Department Analyst

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Analysis
Posted on May 12, 2023
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Starting salary up to $43.69/hour ($91,186/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

Join the County of Sonoma

Do you enjoy learning new things, brainstorming ideas, and working collaboratively with others - then take the next step in building your career and apply now! We are looking for candidates who possess a strong sense of logic, intellectual curiosity, and are passionate about becoming subject matter experts for their colleagues and clients. Our ideal Department Analyst candidates are adaptable, able to shift gears quickly, and like working in a fast-paced environment.

Here at the County of Sonoma, Department Analyst positions organize and conduct research and perform analysis and statistical studies related to various aspects of developing and/or improving new or existing policies, programs, procedures, systems, and/or administrative services. As a Department Analyst, you will work to identify and analyze complex problems and recommend and implement solutions for a variety of organizational activities. The positions' responsibilities will also require you to amend, develop, and implement best practices, policies, and procedures. If you are a data-driven, analytically minded individual, who loves to problem solve, our Department Analyst positions will challenge you to flex your abilities and grow.

The ideal candidates for these positions will possess:
  • Strong program/project management skills 
  • Experience conducting research and analysis and using critical thinking skills
  • The ability to prioritize work effectively address several competing priorities
  • Experience working in a high-volume work environment
  • The ability to prioritize work effectively
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to act as a subject matter expert
  • Intermediate to advanced experience with Microsoft Word and Excel, including use of pivot tables
  • The ability to interact with a diverse group of people

What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

  • A hybrid telework schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve may be available depending upon assignment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment*Salary is negotiable within the established range.

Currently, there are Department Analyst positions available in the Department of Health Services (DHS). Two positions are located in the Public Health Preparedness Section of the Public Health Division and two positions are located in DHS Administration.

Public Health Preparedness Section (2 positions)

One Department Analyst position assigned to Preparedness will focus on developing and implementing disaster planning efforts, including the All-Hazards Plan, Infectious Disease Emergency Response Guide, Medical Countermeasure Planning, Department Operations Center Planning, Continuity of Operations, Volunteer Management, and others. The other Department Analyst position for Preparedness will be responsible for developing and implementing the Multi-Year Training and Exercise components for Public Health Preparedness, including assisting in the identification of training topics and services, conducting disaster preparedness trainings for department staff, and assisting in the development of logistics implementation and disaster technology training as needed. Both positions may assist with grant deliverables and contracts as needed. 

Health Data and Epidemiology Unit (1 position)

Assigned to the Health Data and Epidemiology Unit, this position will focus on data management and quality assurance to support DHS epidemiological, evaluation and quality improvement efforts.  Responsibilities will include managing and prioritizing the completion of multiple data management projects and workflows, training others in best practices for data management and quality assurance, and tasks such as utilizing infectious disease databases; engaging in data entry, data cleaning, and data collection; reviewing hospital, death and vaccine records; assisting with case investigations and outbreak surveillance; analyzing data; and developing reports and presentations.

Health Policy, Planning and Equity Unit (1 position)

Under the direction of the Health Equity Manager, this position will co-develop and support the DHS Equity Circle and learning program including developing and monitoring the related workplan, and will help develop the department-wide racial equity plan including analyzing best practices in the field.  This position will help identify potential new funding for health department equity infrastructure, write grants, etc. as needed; will contribute to the development of equity metrics for the department by analyzing internal data and researching best practices in the field; and will collect and analyze data related to the overall Equity team workplan and/or other key equity metrics.

This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Any combination of course work and training which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, academic course work in public administration, business administration, management, accounting, political science, economics, statistics, English composition, psychology or closely related courses would provide such an opportunity.

Experience: Work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, one year of full-time professional level staff experience related to general administration, accounting, budgetary analysis, or human resources work including research, analysis, and preparation of written reports and recommendations would provide such an opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of: principles and practices of business and public administration as pertinent to area of assignment; principles, practices and political implications of decisions regarding budgeting, fiscal management, human resources and contract management; principles and methods of work planning, staffing analysis and project management; techniques and practices of research methodology, data collection, and analysis; report writing; application and use of basic statistics; the use of electronic information equipment and specific systems as used within the department.

Knowledge of: operations and functions of county government and the structure and function of the assigned department; modern supervisory management and human resources practice; modern office methods and procedures.

Ability to: plan, organize, and conduct research, analysis and statistical studies related to the various aspects of administration, budget and general management matters; collect, compile and analyze qualitative and quantitative data; review and implement changes in work methods, systems and procedures; understand, interpret and explain laws, regulations and policies governing program operations; prepare budgets, grant applications, service contracts and complex narrative and statistical reports; communicate effectively orally and in writing, and present conclusions and recommendations before advisory and policy bodies; establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, employees, clients, and the public in carrying out sound management policies; understand program objectives in relation to departmental goals and procedures; organize and prioritize work assignments; persuade, examine, and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations; analyze administrative problems and budget requests; use of electronic information equipment and specific systems as used within the department; effectively supervise the work of technical and office support staff.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.