Deputy County Administrator (#EM0260)
$50.48-$61.36 Hourly / $8,750.13-$10,635.84 Monthly / $105,001.58-$127,630.08 Yearly


Under direction, performs a wide range of difficult management, administrative, financial, and related assignments in the County Administrator’s Office; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


The class of Deputy County Administrator is exempt from the San Joaquin County Civil Service System and is an at-will position.  Incumbents of this class perform a wide range of difficult management, administrative, financial, and related assignments in the County Administrator’s Office and are expected to model a strong work ethic and management skills, including accountability for oneself and others.  Assignments are carried out with considerable independence and are reviewed by the Assistant County Administrator and/or the County Administrator.


This specification is a general guideline for the class. The statements below are not restrictive, and the responsibilities and duties assigned to a position in this class may expand beyond those identified in this specification.

  • Performs complex studies of policies, procedures, organization, operations, services, finances and other related matters.
  • Participates in complex and difficult financial, administrative, and management work, including the preparation, review, and administration of departmental and total County budgets.
  • Exercises good judgment and makes sound business decisions in assigned activities and functions; provides strategic leadership through communication, demonstration, and accomplishment of the County vision, mission and values; provides superior customer service.
  • Gathers and analyzes data and information; recommends action to administrative authority as appropriate.
  • Participates and directs the preparation of proposed orders, resolutions, rules, and regulations of general County operating policies and procedures.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and prepares recommendations for changes in state and federal legislation and administrative rules and regulations involving assigned projects or programs.
  • Represents and develops documents as the County Public Information Officer for Countywide information and incidents.
  • Participates in the management of specific programs, as assigned, with emphasis on the financial and operational impact of such programs.
  • Consults with department heads and other management personnel in achieving objectives; works with city, state, federal and non-governmental persons and groups relative to County services; may represent a department or the County to other agencies or community groups.
  • May train or lead assigned personnel.


Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a major in public or business administration, economics, social or behavioral science, or a closely related field. 

Experience: Four years of responsible managerial, fiscal, personnel, or governmental administrative and/or analytical work, two years of which must have been at a level equivalent to Management Analyst III in the San Joaquin County. 

Substitution: A Master’s Degree in public or business administration, economics, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of experience.


Principles and practices of governmental administration, including accounting, budgeting, finance, organizational planning and analysis, statistical analysis, research methods and report writing.


Apply principles, practices, methods and techniques of public administration, management analysis; statistics to the gathering, organizing and analysis of data in order to propose solutions to problems; understand, interpret, and apply pertinent rules, regulations, and procedures; exercise analytical and critical thinking; exercise good judgment and make sound managerial decisions; provide effective and efficient management advice and direction for a county department; express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with department heads and others at all levels, both within and outside the County.


San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: EM0260; EST: 9/25/2018;REPLACES JOB TITLE: RM0260;