County of Alameda

Career Development Specialist II (#6788)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - Social Services Mgmt (R49)
$44.15-$53.59 Hourly / $3,532.00-$4,287.20 BiWeekly /
$7,652.67-$9,288.93 Monthly / $91,832.00-$111,467.20 Yearly

Under general supervision, to administer adult, youth, and/or dislocated worker workforce development programs; to supervise staff engaged in activities related to workforce development; to develop workforce development programs; and to do related work as required.

The Career Development Specialist II is expected to work with partners in the County’s Workforce System, including employers, educators, government agencies, community-based organizations, and community groups in planning and developing public and private workforce development initiatives and programs.


Career Development Specialist II’s are located in the Workforce and Benefits Administration Department or the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Department of the Social Services Agency. They are responsible for programs associated with the Workforce Investment Board’s dislocated worker, and youth or adult program; the General Assistance Employment Program; the CalWORKs’ Welfare-to-Work Program; and the CalFresh Employment Training Program. This level is distinguished from the lower level of Career Development Specialist I in that incumbents in the higher level are assigned supervisory and program development and oversight responsibility, while incumbents in the lower level are not.


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. Administers County, State, and Federal-funded workforce development programs; plans and develops workforce development programs; makes recommendations for, and implements modifications to existing programs; develops proposals for funding of workforce development programs. Oversees program performance as required by state, federal, or local requirements.

2. Functions as liaison between the County, State of California, and Department of Labor; functions as a liaison between local partnerships and sub-contractors; negotiates contracts with providers, community-based organizations, local educational agencies, and the career center system.

3. Develops and implements workforce training and career development training programs; coordinates activities related to employment oriented programs for a wide variety of job seekers, including those individuals who are either public assistance recipients, unemployed, underemployed or incumbent workers.

4. Conducts rapid response activities on site; planning with employers affecting layoffs, restructuring, and plant closures. Develops worker transition plans and coordinates with workforce partners that will deliver comprehensive and post layoff services.

5. Prepares reports on the status and progress of employment and workforce training programs operated by the County or sub-contractors; prepares statistical reports.

6. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of employment and workforce training programs administered by the County; monitors and evaluates sub-agent programs for adherence to contractual obligations. Develops management tools for performance oversight.

7. Supervises and evaluates professional, technical and clerical staff; develops and maintains work standards and priorities; coordinates staff meetings for informational purposes and for explaining or disseminating information concerning new procedures or programs.

8. Prepares Board of Supervisors and Workforce Investment Board reports; makes presentations to governing bodies, local groups, etc., as needed.

9. Creates partnerships and develops business relationships with employers in the community and business and industry associations in Alameda County. Coordinates with local economic development agencies and the regional East Bay Economic Development Alliance (EBEDA).

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 experience as a Career Development Specialist I or higher employment services classification in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of three years of full-time experience as an administrator or supervisor of workforce development programs with major responsibility for program coordination, labor market analysis, and/or project administration in a recognized public or non-profit social services agency, workforce development agency, or community-based organization.

Special Requirement:


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:
• Applicable state, federal and local laws, regulations and funding sources related to economic development, welfare-to-work, and public employment and training programs.
• Organizational and administrative concepts pertinent to employment and training, economic development, and/or public assistance program.
• Contract negotiation and administration.
• Employee supervision and training techniques.
• Sources of public and private funding for workforce development programs.
• Remedial, career educational and training resources.
• Proven employment and training and career advancement strategies for public assistance recipients, and unemployed, underemployed adults and youth.
• Local labor market and economic forecasts.

Ability to:

• Develop working relationships with the County’s workforce system stakeholders, including employers, educators, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and community groups.
• Convene, facilitate and broker working relationships for the purposes of enhancing the County’s workforce development efforts.
• Supervise, evaluate and train subordinate staff.
• Leverage resources across key partners and stakeholders.
• Collaborate with potential partners within SSA and other County departments
• Efficiently administer workforce development programs.
• Write and speak effectively.

Retyped: 12/78
Retyped: 3/85
Revised: 5/96
Old document: 0672h.doc
New document: Jobspecs/6788
CSC Date: 6/12/96
IB:cs 10/24/11
CSC Date:  04/04/12


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)
  • 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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