Placer Employment Opportunities

Principal Management Analyst

Regional Forest Health Coordinator

Recruitment #2020-19885-01


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Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play, and learn! For more information about Placer County, please visit


Few matters are of greater urgency to Placer County than forest management and wildfire prevention. Due to the County’s geography connecting the valley floor to the Sierra Nevada mountains, the foothills are one of the most high-risk areas in the State to experience a major wildfire with loss of life and structures. Over the years, the County has strategically advocated for proper forest management through financial partnerships with state and federal agencies, with a focus on watershed protection. This position will leverage that work with other County efforts currently underway in the County Executive Office, the Public Works Department, the Office of the Agricultural Commissioner, and the Office of Emergency Services (OES) for a broadened multi-disciplinary approach to this critical challenge.

Under direction from the County Executive Officer or designee, this position will lead the County’s multi-disciplinary strategies to work in collaboration with state and federal agencies to manage forested lands that pose a risk to Placer County residents, property, and critical infrastructure. This will be a multi-year initiative with the potential to involve many County partners and Placer County elected officials. As per the Board of Supervisors 2020 legislative direction, this position will effectively integrate and coordinate related departmental initiatives across the organization with state action, federal agencies, and a potential coalition of Sierra foothill counties facing similar challenges.

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Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department. Click here to view Management benefits.

For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.



To plan, direct, administer, and manage assigned teams; to develop, manage, monitor, and review the activities of major and significant County-wide operations, projects, and programs (i.e. public works, land use, etc.) that often require working with complicated logistics of interdepartmental and/or interagency cooperation; to serve as a positive and motivational leader of professional and technical employees and to participate as a positive and cooperative team member.


The Management Analyst job series represents professional positions responsible for establishing, maintaining, and monitoring a variety of administrative policies, budget, and fiscal processes, and organizational and legislative issues on a County-wide basis as well as providing a liaison with and support to departments as a representative of the County Executive Office.  Positions within this job series are exclusive to allocation within the County Executive Office.
The Principal Management Analyst level recognizes positions that provide full second-line direct supervision to a team(s) of professional, technical, and clerical employees within a work section and assumes substantive and significant responsibilities for Countywide programs, projects, and/or initiatives as well as the ongoing support for assigned departments.


Receives general direction from the County Executive Officer or Assistant County Executive Officer or designee.


Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical, and clerical staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as an advisor performing administrative and management task for the County Executive Officer and Board of Supervisors as assigned.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor the County’s multi-disciplinary forest health and wildfire management strategy, including the integration of multi-disciplinary work to better coordinate efforts in this policy/operational arena.
  • Leverage existing cooperative partnerships with state and federal agencies to enhance the requisite funding and legislative support to augment and diversify efforts to protect life, property, and critical infrastructure for Placer County stakeholders and the State of California.
  • Serve as subject matter expert in area(s) of specialty or designated responsibility; act as resource to departments, the County Executive Officer, the Board of Supervisors, and other management staff.
  • Identify, plan, and implement programmatic goals, objectives, and priorities with areas of responsibility in a manner consistent with the County’s overall goals and objectives; develop strategies and tactics for the successful achievement of set goals and objectives; direct and coordinate the implementation of strategies.  
  • Plan, direct, manage, and monitor the conduct of various administrative and operational analyses, studies, and audits; manage and participate in data collection with regard to needs assessments, benchmarking, training needs identification, performance evaluation, and operational reviews of designated responsibilities; evaluate success of progress and provide feedback.
  • Provide policy, program, and procedural direction to assigned teams and areas of responsibility; review financial reports and budgets to provide fiscal direction; prepare budgets and make recommendations in support of the County’s goals and objectives; evaluate success of progress and provide feedback.
  • Direct, manage, and monitor assigned teams; plan, prioritize, and assign work activities of team members; act as a primary resource to assigned team members, provide input to team members regarding sensitive and/or complex issues; provide direction, goals, suggestions, and guidance to team members.
  • Oversee and monitor the operations and administration of teams; participate in staff selection; coordinate training, conduct performance evaluations, recommend discipline, and maintain high standards to ensure efficient, professional operations. 
  • Develop, manage, implement, and maintain major County-wide initiatives, programs, or projects; lead team meetings in a positive and motivational manner; make decisions with the long term benefit of the County in mind; coordinate interjurisdictional, interdepartmental, and/or interagency activities; communicate to appropriate County entities.
  • Provide lead departmental support as assigned; serve as liaison between assigned departments and the County Executive Office; review and analyze departmental operations, activities, and budgets and provide recommendations and alternative solutions; review and analyze policies and procedures and assist in the identification of opportunities for improvement and development of new policies and procedures.
  • Develop and administer the budget(s) for assigned work section and programs; forecast funding needs, staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor approved expenditures; implement mid-year adjustments to expenditures.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and managers, and the community utilizing accepted principles of effective customer service.
  • Direct and manage the work of consultants; assist in the preparation of requests for proposals, review bids, interview and select consultants; manage workflow, set expectations and priorities, and monitor outcomes; negotiate contracts.
  • Maintain awareness of and participation in the external professional environment and resources to ensure the highest level of professional standards are applied to service delivery within the County Executive Office.
  • Represent the County of Placer and its County Executive Office to the public and to other agencies in a positive and productive manner. 
  • Serve as a positive and motivational team leader as well as a positive and effective member of a peer group. 
  • Perform related duties as required.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in public administrative, administrative analysis, including two years of supervisory responsibility.
Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business or public administration, political science, or a related field.  

NOTE: Relevant, equivalent experience (performing the same or similar job requiring similar knowledge, skills, and abilities) may be substituted for the required education as determined by the Human Resources Department.

NOTE: Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.

License or Certificate: May need to possess a valid California driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of: 

  • Principles and practices of public administration, including organizational structure and service delivery systems of county government.
  • Principles and practices of public finance, budgeting, fiscal control, and administrative and policy analysis.
  • Computer software, including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database applications.
  • English usage, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Pertinent local, state, and federal laws, guidelines, regulations, and statutes.
  • Principles and practices of public finance, budgeting, and fiscal control.
  • Standard and accepted uses and applications of statistics, including calculation of mean and median.
  • Standard and accepted modern research techniques, including the use of surveys and questionnaires.
  • Principles and techniques of administrative analysis, including workload measurement, workflow and layout, work simplification, and systems and procedure analysis.
  • Principles and practices of local government, including county administration, organization, programs, and functions such as public works or land use for example.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building, and conflict resolution.
  • Communication techniques required for gathering, evaluating, and transmitting information and directing group discussions.
  • Principles and practices of general and statistical research, analysis, and presentation.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and personnel management. 

Ability to:

  • Apply knowledge in a specific field/area to the needs of the County.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk or in meetings for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; walk, stand, bend, squat, kneel, or twist, perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means or enter/retrieve data from computer; and lift light weight.
  • Read, analyze, evaluate, and summarize written materials and statistical data including reports, financial reports, and budgets.
  • Apply the principles and practices of motivation, team building, and conflict resolution.
  • Understand, interpret and apply complex rules and procedures.
  • Analyze systems and administrative and management practices and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Obtain information through interview; handle multiple assignments; and deal firmly and courteously with the public.
  • Determine effective method of research; and compile data and present in form most likely to enhance understanding.
  • Prepare reports, statistical data, forms, questionnaires, and surveys.
  • Learn to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Interpret and apply pertinent local, state, and federal laws and regulations, including Civil Service rules.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively, apply appropriate elements of decision-making, and determine the proper course of action. 
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Obtain information through interview; effectively handle multiple assignments; and deal firmly and courteously with the public.
  • Use a computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, facsimile machine, postage meter, and photocopy machine.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Perform the most complex work within the County Executive Office.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.


*Updated 12/21/2020: Applicants for this recruitment must submit:

1. A formal letter of interest addressing how their education, experience, etc. aligns with what the County is looking for from this particular position. Please carefully review the job posting to learn more about this position.

2. A writing sample demonstrative of their work product. This sample can be a report, agenda item, presentation, or other item related to a complex environmental, land use, economic development, or other policy issue. Please make a note of the extent to which additional persons (if any) assisted with writing, reviewing, and/or editing the sample and include their titles as applicable.

These items may be uploaded to the application on the tab labeled "Other," or can be emailed to Lindsay Killian, Human Resources Analyst, at prior to the final filing deadline.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

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