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Executive Administrative Assistant/Public Safety



Under the general direction of the Department Director, to perform responsible coordination, technical and advanced clerical support to departmental operations; provide input and technical assistance to the Department Director and Management Staff, including highly confidential duties, personnel records management and file maintenance.

The nature, diversity, and scope of responsibilities originating from this position require the frequent use of discretion, initiative, and independent judgment, as actions can have a significant effect upon Department operations and/or public relations activities.

This classification is assigned to the confidential group for labor relations purposes and is subject to overtime assignments.


Receives general direction from a Department Director. May be responsible for functional, technical, or direct supervision over other clerical and/or secretarial staff.

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

Coordinates incoming correspondence, visitors and telephone calls with the availability of a Department Director.

Coordinates activities to ensure timely submission of documents or information that may be required of several staff personnel to complete a major project.

Exercises considerable judgment in disseminating information, making referrals to the appropriate authority and initiating and composing correspondence.

Researches and compiles confidential and other data for staff and officials.

Composes correspondence, complex reports, resolutions, contracts, and other communications for inclusion within the City Council agenda.

Types complex materials from dictation, instructions or handwritten or computer drafts.

Files, cross references and indexes materials; establishes and maintains record keeping systems for departmental records requiring use of a computer terminal.

Uses a variety of computer and other modern office equipment to produce work products.

Provides information to the public and staff regarding City operations and established administrative policies and procedures; researches inquiries from staff and the public and compiles information for inclusion in various reports.

Takes and transcribes minutes of meetings as required; coordinates and distributes assigned work to subordinate personnel; establishes standards and instructs assigned staff in work methods; checks and corrects work in progress and upon completion; performs the more difficult work of the clerical staff; establishes standards of performance for each position supervised; operates City vehicles; and performs related work as required.

All other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

Advanced word processing, spreadsheet, database, electronic mail, publishing, and other business related computer software applications;

Dictation and transcription;

Correct English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation;

Basic mathematics;

Modern office methods, procedures, secretarial practices, and business correspondence;

Filing systems and complex record keeping methods;

Modern office equipment and personal computers;

Appropriate safety precautions and procedures.

Budget principles and practices.

Ability to:

Assign, supervise, train, evaluate, and correct the work of subordinates;

Perform complex secretarial, clerical and administrative detail work involving independent judgment requiring thorough knowledge of city and department functions and municipal policies;

Take responsibility and use good judgment in the application of authority;

Read and interpret specific rules, laws and policies and apply them with good judgment in a variety of procedural situations;

Create clear and comprehensive reports, letters, and memoranda and keep complex records;

Devise or adopt office procedures in response to changing organizational needs;

Type accurately at a speed of 60 words per minute net corrected;

Interact with the City Manager, Department Directors, public agency officials, business and staff in a discreet, diplomatic and professional manner;

Maintain the confidentiality of privileged information;

Perform routine and complex mathematical calculations;

Operate a vehicle observing legal and defensive driving practices;

Understand and carry out oral and written instructions;

Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Manage and administer budget principles.



Any combination of training and experience that would provide the knowledge and skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skill and abilities is: Five years of increasingly responsible office support experience, including public contact and the full range of technical and advanced clerical duties.


Possession of an Associate’s Degree from a two-year accredited college, with course work in secretarial science, office management, general business, or related field.


Possession of a valid California Class C Drivers License at the time of appointment, to be maintained thereafter as a condition of continued employment.

Possession of a typing certificate verifying a typing speed of 65 60 words per minute net corrected.


Performance of the important duties of this position include the following physical demands and/or working conditions: Requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area to another; requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements, such as typing, filing, data entry and/or the use of commonly used office machines and supplies; may involve extensive VDT exposure. Tasks require visual perception and discrimination as well as oral communications ability.

Class Established May 2011

          For questions about City employment, please contact:

          Human Relations
          156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
          Turlock, CA 95380-5454
          (209) 668-5150

          Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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