County of Alameda

Staff Development Specialist (#6796)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - General Mgmt (R15)
$29.43-$47.38 Hourly / $2,354.40-$3,790.40 BiWeekly /
$5,101.20-$8,212.53 Monthly / $61,214.40-$98,550.40 Yearly

Under general direction, to perform training and staff development activities in areas including but not limited to management development, automation, clerical, eligibility and social work; to assess training needs, develop programs, and evaluate their effectiveness; and to perform related duties as required.


Positions of Staff Development Specialist are found in the Social Services Agency, Health Care Services Agency, the Probation Department and the Alameda County Library. This classification is distinguished from other classes in that these positions require knowledge of needs assessment, curriculum design, classroom delivery, program evaluation, and group facilitation. Staff Development Specialists report to and serve as staff to a Training Supervisor.

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. Consult with top- and mid-level agency managers on various components of Staff Development programs.

2. Facilitate annual training needs assessment process for departments and analyze training needs on an ongoing basis.

3. Determine appropriate teaching methods and procedures, including use of audio-visual equipment and automation technology.

4. Plan and coordinate training sessions agency-wide.

5. Design lesson plans, including organization and sequencing of content; develop audio-visual supports; develop and publish handouts.

6. Research/learn new theory, tools, developments in respective fields.

7. Train and/or facilitate classes for departmental and other County department employees in a variety of content areas in order to meet department goals/ objectives; teach job tasks, promote good performance levels; and enhance skills and abilities for career development opportunities.

8. Recruit, contract and/or coordinate external vendors, including colleges and universities for a variety of training programs.

9. Complete special assignments and work on department committees; coordinate with divisions within the department and with outside agencies.

10. May develop information needed for reports to other government agencies, community organizations or Agency management by assignment from the Training Supervisor.

11. Develop special reference materials in coordination with program staff.

12. Evaluates training programs to determine the effectiveness of the training provided, how effectiveness may be increased, and determine additional training needs.


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The equivalent of one year of experience in the classification of Supervising Eligibility Technician or in an equivalent or higher-level classification in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.) (Completion of one or more courses of study in methods, principles, practices and techniques of Adult Education is desirable).

Completion of the Alameda County Management Academy “Management & Supervision Certificate Program” may substitute for six (6) months of the required qualifying experience for the internal patterns.


The equivalent of three years of full-time experience which involved planning, developing, conducting and evaluating adult education and training programs. (A bachelor's degree in teacher education or industrial training or a closely related field may be substituted for two years of the required experience.)


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 of adult education and training.
• Teaching methods and procedures.
• Public and community resources and services.
• Provisions of the California Welfare and Institutions Code, the Social Security act and other pertinent legislation in the field of public welfare and social services.
• Operation and application of automated systems and software programs.
• Consultation techniques.


• Prepare and present lesson plans.
• Establish and maintain effective and cooperative relationships with other employees.
• Analyze and evaluate training needs and make appropriate recommendations.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of training activities.
• Facilitate and lead groups.
• Communicate verbally.
• Operation and application of automated systems and software programs.
• Be flexible with multiple projects and priorities at the same time.
• Consultation techniques.


Revised: 1/82
Retyped: 3/85
Revised: 3/97
Formerly: 0677h
Old document: 6796h.doc
New document: Jobspecs/6796
CSC Date: 4/16/97
RE:cs Administrative Change 8/6/13
RY:cs Revised 11/6/15
CSC Date: 6/8/16


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.