County of Alameda

Project Manager Trainee, General Services Agency (#9703)

Bargaining Unit: CEMU - Civil Engineer Mgmt (R30)
$41.58-$50.54 Hourly / $3,326.40-$4,043.20 BiWeekly /
$7,207.20-$8,760.27 Monthly / $86,486.40-$105,123.20 Yearly

Under instruction and close supervision, learns and assists in a training capacity with the coordination and management of projects of County buildings, structures, and properties.


Positions in this classification are located in the General Services Agency (GSA), and may be assigned to various divisions, including Capital Programs and Building Maintenance Department.  This classification is designed to facilitate the recruitment and training of incumbents in project management. Incumbents are progressively assigned administrative and project management duties in a training capacity acquiring relevant principles, techniques, and experience in planning, design, bidding, construction, inspection, and contract administration of projects. After two (2) years of full-time experience in this classification, incumbents may qualify by competitive examination for positions in the higher-level classification, Project Manager, GSA.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in the 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 in developing project scoping and advising on the feasibility of projects.
  2. Under direction, maintains ongoing communications with customers.
  3. Learns to define project goals and objectives; with direction, assists in developing project scope, budget, funding, and schedule.
  4. Learns to manage projects from programming through the construction phase and warranty period.
  5. Learns to prepare Requests for Proposals (RFPs); coordinate and manage consultant/contractor selection process, including fee negotiations and approval of contracts.
  6. Learns to ensure that project program and conceptual design meet the County’s needs and are compatible with master plans.
  7. Assists in tracking and monitoring all project activities, including inspecting, or reviewing work under construction to make sure that new construction and alteration work being performed by contractors complies with plans, specifications, and codes.
  8. Assists in monitoring project safety compliance, including ensuring contractors provide and adhere to established safety plans. 
  9. Learns to Assist in monitoring contract compliance (i.e., prevailing wages, certified payroll, Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). 
  10. Learns to prepare budget reports and cost control analyses, including keeping projects within approved scope, budgets, and schedule and analyzing claims to make recommended approval of consultant/contractor payment.
  11. Learns to regularly report project status to management and customers. 
  12. Attends meetings at various sites and may participate in making presentations.
  13. May perform other duties as assigned.



Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Construction Management, Engineering (Civil, Structural, Mechanical, or Electrical), Architecture, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field.

License: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Special Requirement:

Must be able to travel to locations throughout the County. Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance.

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:

  • Awareness of federal, state, and local codes, statutes, and regulations pertaining to public building projects, and contract and labor compliance.
  • Basic principles and practices of project management.
  • Basic principles of cost estimating and cost control techniques.
  • Basic principles of budget preparation.
  • Basic principles of government purchasing and bidding policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Basic principles of professional services contracting.
  • Safety-related regulations and procedures.
  • Computer technology, including project management systems and software.

Ability to:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of people.
  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Orally communicate in an effective manner.
  • Prepare and deliver effective presentations to governing boards, the public, and a variety of audiences.
  • Plan, organize, and coordinate.
  • Analyze and solve problems.
  • Adapt to changing priorities.

Newspec 9703.docx
DR:saa 06/16/2023
CSC Date:  11/01/23


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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