Sunday, May 20, 2018

Principal Engineer/Geologist, Zone 7 (Promotional)

Recruitment #17-4970-01


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

Qualified applicants must be current county employees and have completed the equivalent of six months of continuous service following a regular appointment in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes the District Attorney’s Office, the Medical Center, and the Superior Court) by May 25, 2017. A regular appointment does not include provisional, TAP (Temporary Assignment Pool), or STEP-UP appointments.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Postmarks are not accepted.






Zone 7 provides treated drinking water to four major water retailers serving around 220,000 residents and businesses. The retailers are: the City of Pleasanton; the City of Livermore; California Water Service Company - Livermore; and Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides water service to Dublin and the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon.  The Agency website is:



 Under general direction, plans, administers, manages, reviews and evaluates the work of an engineering section with major program responsibilities related to water resources, flood control, water supply and/or water treatment and distribution engineering; supervises professional engineers/geologists and support staff; and performs other related work as required.


In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:

• The ideal candidate possesses a broad-based knowledge of engineering, water resources and flood control planning, combined with strong technical skills and outstanding supervisory skills;

• Provides proactive leadership, integrity, and creative solutions skills to lead the staff to become a high-performance, team-based organization;

• Identifies current and future resource needs based on organizational goals, priorities, competing resource needs across initiatives, and budget realities;

• Acts decisively by gathering, integrating and analyzing sufficient, relevant information from various sources, to make effective, timely and transparent decisions, both in routine and crisis situations;

• Develops strong and collaborative partnerships to achieve goals;

• Manages, directs and guides Agency professional and technical staff, providing leadership and decision making abilities when difficulties or challenges arise;

• Provides the necessary tools and knowledge to encourage and foster initiative, independent problem solving, and innovative goal setting among staff;

• Maintains constructive relationships with public, other agencies, developers, consulting firms, non-governmental organizations, employees and staff to ensure efficient completion of projects and goals;

• Utilizes and manages people, technology and other resources to achieve Agency objectives; and

• Sets performance measures and provides regular feedback to develop Agency staff.  


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The equivalent of two years’ full-time experience in the class of Senior Engineer/Geologist, Zone 7.


Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Geology or a closely related field.


The equivalent of five years’ full-time, progressively responsible professional engineering/geologist experience subsequent to becoming a Registered Professional Engineer or  Professional Geologist that included two years of supervisory or administrative experience.


Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer OR a Professional Geologist issued by the California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors;
Possession of a valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required.

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


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• Advanced engineering and/or water resources principles, practices and methods related to the area of assignment
• Engineering mathematics, economics and statistical analysis.
• Principles and techniques of supervision and personnel management.
• Principles and methods of program management, including planning and resource allocation, administration and budgeting, and program development and evaluation.
• Principles and practices of contract negotiation and administration in a public agency.
• Computer software applications related to area of assignment.
• Laws, codes and regulations applicable to area of assignment.

Ability to:

• Plan, assign, supervise, and evaluate the work of others.
• Plan, organize, develop and manage engineering programs.
• Select, train, supervise and appraise the performance of subordinate professional and support staff.
• Direct the preparation of complex engineering plans, specifications and studies.
• Analyze complex data and information and reach sound solutions and conclusions.
• Prepare or direct the preparation of comprehensive reports, budgets, contracts and specialized documents.
• Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; and make effective presentations to a variety of audiences.
• Coordinate section activities with others within and outside the agency.
• Establish and maintain effective relationships with individuals, groups, organizations and agencies contacted in the course of the work.



1) A review of candidates' applications 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) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.




We reserve the right to make changes to the announced 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,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email 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:


Deadline for Filing:

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Oral Interview:

5:00 p.m, Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

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 statutes. 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 statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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 (Employer Credit)
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • 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 Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Group Legal
  • 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.


All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add and 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 are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


Debra Robinson, Human Resources Analyst III
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda


Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer