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Administrative Secretary

Recruitment #2013-12308-02

Salary:$19.69 - $23.93/hour; There will be a 2% General Wage Increase effective December 14, 2013.
Job Type: Open
Date Opened:11/1/2013 8:00:00 AM
Filing Deadline:11/14/2013 12:46:00 PM
Employment Type: Permanent/Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Permanent/Part Time (less than 40 hrs/week)
Work Location: Auburn Area (Applegate, Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Meadow Vista, Penryn)
South Placer (Granite Bay, Loomis, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville)
HR Analyst: Michelle Beauchamp

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Limited Recruitment:  This recruitment will remain open until either the first 200 applications have been submitted or until the filing deadline, whichever occurs first.


This recruitment will be used to fill both open and promotional vacancies in various County departments as they arise, subject to specific position requirements and CEO approval.


To perform a variety of highly responsible and complex clerical, secretarial and routine administrative duties for a department or division; and may supervise clerical personnel.


This is the advanced journey level class in the Secretary series.  Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned.  Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including providing administrative support to a department in areas such as budget, personnel, or a departmental program or function, as well as providing responsible secretarial support to a department or division head.  Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.


Receives direction from assigned management personnel.
May exercise direct supervision over assigned clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perform a wide variety of complex, responsible, and confidential secretarial and administrative duties for management personnel.
  • Perform administrative projects for management personnel; research and compile background data; maintain records and files regarding department administrative activities.
  • Screen calls, visitors and mail; respond to moderately complex requests for information.
  • Interpret and explain County and department policies, rules, and regulations in response to inquiries; refer inquiries as appropriate; assist in developing department policies and procedures in order to meet department objectives.
  • Independently respond to letters and general correspondence not requiring the attention of management personnel.
  • Coordinate and make travel arrangements; maintain appointment schedules and calendars; arrange meetings and conferences.
  • Perform accounting functions related to accounts payable or receivables.
  • Maintain time card and payroll records including employee evaluations and disciplinary actions; maintain personnel files and records for management personnel.
  • Order and purchase supplies for the department.
  • Perform clerical duties related to department activities such as typing, filing and distributing mail.
  • Participate and assist in the administration of a department budget; compile annual budget requests, and recommend expenditure requests for designated accounts.
  • Research, compile, and analyze data for special projects and various reports.
  • Initiate and maintain a variety of files and records.
  • Assist in the support of a board or commission including posting legal notices, preparing the agenda, assembling background materials, and typing minutes of meetings as assigned.
  • Plan, assign and supervise the work of assigned clerical personnel; conduct performance evaluations of assigned personnel; train staff in office methods and procedures.
  • Recommend organization or procedural changes affecting clerical activities.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Four years of increasingly responsible secretarial and clerical experience involving frequent public contact.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Modern office methods, procedures, and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of bookkeeping.
  • Business letter writing and report writing.
  • Pertinent County government organization, functions, policies, rules and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of supervision and performance assessment.
  • Principles and practices of office management.

Ability to:

  • Understand the organization and operation of the County and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
  • Compose general correspondence, press releases, letters and reports.
  • Interpret and apply administrative and departmental policies, laws, and rules.
  • Operate and use modern office equipment including word processing equipment as assigned.
  • Analyze situations carefully and adopt effective courses of action.
  • Recognize issues of a confidential nature and handle appropriately.
  • Plan, organize and schedule priorities in the office.
  • Compile and maintain complex and extensive records and prepare routine reports.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned clerical personnel.
  • Type accurately at a speed of at least 50 words per minute.
  • Take notes and write summaries of meetings.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk for long periods of time.  Intermittently twist and reach office equipment; write or use keyboard to communicate through written means; occasionally run errands; lift light weight.
  • Intermittently review documents related to department operations; observe, identify and problem solve office practices and procedures; understand, interpret and explain department policies and procedures; explain and problem solve office issues for the public and with staff.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants for regular full and part-time positions must pass a medical examination which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation. Applicants for extra help positions may be subject to a drug screening. All applicants must sign a constitutional oath, submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S. and be fingerprinted. For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, be bonded or undergo a background check.


All new permanent employees, with the exception of sworn law enforcement and management, shall be required to join the employee organization or pay an 'Agency Fee' as a condition of employment.


The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County now offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please visit our website at:


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment and retaliation is prohibited and that all employees and applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance. Please contact the Personnel Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Personnel Department.

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