Director Employment & Economic Development (#HS1250)
$76.32-$92.77 Hourly / $13,229.64-$16,080.71 Monthly / $158,755.72-$192,968.57 Yearly


Under administrative direction of the Board of Supervisors, directs and administers the operations of the Employment and Economic Development Department; and performs related work as required.


The Director of Employment and Economic Development is a single position, at-will class that is exempt from the San Joaquin County Civil Service System.  The incumbent is responsible for administering all program functions and activities of the Employment and Economic Development Department, and ensuring compliance with all applicable program related laws and regulations, as well as policies established by the Board of Supervisors and County Administrator.  The incumbent is expected to model a strong work ethic and leadership skills, including accountability for oneself and others.   County Administrator's Office. The incumbent is responsible for the development and administration of the County's job training programs program in coordination with various state programs.


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

  • Develops and makes recommendations for adoption of major personnel, organization, fiscal and program policies of the Department. 
  • Develops and recommends approval of job training program plans and priorities, including provision for evaluating progress against performance. 
  • Prepares program proposals, budgets, program evaluations and assessment studies; analyzes, interprets and evaluates the effect of federal and state legislation, rules, policies and procedures on job training programs.
  • Develops and implements a plan to include attraction and retention of businesses and related partners.
  • Provides administrative direction to activities relating to the effective use of programs, projects, personnel, resources, facilities and equipment related to economic development.
  • Administers programs, including outreach, referrals, tracking and reporting, and focusing business attention and marketing activities for commercial and professional business.
  • Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures and work standards for the Department that are in alignment with the County’s vision, goals and objectives.
  • Meets and confers with representatives of private and public agencies on matters related to the development of new programs, coordination of services offered and solving problems of interagency relationships.
  • Provides for a community public relations program to explain job training programs and goals; addresses community organization on various aspects of job training programs.
  • Selects and assigns Employment and Training Division staff; develops personnel policies and standards of performance, and promotes staff development programs; delegates administrative and supervisory responsibilities as appropriate.
  • Directs the preparation of the Department’s operating budget for submission to the County Board of Supervisors and County Administrator’s Office; presents budget requests with accompanying justifications.


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

Experience: Seven years of increasingly responsible management experience in the development, implementation and administration of employment and training and/or economic development programs in a service delivery area or in a comparable agency, including at least three years in a senior management or director level position.

Substitution:   A master’s degree in business administration, public administration, the social sciences, or closely related field may substitute for two years of experience.

License:  Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Organizational structures, methods and procedures; principles of supervision, personnel management practices and training; budget and fiscal management, and public finance; computers and relevant software; presentation techniques; contemporary social and economic conditions and trends; federal and state legislation and regulations relative to job training programs; methods of providing information and liaison techniques necessary for the implementation of programs essential to the operation of job training programs.


Plan, direct and coordinate activities to achieve efficiency of operation and meet program goals; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; prepare budget requests and present them before the County governing body; interpret job training programs to interested persons or organizations; respond appropriately to widely varied demands regarding levels and kinds of service; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; interpret and apply pertinent rules, regulations and procedures; establish and maintain effective working relationships, internal and external to the County.


Mobility—sitting for long periods, walking; occasional standing, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing; frequent operation of a data entry device; 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 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: HS1250; EST: 6/19/1984; REV: 2/23/2021;