County of Alameda

Assessor's External Affairs Manager (#0323)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - General Mgmt (U15)
$49.34-$64.71 Hourly / $3,947.20-$5,176.80 BiWeekly /
$8,552.27-$11,216.40 Monthly / $102,627.20-$134,596.80 Yearly


Under general direction of executive management, develops, implements, and administers the external affairs programs in support of the Assessor’s Office communication, public policy, and engagement efforts. Conducts analysis on legislative and policy studies to make recommendations and assist with implementation and proposed operational changes and programs; plans, writes, develops, coordinates, and directs the Department’s fund development and grant management activities; represents the Assessor’s Office to external partners and members of the public; and performs related duties as required.


This is a single position classification located in the Assessor’s Office. The Assessor’s External Affairs Manager reports to a member of the executive management staff including the Assessor and/or Chief Deputy Assessor.  This position is responsible for overseeing the communications, external legislative policy, and fund development programs within the Assessor’s Office.  Incumbents work independently and are involved in planning and facilitating the day to day implementation of a variety of external programs, studies, and projects. The incumbent supervises, manages, and coordinates the Public Relations Unit (PRU) and staff for the Alameda County Assessor's Office.


NOTE:    The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Individuals in the classification do not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  1. Supervises, plans, directs, and reviews the work of subordinate staff.  Hires, trains, instructs new personnel and on an on-going basis.  
  2. Researches, develops, coordinates, writes, and submits grant proposals to local, county, state, federal, and private funding sources; coordinates the grant application process engaging the funder and relevant parties as needed.   
  3. Monitors non-monetary portions of grant compliance and maintains communication with awarding agency or organization.  
  4. Reviews reports and analysis of proposed programs, with particular emphasis on the impact of such programs upon Alameda County.
  5. Tracks legislation that is impactful to the Assessor’s Office and Alameda County including but not limited to: Alameda County ordinances, California State Legislature, and Federal policies.  Prepares reports and analysis on legislation and legislative programs of interest to the Assessor and the citizens of Alameda County.
  6. Researches, analyzes, and drafts local legislation and ordinances as needed in support of the Assessor’s Office.  May collaborate with external partners to draft legislation at the state level in support of the California State Assessors.
  7. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with department and County staff, local elected officials, community-based organizations, representatives of state and federal agencies, and the citizens of Alameda County.
  8. Supports and drives department engagement with local stakeholders and represents the Assessor’s Office before a variety of external partners, organizations, or citizens of Alameda County.  
  9. Oversees creation and dissemination of departmental publications, newsletters, website development, annual report, and media correspondence.   
  10. Oversees the Department’s social media strategy and engagement.



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



The equivalent of four (4) years of full-time professional-level experience in communications, public policy, fund development, external affairs, and/or a related field.  Two (2) years of the required experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.    


Four (4) years of additional professional experience may be substituted for the education requirement.  

A Master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for one (1) year of supervisory experience.  

Special Requirement:  

Incumbents may be required to attend activities in the evenings and/or on 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:

  • Departmental/agency programs and activities.
  • Principles and techniques of grant writing, administrative, and legislative analysis. 
  • Information dissemination and marketing techniques.
  • Computer applications and web-based communications.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and oversight.  

Ability to:

  • Research, analyze, problem solve, and make informed decisions and recommendations.
  • Manage and support staff.
  • Think critically.
  • Develop a communications/public information program.
  • Exercise sound judgment and decision making.
  • Communicate with a high level of clarity and effectiveness both orally and in writing.
  • Establish, build, and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Organize, plan, and meet critical deadlines.
  • Operate standard office equipment, various computer applications, and web-based communications.


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EB:sa 12/10/2020

CSC Date: 04/21/2021


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.