Cameron County
  • 03-Feb-2021 to 16-Mar-2021 (CST)
  • Juvenile Justice
  • San Benito, TX, USA
  • $81,500.00
  • Salary
  • Full Time


SALARY: $81,500.00 annual.


Chief Juvenile Probation Officer


Administrators, Probation and Facility Personnel


Education and Experience:

Master's degree in behavioral sciences, public administration, education, related field, plus four (4) years progressively responsible experience in juvenile justice; OR

Bachelor's degree in behavior sciences, public administration, education, or related field, AND a minimum of six (6) years of management experience in direct juvenile care, counseling, law enforcement, corrections or other related field.

Licenses, Certificates, and Experience

  • Must be over twenty-one (21) years of age (for state certification requirements);
  • Current Texas Driver's License and must have an automobile with current automobile insurance;
  • Ability to communicate effectively (reading, writing, and understanding) in English; knowledge of Spanish is preferred;
  • Able to submit to a drug urinalysis pre-screening exam and pass a criminal background check. If the candidate for employment does have a criminal record, it must be cleared through the requirements as set forth by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department;
  • Must be bondable

After Hire Licenses or Certificates

  • Certification as a Juvenile Probation Officer and Juvenile Supervision Officer or eligible for certification within six (6) months of date of hire;
  • Cardio- Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification and First Aid (FA);
  • Handle with Care (HWC) State Approved Restraint Technique Certification


Provide administrative oversight, guidance, follow-up and accountability with departmental staff in order to ensure the operations of the department and safeguards for juveniles and staff;

  • Be proactive and solution-focused in addressing the different facets of the department's operations;
  • Participate and develop agency policies and procedures in accordance to local, county, state and federal standards and regulations (i.e. County policies, TJJD standards, PREA standards, etc.);
  • Prepare and monitor the department's budget and facilitate all payment authorization in accordance to the department's procurement policy;
  • Direct the recruitment, selection and hiring of personnel;
  • Ongoing evaluation and research of departmental personnel, programs and policies;
  • Assist in providing administrative oversight to the designated duties as assigned by the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer which may include probation services, Pre and Post facilities, training and community based programs for the department;
  • Organize the department effectively and delegate duties to administrative team;
  • Administrative collaboration with agency partners in agreement with Memorandum of Understanding of the roles and responsibilities required to provide the services agreed upon;
  • Oversee fiscal costs, billing, payroll and submission of reports of agency partnerships;
  • Provide administrative oversight and liaison with the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program to include contractual vendor, school district personnel and any parties involved;
  • Coordinate with Area Supervisor the operations, activities, and supervision of probation matters that is consistent with the philosophy and objective of the department;
  • Prepares performance evaluations on administrative team and/or designated staff;
  • Develops community resources, networking and partnerships for services to best meet the needs of clients and their families;
  • Represents the department in community meetings, coalitions, trainings that will enhance the service delivery of the clients and families we're entrusted to serve;
  • Provide successful leadership for the department by possessing good management skills, mutual respect, mentoring and professionalism;
  • Writing grants, contracts and develop projects/programs that will improve the service delivery;
  • Assist in ride-alongs and transport clients to off-site locations, as required;
  • Assist in juvenile probation caseload and/or court appearances, as required;
  • Prepare agenda action items and presentation for Juvenile Board approval;
  • To participate and develop other reasonably related duties as assigned by CJPO and/or Juvenile Board;
  • Be on call 24/7 for the administrative response to the operations of the department and available for all emergencies to include, but not limited to: inclement weather, taking children into custody, transporting probation children to placement or emergency release facilities, doctor(s) office(s) as directed by CJPO and/or designee;
  • Adhere, maintain, and comply with professional conduct and ethical behavior consistent with the standards and policies and procedures expected by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), TJJD, Cameron County, and Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department (CCJJD) at all time, both on duty and off duty;
  • Adhere and comply with all PREA standards and will follow zero tolerance towards all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment while conducting business in the pre and post-adjudication facilities;
  • Adhere and comply with all TJJD standards to include Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation (ANE) standards and cooperate with all ANE investigations;
  • Adhere and comply CCJJD's and Cameron County's policies and procedures and know how to keep abreast of any changes to said policies and procedures, including maintaining an effective safety program as established by Cameron County;
  • Abide by all federal, state, and local laws; the nature of our profession requires being a good role model and setting a good example at all times;
  • Attend & present at staff meetings and trainings as required;
  • Employment is contingent upon federal, state, local and/or grants availability;
  • CCJJD is an At-Will employer; the department has the right to terminate your employment for any legal reason, or no reason, at any time either with or without notice;
  • Perform any and all other duties as assigned by the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer and/or designee to include reassignment which is in the best interest of the department.


Knowledge of:

  • Policies, practices, procedures and legal terminology related to court system.
  • Applicable Juvenile Justice System standards and procedures.
  • Standard practices in area of assignment.
  • General knowledge of providing trauma-informed care, establishing appropriate relationships, and social adjustment.
  • Standard counseling techniques
  • Safety and security techniques and standards.
  • Physical restraint techniques to prevent self-injurious and assaultive behavior and escape.

Skills In:

  • Positive management skills and oversight of departmental personnel;
  • Monitoring and responding to client behavior.
  • Problem solving and decision making.
  • Interviewing clients
  • Both verbal and written communication.
  • Basic Computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages

Ability To:

  • Gather, analyze and evaluate facts to conduct investigations and report results clearly, accurately and impartially.
  • Required to possibly work different schedules in order to meet the needs of the program
  • Work efficiently both independently and as part of a team.
  • Reason and make judgments and decisions.
  • Maintain client and program confidentiality.
  • Deal effectively with mentally disturbed, hostile and aggressive individuals.
  • Manage time well, perform multiple tasks, and organize diverse activities.
  • Submit written documentation clearly, accurately, and impartially.
  • Perform effectively and courteously in a stressful environment while maintaining a professional manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental clientele, representatives of outside agencies, other county employees and officials, representatives of the juvenile justice system and the general public.


Work Environment:

  • Tobacco free environment.
  • Absolutely no electronic devices or cell phones allowed in the pre or post-adjudication facilities while either on/off shift, with exception of EMT, FA & OM
  • Moderate travel with little or no notice (emergency transport) requiring additional hours after scheduled shift and/or overnight stays may be required for transports or training.
  • Subject to contact with communicable diseases, hazardous waste, human fecal manner and foul odors.
  • Must be able to work in high noise level environment.
  • Position involves a range of activities, from sitting at a desk for several hours to conducting home visits, school checks and curfew checks. While conducting these visits, all rules and guidelines of the juvenile probation department's policy regarding office safety will be followed. Communication via cell phone and/or assigned portable radio will be adhered to at all times.
  • At no time, will the review or use of social media be allowed while on duty, and/or on County provided electronic equipment, except in limited situations where such activity is work related and is authorized by the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer or designee.

Physical Demands:

  • Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 50-100 pounds, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and basic office equipment. Subject to standing, sitting, walking, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, pushing, pulling, reaching, twisting, balancing, repetitive motion, and squatting to perform essential functions.
  • May require occasional search and apprehension of clients
  • When back-up emergency response is needed, must be able to run to the requested location.

Work Uniforms:

  • Must adhere to the CCJJD Dress Code Policy
  • If visible tattoos, sleeves or cover ups must be worn.
  • Sets the example regarding personal appearance with regards to hair being neatly trimmed and combed.

This is not a Civil Service covered position.


Cameron County Offers Excellent Fringe Benefits, Including: Health and Life Insurance Protection, Sick and Annual Leave, Retirement System and Paid Holidays. Cameron County has a mandatory direct deposit payroll program.


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