County of Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz County, CA

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Under direction, to coordinate, implement and monitor one or more programs within a County department; to develop program materials; to assist in planning and developing programs; and to do other work as required. The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies during the life of the eligible list. One vacancy is a position with the Sheriff-Coroner, which involves a full background investigation. This position also involves working with inmates inside a secure jail facility.


THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:

Two years of experience assisting in program coordination, program planning or program development. A college level degree related to the specialty area may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: License/Certificate: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License, or the ability to provide suitable transportation, which is approved by the appointing authority.

KNOWLEDGE: Working knowledge of methods and techniques of coordination and monitoring; training methods and techniques; and communication skills and techniques. Some knowledge of basic community resources and organizations; program planning and program policy development; and principles and practices of staff and/or volunteer supervision and training. Working knowledge of the specialty area may be required.

ABILITY TO: Coordinate, implement and monitor County programs; assist in planning, developing and implementing County programs, including policies and procedures; work with community organizations to coordinate activities and secure the support of diverse community groups; develop and maintain a cooperative working relationship with a wide variety of people, including community, media, school, and professional representatives; plan, assign, direct and evaluate the work of subordinate staff/volunteers; analyze and prepare grant proposals, contracts and budgets; speak effectively to diverse audiences; develop, prepare and evaluate training/educational materials; conduct training/educational sessions for professional staff, volunteers, and/or community groups; prepare reports and correspondence; motivate staff, including volunteers; and learn to input, access, analyze data and create graphics on a computer.


ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years. Available after six months for vacation and/or sick leave.

HOLIDAYS - 12.5 paid holidays per year.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.

MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.

DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.

VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage. RETIREMENT - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County pays a portion of retirement contribution and participates in Social Security.

LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.

SDI - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.

DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”

H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium share of cost may elect this pre-tax program.

HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.

EMPLOYEE CREDIT UNION - Offers systematic savings and low interest loans.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

OTHER - Other pay and benefit items apply to certain positions or assignments, such as Bilingual Pay and Night Shift Differential.


THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental application will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental application. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental application. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now! Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 310, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060. For information, call (831) 454-2600. Hearing Impaired TDD# (831) 454-2123. Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways: 1) In the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

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