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Executive Administrative Assistant/Public Works


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.

This classification is assigned to the Confidential Bargaining unit for labor relations purposes and is subject to overtime assignments.


Receives general direction from the Department Director. Will 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:

Perform a wide variety of complex, responsible, administrative and confidential duties for Department Director.

Coordinate incoming correspondence, visitors and telephone calls with the availability of the Department Director and other Management Staff.

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

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

Research and compile confidential and other data for Management Staff.

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

File, cross reference and index materials; establish and maintain recordkeeping systems for departmental records requiring use of a computer terminal.

Provide information to the public and staff regarding City operations and established administrative policies and procedures.

Research inquiries from staff and the public; compile information for inclusion in various reports.

Perform the more difficult work of the clerical staff; establish standards of performance for each position supervised; operate City vehicles; and perform related work as required.

Coordinate work schedules insuring proper coverage in department including each division in the department.

Provide training related to general clerical duties and procedures, as well as departmental work assignments.

Prepare and conduct employee performance evaluations, making appropriate recommendations.

Recommend organizational or procedural changes affecting clerical activities.

Make travel arrangements, maintain appointment schedules and calendars and arrange meetings and conferences.

May take and transcribe oral dictation from shorthand notes or transcribing machine recordings; operate office equipment and word processor.

Participate and assist in the administration of a department; prepare comprehensive reports, compile annual budget requests and recommend expenditure requests for designated accounts.

May serve as Secretary to a board or commission, preparing the agenda, assembling background materials, taking and transcribing minutes of the meetings and performing related support services.

Perform related 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.

Organization, procedures and operating details of the City department to which assigned.

City government organization, functions, policies, rules and regulations.

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

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;

Prepare work schedules based on set parameters.

Plan, organize and schedule work priorities for others.

Supervise and train clerical support staff.

Prepare and conduct employee performance evaluations.

Make recommendations to Department Director related to personnel issues.

Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

Read and interpret specific rules, 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 65 words per minute net corrected;

Interact with the City Manager, Department Directors, public agency officials, citizens, businesses and staff in a 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.


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, detailed report writing, analytical skills, and the full range of technical and advanced administrative duties.


Possession of an Associate’s Degree with course work in secretarial science, office management, general business, or related field;


Must have a minimum of twenty (20) accredited college units and at time of appointment be enrolled in a two-year accredited college and obtain an Associate’s Degree with course work in office management, general business, or related field within 36 months of date of appointment.


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 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. Tasks require visual perception and discrimination as well as oral communications ability.

    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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