Job Posting: Senior Business Development Specialist

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

Senior Business Development Specialist

$6,124.00 - $7,608.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 5/31/2020

Job Description and Duties

Exercising a high level of technical expertise and independence, the Staff Services Manager I (Specialist) manages statewide business development opportunities, presented by domestic and international companies, to establish and/or expand operations creating and/or retaining substantial numbers of California jobs and thereby increasing economic stability within the state

Showcases the assets and attributes of California’s business climate to corporate real estate executives, site location consultants, and other high-level business professionals.

Develops and maintains a “Business Tool Kit,” a collection of resources that will enhance the capacity of businesses, the economic development community, and local EDD personnel to understand and access the workforce and economic development programs of the State of California and the federal government.

Independently develops and executes a strategy to connect California businesses with full range of services provided by the GO-Biz.

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:
Senior Business Development Specialist
$6,124.00 - $7,608.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as the State of California's leader for job growth and economic development efforts.  GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more.
Department Website:

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: 5/31/2020

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.

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:

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
Attn: Brandi Sparks
1325 J Street, Suite 1800
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Brandi Sparks
1325 J Street, Suite 1800
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.
  • Supplemental Application - A Supplemental Application is required and must be submitted with your Employment Application (STD. 678).  Applications received without an appropriate Supplemental Application based on the instructions below will be rejected for being incomplete and will not be considered.  Resumes, cover letters, and other documents will not be considered as a response to the Supplemental Application.  Please refer to the "Supplemental Application" section below for specific requirements. 
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:

  • Economic development strategies, organizational management, human resources, business financing, business taxation, environmental regulations, local government finance, and commercial/industrial real estate development.
  • Federal, state and local programs applicable to business and job development.
  • Principles of consensus building and strategies for directing highly sensitive business development projects.
  • Statewide workforce and economic development trends and issues.
  • Techniques used in researching and analyzing business development opportunities.
  • Principles and practices of program management.


Ability to:

  • Work independently with only general oversight.
  • Develop policy, conduct and implement strategic planning, and evaluate programs.
  • Write reports, proposals, and analyses.
  • Work cooperatively and in coordination with other staff, state and federal agencies, and local organizations.
  • Plan and conduct meetings, conferences and seminars, and make presentations at public events.
  • Assume responsibility for complex, sensitive consulting projects of a multi-issue, multi-jurisdictional, highly regulated or environmentally sensitive nature.


Benefits Information - The website below is intended to provide general information. Benefit eligibility may be based on job classification, bargaining unit, time base and length of appointment, which is listed below the link. Additional benefits may also be outlined for specific bargaining units in employee collective bargaining contracts. Please review this information prior to accepting employment.

Job Classification: Staff Services Manager I
Bargaining Unit: E-48
Time Base: Full-Time
Length of Appointment: Permanent


Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Brandi Sparks
(916) 322-3419

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:
Jim Teahan
(916) 319-9955
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.

Supplemental Application

The Supplemental Application must be 12-point font, single-spaced, and no more than 2 pages - 1 page per question.

Applications submitted without the Supplemental Application will not receive further consideration for this position.

The Supplemental Application must address the following in numerical order; do not consolidate responses:

Please respond to the following:

1. Please explain the impact of economic development tools such as incentives, workforce development, credits and grants on business decisions when choosing a location to expand or locate. 1 page - single spaced – 12pt font.

2. Considering the current environment and in thinking about economic recovery from the impacts of Covid-19, what should an economic development organization look to when developing a new economic development strategy to respond to something unprecedented? 1 page – single spaced – 12 pt font.

    Exam Links and Additional Information

    Staff Services Manager I Exam: 

    Educational requirements: If you are using education as your basis of meeting the minimum qualifications, you must provide school transcripts. Diplomas are not accepted in lieu of transcripts.


    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