Job Posting: Chief, Communications Officer, BOE

Board of Equalization

Chief, Communications Officer, BOE
C. E. A.

$7,442.00 - $17,513.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 6/2/2020

Job Description and Duties

Under the administrative direction of the Chief Deputy Director, the Chief Communications Officer is responsible for developing a comprehensive plan for communication of media inquiries. The Chief Communications Officer consults with and advises the Executive Director, Chief Deputy Director, Board Members and other Executive Management Team members on all BOE tax program and business related issues, which may be of interest to the media. The Chief Communications Officer is also responsible for responding to highly sensitive media inquiries/correspondence; identifying major program and policy changes for possible media interest; and establishing BOE communication release program objectives. The Chief Communications Officer serves as the BOE's principal spokesperson with the media, and is responsible for establishing a positive relationship with the Capitol Press Corps and other members of the media community. The Chief Communications Officer is also responsible for development and maintenance of the BOE's internet and intranet, and coordination and publication of the BOE's annual report.

Candidate must be able to perform the following essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

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.

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    Position Details

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

    Special Requirements

    A willingness to work in a high-rise building.

    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: 6/2/2020

    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:

    Board of Equalization
    Attn: Leslie Thompson
    450 N Street, MIC: 17
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Leslie Thompson
    450 N Street, MIC: 17
    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 -

      You must provide direct individual responses, numbered accordingly, to each of the Desirable Qualifications listed on this bulletin under the Desirable Qualifications section. Please address how you possess each Desirable Qualification using specific examples of your education, training, and experience. Please limit your Statement of Qualifications to a maximum of six (6) typed pages in Arial size 12 font. Applicants who do not follow these requirements may be disqualified from the examination. Cover letters and resumes do not take the place of SOQs.

    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.

    Minimum Qualifications

    CEA examinations are open to all applicants who possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements as described in the examination bulletin. Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in 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:

    1. Please describe your experience which demonstrates knowledge of the organizations and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature, the Executive Branch, and the roles and responsibilities of constitutionally elected Board Members.

     2. Please describe your experience with advising high-level management concerning public policy implications and possible media exposure through developing and recommending communication strategies.

     3. Please describe your experience which demonstrates a strong background in media relations and/or public affairs, including: responding to media inquiries/correspondence; acting as a spokesperson for a company and establishing and maintaining good public relations.

    4. Please describe your experience which demonstrates an ability to formulate, maintain, and/or oversee a communications program where identifying major internal program developments and/or policy changes that may require outreach, both internal and external, is of a sensitive and critical nature.

     5. Please describe your experience with media production including both traditional (e.g. television, radio, newspaper, magazines, etc.) and electronic (e.g. web content, email, social media, etc.).

     6. Please describe your experience with developing and implementing a comprehensive, agency-wide communications plan and overseeing an agency’s External Affairs and Outreach Services, including social media, web and publications.

    Examination Information

    The examination process will consist of a Statement of Qualifications screening panel that will review and score the Statement of Qualifications using predetermined evaluation criteria. The Statement of Qualifications will be used to evaluate your experience as it relates to the "Desirable Qualifications" and the competitive nature of each candidate’s relevant knowledge, skills, and experience; the Statement of Qualifications may also serve as documentation of each candidate's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing since this is a critical factor to successful job performance. The Statement of Qualifications will be the only basis for your final score and rank on the eligible list.  Specifics on how to complete your Statement of Qualifications can be found in the Application Instructions section of this announcement.

    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.

    Additional Application Information

    Hard Copy Mailing Information

    PLEASE NOTE: Applications received by mail that are not postmarked on, or before, the final filing date will not be accepted. It is highly recommended that applicants submit application packages either electronically or in person to ensure a timely filing.

    Do not send your application materials via interoffice or interagency mail. Applications received in this manner will not be accepted and cannot be returned pursuant to California Code of Regulations §174. It is the personal responsibility of each examination candidate to submit their application materials within the timeframe and manner specified on this posting.

    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