Job Posting: Telework Option - Hybrid - Legislative Specialist

Department of Housing & Community Development

Telework Option - Hybrid - Legislative Specialist

$6,760.00 - $8,398.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 4/26/2024

Job Description and Duties

HCD values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. HCD believes the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission. Join HCD and help us improve the lives of all Californians.

Please Note:  A Statement of Qualifications must be submitted along with your application in order to be considered for this position.  Please see “special requirements” section for statement of qualifications instructions.


Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

Under California Government Code Section 14200, this position is eligible for hybrid telework and may be eligible for full-time remote work in some circumstances and/or time-periods, at the sole discretion of the Department. Telework-eligible applicants must reside in California. Headquarter location will be designated on the selected candidate's primary residence location. This is subject to change if HCD's criteria is met.


Under the general direction of the Staff Services Manager (SSM) II in the Legislative Division, the Staff Services Manager I (Specialist) is responsible for the analysis of proposed legislation and for the development of proposed amendments to policy or programmatic changes due to housing legislation. The incumbent is responsible for determining the impact of proposed legislative proposals on departmental operations and the statewide housing system. The incumbent will work independently as a subject-matter expert to identify and assess legislative impacts related to affordable housing, permanent housing, and homelessness and make recommendations on legislative positions and appropriate next steps to the Directorate, Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH), Members of the Legislature and their staff (including Committee staff), and the Governor’s Office. The incumbent will strategize, design, and execute special projects.

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

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Telework Option - Hybrid - Legislative Specialist
$6,760.00 - $8,398.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The mission of the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is to promote safe, affordable homes and vibrant, inclusive, sustainable communities for all Californians. To learn more about HCD, please visit us at our website.

Department Website:

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Special Requirements

Do not include any confidential information on any documents you submit for a job vacancy, such as your State application, resume, or educational transcripts. Confidential information that should be excluded or removed from these documents includes, but is not limited to, your Social Security Number (SSN), birthdate, student identification number, driver’s license number (unless required), basis of eligibility, examination results, LEAP status, marital status, and age. Confidential information on the first page of applications submitted electronically online, such as Easy ID number, SSN, examination related information, and driver’s license number will automatically be redacted upon submission.

Employment Application (STD.678)

It is a requirement to submit work experience, dates, and hours worked, contact names and phone numbers of supervisors on the state application. Resume’s or other documents cannot substitute a state application. Applicants who fail to submit a completed STD. 678 will not be considered.

Statement of Qualifications (SOQ)

Interested individuals must submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) in addition to the standard state application (form STD 678). Your SOQ will be considered the first interview for this position. If your qualifications are competitive, you will be invited to a formal interview. Resumes, cover letters, or any other documents cannot substitute the SOQ. When completing the SOQ, number your responses, include all relevant experience, education, and training, as applicable, and explain all answers thoroughly. Your SOQ should not exceed two pages, single-spaced, Arial 12-point font and address the following:

  1. Please describe your experience critically analyzing public policy, developing recommendations, and problem solving a high-stakes issue. Please include any legislative experience writing, reviewing, and analyzing bills. 
  1. Please describe your experience working in a politically sensitive environment and your experience working with executive level staff and elected officials and how you worked through difference in opinions. 
  1. Please describe your experience independently leading collaborative projects and achieving deliverables in a fast-paced environment.

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: 4/26/2024

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

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 Housing & Community Development
Attn: Hiring Unit | JC 423762
P.O. Box 952050
Sacramento, CA 94252-2050

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Housing & Community Development
Hiring Unit | JC 423762
2020 W. El Camino Ave. (Lobby)
Sacramento, CA 95833
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 required and must be included.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    Please see Statement of Qualifications section.

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:

  • Expert knowledge of organization, functions, and processes of the Legislative Branch of California State Government, including committee structure, deadlines for introduction and action on bills, and procedures for selecting bill authors and methods of advocacy; constitutional authorities and?responsibilities of the Governor as related to legislation; organization, functions and administrative processes of California State Government. 
  • Experience working in a setting analyzing legislation or advancing a legislative policy priority (i.e. legislative office, policy role in an advocacy organization, etc.).
  • Ability to identify legislative objectives, draft legislation, and analyze legislation of concern to the Department; analyze legislative data on new, amended and enrolled bills; plan and coordinate the work of others during general and special sessions of the Legislature; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; have the ability to formulate quantitative and qualitative recommendations, make decisions and represent the Department in a professional manner; effectively contribute to the Department’s legislative objectives; and have an ability to prepare and present information in a clear and concise fashion.
  • The incumbent must be sensitive to the political and personal needs of legislators regarding individual preferences, constituents, and interest groups. The incumbent must be familiar with the political and sensitive housing issues facing the Department, with special knowledge of housing-related matters. The incumbent must be able to independently analyze complex issues and make recommendations regarding recommended positions on legislation. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. The incumbent must have the ability to effectively communicate with various levels of management and staff, both in person and through written and verbal communications. The incumbent must have the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships, work cooperatively with others, and to respond to inquiries from Department management and internal and external customers in a timely and effective manner.
  • The incumbent must have strong critical analysis skills and be able to guide ad hoc working groups consisting of staff at all levels through complex, sensitive issues. The incumbent must be able to assimilate and evaluate input from various sources, develop alternative courses of action, and make objective recommendations. 
  • The incumbent must have the ability to reason logically and creatively; and utilize a variety of analytical techniques to resolve complex legislative issues. The incumbent must have the ability to work with minimum direction and supervision; to initiate action independently; and to handle multiple assignments simultaneously. 
  • Ability to work independently, handle politically sensitive and high stakes situations during the legislative season and work professionally under tight timelines and at times past regular work hours. Mandatory overtime may be required. 


HCD employees are eligible for a number of benefits. Health benefits and leave programs are available for most permanent, full-time employees and some permanent, part-time employees. Benefit eligibility may depend on length of service and may be subject to collective bargaining agreements, which are contracts negotiated between the State of California and employee organizations that define employees' wages, hours, and conditions of employment.


Some added benefits HCD offers include: Flexible Work Hours, Telework Opportunities, Health, Dental & Vision Benefits, Paid Sick & Vacation, Retirement, Basic Group Term Life Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, 11 Paid Holidays, 401(k) & 457 plans, Military Leave, Student Loan Forgiveness, Long Term Care, Group Legal Services, and Reimbursement Accounts.

** HCD Headquarters is moving to a new location in the Summer of 2024, which is close to light rail and the Sacramento River waterfront!**


For more details about employee benefits, visit the California Department of Human Resources website.

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Hiring Unit | JC 423762
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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:
Medical Management Unit
(000) -
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.

Additional Information

HCD Disclosure Requirements

Selected candidates may be subject to rules imposed by a Conflict of Interest Code that apply to HCD employees, which may require filing a Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700).

Click on the following link to complete a department recruitment survey: 
Recruitment Survey.

To become 'list eligible' for consideration, interested candidates must successfully pass a civil service exam.


You may apply and take the exam online at CalCareers.

Please view the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) YouTube video titled "Basics of Writing a Strong Statement of Qualifications" for instructions on completing an SOQ.  

Basics of Writing a Strong Statement of Qualifications

If you're new to the state application process please visit 3 Steps to a State Job.

All information regarding your employment history must be included on the State Employment Application STD. 678. Applications that are submitted blank or with “see resume” in place of duties performed or applications received without the following information for each job entry will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted:

  • "To" and "from" dates (month/day/year)
  • Hours worked per week
  • Private sector job titles
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Job duties performed
  • State employees must list the specific departments for which they worked and indicate the specific civil service classification titles held (not working titles).

Background Investigation

For all hires effective January 1, 2024, HCD will conduct a pre-employment background check on new to HCD and returning to HCD candidates. HCD will consider qualified candidates with a criminal history pursuant to the California Fair Chance Act. You do not need to disclose your criminal history or participate in a background check until a conditional job offer is made to you. After making a conditional offer and running a background check, if HCD is concerned about a conviction that is directly related to the job, you will be given the chance to explain the circumstances surrounding the conviction, provide mitigating evidence, or challenge the accuracy of the background report. Find out more about the Fair Chance Act by visiting the Civil Right’s Department Fair Chance Act webpage.

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.