Job Posting

Department of Public Health



Final Filing Date: 1/22/2018

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-91735
Position #(s):
$6,028.00 - $7,491.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Sacramento County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Department of Public Health is committed to effectively delivering essential public health services directly and/or through strong and effective partnerships. The Mission of the Tobacco Control Branch is to work toward achieving a tobacco-free California and to reduce tobacco-related illness and premature deaths by implementing programs to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

Job Description and Duties

Under the general supervision of the Research Scientist Supervisor (RSS) I, Chief, Evaluation Unit, the Research Scientist (RS) II (Social/Behavioral) will plan, implement, and analyze scientific evaluation studies that are moderate in scientific scope to assess the impact of tobacco control program, media, and policy interventions on preventing and reducing tobacco use, particularly among priority population groups. Study designs and analyses will examine social, cultural, community, capacity, economic, and political characteristics, which enable or inhibit tobacco use prevention and reduction at the individual, community, and population levels. The RS II will solicit input from stakeholders on design and implementation studies, data collection tools, and data collection methodologies. The RS II will develop evaluation-related requests for proposal and provide scientific oversight of contracts; provide program consultation, research, evaluation, and technical assistance to state and local stakeholders and other related organizations on evaluation studies; and will analyze and present findings to local, state, and national audiences.

Will also consider Temporary Authorization Utilization (TAU) appointments- Candidates that meet the minimum qualifications for the classification but do not currently have eligibility on an employment certification list by having taken and passed an examination may apply as a TAU. TAU appointments are limited to a duration of 9 months within a 12 consecutive month period. In order for a TAU appointment to become permanent, individuals must take and pass the related examination, and thereby become eligible from a certification list, within 9 months of TAU appointment. Individuals who successfully obtain eligibility prior to the expiration of the TAU appointment will not be required to re-compete in a competitive process for permanent appointment to that position.

Special Requirements

The Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ) will be used to pre-screen applicants for the Tobacco Control Program’s vacant Research Scientist II (Social/Behavioral) position. A SQ with responses to the three questions listed below must be included with your State Application in order to be considered for this position. The SQ is not to exceed 2 pages total.

1. Describe an experience you had with planning, implementing, and disseminating a complex social or behavioral research project, including writing and/or presenting technical reports or papers for publication.

2. Describe the most complex dataset and data analysis that you have worked with and your responsibility in completing the task or project. What software and statistical procedures did you use?

3. Describe an experience and the specific steps you took to solve an advanced analytical issue (i.e., you needed to investigate how a particular data set was weighted to current population estimates

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: 1/22/2018

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 (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 Public Health
Attn: Classification and Certification
1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430
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:

Classification and Certification
1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430
P.O. Box 997378 MS 1700-1702
Sacramento, CA 95899-7378
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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:

  • 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.
  • Supplemental Application -

    Please see Supplemental Questionnaire instructions above in Special Requirements.

  • Resume is required and must be included.
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:
Desirable Qualifications
• Self-starter detail oriented, organized, able to multi-task.
• Ability to prioritize work, follow direction.
• Proficient in MS and Statistical software such as: SAS, Stata, SPSS, etc.
• Effective verbal and written communication.
• Ability to work on own & in teams.
• Strong Project Management skills.

Experience in
• Planning & implementing formative & summative evaluation.
• Drawing conclusions from social/behavioral investigations.
• Providing specialized research/evaluation training & TA to diverse audiences.
• Leading a team or workgroup.

Knowledge of
• Strategic planning.

Contact Information

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

  • Human Resources Contact:
    Human Resources Branch
    (916) 445-0983
  • Hiring Unit Contact:
    Lori Loftis
    (916) 449-5493
  • 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:
    EEO Office
    (916) 445-0938
  • 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.

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.


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

  • Electronic (through your CalCareer Account)
  • By Mail
  • Drop-off
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Additional Documentation
Alternate Application Process

While we recommend that you utilize your CalCareer Account to take advantage of all the tools available, you may choose to apply for this job without using your account. In this case, print and complete the Job Application Package Checklist and include it if you submit a hard copy application.

Job Application Package Checklist

Blank Application Form (STD 678)