Job Posting: CEA Level B, Senior Assistant Chief Counsel

Department of Public Health

JC-430293
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CEA Level B, Senior Assistant Chief Counsel
C. E. A.

$11,435.00 - $17,307.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 6/7/2024

Job Description and Duties

Applicants applying for this job control, are applying for the exam and job vacancy simultaneously.

This position, Senior Assistant Chief Counsel (ACC), supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by leading the Office of Legal Services’ Public Health Programs (PHP) team. The PHP team provides legal advice to over 200 public programs within CDPH on such diverse topics as infectious disease control; implementation of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program; regulation of food, cosmetics, medical devices, and drugs; problem gambling; prevention of chronic disease; environmental health issues; and many others. The position supervises a civil service Assistant Chief Counsel (ACC) and together they supervise all members of the PHP team.

This position provides legal advice and support directly to entities including program partners at CDPH, the Deputy Director, the Directorate of CDPH, and the California Health and Human Services Agency. The Senior ACC takes initiative to lead the PHP team and meet the legal needs of CDPH, while keeping the Deputy Director informed as appropriate. The Senior ACC also assists in litigation strategy and defense in coordination with the Attorney General's Office.

The incumbent works under the Deputy Director | Chief Counsel of the Office of Legal Services.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    JC-430293
    Position #(s):
    580-140-7500-001
    Working Title:
    CEA Level B, Senior Assistant Chief Counsel
    Classification:
    C. E. A.
    $11,435.00 - $17,307.00 B
    # of Positions:
    1
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Telework:
    Hybrid
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    At the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our mission to advance the health and well-being of California’s diverse people and communities. We are genuinely and strongly committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness where we can grow and learn together with a diverse team of employees. In recruiting for team members, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring to us and the work we do.

    The Office of Legal Services (OLS) provides comprehensive legal support and services to CDPH’s programs and leadership to advance CDPH’s mission to optimize the health and safety of all Californians. OLS is comprised of four legal teams (the Public Health Programs team; the Center for Health Care Quality team; the Operations and Administrative Litigation team, and the Regulations, Privacy and Special Projects team) and an administrative team. This position oversees the Public Health Programs team.

    At the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our mission to advance the health and well-being of California’s diverse people and communities. We are genuinely and strongly committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness where we can grow and learn together with a diverse team of employees. In recruiting for team members, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring to us and the work we do.

    Application Instructions

    Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

    Final Filing Date: 6/7/2024

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    How To Apply

    Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

    Address for Mailing Application Packages

    You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

    Department of Public Health
    Attn: Examination Services
    P.O. Box 997378
    MS 1700-1702
    Sacramento, CA 95899-7378

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

    You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

    Department of Public Health
    Examination Services
    1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Required Application Package Documents

    The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

    • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
    • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
    • Statement of Qualifications - See special instructions below. 
    Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    Minimum Qualifications

    CEA examinations are open to all applicants who possess the knowledge, skills and abilities, and any other requirements as described in the examination bulletin. Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in civil service.

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    • Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
    • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    Desirable Qualifications

    In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
    • Strong leadership skills and experience running a team of attorneys, including the ability to delegate tasks among experienced and new attorneys.
    • Strong client relation and customer service skills.
    • Litigation support experience.
    • Teamwork and coordination skills.
    • Excellent analytical, research and communication skills (both written and oral) as well as a demonstrated ability to prioritize workload and manage multiple projects with short-term deadlines.
    • Experience interpreting and applying statutes and regulations.

    Examination Information

    The examination process will consist of a thorough evaluation of the applicant's Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ). Each applicant must complete and submit his or her SQ responding to all factors listed in this section. Applicants without the SQ may be eliminated from the examination. When completing the SQ, applicants must follow these guidelines:


    The responses to the Statement of Qualifications should not exceed three pages, be written in Arial font and no smaller than 12 points.
    Please a
    nswer each question below separately and indicate the corresponding question number for each response.

    1. Please describe your leadership training and experience.
    2. Please describe your legal experience.
    3. Please describe your skills that make you a good candidate for leading a team of legal professionals in a fast-paced environment.
    4. Please describe your leadership style.
    5. Please describe your communication strategies for communications with your team members, your clients, and executive leadership.

    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.

    Benefits

    Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

    It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

    Application Methods:
    Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
    By Mail
    Drop-off