Job Posting: Chief Counsel

Citizens Redistricting Commission

Chief Counsel

$11,505.00 - $16,614.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 8/17/2020

Job Description and Duties

Once formed, the 14-member 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission (Commission) must hire a Chief Counsel with demonstrated experience and expertise in implementation and enforcement of federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 combined with the background and knowledge to support the Commission’s redistricting mission. The applicant should be a creative problem-solver with strong communication, negotiation, and relationship building skills. A strong candidate for this position will have a background in serving State bodies subject to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act and experience advising public commissions, boards, agencies or departments.

Under the general direction of the Commission, and with guidance from the Executive Director, the Chief Counsel serves as the primary counsel for the implementation and legal coordination of the Voters FIRST Act of 2008 and the Voters FIRST Act for Congress of 2010. The Chief Counsel:

  • Serves as the principal legal advisor for the Commission, the Executive Director, and Commission staff.
  • Ensures that all constitutional, statutory, and regulatory requirements governing the Commission’s activities are properly interpreted.
  • Provides and/or manages legal representation administratively and in court.
  • Renders written and oral legal advice.
  • Ensures that administrative policies adopted by the Commission are consistent with state law and are implemented fairly and impartially.
  • Develops policies within the Commission’s legal areas of responsibility.
  • Issues legal opinions, memoranda, and advice on administrative issues.
  • Studies, interprets and applies laws, court decisions and other legal authorities.
  • Works with all other legal counsel assigned to the 2020 Commission, outside counsel, and stakeholder groups. 

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 Counsel
    $11,505.00 - $16,614.00
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Exempt Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission is a 14-member body created by the passage of the Voters FIRST Act, in 2008. It is charged with redrawing the California State Senate and Assembly, State Board of Equalization, and Congressional districts based on information gathered during the 2020 census. The Commission must draw the districts in conformity with strict, nonpartisan rules designed to create districts of reasonably equal population that will provide fair representation for all Californians. It is a further mandate that this process be conducted in an open and transparent manner, allowing for participation by the public.  

    Special Requirements

    The position will be located in Sacramento, California. Frequent travel may be required.

    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: 8/17/2020

    Who May Apply

    This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs. Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Exempt Position by the State of California.

    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:

    Citizens Redistricting Commission
    Attn: CA State Auditor's Human Resources Office
    621 Capitol Mall, Suite 1200
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    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.
    • Statement of Qualifications -

      The SOQ is a narrative discussion of how the applicant’s education, training, experience, and skills meet the desirable qualifications and qualify them for the position. The SOQ also serves as documentation of each applicant’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing and should be typed and be no more than four pages in length with a font size no smaller than 12 point.


      Resumes do not take the place of the SOQ. Failure to submit all required application documents may result in elimination from the hiring process.
    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:

    It is anticipated the Chief Counsel will be a highly competent, organized and experienced professional with a demonstrated track record. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following specific qualifications:

    • Work experience demonstrating a high-level understanding of the organization, practice, and functions of California State Government including the Legislature and the Executive Branch.
    • Understanding of the scope and purpose of the Commission.
    • Experience advising public commissions, boards, agencies or departments.
    • Work experience in a politically and socially sensitive environment.
    • Experience working in a fast-paced environment with rapidly evolving priorities.
    • Work experience demonstrating a seasoned ability to manage conflict and to develop cooperative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Experience effectively representing a governmental or public body internally, before the Legislature, and with the public.
    • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to plan and act independently.
    • Willingness to travel and to work irregular hours with limited notice.
    • General knowledge of state government, open meetings act, California Public Records Act, Political Reform Act of 1974, and state contracting rules.
    • Experience with litigation or experience managing litigation counsel.


    The Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package through the State of California. To learn more about offered benefits, visit the CalHR website. 

    Contact Information

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

    Department Website:
    Hiring Unit Contact:
    Human Resources Office
    (916) 445-0255

    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:
    Kristina Gin
    (916) 445-0255
    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.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high-level analysis of the legal issues associated with administration of the Commission as well as the redistricting process. Such overall ability requires possession of the following:

    • Active membership in the state bar of California is required for this position.
    • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the practice of the law.
    • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and in oral presentations with a variety of contacts, including the Commissioners, outside attorneys, public officials, the public, press and staff.
    • Ability to accurately appraise legal problems, perform legal research, and correctly apply legal principles, evidentiary rules and precedents to proposed solutions.
    • Ability to write and edit correspondence, pleadings, briefings, talking points, legal opinions, regulations, and legislation.
    • Ability to represent the Commission at meetings, public hearings, and other legal proceedings.
    • Ability to synthesize, clarify, and disseminate complex information.
    • Knowledge of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act requirements.
    • Knowledge of parliamentary procedure established by Robert’s Rules of Order for the conduct of meetings.
    • Knowledge of the Voters FIRST Act, Voters FIRST Act for Congress, and Voting Rights Act.
    • Demonstrated experience and expertise in implementation and enforcement of federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1971 and following).

    Additional Information

    This exempt position is non-tenured, limited term (2 year), and full time. Once the Commission is fully formed, on or before August 15, 2020, it will begin selection and interviews. The California State Auditor’s office (State Auditor’s office), which is required by law to support the 2020 Commission until it is fully functional, has posted this job announcement to assist the new Commission in hiring key positions.

    The State Auditor’s office will collect applications for presentation to the fully formed 2020 Commission, but the State Auditor’s office will not review or score applications and is not the hiring authority. The fully formed 2020 Commission may elect to review responsive applications or cancel the recruitment and issue its own job announcements. Employees of the Commission occupy non civil service positions serving at the pleasure of the Commission.

    The Voters FIRST Act states, “The commission shall apply the conflicts of interest listed in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Government Code Section 8252 to the hiring of staff to the extent applicable.” Individuals seeking employment with the Commission should read the Guidance on Conflicts of Interest, see Duty Statement attachment page 5.

    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