Job Posting: Senior Counsel

CA Earthquake Authority

Senior Counsel

$5,602.00 - $11,815.00

Final Filing Date: 1/24/2019

Job Description and Duties

Under the direction of the General Counsel of the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) and with minimal supervision, the Attorney III provides a broad range of legal services to CEA staff, including the executive staff, and the CEA Governing Board.

The duties will include the independent performance of complex professional legal work, including a substantial volume of contract negotiation, drafting, and interpretation; review and preparation of enterprise-compliance documentation; preparation of legal-research and other memoranda; conferences with CEA staff, including legal, program, compliance, and executive staff; and special projects. Excellent legal-writing skills are required and are of paramount importance. Counsel will have frequent interaction with outside counsel, vendors, and contractors and consultants of the CEA, and may represent the CEA at meetings, conferences, and other activities.

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:
Senior Counsel
$9,210.00 - $11,815.00 A
$5,602.00 - $5,827.00 A
$5,609.00 - $6,403.00 B
$6,760.00 - $8,501.00 C
$7,609.00 - $9,760.00 D
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Earthquake Authority is a not-for-profit public instrumentality of the State of California, authorized by law to issue residential earthquake insurance. We educate Californians about earthquake risk, provide mitigation opportunities and resources for existing residences, and make available a range of fairly priced insurance options to provide for repairs, rebuilding, and recovery after earthquake-caused loss. Outside the state budget and exempted from many governmental reporting and regulatory requirements, we operate in California’s competitive insurance market as a regulated insurance provider. We are located in the Renaissance Tower, 801 K Street, Suite 1000, Sacramento, California, with access to mass transit and free garage parking.
Department Website:

Special Requirements

Please note: This is a re-post. If you have submitted an application for the original advertisement (JC-123414) on August 2018, your application is being considered and there is no need to re-apply.

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: 1/24/2019

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:

CA Earthquake Authority
Attn: HumanResources (RPA18-15)
801 K Street Suite 1000
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

801 K Street, Suite 1000
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 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:
  • Knowledge of, and substantial experience in, the business of personal lines property insurance, insurance law, and California insurance regulation.
  • Knowledge of reinsurance, risk transfer, and contract management.
  • Experience in overseeing outside counsel.
  • Very strong, highly developed written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to perform complex legal research and writing within short deadlines.
  • Exercise a high degree of initiative, flexibility, and confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as cooperatively and effectively with others.
  • Ability to organize and establish simultaneous workload priorities and work under pressure.


In addition to being part of an exciting and vital mission of helping 39.5 million California homeowners and renters reduce their risk of earthquake damage and loss, CEA offers competitive pay, benefits, and features for its workforce.

To view the benefits of working at CEA, please click HERE

To review the pay and benefits offered to California civil service employees, please click HERE.

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
(916) 661-6300

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 Officer
(916) 661-5400
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.


In addition to the application, applicants are required to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for the hiring manager's review. The SOQ is a narrative discussion of how the candidate’s education, training, experience, and skills qualify them for the position, and serves as documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. Applications received without a SOQ will not be considered.

  • The SOQ must be numbered in the same order and address the questions below.
  • The SOQ must be typed in Arial 12 point font, single-spaced, on letter sized paper, (8.5" x 11"), and no more than TWO pages in length.
  • Identify each page with his/her full name.
  • Responses should be complete, specific, clear, concise, and include examples.
  • Resumes or Cover letter will not be considered a substitute for the SOQ.
The SOQ should address the following:
  1. Please describe how your experience, education, and training make you an exceptional candidate for this position.
  2. Please describe representative successes in completing legal assignments in relevant areas using independent skills and judgment.
  3. Please describe complex legal projects you have completed in a team environment, noting your role and their nature and outcome.

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