Director of Juvenile Court Services

Yuma, AZ
Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center

FLSA Status: Exempt
Grade: 44
Job Code: 212

Oversees and performs all managerial, supervisory and administrative functions of the Juvenile Court including personnel management, fiscal management, caseflow management, record management, office management, space and equipment management, public education, information/technology needs, research and advisory services and intergovernmental relations.


  • Directs the operations of probation, detention, and support programs to include education.
  • Performs a variety of high level administrative, managerial, and supervisory duties, tasks and functions in the operation and organization of the Juvenile Court; leads, plans, staffs, manages and directs preparation, justification and administration of various department program budgets; develops and oversees implementation of department policies and procedures; reviews programs, services, personnel and contracts for effectiveness and efficiency; reviews and proposes legislation; testifies before legislative bodies; directs procurement, implementation and evaluation of all departmental automation projects; facilitates, directs and manages long and short-range strategic planning efforts.
  • Develops, identifies needs, prepares, presents, justifies and defends department budget; oversees, manages, administers and monitors department budget allocation; approves expenditures and purchases; directs, approves and oversees grant applications and grant funding; reviews and monitors departmental statistics; oversees department facilities; approves and implements records and file management programs; conducts legal research and drafts correspondence; oversees and manages the operation of various Juvenile Court-specific and related programs and facilities.
  • Administers, supervises, and directs all departmental operations and functions; resolves internal and external conflict/issues in the management and administration of the department; identifies, develops and implements departmental programs and projects; oversees all aspects of personnel operations including monitoring the selection, training, development, evaluation, counseling and disciplining of staff within the department; identifies and recommends personnel system changes for the department.
  • Participates in the determination, direction, formulation and execution of court system policy; directs the planning of the department; oversees the administration of special projects; analyzes the department’s work flow and efficiencies; recommends and implements changes to improve efficiency and responsive to internal staffing and external needs; applies statutory requirements for record keeping and reports; serves as a liaison with representatives of various governmental agencies and the legislature, representing the department at committee meetings and hearings as assigned by the Presiding Judge.
  • Serves as team member in the formulation of system-wide, long-range plans; evaluates and prioritizes the needs of the department in staffing, equipment, technology, facilities and security; coordinates the implementation of facilities programs for the maintenance, repair, improvements and redesign of department facilities; identifies and recommends methods to improve management and operation of the court involving enhanced work processes, increased court system responsiveness, efficient use of judicial resources and quality service delivery.
  • Performs other functions as assigned.

Knowledge of:

  • Applicable State of Arizona statutes, rules, administrative orders, policies and procedures, applicable Federal rules and requirements.
  • Yuma County Policies and Procedures.
  • Legal terminology and court processes and procedures.
  • Trends and changes in public sector management and administration.
  • Principles and practices of public personnel administration, administration, court administration, public budget, and organizational development and operation.
  • Principles and practices of management, supervision, records, case and caseflow management, bookkeeping, record keeping, space and facilities management, automation systems and capabilities, automated office operations, support services, and intergovernmental relations.
  • Community services and resources.

Skills in:

  • Working under pressure in a highly dynamic work environment with changing program demands and priorities.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with court employees, users of the court’s services, and the public.
  • Communicating orally and produce written documents and reports for public dissemination.
  • Identifying, establishing and implementing operational standards for the department.
  • Organizing and coordinating the efforts of court personnel to accomplish department goals and objectives.
  • Analyzing a variety of administrative, operational, managerial, fiscal and other issues/problems and make sound recommendations for solutions.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software applications.

A master’s degree in business management, the social sciences or a related field from an accredited college and university, and ten years experience in the fields of probation or corrections, or working with offender or delinquents in some equivalent capacity, with at least five years of progressively responsible administrative and supervisor capacity.


  • This classification requires the applicant to pass criminal background checks.
  • A valid Arizona State Driver’s License may be required.
  • Arizona Committee on Judicial Education and Training (COJET) yearly accreditation is required.

Work is performed in a standard office environment and Court facilities.

The essential duties and responsibilities (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities ACT) included in this job description are illustrative only and are not a comprehensive listing of all functions, tasks, or duties performed by positions in this class. An incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.