Thursday, April 22, 2021

Safety Officer

Recruitment #20-2117-01


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 the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.

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. Postmarks are not accepted. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification. 

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted on-line.




Under general direction, to plan, implement and monitor a comprehensive Agency safety and accident prevention program; and to perform other related duties as required.

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We are currently recruiting to establish a countywide eligible list that will be used by any County department or agency needing to fill a vacancy in this classification. There is an immediate vacancy in the Alameda County  Probation Department.


A Safety Officer is an important member of the department, ensuring that the safety and accident prevention program for all offices is in place and staff can respond in case of an emergency.  In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications below, ideal candidates will possess strong safety skills and experience, relevant safety and accident prevention knowledge, as well as demonstrated success in the following areas:   
  • Knowledgeable of occupational health, safety, and accident prevention principles and practices.
  • Ability to analyze and identify hazardous operations, conditions and equipment and development corrective measures. 
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 
  • Knowledgeable of methods of investigating accidents and conducting hearings. 
  • Knowledgeable of fire prevention and suppression techniques and equipment. 
  • Knowledgeable in the establishment and maintenance of a comprehensive safety and accident prevention program.
  • Models leadership by example, exhibiting consistency, credibility and modeling good safety practices to staff.
  • Excellent communication skills and strategies to highlight the importance safety practices in the workplace. 
  • Demonstrates knowledge by modeling continuous learning through ongoing education so that they stay updated on the latest information addressing safety and its effectiveness in the workplace. 
  • Demonstrates an ability to listen and act upon feedback from staff. 
  • Possession of OSHA/CalOSHA certification or other Health and Safety certification is desirable.




Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public health, occupational health, industrial hygiene, environmental health or a closely related field.



The equivalent of four years’ full-time experience in a position responsible for a comprehensive safety and accident prevention program in an organization with a large and diverse employee group.

License: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

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:

  • Health, safety, and accident prevention principles and practices.
  • Applicable features of the California Occupational Safety and Health Act, the California Worker's Compensation Insurance Laws, and County, State and Federal Hazardous Waste Disposal Regulations.
  • California and local traffic laws.
  • Fire Prevention and suppression techniques and equipment.
  • Methods of investigating accidents and conducting hearings. 
  • Red Cross First Aid. 
  • Current ergonomic practices.

Ability to:

  • Plan, promote, implement and evaluate a comprehensive health and safety program.
  • Analyze and identify hazardous operations, conditions and equipment and develop corrective measures.
  • Display good use of management control.
  • Use good judgment in making decisions.
  • Organize, assemble and analyze statistical data.
  • Facilitate meetings and task forces.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership.
  • Communicate effectively orally.
  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with staff and the public. 
  • Deal and respond to requests and situations tactfully.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

1. A review of the candidate's application, and responses to the first two questions on the 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. A review of the candidate's response to questionson the Supplemental Questionnaire to determine the best qualified; only the most suitably best qualified candidates will be invited to the oral interview process.

3. The oral interview will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's 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, Monday, May 4, 2020

5:00 PM, Friday, May 29th, 2020

5:00 PM, Friday, July 10th, 2020

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Friday, June 12th, 2020


Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:

Week of May 25th, 2020

Week of June 15th, 2020


Oral Interviews*:

Week of June 8th,  2020

Week of  July 6th, 2020


** updated 04/30/2020,  TG, ** updated 05/29/2020, TG, updated 06/22/2020, TG

*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
  • 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. Notices will be sent from . 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.

Tracy Gonzalez, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
510-272-5085; Email:

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.