County of Alameda

Career Development Specialist I (#6787)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Social Workers (005)
$41.56-$49.92 Hourly / $3,117.00-$3,744.00 BiWeekly /
$6,753.50-$8,112.00 Monthly / $81,042.00-$97,344.00 Yearly

Under supervision, identifies the job training and employment needs of individuals and groups of individuals, provides direct services to clients who are preparing for or seeking employment; makes appropriate referrals to employment and training programs; provides technical assistance to designated contractors in the areas of, career development, job development, and workforce preparation; participates in contract negotiation and monitoring; performs related duties as required.


Career Development Specialist I’s are located in the Social Services Agency, Workforce and Benefits Administration. They provide services in the County-administered employment and training programs. This level is distinguished from the higher classification of Career Development Specialist II in that the former is not assigned supervisory responsibility, whereas incumbents in the latter classification are assigned such responsibilities.

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. Assists participants to access vocational training and job placement programs.

2. Provides employment preparation services which include assessment, vocational counseling, supportive services, case management, labor market information, around sectors workshops, job search, and job development activities.

3. Develops on-the-job-training or community services sites, conducts contract negotiations for placement of program participants in vocational training, remedial training, job placement and related programs; provides technical assistance to contractors in the areas of job development, vocational training, placement and related activities.

4. Participates in rapid response services with employers. Identifies needs for workers impacted by mass layoffs, plant closures and base closures.

5. Monitors and reviews performance and compliance of employers and training vendors and makes necessary corrective recommendations. Follows up on actions taken.

6. Assures compliance with established procedures, State, Federal and County regulations and guidelines; on-site monitoring of contracts, performance, timesheets, attendance logs and invoices.

7. Identifies and evaluates employment, vocational training and educational programs designed to meet the employment and training needs of program participants.

8. Works collaboratively with employers, EDD, East Bay Works One-Stop operators and partners, educational institutions, program providers and prospective contractors to identify employment and training opportunities for program participants.

9. Prepares reports regarding program activities; represents the SSA – before employers, civic and community groups.

10. Prepares reports regarding program participants and tracks and maintains accurate participant records, including individual financial records.

11. Secures financial information and employment data from contracted training providers, employers and participants.

12. Efficiently uses modern electronic mail, CalWIN, State reporting systems, , the Internet, Windows, Word, Excel, and other computerized software systems for employment programs.

13. Other duties as assigned within the nature of the classification.


Either I


The equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year university (180 quarter units or 120 semesters units) with major coursework in business or public administration, counseling, planning, social or behavioral science or a closely related field. (Additional administrative experience as outlined below may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.)


The equivalent of two years of full-time responsible experience in planning, evaluation, development, or operation of Employment Programs in a recognized public or private agency or organization.



The equivalent of one year of experience as an Employment Counselor, or an equivalent or higher employment services classification in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license is required.

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:

• Vocational counseling and case management principles and techniques.
• Employment and training needs of public assistance recipients and the long-term unemployed and dislocated worker.
• Public and private employment and training resources in Alameda and surrounding counties.
• Local labor market resources.
• Negotiating, facilitating, and collaborating. Record keeping and reporting of client and program level data and information.

Ability to:

• Speak and write effectively.
• Present oral and written reports.
• Interact with clients, workforce development and education professionals, and employers.
• Collect and organize, maintain, and effectively use data.
• Secure electronic reporting systems.
• Use computers, software, and modern office equipment.
• Work effectively with a wide variety of people.


Revised: 12/76
Retyped: 3/85
Revised: 2/97
Old document: 0671h.doc
New document: Jobspecs/6787
CSC Date: 7/23/97
IB:cs 03/30/12
CSC Date: 4/4/12


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) 
  • 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
  • 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.


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