Technical Writing Specialist - EXTRA HELP
County of Sonoma - Santa Rosa, CA

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The Sonoma County Water Agency is seeking a qualified candidate to fill two Extra-Help vacancies as a Technical Writing Specialist . This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help (temporary) vacancies as they occur during the active status of the list.
Technical Writing Specialists are responsible for composing, editing and finalizing agreements and detailed construction project specifications; preparing construction contracts, assisting in administering the public project bid process and requests for proposals in compliance with regulations and established policies and procedures; preparing funding applications, and reviewing and editing various types of technical reports.

The Water Agency is seeking candidates who have the following attributes:
College-level coursework or experience and training in the areas of engineering, science, contract law, or other subject matter that is relevant to the Water Agency's core functions.
Advanced writing skills required to translate complex technical ideas and material into clear, concise language.
Equally advanced MS Office/business technology skills to efficiently incorporate multiple file formats into single documents, and to quickly understand and use a large library of document templates on a daily basis.
Experience preparing construction specifications or grant applications.
Capacity to handle a broad range of duties and to continually assess and adjust work efforts based on competing priorities of multiple projects.
Ability to actively listen, communicate well with others, gather and organize information, actively learn, visually interpret information, analyze issues and problems, and solve problems.
Ability to exercise sound, independent judgment.
Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation and sick leave; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements (generally worked 11 consecutive pay periods with a minimum of 440 hours and are scheduled at least 40 hours per pay period) may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

About the Sonoma County Water Agency

The Sonoma County Water Agency is a special district formed by the California State Legislature in 1949 and is responsible for providing a safe and reliable water supply to its customers in Sonoma and Marin counties. The Agency also maintains 75 miles of flood control channels and provides sanitation services. The Agency employs approximately 185-200 employees and consists of five divisions: Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources and Public Affairs, Operations, Maintenance and Administrative Services. The Agency supports the concept of environmental sustainability, focusing on renewable power sources, and strives to be a leader in its water conservation and fishery restoration programs.

Please Note: Employees of the Water Agency are employees of a special district and are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma.
Application submissions require the supplemental questionnaire be completed.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education : Academic coursework which directly relates to the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, such coursework would include college level courses in engineering, technical writing, contract law, journalism, and/or business or public administration.

Experience : Any combination of experience which will provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, two years of engineering and/or public works project experience, including one year of experience which included writing and editing of reports, manuals, specifications and/or agreements OR two years in a technical field which included writing and editing of reports, manuals, specifications and/or agreements.

License : Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level, including special endorsements as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Working Knowledge Of : the techniques of writing and editing technical reports; contract principles and roles of participants; civil engineering principles, practices and terminology; public contract law; written and oral communications, including language mechanics, syntax and English composition; modern office methods and procedures; word processing applications.

Skill In : drafting, editing, finalizing, tracking and executing agreements; and file management.

Ability To : obtain and interpret engineering and other technical material and information by interview, in writing or through research; read and prepare engineering specifications, and read and interpret construction drawings; make mathematical calculations; analyze situations and adopt effective course of action; analyze and evaluate insurance requirements; observe and work with small details; select essential elements of a problem; write effectively and use good judgment in assembling, evaluating and using information; determine contractual requirements for professional service agreements to ensure performance by consultants; interpret regulations, policies and agreement provisions; follow established procedures; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff and the public.

Working Conditions
Duties require sitting, standing, repetitive motion and body twisting, stooping, and walking on level surfaces in performance of daily activities. Incumbents are required to drive vehicles, walk on uneven surfaces and be subjected to dust and pollen in making project site visits. The need to climb stairs, push and/or lift weights up to 25 pounds may be required when using office equipment, lifting binders, replenishing supplies, and/or moving boxes of specifications and reports.

Selection Procedure:
The information contained in the application and responses to the supplemental questions will be evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the employment process. Applicants should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions. You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. Failure to comply with these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Application submissions require the mandatory supplemental questionnaire be completed.

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an Extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.

A background investigation may be required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additionally, a pre-employment medical examination, including a drug screening, will be required prior to employment.

Applications are accepted on-line at Paper applications may be submitted in person, or by fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma is committed to a policy and actively pursues a program of equal employment and non-discrimination. More information can be found at:
HR Analyst: DP
HR Technician: JW

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