Program Specialist

Promotional opportunity for current Solano County employees

Recruitment #18-445070-C1


Current Solano County employees are invited to apply for this promotional opportunity.


Do you have a passion for analysis and a commitment to program excellence? You'll love this opportunity!


The Mission of Solano County Health and Social Services Department is to promote cost-effective services, which safeguard the physical, emotional, and social well being of the people of Solano County.


The Employment & Eligibility Services Division administers various federal, state, and local government programs designed to provide health insurance, food assistance, and cash assistance, for eligible low-income Solano County residents. 


To learn more about the Health and Social Services Department, and the services we provide to the children and families in Solano County, please visit our website:

The Position

The Department of Health and Social Services is recruiting for a Program Specialist to be responsible for the development and promulgation of policies, procedures, and instructions to operations staff.  The duties are characterized by the focus on legislative, regulatory, and policy analysis, interpretation and promulgation.  The Program Specialist conducts confidential and sensitive studies of operation and/or program matters, makes policy or administrative recommendations to management and performs administrative and budgetary duties.

The eligible list established form this recruitment will be used to fill full-time and part-time regular, limited-term, or extra-help positions as vacancies occur or the need arises.



Broad and diverse experience in multiple public assistance benefits including:


1. Two years of experience performing duties equivalent to an Eligibility Benefits Specialist III (Eligibility Worker III) or an Employment Resources Specialist III (Employment and Training Worker III) in a California County Department of Social Services. If the III level experience does not include one year of lead or supervisory experience, one year of lead or supervisory experience in a social services program.




2. One year of experience performing duties equivalent to an Eligibility Benefits Specialist Supervisor (Eligibility Supervisor), Employment Resources Specialist Supervisor, or Special Programs Supervisor.



An Associate’s degree or completion of equivalent credit  units from an accredited college or university is required preferably in behavioral science, business administration, humanities, public administration, social science, career counseling, vocational development  or a related field. 


A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the above fields of study or a related field is preferred.


A Bachelor’s degree in the above fields of study or a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience except for the lead or supervisory experience.


 To review the full job description which includes examples of duties, please visit:



Other: Must be a current Solano County employee.





Solano County offers a cafeteria-style medical package with health benefits, offered through CalPERS. The County contribution for family coverage for the 2018 calendar year is $1,520.73 per month. The County offers a cash back provision for those who choose employee-only or who waive medical insurance coverage. The County may offer a supplemental contribution for employees enrolled in Employee plus Two or More coverage.

Dental and vision insurances for the employee and eligible dependents are paid 100% by the County.   

Solano County participates in CalPERS retirement and contributes to Social Security. 

The County observes 12 fixed, paid holidays per year.         

Vacation is accrued at approximately 10 days per year for the first 3 years.

Sick leave accrues at approximately 12 days per year.

Employees are eligible to receive an additional 2.5% longevity pay, per level, after the completion of continuous service at 10, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years.

To view the benefits for a regular position, please visit: 

Selection Process

06/26/2018    Deadline to submit application and required documents.

7/11/2018   Tentative date for oral board interviews for the most qualified applicants.

Based on the information provided in the application documents, the qualified applicants may be invited for further examination and will either be pre-scheduled by the Department of Human Resources or be invited to self-schedule. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of an initial application screening, a mandatory information meeting, a written and/or practical exam, an oral board exam, or any combination listed. Information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

A minimum score of 70% is required to continue in the selection process, unless otherwise announced.

All potential new hires and employees considered for promotion to management, confidential positions or unrepresented positions will be subject to a background and reference check after contingent job offer is accepted.  These provisions are subject to change.

RETIREES - Solano County invites all qualified candidates to apply for positions; however pursuant to Government Code Section 21221(h) and 21224, hiring restrictions may apply to California Public Sector Pension Plan Retirees.

How to Apply

Please visit the County of Solano website,, to apply. All additional application materials as requested in the job announcement (degree/transcripts, certificates, DD-214 if applicable, ADA Accommodation Request) must be submitted with the Document Cover Sheet, available on the employment website: at the Department of Human Resources’ office,  and are due by the final filing date.

Previously submitted application materials (i.e. copies of diploma and/or transcripts, etc.) for prior recruitments will not be applied for this recruitment but must be re-submitted for this recruitment.

Any further questions can be directed to the Department of Human Resources at (707) 784-6170 or at 675 Texas Street, Suite 1800 Fairfield 94533. The office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EOE/AA.

Document Submittal Requirements

Education verification is required for this position. Depending on how you qualify, all candidates must submit a copy of their college diploma (to include name of student, name of college, the degree, date earned and area of specialization) or official/unofficial transcripts (to include name of student, name of college, and verifying courses and units completed) by the final filing date.

Candidates who fail to submit their diploma or transcripts by the final filing date will be disqualified from the recruitment.   

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:  Candidates who attended a college or university that is accredited by a foreign or non-U.S. accrediting agency must have their educational units evaluated by an educational evaluation service.  The result must be submitted to the Human Resources Department no later than the document deadlines above.  Please contact the local college or university to learn where this service can be obtained. 

In addition to uploading attachments when applying online, candidates may submit documents in-person or by mail at Solano County Department of Human Resources 675 Texas Street, Suite 1800, Fairfield CA  94533, or by fax to (707) 784-3424 or by email to  When submitting documents in-person, by mail or by fax, include the recruitment title (Program Specialist) and the recruitment number (18-445070-C1).  When submitting documents via email, include the recruitment title and number in the subject field.

Supplemental Questionnaire

This Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to determine applicants’ qualifications for this position and whether they will continue in the recruitment process; therefore, applicants are encouraged to answer all questions thoroughly and completely.  Omitted information will not be considered or assumed.  Applicants who have no experience in a specific area are recommended to state "no experience in this area" instead of leaving the space blank. Please note that the experience in your answers must be reflected in your employment history.

1. Describe your experience gathering and analyzing data and/or information.

2. Describe your experience interpreting, implementing or assuring compliance to legislation or program regulation changes.

3. Describe your experience bringing programs into compliance with performance standards using performance metrics to improve outcomes.

4. I understand that a copy of my college degree or transcripts is required to verify that I meet the education requirement of this class specification.  I further understand that failure to submit my educational documents by the filing deadline will result in immediate disqualification from this recruitment. Yes or No

Supplemental Information

  • Drivers License: Possession of a valid California Class C Drivers License may be required at the time of appointment.  Loss of the Class C Drivers License is a cause for discipline.  Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be considered for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.  
  • Some positions in these classes may require work in an out-station location or in a setting with other professionals integrated as a team.
  • Travel:  Independent travel may be required.  
  • Child Abuse Reporting: Selectees for employment must as a condition of employment sign a statement agreeing to comply with Section 11166 of the California Penal Code relating to child abuse reportin

Americans With Disabilities Act

It is the policy of Solano County that all employment decisions and personnel policies will be applied equally to all County employees and applicants and be based upon the needs of County service, job related merit, and ability to perform the job.

APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES:  Qualified individuals with a disability, who are able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, and need an accommodation during any phase of the recruitment/testing/examination process (as detailed in the “Selection Process”), must complete the following Request for Testing Accommodation by Applicants with Disabilities Form:

This form must be received in the Human Resources Department by the final filing date of the recruitment.  Applicants will be contacted to discuss the specifics of the request.





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