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Public Affairs Program Manager, Transportation and Public Works

County of Sonoma
SANTA ROSA, CA Full time
Posted on May 4, 2018

$6,122 - $7,442/Mo.

For more info. & to apply online, visit or call 707-565-2331. EOE  Apply by 5/28/18 

The Transportation and Public Works Department of the County of Sonoma seeks a skilled and experienced professional to become their Public Affairs Program Manager!
In addition to a starting salary up to $42.79/hour* ($89,307/year), we offer an additional hourly cash allowance of approximately $600/month and a generous benefits package, including wellness and professional development funds.

When you join the Transportation and Public Works (TPW) Department as the Public Affairs Program Manager you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment in which you will gain the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better the community. You can also look forward to some excellent benefits* including:

  • Eligibility for a 5% salary increase after 1040 hours (approximately 6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a 5% salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,500
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 11 holidays per year
  • County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
  • 401(a) - 3% of Base Salary County Contribution
  • Defined retirement benefit plan fully integrated with Social Security
  • County contribution to a Retiree Health Reimbursement Arrangement

Reporting to the Director of TPW, the Public Affairs Program Manager plans, coordinates, and manages the activities, budget, functions, and performance of the department's Public Outreach and Education Program. This position is also responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of program improvements, policies and procedures, and may supervise project staff. Ideal candidates for Public Affairs Program Manager will possess:

  • Experience preparing and managing TPW's social media and grassroots outreach
  • Initiative and creativity in successfully designing, marketing, and evaluating program directives
  • Experience building effective, collaborative relationships with executive management, department staff, and external stakeholders
  • The proven ability to develop and coordinate effective community and commercial events

When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll have the freedom to explore our picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities.

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: Any combination of education and training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities stated herein. Normally, significant college coursework in business or public administration, finance, economics or a closely related area would provide this opportunity. For some assignments, college coursework in social work, psychology, sociology or a closed related field may be desirable.

Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities stated herein. Normally, three years of experience supervising or coordinating a program including some responsibility for program coordination, planning, analysis and administration, including at least one year leading or supervising staff would provide such opportunity. Specific experience related to the assigned position may be required for designated positions and will be stated as such in recruitment materials.

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 program management including planning and program analysis; data collection, research methodology and application of basic statistics; report writing; legislation, laws, current issues and trends, and techniques and principles for the assigned program area.

Working knowledge of: the principles and practices of personnel management, employee supervision, and training; budget development and fiscal management; grant and contract administration. 

Ability to: plan, organize, coordinate and manage a specific program or group of related programs; select, train, and supervise staff; develop, evaluate, and analyze operational policies and procedures; analyze problems and complaints and identify solutions; prepare, interpret and evaluate a variety of narrative and statistical data and reports; communicate orally and in writing on a variety of issues; 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; develop and maintain harmonious relationships with employees, public officials, community groups, other agencies and the general public.

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 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.


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.