Why join us?
Find your fit with the County of Santa Clara
Why choose to work for the County of Santa Clara?
You have choices when it comes to selecting an employer. But when it comes to selecting an employer that does so much for its community, with such a vast footprint both in geography and important work, considering the County of Santa Clara as your next employer is a pretty clear choice. You can find your fit with us!
There is no other single organization that supports residents’ needs like a county government structure. And the size and scope of the County of Santa Clara make it a place where your skills, your abilities and your passion are needed, wanted, and help us fulfill our responsibilities. No matter where you are in your career arc, you can find your fit with the County of Santa Clara! Read on and discover many of the great qualities that distinguish the County of Santa Clara as an employer of choice!
Size and scope
We are the largest public sector organization in Northern California. With over 2,000 different job classifications, and more than 23,000 employees providing services to nearly 2 million county residents, we do it all. Want to work in an office that keeps important community records and history? You can do it here. Enjoy working in nature, you can do it here. Dreaming about developing next generation technology? You can do it here. Interested in supporting community members one-on-one? You can do it here. Have expertise maintaining vehicles, managing property, working with numbers, as an emergency responder, keeping air and water safe or providing medical care?
You can do all this and so much more at the County of Santa Clara. We have an incredible scope of career opportunities – you can find your fit here!
We’re a learning organization
The County of Santa Clara is committed to the process of improvement in all aspects of our work. We know that the only way to improve the delivery of services is to examine how we do our work and include the opportunity for all voices to be heard when it comes to developing solutions. Who may know better how to address a problematic business process than the employees doing the work every day? Our Center for Leadership and Transformation initiative is an organization-wide opportunity that agencies and departments employ to identify pain points and improve, using best practices from both private industry and government alike.
If you’ve always wanted to contribute your ideas on how to make the workplace better, this is just another way you can find your fit with the County of Santa Clara!
When you’re considering a new place to work, the profile of your employer matters. Going to work in an environment where you are empowered to create an organization that sets and achieves quality goals matters. And not only the perception, but the real results and recognition you are a part of matters. Respect starts “R” but it also starts with YOU.
The County of Santa Clara is a highly-regarded organization and has been recognized in so many ways - from patient care excellence in our hospitals and clinics, to our library, to the methods used for contracting and most importantly how we handle and invest valuable tax-dollars through our budget process.
These are just a few of the many, many examples of how our employees elevate the work we do and create the outcomes that have achieved success and respect for our organization. Ready to find your fit with the County of Santa Clara?
Your long-term employment matters to us. We want employees to enjoy the comfort of stability to grow and advance in their careers with the County. It’s good for our employees and even better for our organization and ultimately, the services we deliver to those that rely on us. That’s why we offer continuous learning, the ability to explore different jobs and career paths, ongoing opportunities to move ahead through transfers and promotions, the ability for employees to take more responsibility and provide for themselves and their families during their careers. And - even after they transition into retirement!
The institutional knowledge that our employees draw on because of their long-term experience here helps the County continue to lead in new and innovative ways. Ready to find your long-term fit with the County of Santa Clara?
It’s the people (It really is!)
You hear this and think, can that really be true? Are the people I’ll be working with really that great? Short answer: Here, yes! People who come to work at the County of Santa Clara are diverse in many ways - ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, experiences and more. That alone contributes to why our organization is so successful. Service, however, is a cornerstone of what we all do and the colleagues you’ll work with share that desire to provide great service, develop innovative ways to get the job done, and further the effectiveness of local government. Learn more about the County’s work and the employees you’ll work alongside of here.
Equity, inclusion, social justice
The County of Santa Clara doesn’t just talk about being an inclusive organization. We are an inclusive organization in practice for our employees, as well as, in the policies and work we do for residents and organizations within the county. We examine processes and outcomes through the lens of equity and social justice as we work to make Santa Clara County a better place for all of us to live, work, and play. Our Division of Equity and Social Justice houses many offices that further these goals, including:
- Office of Women's Policy
- Office of Gender-Based Violence Prevention
- Office of Cultural Competency
- Office of Immigrant Relations
- Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement
- Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Affairs
- Office of Disability Affairs
Additionally, our recently formed Office of Diversity, Equity & Belonging was created to examine how County programs, services, and policies can be improved to create better outcomes for all. Ready to find your fit and serve ALL of the community with the County of Santa Clara?
Compensation package – so much more than an hourly wage
Working in the public sector may not seem to have the same "cool factor" as working for big-named tech here in Silicon Valley. You might even compare hourly wages and simply dismiss the opportunity. But wait - take a closer look. What the County offers is more than just an hourly wage. When you consider the entire package we offer, which includes competitive salaries, added financial benefits, low or no dollar health insurance premiums, retirement income for the rest of your life (upon vesting), 13 paid holidays each year, significant personal time off and sick time off accruals, regularized wage increases, stable employment, opportunities to advance in your career (resulting in increased wages), a robust Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that includes behavioral health care plus financial, parental, and legal resources, sincere work-life balance programs and so much more, you’ll have a whole new perspective on public sector employment with the County of Santa Clara. And, of course, you’ll be doing purpose-driven work that meets the needs of nearly 2 million residents. That's pretty cool.
Getting hired at the County – about our process
As a public sector employer, our hiring process is just a little bit different than private companies you may have worked for in the past. We are required to follow regulations known as Merit System Rules. This is a Code that governs how the County of Santa Clara operates with respect to hiring employees. Merit System Rules provide fair opportunities for all applicants to compete for open jobs. Because of this, our processes and timelines are defined by the Code, and may include things like competitive skills testing, multiple interviews, and a ratings system. This ensures every applicant has equal opportunity for employment with the County of Santa Clara and that the skills you bring to the table are a match for our needs.
Get tips on applying by using our Job Search Tool Kit here.
Getting hired in the public sector can take some effort, but once you’re here, you’ll be glad you stayed with the process and chose the County of Santa Clara as your new employer!
Take the first step: sign up to hear about new job opportunities through our Job Interest Notification system here.
All communications about the recruitment process will be by email. To ensure that you receive all appropriate notifications, check your spam blocker and / or junk mail setting so that you can receive email from governmentjobs.com and the County of Santa Clara, otherwise the email notification may go into your junk mail folder.
The candidate is solely responsible for submitting the electronic application in a timely fashion. Applications will not be accepted after the posting deadline. The County of Santa Clara is not responsible for any time discrepancies between the NEOGOV server and the applicant's computer.
It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure all required documents are submitted. The candidate will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the application, this does not mean the application and/or required documents are complete.
For Recruitment questions, contact the County of Santa Clara Human Resources department at (408) 299-6816.