Probation Program Specialist

  • Merced County, CA
  • Merced, California
  • Jul 01, 2020
Full Time Probation Project Management
  • Salary: $2,378.40 - $2,892.80 Biweekly USD

Job Description

Examples of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Manages and oversees facilitators and participants in the operation of probation programs;
  • Screens participants for eligibility and placement in appropriate groups;
  • Conducts individual and group therapy sessions;
  • Reviews database and attendance records for accuracy with regard to statistical information of assigned programs;
  • Completes quality assurance reports of facilitators;
  • Conducts workshops to provide training as necessary to ensure that the programs are effective;
  • Conducts research, compiles and analyzes data, makes recommendations, develops procedures and coordinates activities with appropriate agencies and departments;
  • Prepares written and oral reports and responds to requests for information;
  • Develops and maintains recruitment and retention plans for facilitators;
  • Participates in program specific meeting and training required by the department;
  • Develops curriculum and provides instruction to program participants;
  • Coordinates with local interest groups and agencies to create community awareness of evidence based programs through speaking engagements, media releases and the development of informational brochures;
  • Identifies availability of needed programs/services;
  • May recruit and supervise volunteers for existing/additional programs;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Experience:

Two (2) years of experience working in a criminal justice, substance abuse treatment, child welfare, or related organization that involved any of the following: providing counseling services, conducting needs assessments, making referrals for social programs or providing training services.

Education:

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in behavioral sciences or a related field.

THIS CLASSIFICATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS PURSUANT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES RULES AND REGULATIONS, SECTION 2,B.
Essential Functions

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Ability to identify potential conflicts and refer appropriately.
  • Train, evaluate and supervise staff.
  • Effectively work with culturally diverse populations,
  • Operate a person computer and other modern office equipment, including repetitive hand and armmotions.
  • Frequent use of hand-eye coordination.
  • Frequently sit for extended periods of time.
  • Occasionally operate a motor vehicle.
  • Perform a variety of administrative, technical and program analysis functions.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Analyze data, interpret policies, procedures and regulations, develop appropriate conclusions.
  • Prepare reports as needed.
  • Meet deadlines under stressful conditions; complete multiple projects with conflicting deadlines.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Understand and ensure compliance with policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
  • Kneel, bend, twist, squat, balance and crawl; occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Frequent use of hand-eye coordination; normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.
  • Frequent use of data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function.
KNOWLEDGE OF :
  • Psychological counseling techniques, attitude/behavior assessment, and symptoms of maladaptive behavior;
  • Techniques involved in preparing and facilitation program material, assessments, and case plans;
  • Interviewing techniques;
  • Basic socioeconomic principles;
  • Functions and programs of the probation department, public safety agencies, and community based organizations;
  • Terminology, phraseology, forms, documents, and procedures associated with area of assignment;
  • Community organizations and resources.

ABILITY TO:
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness in gathering, preparing, and disseminating program material.
  • Effectively use community resources and organizations.
  • Educate, counsel and interview program participants.
  • Maintain and update records, files and reports.
  • Assist in the preparation of grant proposals.
  • Make individual and group presentations.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Prioritize, schedule and organize work to meet established deadlines.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with employees, other related agencies and representatives.
  • Work under pressure in a dynamic work environment with changing demands and priorities.
  • Handle confidential and sensitive information with tact and discretion.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.


HOLIDAYS & LEAVES
MANAGEMENT LEAVE

May receive, depending upon classification, 96 hours per Fiscal Year (prorated for the time remaining in the fiscal year).

VACATION

10 days the first 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 160 hours), 15 days in the second 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 240 hours), and 20 days after 10 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 320 hours). Optional annual sell back of a portion of accumulated vacation leave hours (maximum - 40 hours).

SICK LEAVE

.0462 hours sick leave for each paid regularly scheduled work hour. 12 days (96 hours per year) with unlimited accumulation. Optional annual buy back of a portion of accumulated sick leave hours upon meeting certain criteria.

HOLIDAYS

Twelve paid holidays annually plus one optional holiday.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

Three (3) regularly scheduled work days or five (5) days if distance traveled over 500 miles one-way.

INSURANCE
HEALTH INSURANCE


County paid health plan with maximum contributions; 100% for employee up to maximum of $420, 50% of dependent up to maximum of $100 for child/$220 for spouse biweekly. There are multiple health plans to choose from. County paid dental and vision plans, 100% for employee, with 50% of dependent premiums paid by the County.

County sponsored employee health clinic available for zero or reduced co-pay depending on selected health plan.

DISABILITY INSURANCE


Management Disability Plan includes a comprehensive Short/Long Term Disability plan paid for by the County.

LIFE INSURANCE

$50,000 County-paid Management Life Insurance coverage. $5,000 County-paid Life Insurance coverage (Accidental Death and Dismemberment included). Voluntary Term Life and Universal Life Insurance available - premium paid by employee.

RETIREMENT
DEFERRED COMPENSATION


The County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Employees choose their investment funds and can make pretax contributions to the plan up to the maximum allowable.

MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION


The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 and other provisions of the California Government Code. MCERA members also pay into Social Security.The applicable benefit formula is dependent upon your hire date with an MCERA employer; yourpension amount will be determined by your age, years of service and final compensation amount.
EXTRA HELP EMPLOYEES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR COUNTY BENEFITS.

EMPLOYEE PROGRAMS
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)


MHNEAP services provides up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per incident and provides a toll-free "800" hotline available 24/7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. EAP services include counseling services, legal services, financial services and Work-life Resource services.

For more information log on to members.mhn.com.


EMPLOYEE TICKETS, COUPONS, and DISCOUNTS

The County of Merced has partnered with Employee Savings Tickets to provide discounted coupons and tickets for all county employees to attractions throughout the state and out-of-state. The discounts and coupons are available for shopping, movies, sporting events, theme parks, zoos and aquariums and much more.

THIS BULLETIN IS NOT A CONTRACT AND DOES NOT CREATE CONTRACTUAL OR LEGAL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE. THIS BULLETIN IS SUBJECT OF BEING SUPPLEMENTED, MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN OR OTHERWISE CHANGED PENDING LABOR AGREEMENTS AND/OR AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEEM NECESSARY.

For answers to specific questions regarding employee benefits, please call Human Resources at 209.385.7682 or go to Merced County Benefits Summary


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