communication, training, and monitoring activities.

Typical duties/responsibilities include:
  • Identifying, developing, and analyzing information on local service needs and resources; designing and developing studies to determine client needs and gaps in services; developing assessment methodology, including determination of data collection, data management, and analytical techniques; gathering, validating, compiling, managing, and analyzing data
  • Managing significant programs or initiatives that support Department and County strategic direction; convening and facilitating meetings with community leaders, the public, representatives of government, and other organizations; developing and maintaining positive relationships with partners
  • Negotiating, developing, reviewing, planning, and monitoring contracts on behalf of the County; monitoring contractor performance, including site visits; recommending corrective action where appropriate; and providing technical assistance to contractors
  • Planning, organizing, managing, and evaluating programs either operated directly by the Department or by sub-contractors; developing alternative methods of service delivery and of administrative organization
  • Acting as liaison with supervisors, administrative and agency staff, state and federal representatives, and community groups to discuss findings, plans, regulations, policies, program development, implementation problems, workload and quality control issues
  • Participating in the general administration of the Department, including budget development, RFP and contract processes, and hiring and personnel decisions
The ideal candidate will bring:
  • Strong analytical and decision-making skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Demonstrated experience applying statistical and qualitative analysis
  • Familiarity with EBPs in correctional, health, and human service programs
  • Advanced computer skills and internet research capabilities
To learn about the Sonoma County Probation Department, please visit:
Benefits Sonoma County Puts to Work for You
Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
* Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

The Civil Service title for this position is Program Planning and Evaluation Analyst. This recruitment is being conducted to filla full-time openingin the Probation Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of the list.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, graduation from a college or university with a degree in social work, gerontology, psychology, sociology, public health, health science, health education, community health, public policy, public administration, business administration, economics, or a closely related area, and two years of experience in program planning, staff development, program supervision, community organization, and/or analysis of human, health, and/or child support services programs would provide such opportunity.

Specific experience related to the assigned division may be required for designated positions.
License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: the principles and practices of data collection, management, and analysis, program planning, evaluation, needs assessment, and research methodology; project and program management; techniques, principles and work of the assigned program area; social and economic problems that call for the use of public and private county services; legislation and laws that regulate the operations of assigned program areas.
Working knowledge of: the principles and practices of grant preparation and review; budgeting and financial analysis including governmental sources of funding; principles, practices and methods of staff development; community resources and service agencies, including both private and other public agencies; the principles and practices of public economic assistance and service programs; principles of effective oral and written communication; effective community engagement and communication strategies and methods; personal computers and data base management systems.
Ability to: read, review, research, and analyze information including complex rules and regulations; plan, organize, develop, and carry through research projects effectively; select proper research methodology and apply it to program planning problems; design and evaluate program objectives and procedures; develop and implement training plans and programs to meet program needs; write and speak effectively; translate complex and/or complicated information into clear, concise terminology; understand and use data management systems to collect, manage, retrieve, and analyze quantitative data; present analysis and information visually as well as in writing; work cooperatively with a wide variety of professional and lay persons; work effectively with community groups and organizations; analyze problems and complaints and identify solutions; prepare, interpret and evaluate a variety of narrative and statistical data and reports; understand, interpret and apply procedures, laws, rules and regulations as they apply to assigned area; ensure proper compliance with federal, state and local guidelines, policies, goals, rules and regulations; understand and communicate complex systems and the relationship between a variety of initiatives.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
  • Please visit Getting a Jobwith the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.
Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


It is the policy of law enforcement/legal offices and departments, in the County of Sonoma, that job candidates complete a thorough background investigation process prior to employment.This policy is imperative in order to keep the department's employees and the public safe, and to maintain high standards in the law enforcement community. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

The background investigation will include a thorough assessment of a candidate's personal, employment, educational, criminal, and credit history. The investigation may include, but is not necessarily limited to: use of prescription and/or other drugs, reports from former employers, friends, family members, educational institutions, law enforcement agencies, credit reports, court reports, public records search, and/or other relevant sources. Candidates must be honest and forthcoming about information that may arise during the background process. Deception during any portion of this process is grounds for disqualification, even after employment.

All candidates will be required to take a pre-employment medical examination. The pre-employment medical examination will include drug testing as part of the medical examination for all applicants and for all current employees who are offered employment with the Offices/Departments. Additionally, candidates may be required to take a pre-employment psychological examination.The results of these examinations and the background investigation shall be confidential and shall not be available to the candidate for review. Failure to pass the background investigation will eliminate a candidate from the employment process. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

Issues that arise during the investigation process will be assessed, and judgment and discretion will be used to determine the employability of the candidate. Where there is evidence of a candidate's past use of controlled substances, many factors shall be used to determine the employability of the individual such as pattern of use, kind of drug used, circumstances of the start of the drug use, treatment, behavior and attitude since discontinuance, etc. Please note that a history of using controlled substances does not result in automatic disqualification from the selection process. Prior to disqualifying any candidate whose profile falls within the provisions of the policy, the candidate shall be given the opportunity to present any and all evidence of mitigating facts which the candidate feels should be considered by the hiring authority.


Applications are accepted on-line at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

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