Sunday, May 22, 2022

Senior Nutritionist

Recruitment #21-5794-02


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.  Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted online.



Alameda County, located on the east side of San Francisco Bay, is California's seventh-largest county.  The County employs 9,080 full-time employees and operates on an annual budget of $2.39 billion.  Oakland, the County seat, is California's eighth largest city.  One and a half million people call Alameda County home and live in a variety of incorporated cities, unincorporated communities and rural areas.  As a major urban county, Alameda provides a full range of services to its citizens.  The County is a blend of culturally and ethnically diverse communities, and its mixture of cosmopolitan and suburban areas provides the perfect environment for families and their active lifestyles.  The County offers extensive cultural resources, countless recreational opportunities and an array of fine public and private colleges and universities.


The Alameda County Social Services Agency(SSA) is comprised of almost 2,400 men and women working collectively and in partnership with community-based organizations, neighborhood groups and policy makers to serve the needs of the community. SSA provides services through its administration and operating departments. Administration includes Finance, Government and Community Relations, and Human Resources.  SSA’s operations includes Adult and Aging Services, Children and Family Services, and Workforce and Benefits Administration.  



The Social Services Agency assists one out of four of Alameda County's residents. The mission of the Social Services Agency is to promote the economic and social well-being of individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities.  



To learn more about the Alameda County Social Services Agency, please visit the website at



Senior Nutritionists assist in program planning, review and evaluation functions of the nutritional aspects of the program to which assigned, and are responsible for developing, updating, teaching and supervising nutrition program staff.



The current Senior Nutritionist vacancy is located in the Social Services Agency. However, the eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in other program areas and departments.


In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications below, the ideal candidate will possess the following critical attributes

  • Experience in training and mentoring staff and serving as lead or supervisor: assigning work, and tracking and evaluating performance with a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and establish systems to ensure work is completed efficiently.
  • Technical expertise; a proven track record of success as a resourceful professional who stays current with industry information, technology and trends.
  • Leadership disposition; aligning the organization’s vision and values by inspiring, advising, and instructing peers and subordinates, assigning and delegating work, identifying, prioritizing and managing resources, and tracking and evaluating performance.
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to work effectively with individual from diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, abilities, motivations and backgrounds.
  • A strong collaborator, adept in identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships to help achieve agency goals.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and in a variety of contexts.
  • A sound decision maker with good judgment and the ability to identify and understand complex problems, apply logical thinking to gather and analyze information, and exercise good judgment based on available data to design solutions to problems.
  • Someone capable of planning and organizing work activities; prioritizing tasks and working on multiple projects simultaneously; and establishing a course of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
  • Compassionate professional who actively seeks information to understand staff and client circumstances, problems, expectations, and needs; verifies understanding and provides support.  


Either I

The equivalent of two years full-time experience as a Nutritionist II in the Alameda County classified service.



The equivalent of four years full-time professional experience in public health nutrition or dietetics, one year of which must have included program planning and evaluation. Supervisory experience is highly desirable.


Possession of a Master’s degree in Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, Dietetics, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Licenses and Certificates:

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
Possession of a current Registered Dietician (RD) certification or Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN) certification and good standing with the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

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:

  • Current principles and practices of nutrition, including nutritional requirements for diverse age, cultural or socio-economic groups.
  • Human nutrition and its relationship to health and disease.
  • Anatomy, physiology, chemistry and biochemistry as it relates to nutrition.
  • Accepted educational methods in health and recent research on nutrition.
  • Community resources in public health nutrition.
  • Methods used to develop and direct technical, educational, and consultative programs and services in nutrition.
  • Methods used to develop and implement policies and procedures to attain nutrition goals.
  • Principles of effective administrative/financial management and work organization.
  • Techniques of program planning and evaluation.
  • Methods of policy analysis.
  • Methods of data collection and analysis.
  • Management and supervision.
  • Computer applications related to the work.

Ability to:

  • Plan and organize.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing with attention to linguistic and cultural proficiency.
  • Provide leadership.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with others.
  • Manage, assign, review and evaluate the work of unit staff.
  • Train unit staff in work assignments/procedures.
  • Exercise independent judgment within established policies and guidelines.
  • Understand and incorporate the Agency and Department’s core values and ethical standards of practice into all interactions with individuals, organizations and communities.



  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 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:    

5:00PM, Friday, February 18, 2022

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

by Friday, February 25, 2022

Screening for Best Qualified:

by Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Civil Service Oral Examination:

Week of April 7, 2022


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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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.


Angelica Cuevas, HR Analyst

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

(510) 271-5154 or email 




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.