Thursday, April 24, 2014

Specialist Clerk II

Recruitment #13-1129-01

Introduction

THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Applications will only be accepted on-line.

QUALIFIED BILINGUAL PERSONS WHO SPEAK ENGLISH AND ARE ALSO FLUENT IN SPANISH, CHINESE, VIETNAMESE, CAMBODIAN, LAOTIAN, KOREAN, MIEN, TAGALOG, AMHARIC, FARSI, DARI, TIGRIGNA, RUSSIAN, ROMANIAN OR SIGN LANGUAGE ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.  THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL BI WEEKLY COMPENSATION FOR PERSONS IN POSITIONS DESIGNATED BILINGUAL.  Qualified candidates may be tested to demonstrate language proficiency. 

DESCRIPTION

THE POSITION

Under general supervision, to do the most difficult or complex clerical work, requiring the exercise of substantial initiative, judgment, and independence within the framework of County or department policies and procedures; and to do related work as required.

Incumbents of positions in this class perform duties requiring greater exercise of initiative and judgment beyond that of the lower-level Specialist Clerk I. The majority of the duties assigned must fall into the following category:

Specialist Clerk II requires a more thorough knowledge of broad and complex procedures, systems, rules, codes and policies in order to perform assigned duties. Positions are often characterized by the time constraints to complete tasks and include substantial financial and/or legal liability to the County of the tasks. The position is expected to function in a sensitive and highly confidential environment where incumbents exercise considerable independent judgment and decision making in areas such as, investigations, employee relations, protective services or vendor/contract coordination for a County agency. Performance at this level requires the ability to interpret and apply specific codes, laws, ordinances, legal documents or technical terminology. Such positions normally require a minimum of one year of training in order to make decisions and determinations based on the specialized department and program knowledge. 

IDEAL CANDIDATE

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications for the positions, ideal candidates will possess strong office support skills and experience, relevant computer applications knowledge and experience, as well as demonstrated success in the following areas:

§ Actively participated as a valued member of a work team
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Maintained effectiveness when experiencing major changes in priorities, procedures and/or responsibilities
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Assimilated and applied newly learned information on the job
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Provided exceptional service to internal and external customers
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Maintained quality performance while under pressure or opposition
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Ensured the quality and accuracy of your work products
§ Utilized effective approaches for choosing a course of action

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Either I
The equivalent of one year of experience in the class of Specialist Clerk I or in an equivalent or higher level clerical class in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office and the Hospital Authority.)

Or II
The equivalent of three years of full-time clerical experience.

License: Some positions may require a valid California Driver’s license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:
• Modern office practices and procedures, including business correspondence, filing, and standard office equipment operations.
• Thorough program knowledge of work requiring the application of a variety of rules, procedures, codes, calculations, and systems is required in some positions.
• Techniques and practices for dealing with individuals from various socio-economic and ethnic groups, in person, via telephone, and through correspondence (may include contacts with irate and hostile individuals).

Ability to:
• Analyze and problem solve.
• Communicate orally and in writing.
• Make independent decisions and take initiative.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Plan, organize and coordinate work.
• Work independently.
• Adapt to challenging situations.

SELECTIVE CERTIFICATION CRITERIA:

For positions requiring the ability to type at a speed of not less than 40 net words per minute from clear copy. Typing must occupy more than 10 percent of working time. Typing may be on a typewriter, or a personal computer.

ALTERNATE RANGE CRITERIA:
1. For positions requiring incumbents to take and transcribe dictation via shorthand or dictating machine recording; these duties must occupy more than 10 percent of working time.

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS

The examination will consist of the following steps:

1.  A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

2.  A written test which will be weighted as 50% of the candidate's final examination score.  Those candidates scoring highest on the written test will move on to the next step in the examination process and will be invited to take the computer skills assessment.

3.  A computer skills assessment with the following components (pass/fail):
A). Microsoft Word, B). Microsoft Excel, and C). Typing Speed.  Only candidates who pass the computer skills assessment will be invited to the oral interview process.

4.  An oral interview which will be weighted as 50% of the candidates' final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.  CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION. 

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION STEPS/COMPONENTS 

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.  

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.

 

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via e-mail with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

  

TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN:

Deadline for Filing:

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Written Examination:
Performance Examination (Computer Based)

Oral Interviews:

 

 ** Updated as of 3/25/2014

 

5:00 pm, Friday, January 31, 2014

 February 13, 2014

March 1 & March 3, 2014

Week of March 17th, 2014

    **April 9 & 10, 2014

 

 

 *WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN*

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statues.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance  
  • Vision
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage) 
  • County Allowance
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Group Auto/Home
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

Conclusion

All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add @acgov.org and alamedacountyHR@acgov.org as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the "My applications" button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box alamedacountyHR@acgov.org are routed to an unmonitored mailbox.  If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Michi Yoshii, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6463 • michi.yoshii@acgov.org
www.acgov.org/hrs