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Recruitment #13-VE4-01


THE JOB: Under direction, performs professional personnel work in the areas of risk management, recruitment, selection, position classification, salary administration, employee relations, training, and equal employment opportunity; and does other work as required. The current vacancy is in the Risk Management Division and is responsible for providing consultation to department representatives on workers compensation and leaves issues. The list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and future vacancies during the life of the list.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain these would be:

Equivalent to a four year college degree with completion of upper division course work in Personnel Administration, Management, Public Administration, Organizational Development, Administrative Analysis, Problem Solving Techniques, Industrial Testing or Experimental Psychology, Business Law, or a closely related field, OR two years of technical level public or private sector personnel experience which included responsibility for one or more of the following areas of assignment: recruitment, selection, position classification, salary administration, employee relations, risk management or equal employment opportunity, OR one year of technical level public or private sector personnel experience AND possession of a Certificate in Human Resource Management.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: License Requirement: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License, or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority, is required for some positions. Other Special Requirements: Some positions may require evening or weekend work attending meetings, administering examinations, conducting training or working during emergencies such as earthquakes or floods.

Knowledge: Some knowledge of specific subject matter and practices within an area of specialization, such as recruitment, selection, position classification, salary administration, employee relations, training, risk management and equal employment opportunity; principles and practices of public personnel administration; functional responsibilities of a personnel department; organizational principles and relationships.

Ability to: Conduct and make recommendations based on job analysis and job evaluation; develop and implement effective recruitment plans and valid selection processes; set minimum qualifications and examination pass points; write class specifications; develop written, oral and performance examinations; provide career counseling; conduct staffing and organizational analysis; conduct training needs assessment; prepare and present clear and concise recommendations on personnel, employee relations and other administrative issues; conduct salary analysis and make sound compensation recommendations; interpret political and administrative direction and incorporate into operational policy and procedure; develop policy statements and monitor implementation; read and interpret rules, regulations and legislation/laws; provide consultation to managers on personnel issues; understand program objectives in relation to departmental goals and procedures; make decisions and independent judgments; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; communicate effectively with people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and temperaments; determine the appropriate course of action in stressful situations; collect and analyze data to establish/identify needs and evaluate program effectiveness; draw logical conclusions and make appropriate recommendations; develop goals and objectives; prepare narrative and statistical reports; comply with laws, regulations and professional practices governing personnel program services and operations; secure cooperation and teamwork among professional and support staff; maintain accurate records and document actions taken; organize and prioritize work assignments; use proper grammar, spelling and punctuation; research regulations, procedures and/or technical reference manuals; maintain confidentiality of information; work effectively with others who have objectives counter to assigned role; recognize and respect limit of authority and responsibility; demonstrate tact and diplomacy; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; conduct sensitive investigations; work effectively with departments, commissions, elected officials and employee organizations; effectively manage division budget issues; use a personal computer and various software applications; supervise subordinate staff (for some positions).


– 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years service. Available after 1 year service.
ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE – One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off.
HOLIDAYS – 12.5 paid holidays per year.
SICK LEAVE – Six days per year; after 6 months.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE – 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN – The County contracts with PERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and dependents.
DENTAL PLAN – County pays for employee and dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN – County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY – 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 $50,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN – Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum. DEPENDANT-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.
FLEXIBLE HEALTH ALLOWANCE (FHA) – A portion of the County’s contribution to employee health insurance that allows employees to have health plan purchase options. Employees who are enrolled in a County medical plan can participate in this program.
EMPLOYEE CREDIT UNION – Offers systematic savings and low interest loans.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION – A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.
AUTOMATIC CHECK DEPOSIT – Required for all employees in this bargaining unit.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental application will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience 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 exam, 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 to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 310, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. For information, call (831) 454-4063. 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.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.

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