Thursday, February 20, 2020

Assistant Deputy Director, CDA (Eco & Civic Devt)(Promotional)

Economic and Civic Development

Recruitment #19-2953-03



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 by Friday, September 13, 2019. A regular appointment does not include provisional, TAP (Temporary Assignment Pool), or STEP-UP appointments.

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.

Applications will only be accepted on-line.





Our mission is to enhance the quality-of-life of County residents and plan for the future well-being of the County's diverse communities; to balance the physical,economic, and social needs of County residents through land use planning, environmental management,neighborhood imrpovement, and community development ; and to promote and protect agriculture, the environment, economic vitality and human health.  




Under general direction, the Assistance Deputy Director, CDA, for Economic & Civic Development (working title:  Assistant Director, ECD) is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and supervising the work of staff; acts on behalf of the Deputy Director when assigned; represents the department in meetings of the pubic and private interest groups, and performs related assignments as required.  The selected candidate will be responsible for carrying out and supervising professional work in economic development and redevelopment, including the supervision of subordinate managers and staff.  Work in this department includes assisting the Director in determining economic development work priorities and scheduling of projects. Conducts independent economic development, redevelopment, and planning studies and negotiates third party contracts of a difficult and complex nature. Evaluates and recommends changes to economic development policies, practices and procedures. Consults with the Director and acts as chief technical advisor on economic development work programs, schedules and policies. Assesses economic development training needs and provides training to staff.  


Please CLICK HERE for the full job description.




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


• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment.

• Ability to work collaboratively with commissions, boards, the public, diverse agencies, and program administrators.

• Ability to work with property owners, business owners, and real estate developers along with the community on economic development efforts.

• Provide effective leadership.

• Manage human resources.

• Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

• Decision making. 

• Knowledge of Federal, State, County and other local regulations, government mandates, funding sources, organization. structures as they relate to economic development and redevelopment.

• The ability to adapt easily to varied and changing priorities.




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The equivalent of two years of full-time experience as Senior Planner, Housing and Community Development Manager, or equivalent or higher level class in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university


The equivalent of five years of full-time experience in a community and economic development agency that included the equivalent of two years of full-time supervisory and administrative experience.

NOTE: A Master's degree in city, regional, urban or environmental planning from an accredited college or university, based on a two-year curriculum, may be substituted for the equivalent of two years of the non-supervisory experience, OR a Master’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, economics, health care, public or environmental health, or social science may be substituted for one year of the non-supervisory experience. 


In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications the candidate must meet the “Economic and Civic Development"  specialty designation criteria : 

Experience directly managing redevelopment and economic development programs.


Special Requirement:

Must be willing to participate in evening meetings.

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


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

· Principles, methods, and procedures of urban planning, redevelopment and contemporary community development, including utilization of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, economics, environmental or public health and social services.
· Physical, social, economic and legal implications involved in city and regional planning redevelopment, lead poisoning prevention, housing and community development, including the development of urban and suburban environments, safe housing and aesthetic needs.
· Laws and regulations related to land use, housing and community development and laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act.
· Pertinent State, municipal and county housing, real estate and enforcement laws.
· Principles, practices and techniques of budgeting.
· Public relations.
· Effective organization, administration and personnel management and training.
· Research methods, including statistics.
· Relocation planning, environmental, case management and lead remediation techniques.
· Program development.
· Federal and State reporting requirements.
· Mediation, validation and consensus building.

Ability to:

· Plan, organize, and administer the work of a division within a functional department of a community development agency.
· Interpret and apply zoning and other code-enforcement regulations and planning concepts to unusual or difficult land use problems.
· Interpret and apply public health and lead poisoning policy regulations to health providers and community groups.
· Solve problems.
· Analyze and review staff reports and recommendations on community development projects.
· Work effectively with commissions, boards, medical providers, community based organizations and private organizations concerning matters of real property uses, related planning functions and lead poisoning issues.
· Coordinate independent community development and environmental and public health studies of a difficult and complex nature.
· Establish good working relationships with staff, community groups and government agencies.
· Conduct public hearings and act as hearing officer.
· Provide effective leadership.
· Manage human resources.
· Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
· Interpret and apply Federal, State and County regulations for administering programs.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of the candidates’ application and supplemental questionnaire 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 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:





Deadline for Filing:

5:00 p.m. Friday, September 13, 2019

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Friday, September 27, 2019

Oral Interviews*:

October 21 & 22, 2019


If designated as a combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, the oral interviews may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


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 & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • 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 ensure 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.


Debra Robinson, Human Resources Analyst III
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6437


Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.