Job Posting: Staff Services Manager I (Specialist)

Department of Social Services

Staff Services Manager I (Specialist)

$5,917.00 - $7,351.00

Final Filing Date: 12/14/2018

Job Description and Duties


CDSS is seeking highly-motivated and professional applicants for a Staff Services Manager I position as a Legislative Consultant with the Office of Legislation. 

The Office of Legislation serves as the focal point for all legislative activities and provides support to the Director, the executive staff, and other divisions within the Department.  The Office is responsible for State and federal legislative matters, for obtaining successful passage of Administration and departmental policies which require legislative authority, as well as for communication to the Legislature the Governor's official positions of support or opposition on bills which are germane to and have a potential impact on the Department's program areas.  The Legislative Consultant will represent one or more of the Department’s program areas.  Managing the bill analysis process requires complex organization and requires the Legislative Consultant to be well-versed on current legislative matters, related statute and regulations, and the Department’s programs he/she represents.  The Legislative Consultant must communicate with sound logic, objectivity, and credibility in the bill analyses they prepare and in discussing legislative matters and responding to questions from the Legislature and others.

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

Working Conditions

This work location is very convenient!  The CDSS is located two blocks from the light rail and public transportation; within walking distance to the State Capitol, parks, restaurants, farmer’s markets and the Golden 1 Arena. We offer an onsite cafeteria, onsite Golden 1 ATM, workout room and onsite day care services. Our building has easy access to I-5, Highway 50 and Highway 80.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Staff Services Manager I (Specialist)
$5,917.00 - $7,351.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of fellow Californians while achieving your career goals?  Do you set high standards for yourself and enjoy a collaborative and challenging work environment?  The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) serves, aids and protects needy and vulnerable children and adults in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility and foster independence.  CDSS employees are our most important resource in serving California’s needy and vulnerable children and families. 

The Office of Legislation serves as the focal point for all legislative activities and provides support to the Director, the executive staff, and other divisions within the Department. The Office of Legislation is responsible for state and federal legislative matters, for obtaining successful passage of Administration and departmental policies which require legislative authority, as well as for communicating to the Legislature formal positions of support or opposition on bills which have a potential impact (positive or negative) to the Department's program areas. The Office of Legislation leads the Department’s response for constituent issues to the 120 members of the Legislature.  The Office of Legislation also works with major policy legislative workgroups and plays a key role in Budget Trailer Bill development and negotiations.  The Department has an annual budget of nearly $20 billion and over 4,000 employees serving over 5 million individuals and families.

The state hiring process.  Successful applicants will have passed an examination for this classification, or be an existing State Employee with transfer eligibility and will have followed the instructions under the Special Requirements and Required Application Documents section.  Electronic applications are encouraged and hardcopy applications will be accepted. Hardcopy applications must include the Job Control and Position numbers in the “Explanation” section and be signed and dated.  

Special Requirements

To be considered, submit both a Standard State Application Form (Form 678) and Statement of Qualifications (maximum two pages in no smaller than 12-point font) describing your knowledge, skills, and experience that qualify you for this position. All hires subject to Surplus/SROA requirements.

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: 12/14/2018

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 Social Services
Attn: Certification Unit, MS 8-15-58
P.O.Box 944243
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Certification Unit
744 P Street, MS 8-15-58
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 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 - (SOQ) Please see the Special Requirements section of this job advertisement for detailed instructions for the SOQ submission.
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:

The most qualified candidates will demonstrate a high-degree of initiative, and an exceptional understanding of legislative protocol and the political sensitivity of various issues.  Thus, preferred candidates have experience in legislation and/or policy making.  Extremely strong analytical, verbal, and written skills are required.


There are many benefits to joining our team!  The State of California has a generous benefits package that includes medical coverage, CalPERS pension upon retirement, two weeks paid vacation per year, two weeks paid sick leave per year, two paid Professional Development Days, one paid Personal Holiday, pre-tax parking fee program and monthly $65 transportation voucher.  Click here to view all the attractive benefits available to state employees!

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Debbie Diaz Williams
(916) 657-2623

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) 657-2326
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.

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