County of Sonoma


Recruitment and Classification Manager
An Equal Opportunity Employer
$55.97 – $68.04 Hourly    $4,492.93 – $5,461.83 Biweekly    $9,734.68 – $11,833.97 Monthly    $116,816.11 – $142,007.64 Annually

OPENING DATE: 01/19/23

CLOSING DATE: 02/08/23


Bring your experience conducting recruitments and classification studies to the County of Sonoma – become the next Recruitment and Classification Manager.
Starting salary up to $68.04/hour ($142,007/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

The County of Sonoma Human Resources Department is seeking an experienced human resources professional to lead and manage the Recruitment and Classification Division. This is a fantastic opportunity for a qualified individual to join a dynamic senior management team.

The Recruitment and Classification Manager reports to a Deputy Director and leads a team of fourteen (14) dedicated supervisory, professional, and technical support staff. The Division provides essential county-wide services in the areas of recruitment and examination, classification and compensation, and other employment related services. Typical responsibilities of the position include planning, developing, managing, and overseeing recruitment processes and strategies; consulting with department heads and managers to assist in determining current and future staffing and organizational needs; maintaining the integrity of the County’s job classification system, which consists of approximately 860 classes; ensuring programmatic activities are carried out in the spirit of the Civil Service Ordinance and Rules and other laws, rules, and policies; developing, updating, and monitoring program goals; providing advice to a variety of individuals regarding the interpretation and application of Human Resources laws, rules, and policies; representing the Division at Civil Service Commission meetings, meet and confers, and contract negotiation tables; overseeing and performing work related to Racial Equity and Social Justice strategic plan initiatives, including the evaluation of the Civil Service Rules, job class minimum qualifications, and recruitment, examination, and selection processes to remove barriers that may be adversely impacting job candidates in underrepresented demographic groups; and preparing correspondence and reports on a wide variety of technical and professional issues.

The ideal Recruitment and Classification Manager is an astute and a strategic thinker, with strong analytic abilities and excellent interpersonal and communications skills. The ability to exercise good judgment in analyzing complex problems and informing important recommendations with far-reaching consequences is imperative for this position.

A seasoned human resources professional who possesses the following competencies and characteristics will be considered highly competitive for this position:

  • Experience in public sector recruitment, examination, selection, classification, and compensation; knowledge of merit system principles
  • Forward-thinking with the ability to understand technical issues and offer sound, objective decision making
  • Solution-oriented with a creative yet pragmatic approach to resolving issues
  • The ability to manage multiple priorities and handle a fast-paced work environment
  • Excellent supervision and mentorship skills
  • Personable and collaborative, the ability to work with a diverse group of individuals across all levels of the organization
  • The ability to sometimes have difficult conversations, be persuasive without being overbearing
  • A sense of humor and an appreciation for working collaboratively in a collegial, team-oriented department

About the Human Resources Department

The Human Resources Department has 65 positions and is responsible for managing and administering a variety of programs and services through its two divisions, Human Resources and Risk Management. The Human Resource Services Division is responsible for employee and labor relations, recruitment, job classification and compensation, workforce development, equal employment, employee recognition and special commissions, employee benefit programs, and the human resources information system. The Risk Management/Administration Division is responsible for County liability and insurance, workers compensation administration, leaves and disability management, and occupational health and safety.

Under the guidance and leadership of the Human Resources Director, the Department’s Mission is to provide comprehensive human resources and risk management services, leadership, and guidance that supports organizational effectiveness for an outstanding workforce. The department values collaboration, integrity, customer service, creativity, transparency, and work-life balance.

Bring Your Commitment to Public Service to the County of Sonoma

Recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s 500 Best Midsized Employers, the only government agency in California to make the list, the County of Sonoma is the place to live, grow, and build your career legacy. When you join the County of Sonoma, you’ll have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county – its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award-winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. For additional information about the beauty of our community and the valuable services and support that the County provides our communities, please visit and

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 on the 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. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Salary Resolution (SalRes) and our Employee Benefits Directory.

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. 



Education: Academic course work that directly relates to the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, these courses would include public administration, human resources management, business administration, marketing, psychology, economics, sociology, and/or other related courses.

Experience: Sufficient professional human resources management experience to provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, four years of professional experience in human resources management, including at least two years of public human resources experience as well as experience in the supervision of professional staff and human resources programs, would provide such opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver’s license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.


Thorough knowledge of: modern principles, practices, and methods of public human resources management and general management; principles and practices of supervision; job analysis; exam development, including item writing and structured behavioral interviewing; job principles and practices of classification and compensation; wage and salary administration; Federal and State employment laws, especially those relating to recruitment, examination, classification, and compensation in the public sector; English grammar, usage, and syntax.

Working knowledge of: principles of organization and management applicable to local government; principles and practices of public administration; human resources information systems; basic statistics sufficient to analyze examination results.

Ability to: plan, organize, assign, and review the work of self and others; establish and adjust priorities; establish performance standards and evaluate performance; understand, interpret, and apply provisions of applicable laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, memoranda of understanding, and operating procedures; work independently and make sound decisions; present information in an understandable way to staff and outside parties; maintain cooperative working relationships with County officials and management, employee representatives, and departmental colleagues; gather and analyze data and take appropriate courses of action; maintain objectivity and confidentiality; develop and administer a budget; prepare clear and concise written reports; make effective oral presentations; use a personal computer and standard business software applications, including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software, e-mail, and Internet search engines.


  • 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.

Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state “See Resume” or “See Application” may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant’s application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.

Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as the number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted online at Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: EP
HR Technician: KK

575 Administration Drive, Suite 116B,
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
EXAM #23/01-0813-O

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