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Job Title: Child Support Officer Level I/II
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $19.39 - $25.09 Hourly
$3,373.86 - $4,365.66 Monthly
$40,486.32 - $52,387.92 Annually
Job Type: Permanent Full-Time
Location: Sacramento, California

This is a continuous filing exam. The next filing cut-off is at 5:00 pm on:

02/20/2015 (written exam tentatively scheduled the week of 03/30/2015)
08/21/2015 (written exam tentatively scheduled the week of 09/28/2015)

Salary Information:
Level I: $3,243.36 to $3,942.83 monthly
Level II: $3,453.92 to $4,196.88 monthly

Plans, directs, manages, supervises and performs a variety of tasks involving case establishment, collections, and distribution of family and child support within the Department of Child Support Services.
 Examples of Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of
  • Basic interviewing techniques
  • Methods of debt collection
  • Basic resources available to locate individuals
  • Basic procedures, rules, laws and methodologies pertaining to family support operations
  • Investigative techniques and procedures
  • Court procedures
  • Basic techniques of identifying and presenting evidence
  • Service of legal process
  • English grammar, spelling, punctuation and usage
Ability to
  • Gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts and evidence
  • Draw conclusions and make proper recommendations
  • Obtain information through interview and interrogation
  • Evaluate situations and people accurately and adopt effective course of action
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence and reports
  • Keep accurate notes and records of activities
  • Read and understand legal codes and cases
  • Testify in court in a direct, clear and concise manner

 Employment Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications:

Any combination of experience and education or training that is likely to provide the required knowledges and abilities for this class. Typical ways to obtain the knowledges and abilities include:

LEVEL II: One year of experience in Sacramento County service in (Level I) of Child Support Officer, as a Revenue Collection Specialist Trainee, Eligibility Worker, or in any class performing comparable duties.

Or: One year of investigative experience using various search procedures, including skip tracing techniques, in locating, observing, and interviewing individuals, and preparing reports of findings.

LEVEL I: One year of clerical experience in the Sacramento County office of child support with duties involving case intervention and/or in the public service unit.

Or: One year of billing or collection work, including interviewing debtors with a company or agency not using a collection agency.

Or: Completion of 60 semester units from an accredited college or university. (Note: Copy of transcripts or diploma must be submitted.)

Note: The word "experience" referenced in the minimum qualifications means full-time paid experience unless the job announcement states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.

General Qualifications

Driver's License: A valid California driver's license, Class C or higher will be required prior to appointment. Failure to maintain the appropriate driver's license may constitute cause for disciplinary action.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Some positions in the class of Child Support Officer may require the ability to communicate fluently in a language other than English. When required, these special skills may be used in performing such tasks as the following:

1. Interviews and negotiates financial agreements with non-custodial parents to enforce court-ordered support obligations.
2. Locates absent parents, investigates parents' assets and income, and notifies parents of intended legal action.

The Civil Service Commission approved the use of selective certification for special skills 6/22/90.

Probationary Period:

The probationary period for this classification is twelve (12) months.
 Application and Testing Information:

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit a County of Sacramento employment application online, in person, or by mail, by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply on-line

County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone 916-874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service
Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for the untimely delivery of materials sent via U.S./specialized mail, or County interoffice mail. Postmarks will not be accepted.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.

Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions" or attached to the paper job application. Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.

  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for the untimely delivery of materials sent via U.S./specialized mail, or County interoffice mail.
  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
  • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate or Credentials Screening Panel exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed, therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.

All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut off date will be invited to the written examination. This examination may test for, but is not limited to, the essential knowledge and abilities listed in this job announcement. Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact date, time, and location of the examination, which is tentatively scheduled for week of March 30, 2015 and week of September 28, 2015 based on their notification preference. If applicants have not received written notice at least two (2) working days prior to the tentative test date for the cut-off they applied for, they should contact the County of Sacramento Employment Services Division at (916) 874-5593. For more information on testing dates and/or accommodation requests, please contact Employment Services by the cut-off date.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results either by email or mail based on their notification preference. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

For information regarding County jobs:

  • Call 916-874-5627 and you will be provided with a recorded message, accessible 24 hours a day.
  • Applications are available at the Employment Services Division Office, however we encourage all applicants to apply on-line.

Applicants with disabilities requesting an applicable ADA testing accommodation must complete a Reasonable Accommodation Request Form filled out and signed by the applicant and their doctor. This form must be submitted to the Disability Compliance Office by the cut-off date as listed in this job announcement. Download the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form by clicking here or contact by mail or in person the Sacramento County Employment Services Division or Disability Compliance Office.

Failure to submit this request by the cut-off date may result in the County being unable to provide the requested accommodation in a timely manner for this administration of the examination.

Sacramento County Disability Compliance Office
700 H Street, Room 5720
Sacramento, CA 95814