Job Posting: Deputy Director, Compliance

Department of Cannabis Control

Deputy Director, Compliance
C. E. A.

$11,435.00 - $13,623.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 5/30/2024

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of the Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Cannabis Control (Department), the CEA B will serve as the Deputy Director of the Compliance Division (Division). The CEA B will be responsible for the development, implementation, and refinement of the Department’s compliance goals for licensees. The CEA B will direct the activities of the Investigative Services Branch, Environmental Compliance and Manufacturing Safety Branch, and the California Cannabis Track and Trace (CCTT) Services Office. The CEA B is responsible for the annual development and administration of the Division’s budget.

To learn more about this exciting leadership opportunity, please contact the Exam Analyst, Melody McLean, by email at or by phone at (279) 217-3589

Applicants must answer the questions located within the "Examination Information" section of this post or they will not be considered for this position. These questions are considered the "exam" to identify eligible applications.

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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 #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Deputy Director, Compliance
    C. E. A.
    $11,435.00 - $13,623.00 B
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    Do you enjoy a dynamic workplace offering the opportunity to solve complex problems with a team hoping to leave their mark on the world?


    The Department of Cannabis Control is looking for candidates interested in the opportunity to develop programs that serve Californians and support the legal cannabis market. Come make history with us as we work to develop a national model for cannabis regulation rooted in sustainability and equity.


    The Department’s mission is to develop and implement progressive cannabis policies and license and regulate commercial cannabis activity in a way that best protects public health, safety, the environment, and local communities throughout the State of California.

    Our Headquarters is located in Rancho Cordova, California. FREE PARKING!!
    Department Website:

    Special Requirements

    Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) - Title 11, section 703 (d) of the California Code of Regulations requires criminal record checks of all personnel who have access to CORI. Pursuant to this requirement, applicants for this position will be required to submit fingerprints to the Department of Justice and be cleared before hiring. In accordance with CORI procedures, clearance shall be maintained while employed in a CORI-designated position. Additionally, the position routinely works with sensitive and confidential issues and/or materials and is expected to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of documents and topics pertaining to individuals or to sensitive program matters at all times.

    Conflict of Interest (COI) - This position is subject to COI Regulations. The incumbent is required to submit a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) within 30 days of assuming office, annually by April 1st, and within 30 days of leaving office.

    Travel - The incumbent is required to travel throughout California, including overnight travel, by all available transportation methods.

    Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Employer Pull Notice (EPN) Program - The incumbent shall participate in DMV’s EPN Program, which is a process for providing the Department with a report showing the driver’s current public record as recorded by the DMV, and any subsequent convictions, failures to appear, accidents, driver’s license suspensions, driver’s license revocations, or any other actions taken against the driving privilege or license, added to the driver’s DMV record.

    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: 5/30/2024

    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 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 Cannabis Control
    Attn: Exams JC-430921
    P.O. Box 419106
    Rancho Cordova, CA 95741

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Department of Cannabis Control
    Exams JC-430921
    2920 Kilgore Road
    Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
    The drop off location is non-operational on weekends and holidays.
    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 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 - A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required. Applicants who fail to submit or complete the SOQ as instructed will be eliminated from the examination process. Please see notes under the "Examination Information" section below for the SOQ requirements.
    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.

    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:

    1. 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; personnel management techniques; the Department’s or Agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program objectives; and a manager’s role in EEO.

    2. Ability to plan, organize and direct the work of multi-disciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organizational 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 variety of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public and the Legislative and Executive Branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the Department’s or Agency’s EEO 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:

    A strong candidate will be able to manage and prioritize multiple projects, be a strong writer and communicator, build strong relationships and carry an ability to effectively collaborate with internal and external stakeholders. This candidate will be able to maintain confidentiality, use sound judgment in decision-making, exercise creativity and flexibility in problem identification and resolution, manage time and resources effectively and be responsive to management needs. Lastly, this candidate will strive to be an exemplary leader, creating opportunities for staff to grow professionally, while ensuring alignment with the Department’s mission, vision and values.

    Examination Information

    The examination process will consist of a thorough evaluation of the applicant’s Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). Applications without the SOQ will be eliminated from the examination. An SOQ is a narrative description of how an applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities meet the qualifications for this position.

    Please note: Applicants who fail to submit a Statement of Qualifications will be eliminated from the examination. Resumes and cover letters do not take the place of the Statement of Qualifications.

    When completing the SOQ, applicants must follow these guidelines listed below. An SOQ that does not conform to these guidelines may be given a disqualifying score.

    • Responses must be typed and limited to three (3) pages using no smaller than 12-point font size.

    • Number your responses to match the question asked – some may have multiple parts.  

    • Be specific with your responses and provide tangible examples. Indicate in each response your total years of experience, your job title or civil service classification performing the activities in the response.

    Each applicant must complete and submit their SOQ responding to all factors numbered below.

    1. The Compliance Division staff are responsible for conducting routine inspections of licensed facilities, conducting investigations of non-compliant licensees, executing administrative actions (citations, license suspensions, and revocations), and administering the seed to sale system that tracks cannabis in California.

    a. What experience do you have working in a regulatory and  enforcement environment? At a minimum, speak to the scope of your work and your years of experience.
    b. What transferable skills would you bring to this cannabis compliance role?

    2. This position will oversee a division that has two branches and two offices with over 170 employees.

    a. What is your experience leading large teams? What was your management style, and how did you garner support for your leadership?
    b. How would you ensure the objectives and goals set by you and the executive office are clear, appropriately disseminated, and administered as envisioned?
    c. How would you prioritize resources to meet these objectives and goals?

    3. The Department is a young, learning organization with a very high-profile mission.

    a. What systems would you put in place for continuous improvement of your management and your division?
    b. How would you create fail-safes for your team to mitigate risk for them and the Department?

    4. Cannabis regulatory oversight spans multiple departments. Please speak to your role and experience.

    a. Working on task forces and/or inter-departmental teams that have different missions with a common objective.
    b. Liaising with other entities to build beneficial relationships and accomplish tasks to further the mission of the entity for which you worked.

    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.


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

    Additional Instructions

    Using the online application system as specified in the announcement is the preferred method for applying for civil service job opportunities; however, applicants may instead apply by way of U.S. mail, parcel delivery or courier service, or in person, as set forth in this announcement. 

    Do not include confidential information such as social security numbers, date of birth, marital status, equal employment opportunity data, examination scores, and LEAP information.

    Applicants who wish to submit hard copy applications shall use the most current version of the State application (STD. 678).

    Applicants who fail to submit the most current version of the STD. 678 may be disqualified.

    Multiple positions may become available.

    Electronic Submission: Application and any applicable required documents may be submitted electronically through CalCareers account. The application packages must be received electronically by 11:59 p.m. on the final filing date as state on the job vacancy announcement.

    U.S Postal Service Mail: 
    Application and any applicable required documents may be submitted by mail. The envelope must be postmarked before or on the final filing date as stated on the job vacancy announcement.

    Hand Delivery: Application and any applicable required documents may be hand delivered by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date as stated on the job vacancy announcement. Application packages postmarked, personally delivered, or received via interagency mail after 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date will not be accepted for any reason. Do not submit applications to the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). Drop off location may be non-operational on weekends and holidays.

    Please note the CalCareer system will not allow you to make changes to your application information once it is submitted. If you have updates to your online application after you have submitted it, please contact for all other questions, regarding your CalHR CalCareer account, you may contact the CalCareer unit at (866)844-8671.

    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