Assistant Agricultural Commissioner-exempt

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Contra Costa County, California
  • Sep 23, 2021
Full Time Agriculture / Farm / Ranch Related
  • Salary: $109,193.64 - $132,725.52 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

Why join the Contra Costa County Agricultural Commissioner's Office ?

The Department of Agriculture is seeking to fill one vacant Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures position. The Agriculture Department is located in Concord, California.

The Agricultural Commissioner's Office consists of 44 employees and has a budget of $7,063,000 (FY 20-21). The Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture under the direction of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Department of Pesticide Regulation, and Division of Measurement Standards, is responsible for conducting regulatory and service activities pertaining to the agricultural industry and the consumers of our county. The primary purpose and objective of this office is the promotion and protection of the county's agricultural industry, environment, and citizens. We work hard to ensure a safe place to live and a fair marketplace for trade.

We are looking for someone who is:
  • A Leader and able to organize the work and effectively coach the team.
  • A strong communicator and able to effectively communicate with stakeholders and other staff members
  • Flexible and able to shift priorities quickly as needs change.
  • Knowledgeable of the agricultural and weights and measures programs
  • Knowledgeable of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations related to food, agriculture, weights and measures
  • Experienced with personnel matters, evaluations, interviews, hiring, training, and onboarding new employees
  • Experienced with administration, budget, work plans, accounting, and State and local contracts

What you will typically be responsible for:
  • Participating in managing the development and implementation of the
    Department's goals, objectives, and priorities, recommend and administer policies and procedures
  • Assessing and monitoring work load, administrative and support systems,
    and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement, direct and implement changes
  • Overseeing the work of subordinate management personnel, provide assistance with training and personnel matters, and completes performance evaluations of personnel
  • Assisting in the county budget process, work plans, invoices, and the annual financial report for CDFA
  • Representing the department in meetings and conferences

A few reasons you might love this job:
  • You will work with a team of outstanding and caring professionals
  • Your work will have a direct impact on the community
  • You will be able to realize a healthy work-life balance
  • You will have Professional development opportunities
A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • You will work in a large county with various stakeholders and priorities
  • You will carry out enforcement actions which may be difficult or controversial
  • You will represent the department and be responsible for ensuring personnel adherence to State laws and County policies
  • You will work in a fast-paced, and sometimes stressful environment
This position is exempt from the merit system and will not result in an eligible list. You may access the full job description here:
Minimum Qualifications
License Required: Possession of a valid California motor vehicle operator's license. Out of State valid motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process.

Agricultural Licenses Required:
  • A valid County Agricultural Commissioner license issued by the State of California, Department of Food and Agriculture, and
  • A valid County Sealer of Weights and Measures license issued by the State of California, Department of Food and Agriculture.

Experience: Four (4) years of full-time experience as a Weights and Measures Inspector or as an Agricultural Biologist/Inspector with a federal, state or county regulatory agency which must have included two (2) years of management, supervisory or program responsibility experience.

Substitution for One Required Agricultural License: At the time of applying candidate must possess either a valid Deputy Agricultural Commissioner or a Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures license issued by the State of California Department of Food and Agriculture and within two (2) years of appointment employee must possess the second required County Agricultural license issued by the State of California, Department of Food and Agriculture.
Selection Process
1. Application Submission and Evaluation : Applications will be evaluated based on the minimum qualifications and desirable qualifications to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process.

2. Final Hiring Interviews: Conducted by the Department

This is an exempt recruitment, which means candidates are not guaranteed an interview. Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to a hiring interview.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

Please note that as of August 24, 2021, Contra Costa County enacted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for employees. Proof of full vaccination will be required of all employees, including new hires. The policy requirements can be found here:

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

All Contra Costa 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 complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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