Job Posting: Policy Consultant

Department of Public Health

Policy Consultant

$5,656.00 - $7,080.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/16/2019

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of the Assistant Branch Chief (Health Program Manager III), the Health Program Specialist (HPS) I is responsible for applying comprehensive public health knowledge and technical consultant expertise in especially sensitive areas of tobacco control policy and tobacco control program planning and assessment.

The HPS I analyzes critical health policy issues related to tobacco control and advises on policy direction for the program, including a focus on how to reduce tobacco-related disparities through policy strategies. The HPS I takes the lead in writing various reports, policy papers, program guidelines, as well as other documents pertaining to program activities and issues; leads and/or participates in work groups related to policy, system, and environmental change, federal grant activities, and strategic initiatives of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH); provides technical assistance to projects funded by the California Tobacco Control Program; responds to public inquiries regarding federal, state, and local policies; and assists in planning policy-related events and trainings. The HPS I serves as a subject matter expert and is responsible for tracking legislation and preparing legislative bill analyses. These duties will require 10% travel within the State of California and other states in the country.

“Candidates interested in this position are encouraged to take the CDPH’S HPS I Exam”

If you have not taken the Department of Public Health’s Health Program Specialist I exam, please follow the link below:

Please let us know how you heard about our position by taking this brief survey:

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:
Policy Consultant
$5,656.00 - $7,080.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Department of Public Health is dedicated to optimizing the health and well-being of the people in California.

The Mission of the California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) is to improve the health of all Californians by reducing illness and premature death attributable to the use of tobacco products. Through leadership, experience, and research, CTCP empowers statewide and local health agencies to promote health and quality of life by advocating social norms that create a tobaccofree environment.

Special Requirements


Every application must be accompanied by responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ). The SQ must be no longer than 3 pages in length. Applications submitted without the responses to the following questions may not be considered for an interview.

1. Provide an example(s) of your experience writing policy papers, reports, and/or legislative analyses on public health issues for decision-makers. Please describe: 1) the steps you took to prepare for writing the work product(s); and 2) the key issues your work products addressed in order to effectively inform decision-makers about the issue(s).

2. Provide an example(s) of when you led the planning, coordination, development and implementation of a large-scale project. Please describe: 1) the project, the duration of the project (e.g., 12 months); 2) its end goal/work product; and 3) the strategies you employed to manage/lead the project, including how you ensured effective collaboration with internal and external partners who have diverse points of view (if applicable).

3. How did you find out about this job posting?

PLEASE NOTE: Resumes, letters, Statement of Qualifications, transcripts, degrees, your state application, cover letters and other materials will not take the place of the Supplemental Questionnaire.  Responses must be numbered and submitted in the same order as the Supplemental Questions.

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: 12/16/2019

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. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

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 Public Health
Attn: Classification & Certification Unit
P.O. Box 997378
MS 1700-1702
Sacramento, CA 95899-7378

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Classification & Certification Unit
1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430
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.
  • Other - Please see Supplemental Questionnaire instructions above in Special Requirements.  Any applications received that do not provide a written response to the SQ question may not be scored/reviewed.
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 current state and/or local laws and trends affecting tobacco control. Ability to effectively analyze current and proposed public health policies, such as writing bill analyses. Experience coordinating and staffing public meetings in accordance with the Bagley Keene Open Meeting Act is a plus. Self-starter, detail oriented, ability to multi-task complicated projects. Good writing skills. Excellent listening skills. Good time management skills. Ability to complete tasks and provide a quality work product with minimal supervision. Proficient in MS software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint. Develop and maintain knowledge and skills related to tasks and methodologies. Ability to multi-task, prioritize work, and follow direction. Communicate effectively and tactfully (verbally and in writing) when interacting with internal/external staff throughout the state and the general public. Detail oriented and organized. Professional, courteous, and positive demeanor.

Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact:
Human Resources Division
(916) 445-0983
Hiring Unit Contact:
Susanna Badalyan-Deus
(916) 552-9891

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) 445-0938
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