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Recruitment #21-AC4-01




THE JOB: Under direction, to plan, coordinate, implement, and monitor either the Volunteer Program, Animal Care Program or Client Services Program within the Animal Services Authority; to develop program materials; to supervise and direct those involved in delivering program services; and to do other work as required.

Employment Standards

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

Two years of experience assisting in program coordination or program planning; two years of experience in customer service and/or two years of compensated work in an animal control, humane society, or animal care facility.

Educational Substitution: A community college or college level degree related to the specialty area may be substituted for a year of the required experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: License/Certificate: Possession and maintenance of a valid California Driver License, or the ability to obtain and keep one. Employment in this class requires successful completion of a criminal background investigation. Special License Requirements for Coordinator of Animal Care Program Only: Incumbent must possess a State of California Euthanasia by Injection certification or attend and pass the State of California Euthanasia by Injection certification course within the first six months of hire, unless incumbent possesses a valid California Veterinarian license or a valid California certification as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Possession of Veterinary Technician License is highly desired. Lifting: Ability to lift 60 pounds unassisted.

SPECIAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Exposure to animals who may be hostile or dangerous; exposure to variable temperatures, loud noises, odors and chemicals, and work on wet and dry surfaces. Physically and mentally capable of performing the position’s essential functions as summarized in the typical tasks section of the job specification.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of principles and practices of supervision.

Ability to: Work effectively with frequent interruptions and perform multiple tasks; compute simple to intermediate mathematical calculations; and maintain complex records and filing systems by number and alphabet.



ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service.  Available for vacation and/or sick leave.

HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays 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 - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.

RETIREMENT - 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 $20,000 term policy.  Employee may purchase additional life insurance.

DISABILITY INSURANCE - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.

DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”

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 questionnaire. 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 questionnaire. 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.

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

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.

 Note: Provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.


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