Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Assistant Deputy Director, Community Development Agency (Zoning)


Recruitment #20-2953-01





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 10/29/2020. 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.

Applications will only be accepted on-line.




Currently, Alameda County is recruiting for a full-time position, Assistant Deputy Director, in the Community Development Agency, Planning Department/Code Enforcement Division

The Alameda County Planning Department provides the full array of land use services to the unincorporated communities within the Eden, Castro Valley and East County General Plan areas, including Code Enforcement.  As a division within the Planning Department the Code Enforcement Division seeks community compliance with various zoning and neighborhood preservation ordinances including specific activities such as soil importing, safe housing, cannabis retail/cultivation, and other compliance programs approved by the County.

For more information about the Planning Department and Code Enforcement, please visit the website at



Under general direction, the Assistant Deputy Director, Community Development Agency, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of one of the divisions in a functional department of the Community Development Agency, acts as Deputy Director, Community Development Agency in his/her absence only when assigned, and performs related assignments as required.

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

• Experience in Land Use Planning, Zoning Compliance and Code Enforcement
• Experience in developing and implementing Code Enforcement Programs, and pursuing compliance with zoning ordinances, neighborhood preservation ordinances, and various other regulations of a County pertaining to residential habitability/building codes, Cannabis and abandoned vehicles.
• Experience in finding innovative solutions to difficult land use and code compliance situations.
• Ability to use interpersonal styles and methods to inspire and guide individual toward higher levels of performance.
• Ability to work as a team member along with other Assistant Deputy Directors in the Department to find solutions within a complex regulatory and political environment.






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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 "Zoning" Specialty designation criteria: 


Experience directly managing programs that investigate violations of the Zoning, Subdivision, Neighborhood Preservation and abandoned Vehicle Ordinances.


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, apply and explain public health and residential habitability regulations to health providers and community groups.
· Solve problems.
· Analyze and review staff reports and recommendations on Code Enforcement cases.
· 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.





1. A review of candidates' applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the testing;

2. An oral examination which 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 examination.


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. For more information on the Civil Service 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:

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Oral Interviews:

Thurs & Fri, December 3 & 4, 2020


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.


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Debra Robinson-Harris, Human Resources Analyst II

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.

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