Wednesday, July 17, 2019

County Training and Organizational Development Specialist

Recruitment #18-0466-01



The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.   

Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted on-line and must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.



The Alameda County Training & Education Center provides customized training, organizational development, and space/facilities that support meetings and conferences that utilize technology on a fee-for-service business model. The center’s mission is to focus on providing high quality training and development services to the community as well as Alameda County departments and their employees. Over the past several years the center has promoted workforce/succession planning and development, with an emphasis on planning for the future workforce. The training and development of current and future leaders in Alameda County focuses on building competencies needed for leadership and other critical positions in Alameda County now and into the future.


The County Training & Organizational Development Specialist reports to the Workforce Planning and Development Manager.  This position focuses on training and organizational development programs for County  and non-county employees, including but not limited to leadership and supervisory programs, staff training and mandated training sessions.  Additionally, the County Training & Organizational Development Specialist plans, designs, coordinates and delivers a wide variety of training and development programs and provides professional consultation to County and non-County agencies and departments on training and organizational developmental needs.


  • Curriculum design and training delivery, for both instructor led and e-learning.
  • Staff career development programs.
  • Management and leadership design.
  • One-on-one coaching of supervisors and managers.
  • Strong technology expertise with programs such as PowerPoint, Excel and Microsoft Word.
  • Utilizing methods of assessment and evaluation of training programs and desired results.
  • Solid use of oral and written communication techniques.
  • Some background with conference/meeting facilitation.
  • Demonstrated acumen with marketing concepts and techniques.

In addition to meeting the established qualifications, the ideal candidate for the County Training and Organizational Development Specialist examination will possess the following critical attributes:

  • Adapt quickly to changes in the work environment; proactively try new approaches.
  • Commit to work, time and best efforts in accomplishing organizational goals.
  • Clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
  • Set high standards of performance for self and others; assume responsibility and accountability for successfully completing  assignments or tasks; self impose standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
  • Present ideas effectively to individuals or groups when given time to prepare; deliver presentations suited to the characteristics and needs of the audience. 
  • Generate innovative solutions in work situations; try different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities.
  • Remain realistically optimistic when pursuing work objectives; maintain high work and ethical standards.



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. Plans, designs and implements county-wide training and development programs, both instructor lead and e-learning.

2. Coordinates and conducts training sessions for County managers and employees on various topics, such as performance management, leadership skills, supervisory skills, communication skills, time/priority management, customer service, and process improvement.

3. Coordinates with relevant subject matter experts and other parties the design and update on-going orientations and/or training sessions for presentation to employees on County policies and regulations (e.g., EEO, Workplace Violence Prevention, and Sexual Harassment Prevention).

4. Recruits, screens and trains County managers to conduct training sessions; provides professional guidance and advice on training styles, methods and techniques.

5. Analyzes and identifies training needs to develop new training programs and/or enhance existing programs.

6. Provides facilitation, professional consultation and customized training to County agencies/departments to meet training and organizational development needs.

7. Researches, assesses and recommends evaluation tools to evaluate program effectiveness and results.

8. Develops and organizes training manual, multimedia visual aids, and other training materials.

9. Assists in developing program goals, objectives, and organizational interventions, and makes recommendations as necessary.

10. Prepares training and statistical reports and other written materials; and makes presentations to County agencies/departments and other groups.


Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable.


Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in behavioral science, human resources, communications, public or business administration, or a closely related field.



The equivalent of five years of full-time progressively responsible professional experience designing and delivering training and organizational development programs for a large organization, with significant functional management experience. Municipal government and/or Human Resources experience is highly desirable. Possession of a Masters Degree in a related area may substitute for two years of experience.


Possession of a valid California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record is a condition of initial and continued employment.

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.

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

t and leadership curriculum design.
• Staff / career development programs.
• Software technology such as PowerPoint, Excel and Microsoft Word.
• Methods of assessing and evaluating training programs and desired results, including use of current technologies and online learning.
• Oral and written communication techniques.
• Conference/meeting planning services.
• Marketing concepts and techniques.

Ability to:

• Design, develop and deliver training programs.
• Quickly and consistently modify behavior to deal effectively with changes in the work environment; proactively try new approaches appropriate for new or changed situations.
• Establish good interpersonal relationships by helping people feel valued, appreciated, and included in discussions (enhances self-esteem, empathizes, involves, discloses, supports); act promptly; take opportunities to exceed expectations and to resolve internal/external customer problems.
• Demonstrate a willingness to commit to work and to invest time, talent, and best efforts in accomplishing organizational goals.
• Clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
• Set high standards of performance for self and others; assume responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-impose standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
• Present ideas effectively to individuals or groups when given time to prepare; deliver presentations suited to the characteristics and needs of the audience.
• Generate innovative solutions in work situations; try different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities.
• Engage people by attending to the needs and feelings of others to develop effective working relationships; possess an energetic and tenacious achievement orientation; approach challenges with visible assuredness; remain realistically optimistic when pursuing work objectives; maintain high work and ethical standards.
• Work effectively and cooperatively with others to establish and maintain good working relationships; place high priority on team or organization goals; help others feel valued, appreciated, included; show support, give encouragement, share information ideas, suggestions to accomplish mutual goals.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.  WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION STEPS.

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:


Last Day to File:                                    Monday, September 24, 2018

Screen for Minimum Qualifications:    Friday, September 28, 2018

Screen for Best Qualified:                     Friday, October 5, 2018

Panel Interviews:                                    Week of October 15, 2018

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 statutes.  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 & 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
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • 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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Anna Montoya, Human Resources Analyst III
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda