Friday, August 29, 2014

Auditor Associate I

Recruitment #13-1527-01

Introduction

The Alameda County Auditor-Controller Agency is offering a career opportunity for those interested in performing routine and moderately difficult and/or technical, clerical work involving the exercise of some independent judgment in following instructions within established policies and procedures.  The Alameda County Auditor-Controller Agency is a general government agency which provides direct services to County residents as well as administrative and operational support to County departments.  The department has approximately 200 full-time employees and an estimated budget of $29.5 million.  The Agency develops and maintains the County’s accounting, payroll, audit, tax analysis, budget and grants, contract compliance and cost plan systems and procedures.  The Central Collections Department collects receivables mandated by State and federal laws and regulations.  The Office of the Clerk-Recorder provides for the recording of all recordable documents and maps, collection and distribution of fees and taxes from recording documents and maintenance of the vital statistics register.

For more information about the Alameda County Auditor-Controller Agency, please visit the departmental website.

Please note that the eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year but can be extended.

 

DESCRIPTION

THE POSITION(S)

Under general supervision and direction in the Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder Agency, incumbents perform routine and moderately difficult and/or technical, clerical work involving the exercise of some independent judgment in following instructions within established policies and procedures; are expected to respond to inquiries from the public or other County departments; and may be responsible for maintaining a variety of records and/or monitoring and compiling data from a variety of sources.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

This is the entry-level general clerical classification in this flexibly staffed series. Incumbents of this class provide less complicated, but nevertheless, sensitive clerical work usually under specific direction. Incumbents may work independently with the supervisor or lead clerk available to answer questions or manage unusual situations. Positions at this level require that incumbents have the ability to identify and correct errors in basic English usage or arithmetic. It is flexibly staffed with the higher classification of Auditor Associate II, where the incumbents perform many of the same duties, but have achieved competency and knowledge of the full range of duties at this level and may also be assigned to complete similar, but more complex duties exercising greater independent judgment and discretion.

Incumbents are expected to rotate through various units of the Auditor Agency as needed to accommodate employee development, staffing, and training needs of the Agency. Incumbents must demonstrate proficiency in two units or more of the Clerk-Recorder’s Office (Indexing, Customer Service, Imaging, Vitals/General Business, Recording); Central Collections Division (Accounting, Administration Support/Public Contact Customer Service); and/or Auditor/Controller’s Office (Workers Compensation/Benefits, Central Payroll, Flexible Spending Accounts-FSA, Contracts, Contract Compliance, SLEB Certification, Warrants, Claims, Tax Analysis, Management Services) prior to promotion to the next level of Auditor Associate II. An Auditor Associate I is expected to gain experience and demonstrate proficiency which qualifies them to promotion to the higher level of Auditor Associate II within one year of full-time experience. Appointment at the Auditor Associate I level will not be extended beyond one year.

For a detailed listing of the duties and essential competency requirements for this position, please see the complete Auditor Associate I job description.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

These are minimum professional requirements for the position of Auditor-Associate I:

Either I
 
Experience:  The equivalent of two years of full time experience in the class of Clerk II or in an equivalent or higher level clerical class in Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)

Or II

Experience:  The equivalent of two years full-time clerical experience including one year full-time experience performing duties of a complex and technical nature in applying legal statues and rules requiring expertise and specialized knowledge. (Education from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the required experience on a year for year basis. One year of education shall consist of either 30 semester or 45 quarter units.)

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• Business arithmetic.
• Business correspondence, filing and standard office equipment operations.
• Techniques and practices for dealing with individuals from various socioeconomic and ethnic groups both on the telephone and in person and through correspondence (including stressful contact with irate and/or hostile individuals).
• Modern office methods and equipment, including commonly used computer spreadsheet, word processing and centralized financial and personnel/payroll programs, preferably ALCOLINK/HRMS.

Ability to:

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public including co-workers.
• Prioritize work and coordinate several activities to meet critical deadlines.
• Operate common modern office machines, including calculator, computer, printer, and fax.
• Locate and provide basic analysis of data found in large accounting and payroll systems, such as those maintained by the Auditor Agency.
• Prepare periodic and special accounting and payroll reports.
• Identify and correct errors in a variety of mathematical computations and financial/payroll documents.
• Work independently when given specific instructions.
• Apply rules and regulations to specific cases.
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Research and correct documents for errors.
• Maintain accurate records.

EXAMINATION 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.

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

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed 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: May 28, 2013

Application Screening Completed By:  June 3, 2013                               

Written Examination: Monday, June 17, 2013 & Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Panel Interviews: Tentatively scheduled for the week of July 8, 2013

*Please note that the written examination is pass/fail; and the panel interview will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score and may contain situational exercises.

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.

The Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and Alameda County Resolution No. R-83-773.  To request an accommodation due to a disability during this or other phases of the selection process, please contact the Human Resource Services Department at (510) 272-6472 before the final filing deadline. Alameda County Human Resources Services will require documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a permanent disability pursuant to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's statute of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, as amended, and/or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Act. 

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

BENEFITS

ABOUT THE COUNTY

Alameda County, located on the east side of San Francisco Bay, is California’s seventh-largest county.  The County employs 9,080 full-time employees and operates on an annual budget of $2.39 billion.  Oakland, the County seat, is California’s eighth largest city.  One and a half million people call Alameda County home and live in a variety of incorporated cities, unincorporated communities and rural areas.  As a major urban county, Alameda provides a full range of services to its citizens.  The County is a blend of culturally and ethnically diverse communities, and its mixture of cosmopolitan and suburban areas provides the perfect environment for families and their active lifestyles.  The County offers extensive cultural resources, countless recreational opportunities and an array of fine public and private colleges and universities.

 

BENEFITS FOR NON-MANAGEMENT POSITIONS

MEDICAL PLANS

The County offers HMO and PPO medical plans.  The County has two contributions structures, 1) County contributes 100% of the lowest cost HMO; or 2) County contributes 90% of the HMO plans and 90% of the lowest cost HMO towards the PPO.  The County contribution can be prorated based on the number of work hours up to 50% of the standard hours in a pay period.  If an eligible employee waives all medical coverage through the County, a monthly stipend may be provided.

DENTAL PLANS

The County offers two Dental Plans: PPO and Dental Maintenance Option (DMO). The County contributes 100% of the family coverage for both plans as long as the employee works at least 50% of the standard hours in a pay period. The PPO option plan design is 100% Preventative, 80% Basic Care, 80% Major Care with a $45 per individual deductible and annual maximum up to  $1,450 per year.  The DMO option has an orthodontic benefit for children as well as adults.

VISION BENEFIT

The County offers two Voluntary Vision Plans through Vision Service Plan (VSP) for eligible employees.  The two plans consist of a low option and a high option that offer annual eye exams and coverage for various frames and lenses.  The Voluntary Vision Plan is 100% employee paid and is available for employees and their dependents.  In addition, an annual eye exam is covered for participants in the HMO Medical Plans with corresponding co-pay. 

A Vision Reimbursement Plan is available for some union bargaining units who have a provision in their Memorandum of Understanding that after six months of continuous service, Vision Reimbursement for eye lenses or contacts is provided up to a set dollar amount. This vision reimbursement benefit is available to employees only.

COUNTY ALLOWANCE DOLLARS

The County provides up to $300 of flex dollars annually, dependent upon the eligible employee's represented or unrepresented classification.  These flex dollars can be used to pay for medical premiums.  The unused portion of these flex dollars are deposited into a Health Flexible Spending Account for the employee, which can be used for unreimbursed medical expenses. 

HEALTH FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT

Employees may opt to salary contribute on a pre-tax basis up to $5,000 for eligible out of pocket medical, dental and vision expenses such as: prescription co-pays, office visit co-pays, prescription eye glasses or contact lenses.

DEPENDENT CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

For employees who have either children under age 13 or dependents (parent, sibling or in-law incapable of self-care) that are dependent upon the employee for care can salary contribute on a pre-tax basis up to $5,000 annually. These pre-tax dollars can be used to pay for day care expenses provided by a licensed facility.

LIFE INSURANCE

The County pays for a Basic Life Insurance policy of $9,000 up to $20,000 for an employee based on the affiliation with their appropriate union.

COMMUTER BENEFITS

For the 2011 Plan Year, an employee can set aside up to $230 a month in pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified work-related parking and commuting to and from work transit fees.

HOLIDAYS

Most employees are provided 11 paid holidays plus four floating holidays dependent upon the union bargaining unit.

VACATION AND SICK LEAVE WITH PAY

Vacation accrual ranges from two weeks to five weeks depending upon years of service and the union bargaining unit to which the position is assigned. Sick leave accruals are based on the union bargaining unit and are defined in the corresponding Memorandum of Understanding.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)

The County has an EAP available for employees, spouses/domestic partners and eligible dependents.  This program provides services such as: counseling, financial consulting, child and elder care consulting and some legal counseling.

DISABILITY or INCOME REPLACEMENT

Two voluntary plans are offered: Short-term Disability and Long-term Disability can be purchased through a payroll deduction or with accrued vacation hours depending upon the union bargaining unit.

LONG TERM CARE

This voluntary benefit extends care for yourself and/or your spouse and/or your parents who experience a serious accident, chronic illness or frailties of old age. Places where care can be provided are: in one’s home, at a nursing home, at an assisted living facility or adult day care center.

 RETIREMENT

The County retirement program is a Defined Benefit plan governed under the provisions of the California Government Code and  is commonly referred to as a 1937 Act retirement system. County retirement is based upon several factors including but not limited to one’s age upon entrance into the retirement system, the year entrance occurred, contributions made into the retirement system, compensation and years of service. Specific questions regarding the County’s retirement system should be directed to the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association.   

DEFERRED COMPENSATION

The County offers a Deferred Compensation program where an eligible employee can voluntarily contribute on a pre-tax and/or after-tax basis, a minimum of $20 per pay period up to the total annual contribution limit.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE
Those claiming additional preference points as a VETERAN must submit a copy of the DD214 form on the day of the oral examination. Those claiming additional preference points as a DISABLED VETERAN must submit a copy of the DD214 form and a letter from the Department of Veteran Affairs confirming eligibility for additional points on the day of the oral examination.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION
The Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disability Act (ADA) of 1990, and Alameda County Resolution No. R-83-773.  To request reasonable accommodation, you must notify the Human Resource Representative listed on this bulletin as soon as possible and before the last day to file, in order to make the necessary arrangements during each step of the examination process.                                                               (510) 272-3703 (TDD)

DISASTER SERVICE WORKER
All government employees are disaster service workers as defined by California Government Code Section 3100.  In addition to everyday duties, employees have the added responsibility of helping throughout any disaster.

DMV EMPLOYER PULL NOTICE PROGRAM
All county employees who drive on county business are required to enroll in the California Department of Motor Vehicles Employer Pull Notice Program in an effort to promote driver safety.  Employees’ driver record reports will be released to the County Safety Officer in Risk Management to ensure that employees have valid driver’s licenses and are eligible to drive on county business.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION
An applicant’s previous employment may be investigated.  Results of this investigation may be cause for disqualification.  Also, all convictions will be reviewed and may result in a request for additional information or termination of employment.  A conviction record will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from employment.  Each case will be given individual consideration, based on job-relatedness.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION
All prospective county employees must pass a medical examination before beginning employment.  For positions which require a commercial driver’s license and the performance of functions defined as “safety sensitive,” Federal law and County policy requires that the examination include a drug screening process.  Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of this examination.

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Women, ethnic and racial minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Applicants will be considered without regard to their race, color, religion, sex national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other non-job-related factor.

 

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 bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.

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Robin Young, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
510-272-6393
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