Director of Juvenile Services (Unclassified)

JOB CODE: 3048


SALARY RANGE: $73,836 - $123,392

Juvenile Services

Under the administrative direction of the Mayor-President, performs highly responsible supervisory and administrative work in directing the operation and activities of Juvenile and Family Services, including Juvenile Probation, Juvenile Detention and Families in Need of Services (FINS). Work involves planning, and directing juvenile probation programs along with the administrative oversight of operations of the Juvenile Detention Center. Work also includes developing programs and providing services to families identified as Families in Need of Services. Supervision and direction is exercised over a large staff of professional, clerical and support employees. Work is performed with considerable independence within prescribed laws and policies established by the Mayor-President in consultation with the Citizens Advisory Board and is evaluated through conferences, reports and results obtained. Performs other work as requested.

Directs a large professional staff in the intake, casework and detention of juveniles placed on probation by the Juvenile Court Judge. Reviews the operations of Juvenile and Family Services for compliance with laws; develops and implements revisions to existing programs and new programs as needed. Confers with the Juvenile Court Judge on current and proposed program activities; recommends changes and implements as directed. Develops and implements procedures for secure detention of youth; develops and implements needs assessment intake procedures and develops programs for detained youth. Prepares and administers the annual budget for Juvenile and Family Services. Interviews and selects employees for vacant positions; reviews the work of subordinates and implements disciplinary measures as needed. Works with community agencies to develop and maintain referral sources for court cases; establishes and maintains effective working relationships providing assistance to the operation of the Juvenile Court; works with community groups to identify needs and develop programs and services to provide early intervention for youth and families. Provides administrative and statistical information to the State Supreme Court or other courts and obtains related information from other jurisdictions. Directs the writing, review and updating of the court policy manual; writes grants to secure federal or state funding for new programs. Directs the analyzing of computer hardware and software needs, repair and maintenance.

Knowledge of the modern principles, practices and techniques of professional probation work and related social rehabilitation programs and activities. Knowledge of group behavior and therapy techniques. Knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations affecting the operation of probation programs, the principles and practices of juvenile detention, and secure custody and residential treatment. Knowledge of licensing requirements and federally mandated guidelines applicable to Juvenile Detention. Knowledge of the operations, functions, policies, and procedures of the Juvenile Court. Knowledge of the policies and procedures of municipal budgeting, accounting, personnel and purchasing operations. Knowledge of the principles and practices of administration and supervision. Knowledge of community resources and referral agencies. Ability to direct and supervise subordinate professional personnel engaged in the investigation, counseling, supervision and case documentation of probationers and detainees, in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale. Ability to analyze and effectively report on operating conditions and problems, verbally and in writing, and to recommend solutions. Ability to make decisions recognizing established precedents and practices and to use resourcefulness and tact in meeting new problems. Ability to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of all staff members. Ability to analyze complex administrative problems and to make appropriate recommendations and decisions. Ability to assemble, organize and present financial, statistical and other materials.


Bachelor's degree and master's degree in social work, criminal justice, or a related field or a law degree, and four years of managerial supervisory experience at the professional level in juvenile detention or probation.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) None.


Unclassified job specifications may be revised at the will of the appointing authority.