DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER/WEIGHTS AND MEASURESFILING DATES:
January 21, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. (PST) - Until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.EXAM NUMBER:
V0026FTYPE OF RECRUITMENT:
Open Competitive Job OpportunityJOB TYPE:
Directs the administrative and enforcement activities of a major division or program of the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures.CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this class report to a Deputy Director, Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures and are distinguished by their management and administrative responsibilities for major divisions such as pest exclusion, produce quality, pest detection, weed abatement, pesticide regulation, device accuracy, business practice investigations, and pest management. All positions allocable to this class must have the ability to plan, control, direct and evaluate the work of field inspectors and support personnel. Incumbents must have refined written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to interact effectively with managers in other County departments and the industry.
Essential Job Functions
- Directs, plans, and schedules the administrative activities, enforcement inspections, and investigations conducted by a division.
- Reviews, prepares, and presents performance evaluations.
- Establishes and maintains effective communication with the Department's constituents including industry, community groups, and consumers to assure the delivery of effective inspection and service programs.
- Assists in the development and achievement of bureau and division goals and objectives.
- Prepares and manages a divisional budget including the ongoing monitoring of revenues and expenditures.
- Reviews and prepares official correspondence, Board letters, press releases and special reports on behalf of the Agricultural Commissioner/Director of Weights and Measures.
- Recommends bureau policy to the Deputy Director, Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures.
- Advises the Agricultural Commissioner/Director of Weights and Measures on technical and enforcement issues based on discussions with deputies from other counties.
- Acts as a department liaison or leader on special projects and assignments, especially interagency programs, such as eradication activities.
- Makes presentations before industry and community groups on Department services, programs, and projects.
- Participates in progressive disciplinary processes
- Assists in the recruitment, selection, and training of new departmental employees.
- May be required to travel out of town to represent the Department at meetings, trainings, seminars, etc.
- Prepares and reviews Appraisals of Promotability.
- Interacts with the Board of Supervisors' field deputies, Chief Executive Office analysts, and other county agencies.
- Reviews and prepares bid specifications, evaluates and secures bids, and assures the fulfillment of contracts and inspection agreements.
- Directs the investigation and prosecution of violations through criminal and civil suits, and acts as the departmental advocate in civil administrative hearings.
- May act as bureau director in the absence of the Deputy Director, Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures***.
- Assists in the review and evaluation of proposed legislation, regulation, and policy changes.
- Assists in the development of Department policies and procedures, and assures their implementation and compliance.
- Participates in grievance processes.
Requirements SELECTION REQUIREMENTS:
Graduation from an accredited* four-year college** with specialization in the agricultural or biological sciences or other appropriate disciplines as determined by the California Department of Food and Agriculture - AND -
Two years of full-time work experience at the level of the Los Angeles County class of Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspector III***.LICENSE:
Possession of State of California Deputy Agricultural Commissioner or a State of California Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures Licenses** - AND -
All State of California agricultural inspector and weights and measures inspector licenses** - AND -
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential.
Successful applicants for positions that require driving must obtain and present a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before final appointment. Applicants should not present a copy of their driving history until asked to do so by the hiring department.
The county will make and individualized assessment of whether an applicant's driving history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job. License must not be currently suspended, restricted, or revoked.PHYSICAL CLASS II - Light:
Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10-pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION:
*Accredited colleges and universities include all four-year colleges and universities that meet the accreditation guidelines indicated on the bulletin.
**In order to receive credit for the required degree and/or course work, certification, and licenses, you must include a legible copy of the official transcripts, official certificates and/or licenses from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization, and/or a legible copy of the official certificate and/or license at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days from the date of filing application. Please submit documentation to AExamsUnit@acwm.lacounty.gov
and indicate your name, the exam name ( Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer) , and exam number ( V0026F )
***At the level of an Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspector III is defined as a senior or lead, performs the more difficult and complex inspections and enforcement assignments, acts as the on-site lead inspector, enforces safety practices and procedures, and instructs in methods for the expedient and accurate accomplishment of either agricultural or weights and measures inspections, monitors the quantity of inspections conducted by lower level inspectors or associates and make recommendations to management on the preparation of performance evaluations and probationary reports for these employees, acts as a field working supervisor over agricultural inspection, weights and measures, or weed abatement functions by providing training and orientation to employees, establishing job deadlines and maintaining assignment logs, possess a high degree of proficiency, knowledge and expertise in Federal, State and local laws related to departmental programs.DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
- Possession of the remaining required State of California Deputy Agricultural Commissioner or Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures license.**
- Possession of the State of California County Agricultural Commissioner and/or County Sealer of Weights and Measures licenses.**
- A Master's Degree from an accredited* college or university in any related fields of agricultural, weights and measures or public or business administration.**
- Completion of advanced courses from an accredited* college or university in supervision, business management or human resources.**
Additional Information EXAMINATION CONTENT:
This examination will consist of an evaluation of training, experience, Desirable Qualifications, and supplemental questionnaire based on the application information weighted 100%.CANDIDATES MUST ACHIEVE A PASSING SCORE OF 70% OR HIGHER ON THE WEIGHTED PART OF THE EXAMINATION IN ORDER TO BE PLACED ON THE ELIGIBLE REGISTER.ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:
Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and promulgated to the list of eligible candidates accordingly.SPECIAL INFORMATION:
The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance Employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of offenses(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed. VACANCY INFORMATION:
The listed of successful candidates created from this exam will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures as they occur.AVAILABLE SHIFT:
Appointees will be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:
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: Some County workforce members may be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Successful candidates for those positions/classifications may be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or request an exemption for qualifying medical or religious reasons during the onboarding process. Candidates should not present proof of vaccination until instructed to do so by the hiring department.
Updated April 2023