Job Posting

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)


JC-70946 - Program Specialist

Final Filing Date: 7/21/2017

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Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-70946
Position #(s):
Working Title: Program Specialist
$5,470.00 - $6,796.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Sacramento County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. 
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Job Description and Duties

The Staff Services Manager I (SSM I) Specialist will receive general direction and guidance from, the Deputy Director, Office of Small Business Advocate (OSBA).  The SSM I (Spec) will carry out complex and sensitive duties that help support, promote, coordinate, represent and administer the initiatives of the OSBA and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit as a project leader.  These initiatives include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The Innovation Hub (iHub) program, a regional innovation-based economic development program
  • The California Cyber Innovation Challenge workforce development partnership
  • Made in California state labeling program
  • The California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis and Diversification Effort (CASCADE) business assistance program
  • The Capital Infusion Program, a partnership with local Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)

For a full list of job duties please see the duty statement link on the right side of this page. 

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered.

Final Filing Date: 7/21/2017

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (Applications and any applicable or required documents) must be submitted electronically through your CalCareer account at

Required Application Documents

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

  • 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.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    Interested applicants must submit a Statement of Qualifications of no more than two pages along with your State Application (STD 678) describing your experience as it relates to the position.  Applications submitted without the Statement of Qualifications will not receive further consideration for this position. Resumes and Cover Letters do not take the place of the Statement of Qualifications.

  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
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.

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:

Knowledge of:  

  • Principles and practices of program management
  • Statewide economic development issues
  • Economic development opportunities related to innovation, entrepreneurship, and small business support
  • Techniques used in researching and analyzing business development opportunities
  • Federal, state and local government programs and grants
  • Principles of consensus building
  • Statewide innovation network and Innovation Hub (iHub) program
  • Principles of business processes and practices related to supply chain management and marketing


Ability to:  

  • Manage multiple complex, time-sensitive assignments concurrently
  • Plan and conduct meetings, conferences and seminars, and make presentations at public events
  • Develop and implement marketing campaigns for specific programs
  • Develop project management schedules and effectively communicate these schedules to stakeholders
  • Answer sensitive and/or complicated business inquiries from domestic and international businesses by providing an exceptional level of customer service
  • Reason logically and creatively and utilize a variety of analytical techniques to resolve complex governmental and managerial problems
  • Write reports, proposals, and analyses
  • Work cooperatively with other staff, government agencies, and local organizations
  • Analyze data and present complex ideas and information effectively both orally and in writing

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

  • Department Website:
  • Human Resources Contact:
    Brandi Sparks
    (916) 322-3419
  • Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

    EEO Contact:
    Diane Nanik
    (916) 341-6600
  • California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


If you are using pattern II as your basis for meeting the miinimum qualifications, you must provide a copy of school transcripts. 
Failure to include transcripts may result in disqualification.


You can apply for this job via the following method(s):

  • Electronic (through your CalCareer Account)
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Additional Documentation

Duty Statement

Class Specification(s):