Job Posting: Legislative and Policy Specialist

Department of Public Health

Legislative and Policy Specialist

$6,213.00 - $7,777.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 1/23/2020

Job Description and Duties

This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by acting as the Legislative and Policy Specialist for the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC), as well as, incorporating health equity into all policies. The Health Program Specialist II is a highly skilled, subject matter expert and technical consultant in the areas of policy analysis, program development, and strategic planning. Independently reviews and tracks legislative bill analyses for the nine branches and two offices in CHC to create alignment of policies and incorporation of strategic priorities across programs. Independently reviews and interprets complex documents and reports, such as legislative reports, legislative bill analyses and regulations, and makes cross-cutting policy decisions, as well as, provides recommendations to the Deputy Director and Assistant Deputy Director. Researches health policy and analyzes data for inclusion in legislative proposals and analyses. Provides technical assistance and guidance to legislative staff working in CHC branches and offices and acts as liaison with the Department’s Office of Legislative and Governmental Affairs.

The incumbent works under the Assistant Deputy Director, Operations, within the Center for Healthy Communities.

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

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

Next list Exam final filing date is January 17, 2020

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:
Legislative and Policy Specialist
$6,213.00 - $7,777.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) is an Executive Level, Deputy Director Office, within the California Department of Public Health. CHC is one of five primary organizational groups within the California Department of Public Health. CHC has six key areas of work: Chronic Disease Control, Environmental Health, Injury and Violence Prevention, Oral Health, Occupational Health, and Problem Gambling. With nearly 40 programs residing within nine branches and two offices, approximately 450 staff and operations based in Sacramento and Richmond, the programmatic impact of the Center can be felt in every corner of California.

Special Requirements


The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) will be used to pre-screen applicants for the HPS II position within the Center for Healthy Communities. Along with your Application (STD 678), please include a Statement of Qualifications. The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is a narrative discussion of the candidate's experience which qualifies him/her for this position.

The SOQ must be no more than two pages long at Arial, 11- or 12-point font. Candidates are required to include a resume; however, please note resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the Statement of Qualifications.

PLEASE NOTE: Resumes, letters, Supplemental Questionnaire, transcripts, degrees, your state application, cover letters and other materials will not take the place of the Statement of Qualifications.

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: 1/23/2020

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 required and must be included.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    Please see Statement of Qualifications instruction above in Special Requirements.  Any applications received that do not provide a written response to the SOQ 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:

• Experience working in an Executive Level Office, and a very fast paced office with experience in handling multiple competing priorities and shifting expectations.
• Experience reviewing policy and legislative proposals and analyses.
• Excellent communication both written and oral, and interpersonal skills; experience in a team oriented environment, with small and large teams; excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to pay attention to details and understand how details play an integral role in the work required, and excellent attendance.
• Strong analytical skills which include detailed problem resolution skills and ability to make sound recommendations as a result of these actions. Approaches a problem using a logical, systematic, and sequential approach.
• Self-motivated and strong work ethic.

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:
Shanna Schneider
(916) 552-9807

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