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The Personnel Testing Council of Northern California

An organization of Northern California personnel assessment and selection professionals.

Job opportunity: Financial services manager with human resources experience

Alameda County Human Resource ServicesIf you have experience in both human resources and financial services, you may consider the following position which requires a blend of these two domains.

Alameda County Human Resource Services is looking for an “administrative Financial Services Managers [to] serve in a consultative role to management in addressing and resolving administrative, programmatic and policy matters and to facilitate the implementation of a wide variety of programs and projects.” Other activities may include human resource management, and program planning and evaluation.

Job Title: Administrative Financial Services Manager
Closing date: 7/21/2015 5:00:00 PM
Salary: $47.45 – $57.72/hour
$98,696.00 – $120,057.60/year
Job type: Permanent Full-Time Employment
Location: Oakland, Ca

For more details, please visit the official job posting.

WRIPAC summer training

Our colleagues over at the Western Region Intergovernmental Personnel Assessment Council (WRIPAC) have released their schedule of summer training. These classes occur all over California, and in Reno, Nevada, covering a range of topics such as Position classification & allocation, Job analysis, Recruitment & selection planning, and more.

For more details, you can reference their training flyer, which includes links to their event registration pages.

Job Opportunity: Director, Classified Human Resources

The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) is seeking a dynamic, well-qualified and highly motivated individual to oversee and direct the LACOE Merit System functions for the classified workforce. The functions of the office include job classification and compensation, recruitment and assessment, and adjudication of disciplinary and examination appeals.

Job Title: Director, Classified Human Resources
Closing date: Sun. 06/14/15 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $10,146.00 – $12,569.00 Monthly

$121,752.00 – $150,828.00 Annually

Job type: Open
Location: 9300 Imperial Highway, Annex, Downey, CA 90242
Department Personnel Commission

For more information please visit the official listing page:

IPAC 2015 Innovations in Assessment Award

It’s all about ‘Hot Topics & Cool Solutions’ at the IPAC Conference in Atlanta, Georgia July 19-22, 2015!

The International Personnel Assessment Council’s annual Innovations in Assessment Award recognizes an individual or team for the development and application of an innovative personnel assessment tool or procedure which resulted in improved effectiveness, efficiencies or cost savings.

The award may be given to practitioners, academicians, or students. You can nominate someone in our field who has developed an innovative tool or technique. Individuals and work teams are invited to nominate themselves as well. The individual or team selected to receive the Innovations in Assessment Award will receive a plaque, an invitation to present at the IPAC annual conference, a waiver of the conference registration fee for one individual, and recognition in the widely read ACN newsletter.

Detailed information and a nomination form for the 2015 IPAC Innovations in Assessment Award is available for download at:

Submissions will be accepted beginning April 13, 2015 through 5:00 PM MST May 15, 2015.

Submissions and questions may be sent to Meredith Ramsey, M.S., at or 720-261-7600

Training: Enhance your recruitment with free web-based tools.

Being an employer of choice can prove to be challenging in today’s job market. However, there are countless FREE online tools to help you differentiate yourself from other competing employers. The California Department of Justice has implemented creative and highly strategic processes using inexpensive technologies to enhance the Department’s testing and recruiting efforts. Learn how you can use FREE web-based tools to help with your hiring needs. Join PTC/NC for an introduction to employer branding, followed by step-by-step demonstrations of free tools that can be used to revolutionize how you present yourself to potential candidates.

For more details, you can view the event flyer,

or proceed to the registration page.

2015 First Quarter Training

Do you work in or near San Francisco? Please join us for an extended lunch on Wednesday, March 25th, as we host a spirited discussion on Testing Alternatives for Supervisory Positions.

PTC-NC members can attend at no cost. Not a member? No problem, you can still join the discussion for a modest $10 entrance fee.

Feel free to bring your own lunch, or purchase a box lunch for $10 per person.

For more details on the topic, venue, and contact information, please see the Event Flyer.

IPAC 2015 is near!

IPAC 2015

IPAC 2015

With the new year comes new challenges, as well as new opportunities. Inform your peers on assessment and personnel related issues that matter to you, by presenting your work at the upcoming IPAC 2015. This year’s conference will be held at the Buckhead Marriott in Atlanta, Georgia, and is aptly themed as “Hot Topics & Cool Solutions!

A number of Keynote speakers have been secured and will be presenting their unique perspectives based on their experience in the academic, public, and private sectors.

The conference runs from July 19th – 22nd, and will also include a number of pre-conference workshops.

To learn more about how you can present your work, view the request for proposals. To learn more about the conference in general, including how you can attend as a normal visitor, view the official conference website at, and finally if you are student who would like to present your work, please see the Student Poster Guide.

Hope to see you in #IPAClanta !


‘Twas the Night Before the PTC Luncheon

(A poem by Mike Willihnganz, based on The Night Before Christmas by Henry Livingston)

‘Twas the night before the PTC luncheon, and all through the HR shop
HR analysts were scurrying, so assignments would not drop

Requisitions for recruitments, were flowing in like air
With so many tests to develop, there was little time to spare

The support staff was trying, its best to assist
So critical recruitment deadlines, would not be missed

On the top of the list, are requests for firefighters and cops
These hires are critical, so that public safety will not flop

The job analyses have been completed, with KSAs and tasks linked
The job bulletins have been written, and recruitment ads have been inked

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June 2014 Training Forum – June 25, 2014

June Training Forum – Minimum Qualifications: Best Practice and Group Discussion


PTC/NC’s next training forum will take place June 25, 2014.  We have Bryan Baldwin and Tina Pruett  and Karen Coffee scheduled to speak for the event, covering different aspects of and alternatives to using minimum qualifications as a part of a selection process.  After our speakers, we’ll be having a group discussion about the best way to use MQs in your organization and the various challenges associated with doing them well.


1, South Van Ness,  2nd floor atrium

San Francisco 


Registration begins at 9:00 AM

Conference begins, 10:00AM,   ends  3:00 PM

Cost and Lunch

FREE!   Participation is free to those who pre-register, and lunch will be provided by PTC  (lasagna hot meal, both meat and vegetarian).

If you have any other PTC/NC questions, please feel free to contact Carol Gagnon.