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Recruitment #18-UR7-01


THE JOB: Under direction of the County Administrative Office, analyze and make recommendations for the solution of complex problems of organization, budgets and administrative systems and procedures; and/or supervise the work of lower level analysts; plan, and coordinate with departmental staff and executives; and do other work as required.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:

One year of experience performing duties comparable to an Associate Administrative Analyst in Santa Cruz County.


Graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor’s degree in public administration, finance, economics, business, journalism, communications, public relations or a closely related field AND three years of progressively responsible experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of principles and techniques of administrative analysis, including workflow and layout; generally accepted rules of English usage, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax; principles and practices of strategic planning; principles, techniques and methods of public relations, program management and evaluation principles, techniques and methods of preparing information, news releases and instructional materials, including graphics and written copy; fundamentals of public speaking, marketing, and mass and targeted communication. Working knowledge of public finance and budgeting; the principles of supervision; communication skills and techniques required for gathering, evaluating, analyzing, and presenting information; statistics and methods of report writing and presentations; principles of local government organization and administration; computer applications including spreadsheet analysis and methods of graphic presentation; county organization and administrative positions; and principles and techniques of program and budget evaluation.

Ability to: Identify, define and analyze complex administrative, operational and programmatic problems and arrive at solutions; collect, organize, interpret and evaluate data; communicate effectively orally and in writing; exercise initiative, ingenuity, independent analysis and judgment in solving difficult and complex administrative, managerial and technical problems; comprehend and interpret complex regulations, laws and guidelines; use a variety of software applications relative to desktop publishing and presentations; exercise discretion and sensitivity in interpreting and communicating County policies and programs; develop creative and visually appealing public information materials; speak publicly, in an effective manner, before a variety of diverse groups; anticipate and predict issues that may generate media interest; establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work; and supervise and train staff.


VACATION - 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years service. Available after 1 year service.
ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE – One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
SICK LEAVE - Six days per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - The County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
- Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay for qualifying child or dependent care expenses may elect this pre-tax program.
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement.  If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental application. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list.  The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants.  If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental application. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 


To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigations.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

An Equal Opportunity Employer