Job Posting: Chief, Childcare Providers Labor Relations Division

Department of Human Resources

Chief, Childcare Providers Labor Relations Division
C. E. A.

$7,442.00 - $17,513.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Are you passionate about leading teams to deliver great service to our customers?

IF SO, this position may be for you!

Under the general direction of the Director of CalHR, the CEA functions as a Division Chief and member of the Executive team and serves as a program administrator overseeing the planning, organizing and coordinating the work of the Childcare Providers Labor Relations Division (CPLRD). Incumbent will be the principal policy adviser to the CalHR Director, and Governor related to the Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act (Ed. Code, §8430 et seq.) The CEA is responsible for the high-level oversight of the program, develops the policy and collective bargaining framework to implement the program, as well as for the formulation, operation, and evaluation of the CPLRD. Occasional travel is required.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

35%      Leadership (E) 
Provide primary leadership of the CBLRD as well as overall responsibilities for policy development, strategic planning, organizing, developing, managing and coordinating all matters related to the division. Provide oversight for the CBLRD, and labor relations and collective bargaining on behalf of the Governor. Provide recommendations and direction on childcare provider policies to the Governor, as is relates to the Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act. Serve as policy advisor to key internal and external stakeholders such as the Director, Agency Secretary, Governor’s Office, CA Department of Social Services, Department of Education, and county representatives on policy and programmatic issues impacting the childcare subsidy program. This will include guiding the process of developing bargaining proposals, including gathering information from various stakeholders, research, analyzing information, and making recommendations to the Governor’s Office on proposals for bargaining. The CEA will also direct the collective bargaining, including conducting negotiations and communicating with exclusive bargaining representatives. The CEA will serve as the chief negotiator for the collective bargaining process. The CEA will set policies on how CalHR will administer the memorandum of understanding reached through the collective bargaining process, including responding to grievances, providing oversight and support to the applicable stakeholders that are parties to the collective bargaining agreement.   The CEA will exhibit fair behavior that is free from implicit bias in dealing with all parties.

35%     Program Administration   (E)
The newly enacted Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act, provides collective bargaining rights for certain child care workers, a first of its kind in California, providing the largest number of family child care providers in the country collective bargaining rights. As such, it is anticipated that the collective bargaining, any related litigation, and contract administration will be of interest to the public. The CEA will interpret and implement existing childcare policies of California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and California Department of Education (CDE). The CEA will administer a collective bargaining program for child care providers consistent with state policy, provide program management, implement strategies for effective and efficient business operations, and provide direction and strategic leadership to reporting staff to ensure operational goals are achieved.

20%     Strategic Planning (E)
As a member of Executive staff, participates in departmental strategic planning, goal setting, policy formulation, and legislative changes related to CalHR. Develops strategic goals and objectives as it relates to collective bargaining and matters within the scope of representation. Establish performance goals, objectives, and expectations that are aligned with the department’s mission and strategic goals.

10%     Relationship Building (M).
Establishes, maintains and fosters effective working relationships with state departments on the division operations through partnerships with other state departments, private contractors, contractors, subcontractors and counties to effectively bargain with childcare provider representatives.  Acts as a liaison between CalHR, the Department of Finance, California Department of Social Services and California Department of Education. Effectively contributes to the department’s EEO objectives in order to create and maintain a fair and equitable work environment. Promotes and fosters a work culture that is conducive to employee engagement, productivity, and professional development.

Pending CalHR Approval

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

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Chief, Childcare Providers Labor Relations Division
    C. E. A.
    $7,442.00 - $17,513.00
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) is responsible for all issues related to employee salaries and benefits, job classifications, civil rights, training, exams, recruitment and retention. For most employees, many of these matters are determined through the collective bargaining process managed by CalHR.

    Our Vision: To be the premier leader and trusted partner in innovative human resources management.

    Our Mission: To provide exceptional human resources leadership and services with integrity, respect and accountability to state departments and all current and prospective employees.

    Department Website:

    Special Requirements

    All interested applicants are required to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). You must provide direct responses to each of the Special Requirements listed below. Each individual response must be numbered and include the full text of the Special Requirement prior to each response. Please address how you possess each Special Requirement using specific examples of your education, training, and experience.  Please limit your SOQ to a maximum of three (3) pages, single spaced, twelve point Arial font.

    1. Describe your experience in years in program administration by establishing a division’s mission/vision and effectively leading a team toward meeting strategic goals. Include your experience in policy development and implementation.

    2. Describe your experience in years creating an inclusive work environment that fosters and promotes the development of staff, facilitates collaboration and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

    3. Describe your experience in years in organizational leadership and effective communication with all levels of government, management, and program staff.

    4. Describe your experience in years as it relates to Employee/Labor Relations and collective bargaining.

      Note:  Applicants who do not follow these requirements may be disqualified from the examination. Cover letters and resumes do not take the place of SOQs.  

    Application Instructions

    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: Until Filled

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    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 Human Resources
    Attn: Stephanie Hees
    1515 S Street, North Building, Suite 500
    Sacramento, CA 95811-7258

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Stephanie Hees
    1515 S Street, North Building, Suite 500
    Sacramento, CA 95811-7258
    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 -

      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:

      • Statement of Qualifications - STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED. PLEASE SEE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS. Candidates who fail to submit a Statement of Qualifications will be eliminated from the examination.

    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.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    • Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
    • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    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:

    Desirable Qualifications

    • Demonstrated knowledge of state policies, rules & standards relative to the State’s Civil Service Labor Relations Process;

    • Experience in recommending, developing and implementing policies and procedures;

    • Program administration experience communicating with executive level management, other state agencies, legislative staff, industry, local  governments, etc;

    • Managerial experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully apply organizational leadership, communicate clearly, facilitate decision-making, promote team work, and define and achieve success across multi-disciplinary stakeholder interests;

    • Ability to gain the confidence and support of executive leadership and provide effective advice on regulatory and administrative matters and policies;

    • Ability to collaborate with others to achieve mutual goals and meet the organizations' and external stakeholders' strategic goals and objectives; and

    • Experience with forecasting and managing a division’s budget.

    Examination Information

    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.

    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.

    Department Website:
    Human Resources Contact:
    Stephanie Hees
    (916) 323-6062
    Hiring Unit Contact:
    Diana Narvaez
    (916) 323-0864

    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) 845-2860
    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