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Salary: $74,739.77 - $90,831.47 Annually
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Job Type: Full-Time
Department: Department of Health Services (DHS)
Job Number: 19/08-0880-O
Closing: 9/12/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

Position Information

Bring your planning experience to Sonoma County Animal Services!

Starting salary up to $43.52/hour ($90,831.46/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*

Reporting to the Animal Services Operations Manager, this Animal Services Planning and Evaluation Analyst position will be responsible for data-driven program planning and analysis to ensure ongoing effective operations of the Animal Services section. The emphasis will be on data gathering and analysis from multiple sources and using this data for problem solving, budget development, and monitoring, and for developing recommendations for continuous program improvement. Duties of the position include supporting and facilitating quality improvement activities and performance measurement across all units of Animal Services.  

This position will support and monitor staff development, training, and compliance with all Department, local, state and other policies, procedures and regulations; may serve as a liaison with other programs and organizations; may provide some supervision of personnel; and may facilitate meetings that support the section's goals and objectives. In addition, this position will support the Operations Manager and leadership team in developing evidence-based program documents and communications and help build support for the section's identified goals and objectives.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Demonstrated expertise collecting, monitoring, analyzing, and reporting data to monitor program performance and community outcome
  • Experience creating logic models that clearly communicate program goals, objectives, outcomes, and performance measures
  • The ability to use data to develop and successfully implement effective short and long-term plans
  • The ability to plan and successfully complete quality improvement projects, using Plan-Do-Check-Act or other quality improvement frameworks
  • Experience supporting effective budget development and monitoring
  • Ability to create compelling communications that are supported by data or other evidence

What Sonoma County Employment Offers

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 a competitive, total compensation package* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • 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
  • 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

* Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

The Civil Service title for this job classification is Program Planning and Evaluation Analyst.

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. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, graduation from a college or university with a degree in social work, gerontology, psychology, sociology, public health, health science, health education, community health, public policy, public administration, business administration, economics, or a closely related area, and two years of experience in program planning, staff development, program supervision, community organization, and/or analysis of human, health, and/or child support services programs would provide such opportunity. 
Specific experience related to the assigned division may be required for designated positions.

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

Considerable knowledge of:  the principles and practices of data collection, management, and analysis, program planning, evaluation, needs assessment, and research methodology; project and program management; techniques, principles and work of the assigned program area; social and economic problems  that call for the use of public and private county services; legislation and laws  that regulate the operations of assigned program areas.

Working knowledge of:  the principles and practices of grant preparation and review; budgeting and financial analysis including governmental sources of funding; principles, practices and methods of staff development; community resources and service agencies, including both private and other public agencies; the principles and practices of public economic assistance and service programs; principles of effective oral and written communication; effective community engagement and communication strategies and methods; personal computers and data base management systems.

Ability to: read, review, research, and analyze information including complex rules and regulations; plan, organize, develop, and carry through research projects effectively; select proper research methodology and apply it to program planning problems; design and evaluate program objectives and procedures; develop and implement training plans and programs to meet program needs; write and speak effectively; translate complex and/or complicated information into clear, concise terminology; understand and use  data management  systems to collect, manage, retrieve, and analyze quantitative data; present analysis and information visually as well as in writing; work cooperatively with a wide variety of professional and lay persons; work effectively with community groups and organizations; analyze problems and complaints and identify solutions; prepare, interpret and evaluate a variety of narrative and statistical data and reports; understand, interpret and apply procedures, laws, rules and regulations as they apply to assigned area; ensure proper compliance with federal, state and local guidelines, policies, goals, rules and regulations; understand and communicate complex systems and the relationship between a variety of initiatives.

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 your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should 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 application, examination, and department selection processes.


Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which 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 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 are 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 on-line 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.  Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: DP | HR Technician: AC