Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$48,526.40 - $60,632.00 Annually
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Human Resources Department
Job Number
11/29/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

This job classification is the senior, most experienced level in the general office support classification series. It is not an entry level position. Office Specialists provide complex, technical or specialized clerical services in departments Countywide. They are considered experts in all aspects of the general office support functions. Office Specialists perform difficult clerical tasks; answer questions of all degrees of complexity from lower level office support staff, visitors and telephone callers and, when necessary, direct them to other appropriate individuals; create correspondence, reports and documents using a computer; proofread typed material for accuracy, completeness and correct English usage; enter, edit and retrieve data in automated information systems; prepare reports and records that require arithmetic calculations; research and collect data from several sources; gather material for meetings, prepare agendas and type minutes of meetings; make travel arrangements for others; order office supplies; organize and maintain office files; perform other related office tasks as required; and serve as a back-up for clerical co-workers who are absent from the office.

The ideal candidates must be able to perform several tasks simultaneously in fast paced and demanding job assignments; produce considerable amounts of correspondence for long periods of time; be detailed, accurate, complete and timely in their work; adapt to frequent interruptions, rapidly changing priorities and different assignments quickly and efficiently; use computers regularly and proficiently; use appropriate initiative, sound judgment and tact to handle sensitive and confidential discussions and interactions with others; relate effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds; handle tension-filled and crisis situations effectively; and work well under stress.

NOTE:  The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform difficult, complex technical and/or specialized office support work, which may require the exercise of independent judgment, the application of technical skills and a knowledge of detailed or specialized activities related to the department to which assigned.
  • Research and assemble information from a variety of sources for the completion of forms or the preparation of reports; make arithmetic or statistical calculations.
  • Provide information to the public or to County staff that requires the use of judgment and the interpretation of policies, rules or procedures.
  • Organize, maintain and purge various departmental files.
  • Type correspondence, reports, forms, and specialized documents from drafts, notes, dictated tapes, or brief instructions, using a typewriter, word processor or computer terminal.
  • Proofread and check typed and other materials for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with departmental policies and regulations.
  • Enter and retrieve data and prepare reports using an on-line or personal computer system; review such reports for accuracy and make corrections as required; operate standard office equipment.
  • Oversee and personally perform a variety of office administrative details such as preparing purchase requisitions, arranging for the repair of equipment, transmitting information, and keeping reference materials up to date; may arrange meetings by notifying participants, reserving rooms, making lodging and/or meal arrangements, etc.
  • Act as receptionist and receive and screen visitors and telephone calls and direct the caller to the proper person or personally handles the call.
  • May train others in work procedures or direct the work of others on a project or relief basis.
  • Provide off hours support as required.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Office administrative practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment.
  • Basic business data processing principles and the use of word processing or personal computing equipment.
  • Policies and procedures related to the department to which assigned.
  • Proper form for typed materials.
  • Business arithmetic, including percentages and decimals.
  • Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Perform technical, specialized, complex or difficult office support work.
  • Organize, prioritize and coordinate work activities.
  • Read, interpret and apply rules, policies and procedures.
  • Organize, research and maintain office files.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Compose routine correspondence from brief instructions.
  • Make arithmetic calculations with speed and accuracy.
  • Use initiative and sound independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Operate standard office equipment, including a word processor, personal or on-line computer, and centralized telephone equipment.

Note: Specific positions may require the ability to type at a rate of 40 net words per minute from printed copy.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:

One year of journey-level office support experience.


Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five (5) points added to their final passing score on this examination. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form.

The examination will consist of a written test (weight:100%). All tests will be held in San Mateo County, California. Applicants must participate at their own expense. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time and place of the tests. Applicants must adhere to the dates listed below. Applicant requests for alternate test dates and times will not be granted. 
IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time and place of the tests, which will be given in San Mateo County, California. Please make sure to read your notices carefully. Applicants must participate at their own expense and must adhere to the dates listed below. Applicant requests for alternate test dates will not be granted. Accommodations for special medical conditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. It is the applicants' responsibility to notify the County Human Resources Department at (650) 363-4303 if their appointment notices for the written examination is not received 5 working days prior to the event.

Applicants are encouraged to visit libraries or bookstores to read literature on how to take written tests and interviews for government jobs. The County does not recommend nor endorse specific books to read. Job seekers should ask the librarians or store managers for guidance in selecting appropriate study aids.

Recruitment Opens: November 9, 2018
Recruitment Closes: November 29, 2018
Written Test: Saturday, December 8, 2018

At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees, and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day.  County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact: Jennifer Reyes (11092018) (Office Specialist - E337)

Application Instructions

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