County of Alameda

Chief Policy and Strategic Officer, Sheriff's Office (#8851)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - General Mgmt (U15)
$63.47-$77.15 Hourly / $5,077.60-$6,172.00 BiWeekly /
$11,001.47-$13,372.67 Monthly / $132,017.60-$160,472.00 Yearly

Under general direction, this position is responsible for coordinating agency-wide policy review and analysis with the Sheriff’s Oversight Body; supporting the department’s strategic planning efforts; leading the development and outlining of an implementation strategy for complex departmental initiatives and programs; and performing related duties as required.


This is a single-position classification located in the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and reports to the Sheriff.  The incumbent will support various programs and monitor the agency’s overall response to county policy changes, along with conducting best practice reviews and policy analysis. The Chief Policy and Strategic Officer, Sheriff’s Office classification acts as a liaison with the Sheriff’s Oversight Body and works in collaboration with the Sheriff’s Office's major divisions, programs, and units as well as other external county partners and community stakeholders.

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. Assist agency divisions in the development of plans, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures as they relate to the Sheriff’s Office's multi-year strategic plan. 
  2. Collaborates with executive management staff in the development of the Sheriff’s Office's strategic plan and works with the divisions to develop recommendations on the establishment of policies.
  3. Coordinates with Executive Management and responds to citizens, community-based organizations, and public and private organizations inquiries related to changes in Sheriff’s Office policy and practice.
  4. Coordinates engagement around Sheriff’s Office policy and practice changes with the Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff’s Oversight Body, or other county government agencies; coordinates intra- and inter-departmental matters necessary to ensure timely completion of responses to inquiries, facilitates and troubleshoots the solution of problems associated with designing, implementing, leading, and completing policy and practice changes.
  5. Establishes and maintains contact with the Sheriff’s Oversight Body, community-based organizations serving the incarcerated population and those with behavioral health needs, and any groups formed to inform policing reform in Alameda County.
  6.  Acts as a liaison with the incoming Sheriff’s Oversight Board and the direct connection from the Sheriff’s Office to the Office of the Inspector General and the Civilian Oversight Board.
  7. Provides information to, tracks, and responds to all inquiries made by the Sheriff’s Oversight Body, ensures Sheriff’s Office initiatives meet customer needs and regulatory guidelines; chairs project management meetings; prepares and presents project reports for the agency, the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff’s Oversight Body, and community organizations.
  8. Coordinates and develops the production of various documentation for impacted operating departments and Executive Management.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.



Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in social welfare, planning, public administration, public policy, criminal justice, or a closely related field.


The equivalent of six (6) years of increasingly responsible full-time, professional-level experience in policy analysis and creation, planning, or evaluation of the delivery of criminal justice-related programs and services in a public safety agency, government agency, social planning, or community organization.


Possession of a master’s degree in social welfare, planning, public administration, public policy, or a closely related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.

Special Requirements:

  • A thorough background investigation will be conducted on all prospective candidates.
  • All candidates must possess a valid California State Motor Vehicle driver’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 the specification.

Knowledge of:

  • Research, analytical, and data collection techniques.
  • Practices and techniques of administrative analysis and report preparation.
  • Principles and techniques of public information dissemination.
  • Principles and practices of direct client service delivery.
  • Principles and practices of project management.
  • Principles and practices of business and public administration.
  • Program performance analysis. 
Ability to:

  • Review and analyze a variety of technical review comments on projects and recommend appropriate action.
  • Manage project activities and the activities of multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Establish, balance, and adjust priorities.
  • Promote a customer-oriented approach toward meeting the needs of the County.
  • Prepare and present clear and concise oral and written communications.
  • Prepare a variety of narrative documents, including policy statements, management reports, and correspondence.
  • Speak effectively before small and large groups.
  • Facilitate small and large groups.
  • Establish standards and evaluate performance.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with local government, other County personnel, and the public.
  • Resolve operational and procedural problems and conflicts.
  • Respond effectively to a variety of changing situations.

NewSpec 8851.docx
SA:saa 10/18/2023
CSC Date:12/13/23


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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