One Step Differential limited to 30 DPO III’s.
In addition to managing a caseload, DPO III’s selected for the Senior Differential will:
- Review and sign reports
- Act as supervisor in the supervisor’s absence
- Develop and conduct on-going training for new employees
- Coach and provide training/assistance to DPO’s with performance problems
- Provide support and guidance to staff in difficult situations
- Act as a mentor or coach in departmental career development programs
- Serve as a resource to DPO’s experiencing difficulty with specific cases
- Coordinate special projects
- Handle more difficult cases
- Standard evaluation
- 3 years (cumulative) as a DPO III in San Mateo County
- Willingness to transfer to any location or assignment within the Department
- Willingness to perform the above duties
Interested DPO III’s meeting the above requirements will submit a written statement listing their qualifications and listing their 3 preferred locations and assignments. The statements will be reviewed to screen out applicants who do not meet the 3 above requirements. The remaining applicants will be ranked on the following basis:
- 5 points for every full year as a San Mateo County DPO III over the minimum 3 years (Note: For employees with two or more appointments as a DPO III, partial years as a DPO III in the separate appointments will be added together and, if they total 12 months, will be counted as a full year.) Breaks in service shall have no negative impact (in other words, if an employee leaves San Mateo County and then returns, the employee shall still be able to earn points for any 12 months as a DPO III.
- 1 point for every program in which the applicant has worked
- 1 point for supervisory experience
- 3 points for an advanced degree
- 3 points for demonstrated leadership (serving on CBO’s, Union Official, etc.)
- 3 points for demonstrated communication skills
- 5 points for bilingual skills
The names of all qualified applicants will be sent to the Chief Probation Officer in rank order for selection and assignment. PDA will be sent a copy of the ranking materials. Should the Chief Probation Officer not select any of the top 30 candidates, written reasons for non-selection will be provided to the applicant. Managers will assist any of the top 30 candidates who are not selected in preparing career development plans to overcome any problem areas which led to their non-selection. A selectee who is appointed to a position in a Division other than the one he/she currently works in may decline the appointment without prejudicing his/her availability for future vacancies.
When none of the eligible Senior Deputy Probation Officers have made a request to transfer to an existing announced opening and none of the Deputy Probation Officer III’s on the SDPO list have requested an assignment to the announced opening, the Probation Department will notify PDA of the lack of response to the announced opening. With the consent of PDA, the department may pick any San Mateo County DPO III who requests the assignment to the opening in question. If no DPO III requests the assignment, the Probation Department may offer the position to any DPO II who requests the assignment. The individual who accepts this assignment will receive the same compensation and assume the same duties as a Senior DPO for 12 months (26 pay periods). After 12 months, the position will again be opened to SDPO’s and to DPO III’s on the SDPO list. If once again, no SDPO or DPO III on the SDPO list requests the assignment, the Probation Department may repeat the process outlined in this agreement to fill the position.
Senior Deputy Probation Officers may ask for a transfer after they have served two years in a Senior DPO assignment. The Department will make an effort to accommodate the person’s request for transfer, balancing the request with the needs of the Department. We will also take note of requests for reassignments.