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Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Staff Assistant I in Ukiah, California

Staff Assistant I

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Staff Assistant I


$37,398.40 - $39,270.40 Annually


Ukiah, CA

Job Type

Full-time Permanent

Job Number



Various Departments

Opening Date


Closing Date

5/30/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

  • Description

  • Benefits

The Position

The current vacancy is with the District Attorney's office in Ukiah, CA.

The list developed from this recruitment will be used for a limited period to fill open and promotional, regular full-time, and part-time positions in a variety of departments, service areas, and locations throughout the County, should they occur. Pursuant to current bargaining unit agreements, employees regularly assigned to the coastal region or in Covelo are eligible to receive a 5% assignment premium .

Under direct supervision, performs work of routine difficulty in support of office/department staff, including: heavy data entry; setting up files and maintaining same; processing mail; issuing permits; composing and sending letters to customers/clients; distributing and/or processing forms, applications, etc., and assisting visitors in completion of same; and photocopying. May perform or serve as backup for the receptionist functions.

The Staff Assistant series provides an excellent career path for those interested in pursuing a career with the County of Mendocino.

Bilingual English/Spanish encouraged to apply. Se buscan personas bilingües en inglés y español. Para recibir una solicitud en español, llame a Recursos Humanos al 234-6600.

Job Requirements and Minimum Qualifications

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Serves as department receptionist; answers telephone utilizing a multi-line system; takes messages, screens calls and greets visitors and the general public; provides information, receives citizen complaints and directs calls and messages to appropriate person; provides customer services and support; responds to inquiries and/or directs individuals to the appropriate area or assists them with information, providing applications, collecting and receipting money. Answers various inquiries; receives applications; explains policies and procedures; arranges appointments; processes routine matters independently. Coordinates and schedules appointments, meetings, or reservations at the request of staff; maintains appointment tracking database. Disseminates a variety of information to various agencies, divisions, or departments via telephone, e-mail, fax or mail.

  • Creates and maintains complex files; compiles and completes data for administrative and public reports, bulletins, questions on material assembled; performs clerical and fiscal operations unique to department.

  • Formats, types letters, memos, charts, labels, reports, or other correspondence, contracts, legal documents, or other documents containing complex terminology on a word processor or typewriter, in accordance with standard policies;

  • Takes in, accounts for and issues receipts for money. Makes daily or weekly bank deposits.

  • Retrieves, opens, stamps, sorts, and distributes incoming, interoffice, and outgoing mail; receives and distributes faxes and email. Photocopies reports, charts, memos and other various documents for staff.

  • Prepares claims and purchase orders and processes vouchers for payment by entering pertinent information into the computer and distributing and/or filing supporting documents.

  • Prepares payroll time sheets and receives checks.

  • Enters and receives a variety of complex information via computer; verifies entries and generates reports.

  • Prepares routine and non-routine reports as requested; receives, sorts, and summarizes material for the preparation of reports; prepares work reports.

  • Attends and assists with various meetings and functions as required; takes minutes and notes utilizing shorthand, speed writing, and/or dictation equipment, or other methods.

  • Relieves staff members/officials of routine administrative details such as checking operating reports for accuracy and conformance to policies and standards; and updating publications for final approval. Reports administration and/or operational problems to supervisor.

  • Takes policy, service and information requests relating to governmental activities and refers to proper divisions for processing and providing information; performs reference and statistical work on computers.

  • Interacts with a variety of individuals, both internally and within the community to provide information and assist in resolving administrative issues.

  • Performs specialized research and statistical work on assigned subjects for staff and management.

  • Performs functions unique to the assigned department, such as: Administers oaths and perform marriage ceremonies; swears-in appointees, audits campaign statements, coordinates special events, elections, etc. by securing locations coordinating delivery of supplies and scheduling staff, issues permits and licenses or answering related questions. Obtains criminal history information and processes criminal reports.

  • May deal with sensitive and confidential information matters at the discretion of senior level staff and/or the department director.

  • May serve as backup for other positions within the department.

  • May train other staff.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

High school diploma or GED equivalent; or an equivalent combination of training and education sufficient to provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the essential functions of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of (or Ability to Learn):

  • Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary.

  • Computer applications and hardware related to the performance of the essential functions of the job.

  • Standard business arithmetic, including percentages and decimals.

  • Applicable state, federal and local ordinances, laws, rules and regulations.

  • Terminology and processes associated with the work.

  • Record keeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques.

  • General office procedures, policies and practices, as well as basic knowledge of computer and other general office equipment.

    Skill in:

  • Typing from rough draft or printed text at a rate sufficient to perform the functions of the job.

  • Analyzing and resolving office administrative situations and problems.

  • Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.

  • Using a computer to accurately and rapidly enter and retrieve data and information.

  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing with internal staff, citizens and other departmental staff in order to give and receive information in a courteous manner.

  • Operating and performing routine maintenance of general office machines such as copiers, facsimile machines, telephone systems, etc.

    Mental and Physical Ability to:

  • Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, etc.

  • Understand and carry out written and oral instructions, giving close attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

  • Draft and type correspondence.

  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

  • Deal with problems involving several concrete or non-concrete variables in standardized situations.

  • While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to: walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; reach with hands and arms; speak and hear; and push, pull, move, or lift above and below the neck, objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Selection Procedure & Other Important Information

Important Application Information:

  • It is your responsibility to demonstrate through your application materials how you meet the minimum qualifications of the position/s for which you apply.

  • You must complete all sections of the application. A résumé or other information you feel will help us evaluate your qualifications may be attached to your completed application, but will not be accepted in lieu of completing any part of the application. Blank applications that contain only a résumé or those that reference “see résumé” will be rejected as incomplete.

  • Check your application before submitting to ensure it is complete and correct; no new or additional information will be accepted after the closing date.

  • Inquiry will be made of your former and current employers; please provide the names and telephone numbers of supervisors on your application.

  • You must provide the names and contact information of at least three (3) references (not relatives) that have knowledge of your job skills, experience, ability and/or character.

  • Application materials are the property of Mendocino County and will not be returned.

  • It is your responsibility to keep your NEOGOV profile updated, including any changes to your telephone number or address. Failure to do so may result in missed notification of exams or interviews.

  • The exam process listed on this flyer is tentative. Mendocino County reserves the right to make necessary modifications to the examination plan. Such revisions will be in accordance with approved personnel standards. Should a change be made, applicants will be notified.

  • The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

Examination Process: All complete applications will be reviewed; incomplete applications will not be considered. Based on the number of qualified candidates, applicants meeting the job requirements and qualifications will be invited to participate in an oral examination (weight 100) or an unassembled exam, consisting of an evaluation of education and experience as stated on the application form. The examination process will test the knowledge and abilities described above. A minimum score of 70 must be attained for placement on the employment list.

Special Testing: If you require special testing arrangements to accommodate a disability or religious conviction you must contact Human Resources at 707.234.6600 prior to the test date to make your requirements known. You must provide enough advance notice to allow Human Resources to properly review and evaluate your request.

Special Requirements: Employment in some County departments or positions may require the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background, which may include fingerprinting, and/or a medical examination, which may include drug screening.

This announcement is a synopsis of duties and requirements of this job. To review the complete classification specification and benefits, please see the HR website. Applications must be submitted to the Human Resources Department by the final filing date.

The County of Mendocino is an Equal Opportunity Employer

This information is a summary of general benefits. Benefits listed in Mendocino County Resolutions or Memorandums of Understanding prevail over this listing. This information is not legally binding, nor does it constitute a Contract.


Compensation is based on a five-step salary range, with annual merit-based increases within the salary range.


Covered under Social Security and the 1937 act; both employees and the County pay into the retirement fund. For the most current information regarding County Retirement please go to:


Mendocino County observes 11 paid holidays per year. Employees are granted 24 – 48 hours of personal leave annually, depending upon Bargaining Unit.


Accrues at the rate of two weeks per year for three years. Three weeks per year after three years, four weeks after eight years and five weeks after 15 years.


Paid sick leave accrues at the rate of 1.25 days per month, or 15 days per year. Accruals are pro-rated for part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week. Part-time employees working less than 20 hours per week, and extra-help employees receive up to 24 hours (or 3 days) of paid sick leave annually.


The County and the employee share the cost of an employee selected health care plan; enrollment in the plan includes $20,000 Life Insurance.


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County of Mendocino


501 Low Gap Road, Room 1326 Ukiah, California, 95482





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