Senior Deputy County Administrator (#EM0261)
$73.52-$89.37 Hourly / $12,744.03-$15,490.45 Monthly / $152,928.43-$185,885.46 Yearly


Under administrative direction from the Assistant County Administrator and/or County Administrator, performs the most difficult management, administrative, financial, and related assignments of the widest range in the County Administrator’s Office; and does related or other work as required.


The class of Senior Deputy County Administrator is exempt from the San Joaquin County Civil Service system and is an at-will position. Incumbents perform administrative and analytical work of the greatest difficulty and of the widest range, and are expected to model a strong work ethic and leadership skills, including accountability for oneself and others. Assignments are carried out with maximum independence and are reviewed by the Assistant County Administrator and/or the County Administrator. Incumbents may act as project leaders, may supervise other professional staff in executing projects, and/or may be assigned to serve as an interim department head if required.


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.
  • Participates or supervises others in the most 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. 
  • Participates or supervises others in studies or projects and in 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. 
  • Directs specific programs, as assigned, with emphasis on the financial and operational impact of such programs. 
  • Consults with County department heads and subordinates 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. 
  • Prepares and directs preparation of reports and studies. 
  • Acts for the Assistant County Administrator or County Administrator as assigned. 
  • May direct or supervise subordinate personnel. 
  • May manage a County department or function and/or act as an interim department head as assigned.


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: Five years of responsible managerial, fiscal, personnel, or governmental administrative and/or analytical work, one year of which must have included responsibility for program planning and execution at or above the level of Deputy County Administrator in 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.


Direct studies, projects, operations, and functions; apply principles, practices, methods, and techniques of public administration, management analysis, and statistics to the solution of problems; understand, interpret and apply rules, regulations, and procedures; provide appropriate and effective leadership for diverse staff teams; exercise analytical and critical thinking; exercise good judgment and make sound managerial decisions; provide effective and efficient management and direction for a county department; plan, organize, and supervise the work of subordinates, including subordinate managers; 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.


Mobility—sitting for long periods, walking; occasional standing, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing; Lifting—frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Visual—constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Hearing/Talking—frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone, talking in person; Emotional/Psychological—frequent decision making, concentration, and public contact; Special Requirements--may occasionally require working nights and weekends; Environmental—occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

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: EM0261; EST: 6/27/1973; REV: 2/14/2014;