Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Risk/Human Resources Specialist (HARD)

Recruitment #18-1103H-01



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 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.

Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.


The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, known locally as “H.A.R.D.," is an independent special use district created to provide park and recreation services for over 280,000 residents. Our boundaries encompass a 100 square-mile area, which includes the City of Hayward and the unincorporated communities of Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, and Fairview. In 1944, representatives of the City of Hayward, various school districts, and local civic organizations developed a proposal for establishment of the Hayward Area Recreation and Parkway District. When an initiative was placed on the November 7th ballot, the residents voted overwhelmingly for the creation of the District, which was officially formed on December 11, 1944. In 1958, the District changed its name to the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, and has become the largest recreation district in the State of California. Since its creation, the District has provided residents with many beautiful facilities and parks, many of which have received national and state recognition for their design, innovation and beauty, as well as hundreds of educational and recreational classes and programs.



The Risk/Human Resources Specialist position is located in the Business Department. This position reports to a Management level position and is responsible for monitoring the District’s Risk Management and Human Resources programs, reporting any issues to the District’s Risk Manager/HR Manager for resolution, performing a variety of administrative activities requiring the exercise of initiative and independent judgment. This is a position that independently performs professional level work and has definitive responsibilities within specific risk and human resources program area(s).

Under direction, plans, coordinates and monitors the District’s workers’ compensation and return to work program; claims, safety, loss prevention, privacy, wellness program; performs related insurance and risk management; performs recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, and human resource transactions; administrative and analytical work; and performs related work as required.


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The equivalent of four years of full time professional level experience providing and/or coordinating services in workers’ compensation, human resources, disability management, claims, insurance, occupational safety or other risk management programs within a large organization.



Possession of an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in risk management, human resources or business administration may be substituted for two of the required four years experience.


Some positions may require possession of a valid California Drivers License.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above minimum qualifications in the announcement of the examination.


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.

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• Federal and state laws governing Workers’ Compensation, Occupational Safety and Health, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
• Liability claims processes, with an emphasis on general liability and property claims.
• Basic principles and practices of risk management.
• Employee occupational health services and wellness programs.
• Techniques of safety and loss control.
• Principles of ergonomics.
• Disability and return-to-work processes.
• Methods used in accident and claims investigations.
• Principles and techniques for implementing and analyzing employee training programs.
• Principles of Human Resources management.
• Principles of public administration.
• Basic data gathering, application, analytical and statistical procedures.

Ability to:

• Apply principles and practices to occupational safety and return to work administration, counseling, risk function and human resources management.
• Coordinate settlement of claims, utilizing claims knowledge.
• Investigate and analyze safety hazards and advise on appropriate corrective action.
• Interpret, explain and apply District polices, regulations and procedures.
• Prepare clear and accurate statistical and narrative reports.
• Communicate orally and in writing.
• Exhibit interpersonal sensitivity and flexibility.
• Make decisions.
• Research, analyze and problem solve.
• Plan and organize.
• Utilize and develop spreadsheets, database and word processing programs.
• Collect, compile and summarize varied information, consider alternatives and reach sound conclusions.
• Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines.
• Maintain accurate records and files.
• Exercise sound judgment within established policies and procedures.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of the work.
• Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.


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 review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment. 


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 may 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:


Last Day to File:                                    Monday, May 7, 2018

Screen for Minimum Qualifications:     May 14, 2018

Screening for Best Qualified:                May 21, 2018

Panel Interviews:                                   Week of June 4, 2018

*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 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,



  • Ten (10) working days paid vacation each year; fifteen (15) days after five (5) years of service; and twenty (20) days after thirteen (13) years of service
  • Fourteen (14) paid holidays a year.
  • Sick leave is accrued at the rate of one (1) day per month. Choice of three (3) health plans for employees and their dependents, most, if not all of which is paid for by the District.  The medical plan design offered to employees is a $15 HMO Plan or High Deductible PPO Plan. Employees may elect coverage provided through one of the two medical carriers, United Healthcare HMO or PPO, Kaiser Permanente HMO Comprehensive dental plan for employees and their dependents.
  • Vision care reimbursement benefit.
  • Social Security paid for by District and employee.
  • Public Employees Retirement System 2% at 62 for new hires; 2% at 60 for new employees hired after January 1, 2013 that are already members of CalPERS.
  • Long Term Disability Plan paid by District.
  • Life Insurance policy ($75,000) paid by District.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan available, employee funded. Employee Credit Union services.
  • Educational Tuition Reimbursement.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Post employment healthcare plan contribution of 2.52% of base salary paid by District.
  • State Disability, employee funded.


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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. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Anna Montoya, Human Resources Analyst III
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda