California Commission on Aging


$7,692.00 - $8,570.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 6/17/2019

Job Description and Duties

The Executive Director of the California Commission on Aging (CCoA) has administrative responsibility for the day-to-day operations of CCoA, including support  functions to the Area Agency on Aging Council of California (also known as the Triple-A Council of California).

Additional responsibilities include ensuring CCoA meets all statutory responsibilities, and operational goals, initiates advocacy responses, launches strategic initiatives, advises on legislation and public policy,  delivers expert testimony and presentations, coordinates state-wide forums, and maintains collaborative relationships.

The Executive Director is appointed by CCoA. The position is exempt from state civil service and reports to, and is supervised by, the Commission Chair. The Executive Director acts as the CCoA representative in the absence of the Chair.  

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:
    $7,692.00 - $8,570.00
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    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Exempt Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The California Commission on Aging (CCoA) serves as the state’s principal advocate for older adults and helps to shape policies and programs that meet the needs of older Californians today and in the future.  As an independent state agency, CCoA complies with governmental rules and regulations, including the Bagley Keene Open Meeting Act.

    CCoA advises the state’s Governor and legislature, along with federal, state and local agencies, on programs and services that affect older adults. Additionally, CCoA works closely with public, nonprofit and private-sector institutions to address emerging challenges and opportunities.

    CCoA provides support to the Area Agency on Aging Council of California (also known as the Triple-A Council of California).

    Established in 1973 by a California government mandate and confirmed in the Older Californians Act, CCoA is comprised of 25 commissioners representing diverse fields related to aging. Commissioners serve three-year terms as volunteers and are appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate Rules Committee.

    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: 6/17/2019

    Who May Apply

    This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs. Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Exempt Position by the State of California.

    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:

    California Commission on Aging
    Attn: Human Resources Section
    C/O California Department of Aging
    1300 National Drive, Suite 200
    Sacramento, CA 95834

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Human Resources Section
    C/O California Department of Aging
    1300 National Drive, Suite 200
    Sacramento, CA 95834
    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 - In addition to the State Examination/Employment Application (STD 678), applicants are required to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SoQ). The SoQ is a narrative discussion of how the candidate’s education, training, experience and skills meet the minimum and desirable qualifications and qualify them for the position. The SoQ serves as documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. Cover letters and resumes do not take the place of the SoQ. Applications received without the SoQ will be disqualified.
    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:

    Candidate Profile
    CCoA seeks a leader who is passionate and knowledgeable about the needs, concerns, and well-being of older Californians.

    This individual will possess knowledge of and experience in legislative and policy work and will be an energetic and effective advocate for older Californians and their families.

    This individual will build and maintain positive relationships with persons at all levels of state government, with stakeholder organizations, with constituents and, most importantly with Commissioners and volunteers of the CCoA.

    This individual will actively support the purposes and responsibilities of the Commission including a commitment to inclusion and diversity.

    Skills and Attributes

    •Leadership & Vision

    Provides leadership and support to the Commissioners, Triple-A Council of California (TACC) members, and staff to achieve desired outcomes and is nimble and effective in embracing and implementing change. Guides development and implementation of CCoA’s operational plan, strategic initiatives, and special events. The Executive Director is a dynamic individual who comfortably functions in a high-profile leadership position.


    Builds strong and sustainable relationships that translate into successful policy partnerships and strategic collaborations. Handles challenging situations and conflict through diplomacy and good conflict resolution skills. Creates enthusiasm for CCoA’s initiatives and gains access to critical constituents to achieve policy impact.

    •Administrative Skill Set

    Oversees all administrative functions of a micro state agency including personnel, accounting, budgets, procurement, contract management, and reporting. Is forward-thinking and an experienced planner. Ability to secure non-government funding for special events and initiatives. Politically adept and skilled at multi-tasking.

    Desirable Qualifications

    •Progressive leadership experience in the nonprofit, association, corporate or government sector that includes a minimum 5 years of management experience with responsibility in an administrative and/or policy making capacity. Experience managing a small organization, board or commission is preferred.
    •Experience in legislative and policy work, including providing testimony.
    •Experience in building and maintaining relationships with a variety of partners, policy-makers, funders, stakeholders and constituents.
    •Extensive knowledge of state and federal older adult programs.
    •Strong organizational skills, ability to set priorities, manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
    •Strong verbal and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills.
    •A 4-year degree or higher from an accredited four-year college or university in gerontology, public administration, social service or public policy is preferred.

    Contact Information

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

    Human Resources Contact:
    Human Resources Section
    (916) 419-7525

    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) 415-7525
    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.

    Statement of Qualifications

    In addition to submitting an application, interested individuals must also submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQs) for the Search Committee’s review.  When preparing your SOQ, you are required to follow these guidelines:

    • The SOQ questions MUST be addressed and numbered in the same order as listed in this bulletin.
    • Responses must describe in detail the education, training and experience by providing specific examples.

    • Combined responses to all seven questions are limited to no more than three (3) single sided, typewritten pages, with font size no smaller than 12 point.



    1. Describe your knowledge of the California Commission on Aging and its responsibilities, and why you are interested in the Executive Director position.

    2. Describe your knowledge of older adult programs and how you gained that knowledge.

    3. Describe your administrative or managerial experience including examples of your experience in at least 2 of the following areas: financial, personnel and contract negotiations.

    4. Describe your experience in policy-making within California state government and provide an example of a successful outcome.

    5. Describe your leadership skills and provide examples of your ability to facilitate solutions to complex organizational problems.

    6. Describe a project you planned, developed and/or implemented. Include the specific roles you are directly responsible for.

    7. Describe your team building and conflict resolution skills and give an example of when you had to intervene to resolve an unexpected conflict between team members.

     Applicants who fail to submit or complete the SOQ as instructed will be eliminated from the examination process. Cover letters and resumes do not take the place of the SOQ.

    Application Submission

    Applications should be submitted electronically via your CalCareer Account.  If you are unable to submit your application electronically, you may submit it by email to, by fax to (916) 928-2269, in person, or by mail at the address listed above.

    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