County of Alameda

Grading Supervisor (#2115)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Public Works Mgmt (U44)
$63.54-$77.12 Hourly / $5,083.20-$6,169.60 BiWeekly /
$11,013.60-$13,367.47 Monthly / $132,163.20-$160,409.60 Yearly

Under direction, Grading Supervisor is responsible for the management of the Public Works Permit Center, which includes the development and administration of the County Watercourse Ordinance, the County Grading Ordinance and the County Surface Mining Ordinance, the Flood Control and Road Department Permit Ordinance, and the Oversize/Overweight Move Permits. The incumbent is also responsible for the review and subsequent approval of all construction plans that include grading issues submitted by the County Building Inspection Department prior to the issuance of building permits.


Grading Supervisor is a one-position class in the Public Works Agency. The incumbent has full supervisory responsibility for the work of Civil Engineers, as well as Engineering Staff Assistants. The Grading Supervisor is also required to act as a liaison to contractors, developers engineers and the general public, regarding investigations, complaints, drainage problems, and other related matters.

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

1. Plans, assigns, directs, reviews and evaluates the work of professional and technical staff members engaged in the administration of the County’s Grading, Watercourse Surface Mining Ordinances, Flood Control and Road Department Encroachment Permit Ordinances, and the Oversize/Overweight Permit Ordinance.

2. Reviews and approves all construction plans submitted by the County Building Department prior to the issuance of a building permit.

3. Screens various permit applications to determine if all the necessary information is provided.

4. Reviews all grading plans supplied by the applicants and any additional information such as erosion and sediment control plans and specifications, soils reports, geotechnical reports and environmental impact reports.

5. Presides over informational hearings with various permit applicants, representatives from County departments, public agencies and the general public.

6. Enforces the provisions of the Grading, Watercourse Surface Mining, Flood Encroachment, Road Encroachment, and Oversize/Overweight Ordinances over authorized and unauthorized operations. This includes the authority to suspend or revoke a permit; to require the abatement of property or to request injunctions through County Counsel.

7. Inspects work under permit and maintains records of labor hours and mileage expended in inspection work.

8. Reviews development plans such as subdivisions, road petitions, land use plans submitted for comments and recommendations by the Community Development Agency, cities within the County and private engineers.

9. Represents the Flood Control District at various public, technical or coordination meetings with developers, contractors, engineers, attorneys and representatives of other public agencies to establish development conditions or resolve design and construction problems associated with existing or proposed developments.

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The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the class of Assistant Engineer, Public Works Inspector III or Building Inspector II in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)



Completion of two years (60 semester or 90 quarter units) of college with completed course work in Civil Engineering or Architecture,



The equivalent of four years’ full-time, increasingly responsible and varied sub-professional civil engineering experience, which includes inspection, plan check, erosion control, design and implementation, hydraulic and hydrologic review, enforcement, drafting, surveying, and public relations. One year must have been served in a supervisory capacity.



The equivalent of five years’ full-time, increasingly responsible and varied sub-professional civil engineering experience, which includes inspection, plan check, erosion control, design and implementation, hydraulics, and hydrologic review, enforcement, design, hydrology, drafting, surveying and public relations. One year must have been served in a supervisory capacity.


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.

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 techniques of supervising and training.
• Office methods and procedures, including filing and record-keeping practices.
• Mathematics, including trigonometry.
• Engineering drafting materials techniques and instruments.
• Technical report writing.
• Engineering plans, drawings, maps and specifications.
• Elements of traffic engineering.
• Elements of civil engineering design and construction.
• Methods and procedures involved in the processing of boundary changes.
• Land surveying.
• Computer programming and operations.
• Contract administration.
• State of California codes, regulations and specifications related to civil engineering.


• Planning, organizing, supervising and evaluating the work of professional and non-professional personnel.
• Agreement and conflict resolution.
• Reviewing engineering plans and documents for compliance with agency policies and legal provisions.
• Preparing complete and comprehensive written reports involving the analysis of rules and regulations and engineering plans and tract descriptions.
• Examining, analyzing and processing engineering documents, such as maps, survey data, plans, specifications, contracts and agreements.
• Supervising and coordinating the work of others.
• Preparing agreements, contracts, resolutions and similar items.
• Preparing and adapting computer programs to meet engineering needs.
• Communicating and working effectively with County departments, outside agencies, and the public.

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Revised 11/98
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New document: Jobspecs/2115


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

  • 12 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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