Human Resource Services
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Clerk II

Recruitment #23-1120-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires 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.

Qualified bilingual persons who speak English and are also fluent in: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Korean, Mien, Tagalog, Amharic, Farsi, Dari, Tigrinya, Russian, Romanian or Sign Languages are especially encouraged to apply. There is an additional bi-weekly compensation for persons in positions designated bilingual. Qualified candidates may be tested to demonstrate language proficiency.

 Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted on-line.



Clerk II is the journey level general clerical classification. Incumbents in this class perform functions which require the exercise of initiative and judgment. Incumbents perform a wide variety of moderately difficult clerical work, requiring the ability to choose among a limited number of alternatives in solving routine problems. Incumbents are assigned duties involving work with a variety of documents, formats or persons, frequently involving arithmetic calculations, typing specific information from a group of standardized source documents for entry into a data processing system, or performing a search and retrieval of computer file information by way of computer terminal (CRT) or personal computer. Positions at this level require that incumbents have the ability to identify errors in basic English spelling and grammar or arithmetic in documents which generally are not reviewed for technical detail or accuracy.

For more detailed information about the job classification, please visit: Clerk II (#1120)


This is a countywide recruitment, and the immediate vacancies are in the Assessor's OfficeCounty LibraryHealth Care Services AgencyInformation Technology DepartmentPublic Works AgencySocial Services Agency, and Treasurer-Tax CollectorHowever, the eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be used by any County department or agency needing to fill a vacancy.


In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:

  • Provided exceptional service to internal and external customers.
  • Actively participated as a valued member of a work team.
  • Maintained effectiveness when experiencing major changes in priorities, procedures and/or responsibilities.
  • Assimilated and applied newly learned information on the job.
  • Maintained quality performance while under presser or opposition.
  • Ensured the quality and accuracy of your work products.
  • Utilized effective approaches for choosing a course of action.


Either I

The equivalent of six months of experience in the class of Clerk I in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of one year full time experience in clerical work.


Completion of a post high school clerical training program from a business school, vocational training center, or a clerical internship program which would enable the applicant to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed below.

License: Possession of a valid Driver’s license may be required for certain positions.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • Basic elements of correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and arithmetic.
  • General office practices, equipment, business correspondence.
  • Multi-line telephone system.

Ability to:

  • Perform general clerical work (typing, filing, reception) and learn the specific operations, procedures, and equipment of the office.
  • Perform arithmetical computations.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relations with the public, and other employees.
  • Identify and correct errors in basic spelling, English grammar and math.
  • Learn specific operations and procedures of job.
  • Plan and organize one's own workload and files.
  • Screen telephone calls and take complete and accurate messages.

Selective Certification Criteria:

A. For positions requiring the ability to type at a speed of not less than 40 net words per minute from clear copy. Typing occupies more than 10 percent of working time.

B. For positions required to type at a speed of not less than 40 net words per minute from clear copy, and to transcribe dictation from dictating equipment. Transcription occupies more than 10 percent of working time. (Candidates indicating a willingness to use dictating equipment will be certified to those positions where using the equipment is required, without having to take a performance test).

Alternate Range Criteria:

1. For positions required to transcribe dictation from dictating machine recording, these duties occupying more than 10 percent of working time.



1) A review of applicants' applications and supplemental questionnaire 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 written component that will be weighted as qualifying only (pass/fail). 

3) A computer skills assessment with the following components (pass/fail):

    A. Typing Test

    B. Microsoft Word

    C. Microsoft Excel

Only candidates who pass the written examination and computer skills assessment will be invited to the oral interview process.

4) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


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,


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:    

5:00 PM Monday, February 26th, 2024

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Friday, March 8th, 2024

Virtual Written Examination:

Week of April 8th, 2024

Virtual Performance Examination:

Week of April 8th, 2024
Virtual Civil Service Pre-Recorded Oral Examination: 

Week of May 13th, 2024
Notification of Results:

July 2024
Departmental Hiring Interviews:


*Updated 6/24/24 RJ


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) 
  • 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
  • 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.


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 ensure 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 and are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Rosario Jones | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
510-891-5737 | Email:

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Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.