Monday, March 19, 2018

Captain (Promotional)

Recruitment #14-8625-01






 Current employment and completion by 01/30/2015, of the equivalent of six months of continuous service following a regular appointment in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes the District Attorney’s Office, the Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts). A regular appointment does not include provisional, TAP (Temporary Assignment Pool), or STEP-UP appointments. Applications must be submitted on-line before the filing deadline of 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.





Under general direction, Captains command and administer a substation, bureau, detention facility, single contract law enforcement services unit or multiple contract law enforcement services units, the support services unit, the Office of Emergency Services, the Regional Training Center, Court Services, or to serve as an administrative captain assigned to the Sheriff/Undersheriff, or to provide agency-wide oversight and administration during hours and days of the week when the Sheriff, Undersheriff, Assistant Sheriff’s, Commanders and Captains are not regularly scheduled to work and to do related work as required.

Captains are responsible for the command and administration of major line and staff sub-divisions. It is the operational size or the scope/diversity/responsibility of these assignments that distinguishes the Captains from Lieutenants, who exercise administrative authority in more circumscribed units or functional areas. Furthermore, Captains are expected to advise in the formation and development of department policy. The positions in the next higher class, Division Commander, are charged with the direction of all aspects of a large and complex division such as detention and correction facilities, criminal law enforcement and investigation, civil process and court operations, and emergency services. Captains may assume these duties in the absence of the Division Commander.


To qualify for this position, candidates must have the following experience:

The equivalent of one year of full time experience in the class of Lieutenant in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)

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

Desirable Qualifications:

Possession of a California Peace Officer's Standards and Training Supervisory and Management Certificates.

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:

• Federal, State and local laws as they affect the work of the Sheriff's Office (including law enforcement, labor relations, government, administration, etc.).
• Sheriff’s Office orders, procedures, policies and operations.
• Structure and function of County government.
• Methods, operations and functions of an assigned division, unit, section or bureau.
• Principles and techniques of management necessary to plan, develop, organize direct and evaluate programs, administrative policies, organizational structures and law enforcement problems.
• Principles of employee supervision and personnel management including training.

Ability to:

• Communicate orally and in writing.
• Read and comprehend written materials.
• Integrate and categorize information and recall relevant data.
• Set standards of performance in order to control and optimize the productivity of the staff.
• Make decisions.
• Analyze and problem solve.
• Provide leadership.
• Plan and organize.
• Exercise management control.
• Provide budget analysis.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Be flexible .
• Adapt to stress.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

Examination Recruitment Bulletin Release: January 6, 2015

All applications must be filled out according to the instructions. Applications that are not fully completed or not completed following the instructions listed will not be considered. Resumes in lieu of properly filled out applications will not be considered. Only applications submitted electronically, via the County's online application system, by the final file date will be accepted. Be aware that if you only complete an application template and fail to submit it to apply for this position, your application will not be accepted.

Final File Date for Applications: Friday, January 30, 2015

Review for Minimum Qualifications: Completed by Monday, February 9, 2015

During this time, your application will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above. All candidates will receive an email notification regarding the results of the application review by the end of the following week, no later than Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Assessment Center / Oral Examination

Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the position will be invited to an assessment center which will consist of the following:

  • A written examination, consisting of short answer and essay questions, which will comprise of 33% of the final score.
  • An in-basket exercise, which will comprise of 33% of the final overall score.
  • An oral examination, which will comprise of 34% of the final score.

During the interview examination, you will be asked to provide examples of past work experiences that highlight the job-related core competencies that successful incumbents of the position possess. This type of interviewing is called behavioral-based interviewing and is the best predictor of future job success. Your interview examination may include a situational exercise where you may have to perform mock job duties to prove your level of competency.


Candidates planning on participating in the Captain's Promotional Examination process may assist in their preparation for such examination by reviewing the following information/written material: Alameda County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) training bulletins, ACSO General Orders Manual, ACSO Rules and Regulations Manual, California Peace Officer's Legal Sourcebook (published by the California State Attorney General's Office), ACSO Strategic Plan, Alameda County Deputy Sheriff's Association Memorandum of Understanding, Strategic Leadership Succession Plan, the Services Employees International Union Memorandum of Understanding, and the Alameda County Management Employees Association Memorandum of Understanding.


We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:




Deadline for Filing:

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Assessment Center:



 *Type of Exam: New Promotional Assembled Exam


5:00 PM, Friday, January 30, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Week of March 8, 2015

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.


For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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 & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance  
  • Vision
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage) 
  • County Allowance (Employer Credit)
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Group Legal
  • 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.


All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add and as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the "My applications" button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied. 


Nicole Lewis-Bolton,  Human Resources Analyst

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

(510) 272-6468 •



Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer