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Administrative Analyst

Recruitment #21-0245-01



THIS IS A REOPENING OF A CONTINOUS EXAMINATION. If you have previously applied or started an application for the Administrative AnalystExamination #21-0245-01, and choose to reapply, please contact the examination analyst, Sam Gee at to have your previous application released back to you.

The scores and dispositions of candidates for this examination will be merged with previous exam participants. If you have previously submitted an application and choose to reapply, your new score/disposition will replace your current disposition.

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.

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



Alameda County is the seventh most populous county in California and is characterized by its rich diversity and culture as one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the Bay Area and the nation. It is home to over 1.6 million people living in 14 incorporated cities as well as in six unincorporated communities and rural areas throughout the 821 square miles of the County. The County enjoys a varied geography ranging from urban marinas to rolling open spaces to hillside lakes and streams.


The County Administrator is responsible for the implementation of policies and decisions of the Board of Supervisors. The County Administrator's Office is composed of six units that provide and oversee programs serving the entire County. These units include Intergovernmental Affairs and Civic Engagement, Budget, Finance, Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, East Bay Economic Development Alliance, and Risk Management. The Alameda County Administrator's Office's Mission, Vision and Values are as follows:

- Our Mission

To enrich the lives of Alameda County residents through visionary policies and accessible, responsive, and effective services.

- Our Vision

Alameda County is recognized as one of the best counties in which to live, work and do business.

- Our Values

Integrity, honesty, respect, fiscal stewardship, commitment, accessibility, responsiveness, leadership, teamwork, diversity, environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and compassion.

To learn more about the County Administrator's Office, please visit its website at:


Administrative Analysts perform a wide range of detailed and complex professional level analytical work in various program and functional areas. Incumbents perform administrative, systems, statistical and management analysis and make recommendations on Countywide and departmental organizational, budgetary, staffing, and programmatic issues and requests. Incumbents assist in the development, analysis and recommendation of Countywide policy and procedure. Incumbents play a key role in the assessment and analyses of County departments’ annual and mid-year budget requests/changes and make appropriate recommendations to the County Administrator. Incumbents will also analyze, and provide recommendations on policy, administrative, organizational, fiscal and operating issues, revenue enhancement initiatives, challenges and impacts in all assignments as well as in specific program areas, but not limited to Social Services, Public Safety, Health Care, Cable Franchise Authority, Grants Administration, Community Relations, Legislative Analysis, Countywide Budget Coordination, Capital Projects Plan Development, Debt Financing, and FEMA Coordination. Incumbents will coordinate the efforts of assigned county agencies and departments, manage special projects, and represent the County Administrator's Office in interacting with the County Board of Supervisors and their staff, County departments, other agencies, Community-Based Organizations, community groups or members of the public; and do related work as required.

Administrative Analysts teams are assigned work in the following four areas:

  • The BUDGET, PERFORMANCE & POLICY and BUDGET & FINANCE teams are responsible for assisting the County Administrator with preparation and management of the county budget, review and analysis of organizational performance and the assessment and development of policy recommendations. Team members provide budgetary, performance and policy recommendations across Countywide programs including health, safety, economic assistance and government operations. These teams are also responsible for exploring and analyzing revenue enhancement opportunities, and the development of financial forecast models. The Budget & Finance team is responsible for management of Public Financing for the County; monitors, analyzes and makes recommendations regarding financing options for County capital and program needs; manages all debt transactions; monitors all current debt; prepares and submits all required disclosures information; prepares the County's five-year Capital plan.

  • The INNOVATION team works collaboratively with County departments and other stakeholders to identify, evaluate and implement new or improved services though a culture of continuous innovation at all levels of the organization. The team supports the ongoing success of innovation and improvement initiatives through written documentation of business requirements and processes, integration of technology, ongoing performance monitoring and alignment with organizational goals, objectives and desired outcomes. Develops and manages relationships with strategic public and private partners.

  • The INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (IACE) team is responsible for ensuring the County's legislative interests are represented at the State, federal and local levels; development of the annual legislative platform and analysis of legislation for impact to County programs. The team coordinates the County's public information activities, manages grant activities and Countywide projects, and develops and implements educational programs to raise awareness of County programs and services. The team provides support to the Local Agency Formation Commission.

This general recruitment process will establish an eligible list that will be used to fill vacancies in the County Administrator's Office but are not limited to the program areas listed above. To review the complete job description, please visit our website:


The County Administrator’s Office is searching for individuals who have a commitment to excellence, self-directed problem-solvers with high standards for quality and an avid commitment to public service. In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications of the position, the ideal candidate will possess the following critical attributes, which include:

  • A track record of providing high quality public service with a commitment to the ideals of implementing visionary policies and practices that reinforce strong dedication to the community;
  • A strong understanding of local government programs and passion to provide high quality public service;
  • Adept in identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships to help achieve business goals;
  • A strategic thinker who can determine long-term goals as well as identify and design the best approach for achievement;
  • Possess the ability to identify and understand complex problems and concepts, apply logical thinking and quantitative methods of gathering and analyzing information, make decisions and exercise good judgment based on available data, design solutions to problems, formulate and articulate action plans proactively and collaboratively;
  • A solid leader who leads through aligning the organization’s vision and values and manages work groups by inspiring and advising subordinates, facilitating goal accomplishment and tracking and evaluating performance to ensure success;
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and in a variety of contexts;
  • The ability to continue to be effective, proactive, and innovative while dealing with changing priorities and deadlines;
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks and work on multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Politically astute, possessing the skills necessary for identifying, navigating and successfully interacting within the dynamics of the organization while maintaining sensitivity to the competing needs of a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with others; relates well to people from diverse backgrounds and in different situations; shows understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness;
  • Focuses on desired results and sets and achieves challenging goals;
  • A self-starter who consistently demonstrates a willingness to commit to one's work and to invest one’s time, talent, and best efforts in accomplishing organizational goals.


Administrative Analyst:

Either I

The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the class of Assistant Administrative Analyst or any equivalent or higher paying class in the Alameda County classified service that will demonstrate possession of the core competencies/knowledge and abilities described below (non-classified service includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts),


The equivalent of one additional year of full-time experience in a position requiring the use of the core competencies/knowledge and abilities described below.


Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and the equivalent of two years of verifiable full time experience performing professional-level analytical work, with primary responsibility for performing duties in one or more of the following functional areas: administrative policy analysis, legislative analysis, economic analysis, budgetary analysis, complex financial/fiscal analysis and reporting, development/administration and management of contractual agreements and grants.


Possession of a graduate degree (Master's degree or higher) from an accredited college or university; and the equivalent of one year of verifiable full time experience performing professional-level analytical work, with duties equivalent in one or more of the following functional areas: administrative policy analysis, legislative analysis, economic analysis, budgetary analysis, complex financial/fiscal analysis and reporting, development/administration and management of contractual agreements and grants.

Unless otherwise provided for in the examination bulletin: a) all applicants seeking to use education as a substitution for the required experience as defined in pattern #2 below must submit a transcript with their application for consideration; b) County of Alameda employees seeking to use substitution pattern # 1 below must submit proof of completion of the LDP with their application.

1. For current County of Alameda employees, graduation from the County’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) may substitute for up to six months of qualifying experience.

2. Applicants who possess a baccalaureate or graduate degree and have completed 30 semester/45 quarter units of coursework from an accredited college or university in specialized subject matter areas such as public or business administration, management, business law, contract law, public policy, urban studies, economics, statistical analysis, finance, accounting or a closely related field of study may substitute this specialized coursework for six months of the required experience.


1. Applicants who possess an Associate degree, or who have completed a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter units from an accredited college or university, may substitute additional qualifying work experience as described above for up to two years of the required baccalaureate-level education. One year (equivalent of 2080 hours) of additional qualifying experience as defined above in Minimum Qualifications pattern # II will be considered equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units. The completed course work leading to the Associate degree must be in college-level academic areas related to the essential functions of this job classification and leading toward possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.


• Incumbents in this classification may be required to represent the County Administrator and/or the County Administrator’s Office on some evenings and weekends.
• Incumbents may be assigned lead responsibilities for some short or long term projects.
• An incumbent may be assigned lead responsibility as administrator or lead analyst for support of the Countywide budget system.
• Incumbents in this classification may be required to work some evenings and weekends.

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

Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of public administration, organization, and management.
• Research techniques and sources of information and data applicable to public sector programs and services.
• Principles, practices and trends related to public sector budgeting and funding sources.
• Statistical and analytical techniques.
• Acceptable fiscal and financial analytical practices and principles
• Spreadsheets and databases to manage and analyze data.

Ability to:

• Identify research and gather relevant information from a variety of sources.
• Read and interpret complex written materials, policies, regulations and requirements.
• Analyze and evaluate data, procedures, interrelated processes and other information.
• Formulate conclusions and/or alternatives and develop effective recommendations.
• Use work-related computer applications, including e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, databases and the Internet.
• Prepare well-organized and accurate documents such as reports, memos, and correspondence.
• Synthesize ideas, analysis and factual information and conclusions into clear and logical written statements.
• Speak clearly and concisely in order to express ideas and communicate work-related information to a variety of individuals and/or groups.
• Listen, ask appropriate questions and effectively elicit required information.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, officials and the general public, including a variety of individuals and groups.
• Exercise sound judgment in critical situations when direction or supervision may not be available.
• Identify critical sources of information and data needed to make sound and well reasoned decisions.
• Effectively manage multiple priorities that may have conflicting time frames and identify and communicate solutions.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity among diverse groups of County and external stakeholders.
• Work effectively as a team member with peer, subordinate and management team members.
• Learn to make effective use of information and reports from software and systems related to performance of the duties of this classification.
• Recognize and demonstrate the application of appropriate business and political acumen.
• Be flexible to changing conditions and circumstances with short notice.



  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. A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process;
  3. 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 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 e-mail 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:    

open until filled

Review of Minimum Qualifications:


Screening for Best Qualified:


Civil Service Oral Examination**:


**If designated a combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, 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 statues. 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 statues.


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 and clicking on the link 'last notice sent' for the respective recruitment.


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 job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


Sam Gee, HR Division Manager

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda



All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law.  Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


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.