Company: Alameda County
Posted on: May 3, 2021
THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting
from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last
approximately one year, but can be extended.
Supplemental Questionnaire : A properly completed Supplemental
Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications
and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the
Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the last day for
filing. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will
result in disqualification.
Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be
accepted on -line.
The Alameda County Public Defender's Office provides the highest
quality of indigent criminal defense by vigorously advocating for
the rights of individuals facing criminal charges in adult and
juvenile court. Our mission is to zealously protect and defend the
rights of clients through compassionate and inspired legal
representation of the highest quality, in pursuit of a fair and
unbiased system of justice for all. The Alameda County Office is
one of the oldest Public Defender offices in the nation, chartered
in 1927 by Earl Warren who later became Chief Justice of the United
States Supreme Court. Today, our team of more than 100 attorneys,
18 investigators and 40 support staff handle approximately 40,000
cases per year providing innovative, holistic defense services for
Alameda County residents. In 2012, the office was named the "Best
Law Firm" in the East Bay by the Alameda County Bar
For additional info, please visit: THE POSITION
Under direction of the Public Defender or Chief Assistant Public
Defender, supervises the Investigation Division, plans, organizes
and directs the investigative activities of the Public Defender's
Office; establishes and maintains policies and standards for the
Investigation Division, coordinates and advises all investigators
in pretrial, pre-sentence, and post-conviction case investigations;
and performs related work as required.
For additional information on the position, please visit: Chief
Investigator, Public Defender's Office.
Possession of a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or
The equivalent of two (2) years of recent full-time experience
in the class of Senior Investigator, Public Defenders Office in the
Alameda County classified service.
The equivalent of six (6) years full time experience in the
class of Public Defender Investigator III in the Alameda County
classified service. One (1) year of cumulative experience must have
been in a supervisory or administrative capacity or experience
assigning cases and providing coordination and guidance.
The equivalent of twelve (12) years recent full-time experience
as a criminal field investigator in California preparing criminal
cases for trial which must have included all of the following: 1)
five (5) years of full-time field work experience in criminal
defense investigations, including investigation on serious and
violent felonies and one capital case investigation through penalty
phase; and 2) the equivalent of three (3) years administrative and
Possession of a current and clear California Motor Vehicle
Physical Requirements :
Hearing must be normal.
Using both eyes, must have far vision of at least 20/100 without
glasses, correctable to 20/20 with glasses. Must be free from color
blindness and permanent abnormality in either eye.
Must be able to squat, kneel, and twist; using accepted body
mechanics for lifting heavy objects; must be able to lift 55
Special Requirements :
Willingness to work irregular hours as individual investigations
Must be at least 21 years of age.
Must provide fingerprints for purposes of search of local,
state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal
Any criminal record may result in disqualification.
NOTE : The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum
Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the
following competencies: .
Knowledge of :
- Interviewing, interrogation, and investigative techniques and
- Practices and methods employed in criminal detection and
- The elements of criminal offenses under California law.
- Laws of arrest, search and seizure case law, and rules of
- Laws relating to the service of subpoenas and the treatment of
- Skip tracing techniques.
- Holistic defense and promoting client centered
- Criminal procedures relevant to felony, misdemeanor, juvenile,
and jury matters.
- The purposes and organization of the Public Defenders
- Judicial processes relevant to felony, misdemeanor, juvenile,
and jury matters.
- Modern office practice Window-based computers including word
- Techniques employed in diagramming and making demonstrative
evidence to be presented in court.
- Principles of public administration and personnel
Ability to :
- Recognize, collect, gather, and preserve evidence.
- Be objective in fact finding.
- Evaluate evidence for a particular criminal offense.
- Determine priorities and importance of various types of
- Relate easily to, and gain the confidence of, many varied
- Adapt to many different environments.
- Recognize potentially hostile situations.
- Interview effectively and analytically.
- Evaluate the credibility of persons interviewed.
- Keep accurate records.
- Prepare articulate written reports and documents, concise or
lengthy, as needed.
- Use laptop, personal computers, and word processing
- Learn computer programs, databases, and access Internet
- Use measuring devices.
- Draw diagrams to scale.
- Use film and digital photographic equipment.
- Prepare demonstrative evidence for use in court, such as
diagrams, charts, and photographs.
- Use computer presentations software.
- Manage time efficiently with frequent interruptions.
- Maintain a congenial attitude under stressful conditions.
- Maintain ethical and harmonious relationships with law
enforcement and other governmental agencies.
- Maintain high professional standards and observe ethics of
- Maintain supervisorial structure and control of branch office
- Train, supervise, and direct subordinate investigators.
- Gather, record, and report statistical data.
- Prepare annual reports.
- Implement efficient administrative controls.
- Implement policies and standards.
- Work harmoniously and cooperatively with the Public Defender
and Chief Assistant.
The examination will consist of the following steps:
- A review of candidates' application to verify possession of
minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum
requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the
- A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the
- An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the
candidates' final examination score. The oral interview may contain
Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED
Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded
on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad
recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants
to test in an examination process designed to determine the
qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform
duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are
targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in
which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that
current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly
used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate
jobs with comparable scopes of work.
To learn more about our recruitment and selection process,
please visit the What You Need to Know section of our website,
Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in
advance of any examination process which will require their
attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change
based on the needs of the Agency:
TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN
Deadline for Filing:
5:00 PM, Monday, May 10, 2021
Review of Minimum Qualifications:
Monday, May 17, 2021
Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:
Week of June 7, 2021
Week of June 28, 2021
*If designated as a combined oral examination/hiring interview,
in addition to establishing an eligibility list, the oral
interviews may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies
in this classification.
***WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED
RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN***
Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make
reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to
accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical
conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment
and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) Alameda Countys Reasonable Accommodation Policy and
applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a
disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the
examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human
Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the
last date of filing . Alameda County requires applicants to provide
supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable
accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation,
applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the
ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes. For more information regarding
our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,
www.acgov.org/hrs . BENEFITS
Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits
package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the
different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also
sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health
screening programs focused on overall well being. These benefits
include but are not limited to*:
For your Health & Well-Being
- Medical HMO & PPO Plans
- Dental HMO & PPO Plans
- Vision or Vision Reimbursement
- Share the Savings
- Basic Life Insurance
- Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage
for eligible employees)
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
- County Allowance Credit
- Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and
- Short-Term Disability Insurance
- Long-Term Disability Insurance
- Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness,
Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
- Employee Assistance Program
For your Financial Future
- Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
- Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)
For your Work/Life Balance
- 11 paid holidays
- Floating Holidays
- Vacation and sick leave accrual
- Vacation purchase program
- Management Paid Leave**
- Catastrophic Sick Leave
- Group Auto/Home Insurance
- Pet Insurance
- Commuter Benefits Program
- Guaranteed Ride Home
- Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive
Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
- Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone,
- Child Care Resources
- 1 st United Services Credit Union
*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may
vary by collective bargaining agreement. This provides a brief
summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.
** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three
days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are
entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.
All notices related to County recruitments for which you have
applied will be sent/delivered via email. Notices will be sent from
Noreply@jobaps.com . Please add @jobaps.com and Noreply@jobaps.com
as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering
program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or
spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding
your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to
regularly log into your County of Alameda online application
account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All
email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your
personal online application account. You will be able to view all
of your notices in your online application account by clicking on
the 'My applications' button on the Current Job Openings page.
Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not
miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied.
The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not
read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County
NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email
notification system. Replies to the email box Noreply@jobaps.com
are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please
go to our website at Tracy Gonzalez, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
510-272-5085; Email: Tracy.Gonzalez@acgov.org
Disaster Service Worker
All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service
Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County
requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.
Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of
Equal Employment Opportunity
Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative
of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal
opportunity employer. All aspects of employment are based on merit,
competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not
discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion,
sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin,
political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status,
disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee
organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or
other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local
law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to
creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.
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