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Clerk II

Social Services Agency

Recruitment #RT-1120-01


This is a reinstatement, transfer or voluntary demotion opportunity for current and former regularly appointed employees of Alameda County.

Pursuant to Civil Service Rule 1744: On the request of a department head and approval of the Commission, a regularly appointed employee who resigned in good standing may, within three years after the effective date of his/her resignation, be reinstated in a position in the class from which he/she resigned or in a position in another class for which he/she may be eligible as determined by the Commission. Appointments by reinstatement following resignation are subject to the probationary period established for the class. You must have been a classified County employee in the same job code or in a job code at the same salary maximum and left the County in good standing. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.

You must be a current County classified employee in the same job code or in a job code with the same salary maximum for which you are applying. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.

Voluntary Demotion:
You must be a current County classified employee in a job code which is at a higher salary maximum than the vacancy for which you are applying. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.




The Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA) is comprised of over 2,300 employees working collectively and in partnership with community-based organizations, neighborhood groups and policy makers to serve the needs of the community. SSA is comprised of four operating departments: Agency Administration & Finance; Adult & Aging Services; Children & Family Services; and Workforce & Benefits Administration. SSA's mission is to promote the economic and social well-being of individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities. 

To learn more about the Alameda County Social  Services Agency, please visit the website at


This series specification describes two clerical classes in which incumbents perform, under close supervision at the lower level and under supervision at the higher level, a variety of general clerical duties, and do related work as required.

Clerk II

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, visit:  Clerk II (#1120).


Clerk II

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.


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:

• 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.


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.



TO APPLY:  Please submit a PDF copy of your completed application to

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please send your contact information and specific inquiries to or call La Tonya Phillips at 510-271-9126.

You are encouraged to apply immediately as this posting is open until filled and may close at anytime.


Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer