Come work for the County of San Diego! There are immediate Office Assistant openings in our Sheriff’s Department North Coastal Station and our District Attorney’s Office in Vista. This list may also be used by other San Diego County Departments for future vacancies.

First interviews for the Public Defender Office will be held on March 06, 2023
Job offers for the Public Defender Office will be made the week of March 13, 2023.

Future Salary Increases

** July 2023 – 4% increase to base pay (2.75% Across-the-Board + 1.25% Market Increase)

** July 2024 – 4% increase to base pay (2.75% Across-the-Board + 1.25% Market Increase)


This position is eligible for hire at Step 1, $36,379.20 annually.
County employees are subject to the County Promotion Rule for Step Placement in Accordance with Compensation Ordinance 1.3.5.

About the Position:

Office Assistants perform a wide variety of clerical and administrative support that includes typing and performing related work as required for many County of San Diego departments. Office Assistants may act as receptionists, file clerks, or and utilize common computer programs to perform a wide variety of data entry and record-keeping assignments. For more information about this job classification,  CLICK HERE. To apply to this position, CLICK HERE.

Ideal Candidate:

Highly desirable candidates will have strong customer service and multi-tasking skills. Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment. Must be able to work in designated positions within San Diego’s North County locations.

This recruitment will also be used to fill bilingual positions in many different languages. If you wish to be considered for bilingual positions, you MUST indicate the languages in which you are fluent in Questions #2 and #3 of the Agency Wide Questions section of your application.

 Minimum Qualifications:

In order to qualify for Office Assistant you must possess one of the following:

1. Recent completion of a clerical/secretarial curriculum from a community college; OR,

2. One (1) year of recent full-time clerical/administrative support experience in an office performing routine clerical duties.

Note: An associate’s degree or equivalent from an accredited U.S. college or university, or certified foreign studies equivalency may substitute for the experience listed above.

Hiring Process and Timeline:

Qualifying applicants may be invited to interview for one or more departments, as vacancies occur.

Interviews and job offers for selected candidates will begin in March 2023.
Job Offer and Background Process: The anticipated start date depends on the background process and will begin shortly after the interviews.
Pre-employment Medical Screening: Approximately 3 days following successful background investigation results.
Anticipated Start Date: The start date will be based upon the successful completion of medical screening or other mutually agreed upon date.


If you are not selected for this interview process, you may have the opportunity to compete for future vacancies.

The Department of Human Resources removes personally identifiable information from all recruitments.  This practice, called Blind Applicant Screening, hides a candidate’s personal information that could influence or bias a hiring decision. Personal information includes name, phone number, address, gender, age and race. This process helps contribute to a fair and equitable selection process leading to a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

The most highly qualified candidates, based on the evaluation results, will be referred for an interview.  Be sure to include your experience in meeting the minimum requirements in both the Work Experience section and the Supplemental Questionnaire section of the Application.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application Work History and/or supplemental questionnaire

Condition of Employment:

As part of the County of San Diego’s pre-employment process, prospective candidates will undergo a background check (including fingerprinting) and a pre-employment medical screening prior to beginning County employment. Additional types of background investigations may be conducted based on the job-related activities of the position.

Evaluation Process:

Qualified applicants will be placed on a six (6) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained on their employment application and supplemental questionnaire.  Please ensure all information is complete and accurate, as the responses you give will be scored using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in the initial screening process, your application may be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

Veteran’s Preference Policy:

As an employer of over 19,000 employees, the County of San Diego is an organization committed to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. We recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by our veterans and value the unique expertise and leadership qualities they bring to our workforce. We strive to provide veterans with the resources and tools necessary to maximize their employment opportunities, and to assist veterans with their transition into civilian life by applying the valuable skills, knowledge and training acquired in service to positions and career paths at all levels within our large organization. Click on the resource links below to learn more about how the County of San Diego supports its veterans.

The County of San Diego offers preferential credits for military service to assist qualified applicants in transitioning from military to civilian careers with the County of San Diego.

Military Skills Translator Do you need assistance translating your military experience into civilian experience? This tool can help!

Our Values:

The County of San Diego and its employees embrace the vision of: a just, sustainable, and resilient future for all. Our values include: integrity, equity, access, belonging, excellence, and sustainability. Each of which are infused throughout our operations. While also embracing a mission of strengthening our communities with innovative, inclusive, and data driven services through a skilled and supported workforce. Click here for more information on our Strategic Plan (sandiegocounty.gov) (Download PDF reader) as well as our commitment to serve everyone, to build a Framework for the Future that will create a County that works for all.

Under California Government Code Sections 3100 – 3109, public employees are designated as disaster service workers.  The term “public employees” includes all persons employed by the state or any county, city, state agency, or public district.  Disaster service workers are required to participate in such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their employer or by law.

The County of San Diego is committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion because our diverse workforce is our greatest asset and our customers are our number one priority.

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About San Diego County

San Diego County is committed to providing and retaining a skilled, adaptable, and diverse workforce for County departments so they may deliver superior services to the residents and visitors of the County of San Diego.