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City of Torrance
Class Code: 1373

Class Designtion: Civil Service

March 1979
(Revised)

Unit Representation: Torrance Professional &
Supervisory Association

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Juvenile Diversion Coordinator

Definition

Under general supervision to coordinate the disposition, counseling, and referral of all juveniles referred to the Diversion Unit by police investigators and school counselors; to develop, expand, and implement the use of community agencies which are staffed and equipped to serve juveniles with delinquent or pre-delinquent behavior problems; to conduct community educational and informational meetings; and, to do related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from Juvenile Diversion Case Workers who are not responsible for coordinating the activities of all full-time staff developing programs for the counseling or treatment of delinquent or pre-delinquent juveniles. Distinguished from Police Officers who work with juveniles in that an incumbent is not a sworn peace officer.

Examples of Job Duties

Supervises and gives general supervision to case workers developing programs for the disposition, counseling, treatment, and referral of all juveniles handled by the Police Department who are not channeled into the juvenile justice system; based on recommendations from case workers, evaluates and approved the counseling, treatment, referral or testing to be provided to juveniles and their families.
Develops, expands, and implements the use of community agencies which are staffed and equipped to serve juveniles with delinquent or pre-delinquent behavior and related problems; informs Probation Department, schools, and other outside agencies about treatment or counseling being provided to juveniles; works with School Patrol Officers, school counselors, and others in discovering and handling pre-delinquent problem juveniles before criminal contact is made with police.
Conducts community, educational, and informational meetings on juvenile problems; attends various meetings and conferences of public and community organizations; provides training of police officers and others in the handling of problem juveniles; makes presentations before the City Council, Commissions, or community groups; prepares a variety of written reports relating to juvenile diversion activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of

  • Counseling techniques used to modify pre-delinquent and delinquent behavior;
  • Interviewing methods used to obtain information from and about pre-delinquent and delinquent juveniles and their families in order to develop appropriate treatment programs;
  • Principles of supervision including motivation, delegation, and training;
  • Community agencies having counseling, treatment, and testing programs designed to modify juvenile pre-delinquent and delinquent behavior;
  • Current case law as it pertains to detention and disposition of juvenile offenders;
  • Welfare and Institution Codes as it pertains to custody, welfare, protection and detention of juveniles;
  • Modern Police Department practices in working with juveniles.
  • Ability to

  • Supervise and work with employees developing programs for the disposition of juveniles with delinquent or pre-delinquent behavior;
  • Work with and relate well to fellow employees, law enforcement personnel, School Patrol Officers, school counselors, and others involved in youth serving agencies.
  • Develop, expand, and implement the use of community agencies providing services to problem juveniles and their families;
  • Maintain calm, self control in difficult situations such as crisis intervention, irate or hostile parents and juveniles;
  • Make presentations before City Council, Commissions, or community groups;
  • Prepare clear and concise written reports.
  • License Required

    A valid Class 3 California Motor Vehicle Operators License at time of appointment.

    Experience

    Four years of recent experience (preferably in a juvenile diversion program and receiving training/supervision from a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor, Clinical Psychologist and/or Psychiatrist) involving the counseling, treatment, and referral of juveniles with delinquent or pre-delinquent behavior, including at least one year in a supervisory capacity over others doing counseling and referral work.

    Education

    Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Sociology, Psychology, or related field, including course work in counseling techniques. Substantial and qualifying experience may be substituted on a year for year basis for the required education.