Job Posting: Attorney III

Department of Social Services

Attorney III

$9,210.00 - $11,815.00

Final Filing Date: 4/24/2019

Job Description and Duties


The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Legal Division is recruiting for one limited term full time Attorney III position in its Children’s and Community Care Licensing Policy Branch.

Attorneys providing legal support to the Children’s programs are the primary advisors to the Children and Family Services Division (CFSD), which is responsible for overseeing or administering various social services programs such as foster care, adoptions, and child welfare services.  As an experienced attorney, the Attorney III is an expert, or has the ability to acquire expertise, in dependency law, regulations, and policies. The successful candidate is expected to conduct research and analysis on any of the Children’s programs, to prepare correspondence and legal research memoranda, to provide oral and written legal opinions, to analyze and advise on pending legislation affecting the Department, to assist in drafting and review of CDSS regulations, to review and advise on proposed federal law affecting CDSS programs, to draft legislation, and to provide training and information to CFSD staff.  The Attorney III will also provide litigation support to the CFSD and the Office of the Attorney General in the area of Children’s programs. 

The successful candidate must also have knowledge of Federal Indian Law. The Attorney III is expected to have experience with the requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), Bureau of Indian Affairs regulations, and other related laws, regulations, and policies. He or she will be an advisor to the CDSS Office of Tribal Affairs (OTA) in its ongoing work to provide technical assistance to California counties and tribes on the ICWA and its implementation. The Attorney III will, in addition to other duties, assist the OTA as it seeks to improve ICWA compliance and encourage collaboration between the counties, tribes, federal government and other stakeholders. The Attorney III will analyze Child Welfare laws as they pertain to Indian children and tribes.  Experience working with advocacy groups, legislative staff, and stakeholder workgroups is essential. 

The successful candidate must be able to function under pressure in politically sensitive situations, meet strict deadlines, and work collaboratively with clients and colleagues.

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:
Attorney III
$9,210.00 - $11,815.00 A
# 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 CDSS Legal Division has two Program Litigation Branches that are dedicated to providing legal advice and services to the various Divisions within the Department.  The Legal Division’s Program Litigation Branches are dedicated to providing legal advice and services to the Divisions of the Department responsible for administering or overseeing numerous social service programs and related functions.

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

WHO MAY APPLY:  Applications will be accepted from current members of the California State Bar who are currently employed in a California civil service position at the Attorney III level, who have current list eligibility for appointment to the Attorney III level, who have SROA/Surplus eligibility, or who have reinstatement rights to this level. 
Interested applicants must submit:

• A standard State Application Form (STD 678) with original signature and must clearly indicate the basis of hiring eligibility on the STD 678;

• A two-page SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS (SOQ) that includes a description of the applicant’s experience with the ICWA and Indian law that also includes;

• A description of how the applicant meets the other DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS identified in this job announcement.
Applications without eligibility information and a SOQ may not be considered.  

Application packages received without the requested application materials may not be considered.  Application packages will be screened and the most qualified candidates will be invited to interview.  Selected candidates will be subject to a criminal record background check clearance by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Hiring approval is subject to state civil service SROA/Surplus policies and procedures.  Please see the California Department of Human Resources website at: for further information on taking examinations, obtaining list eligibility and minimum qualifications.

If you are meeting minimum qualifications with education, you must include your unofficial transcripts for verification. If selected, you may be required to provide official transcripts at the time of hire.

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: 4/24/2019

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:

Department of Social Services
Attn: Certification Unit, MS-8-15-58
P.O.Box 944243
Sacramento, CA 94244-2430

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:

A. Demonstrated ability to successfully perform in-house counsel work including but not limited to preparing legal opinions, analyzing legislation, drafting and reviewing regulations, preparing and reviewing correspondence, and providing litigation support to the Office of the Attorney General;

B. Understanding of the Administrative Branch of state government, its agencies and departments and the role of state and federal oversight agencies;

C. Demonstrated ability to maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, program staff and management, staff of other state and federal agencies, and client advocacy organizations, while working independently and as part of a team;

D. Willing and able to understand CDSS programs and policies in order to provide sound legal advice that is responsive to the organization’s needs;

E. Superior analytical and communication skills, both verbal and written, superior interpersonal skills, and tact;

F. Superior research skills and work habits and the ability to complete work under deadlines;

G. Willingness and ability to perform duties in a customer service-oriented manner; and;

H. Willing and able to maintain a work environment free from discrimination or sexual harassment.


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:
Kimberly Yarbrough
(916) 653-0514

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