Website Superior Court of California, County of Alameda

Salary Range
$112,964.80 – $137,217.60

The Superior Court of California, County of Alameda is accepting applications for the position of Principal Analyst. Under direction of an Executive Team member, the Principal Analyst plans, implements, coordinates and manages court-wide projects and activities of major significance to the development and delivery of court programs and services; supervises professional and support staff or serves as a lead in a major project and/or program; and performs other related duties as assigned.

This position is assigned to the Data Analytics Unit, which is responsible for statistical reporting and analysis of case and administrative data, both internally, for judicial officers and court leadership, and externally, to the Judicial Council, justice partners, and funders. Data Analytics staff monitor developments with and the local implications of statewide judicial officer and court staff workload and funding allocation models. The position is responsible for identifying gaps in existing policies or processes and making recommendations on improving efficiencies of business processes; and other related assignments as needed to meet the Court’s business needs. The Data Analytics Unit also provides data in response to requests for information from the press and the public and supports other units in the Finance and Facilities Division with analytical needs. Although housed in the Finance & Facilities Division, the Data Analytics Unit works primarily with non-financial data; accounting and budgeting functions are handled by other units.  The selected candidate will also be responsible for the training, monitoring, supervising, and evaluation of staff assigned to this work unit.

The current vacancy is assigned to the Finance & Facilities Division at the René C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland.

Example of Duties
NOTE: The following are duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in this classification does not necessarily perform all listed duties.

1. Plans, organizes, and leads staff engaged in complex, sensitive and detailed analytical work for a variety of administrative functions; conducts feasibility and needs assessment studies; and conducts statistical and cost benefit analyses.

2. Plans, implements, coordinates and manages project activities to improve administration of court programs and services; develops work plans and project goals.

3. Provides subject matter area expertise on the interpretation of official guidance for revenue distributions related to criminal and traffic cases; monitors the court’s case management systems’ performance; identifies and corrects revenue-related processing errors; develops suitable alternative procedures for processing certain citation types if necessary; and supports management in responding to information requests from AOC internal audit staff, the State Controller’s Office, and other governmental units.

4. Defines problems, conducts analytical studies and implements change in court services and/or administrative services (e.g., accounting, budgeting, contract management, personnel, staffing, organization and office automation/data processing) based upon conclusions drawn from the study process; conducts and responds to verbal and written inquiries and informational surveys; prepares and presents status and final written and verbal reports of such work.

5. Develops budget submissions requiring moderately complex justification (e.g., routine cost benefit analysis) and involving consideration of alternatives; reviews accounting data regularly to ensure conformance with revenue expectations and expenditure plans; assists line managers with understanding of fiscal process and implication of accounting reports; investigates and resolves accounting discrepancies.

6. Analyzes the probable impact of proposed legislation and regulation, and recommends change in operational policy or procedure to comport with legal mandates as changes are made and conducts legislative research and analysis.

7. Develops and recommends various policies and procedures; develops written procedures to implement adopted policy and/or clarify and describe standard practices; designs and improves forms; coordinates publication and dissemination of such material.

8. Coordinates disciplinary matters and grievance procedures with Human Resources

9. May supervise professional, technical and support staff.

10. Acts in the absence of the Finance Director.

11. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, court administration, human resources, public administration or related field from an accredited college or university. A Master’s degree in a related field is desirable.


The equivalent to four (4) years of full-time professional-level experience in complex budget analysis, human resources, financial/fiscal analysis, legislative/administrative policy analysis or complex program development. Experience as lead staff in a complex organization is desirable.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience with statistical software or programming languages used for data management, cleaning, and analysis, especially SQL or Stata
  • Experience with data visualization software such as Power BI or Tableau
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods of statistics and quantitative research

Knowledge of project management; data collection, research and analysis methods; state, court and county functions, organization and structure; principles, functions and practices of public administration and policy analysis; court operations; workflow process analysis; local, State and Federal laws pertaining to human resource management; principles, methods and techniques of personnel administration; revenue distribution methodologies and distribution formulas, generally accepted accounting principles (gaap), financial management systems and applications, budget development and practices; state and local legislative processes; statistical and research methods; supervision principles and practices.

Ability to manage special projects and programs; evaluate problems and issues with conflicting evidence, make recommendations and facilitate implementation; interpret and apply employee labor agreements and State and Federal laws pertaining to employment; use a variety of computer office, research and database applications; prepare written and oral presentations; maintain the confidence and cooperation of Court officials, employees and the public; collect, interpret and evaluate a variety of narrative and statistical data; develop and write procedures, correspondence and narrative and statistical reports; maintain confidentiality of information; exercise discretion and independent judgment.

This position includes a one-year probationary period. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of fingerprint check and the provision of appropriately identifying documents to certify eligibility to work in the United States.

Hiring Process
The hiring process will include the following components:

  • An initial screening of all application materials received including a completed application and supplemental questionnaire. A resume does not substitute for completing the application.​ An incomplete or partial application or supplemental questionnaire will result in disqualification.
  • A review of the completed application and supplemental questionnaire to select the best-qualified candidates for the oral panel interview process.
  • An oral interview that will be weighted as 100% of the candidate’s final score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

The Court reserves the right to change the components of the examination process and may limit the number of candidates invited to the oral interview process to include only the best-qualified candidates should there be a large applicant pool.

The application and supplemental questionnaire are used to evaluate the candidate’s qualifications. If you are interested in the opportunity it is recommended that you submit your application and supplemental questionnaire as soon as possible since this recruitment may be closed at any time should the Court receive a sufficient number of qualified applicants.

If you require accommodation in the examination process because of disability, please call (510) 891-6021 to discuss.

Job Posting End Date
Open Until Filled

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