Job Posting: AGPA - Office of Public Affairs

Department of Developmental Services - Headquarters

AGPA - Office of Public Affairs

$5,149.00 - $6,446.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 11/30/2020

Job Description and Duties

RE-ADVERTISEMENT:  If you previously applied to this position, it is not necessary to submit a new application.

This position will provide administrative and analytical support to assist in the development and execution of public affairs strategies for the Department of Developmental Services in the areas of targeted communication, stakeholder development, relationship building, coalition building, presentations, interagency relations and support of internal communication efforts.

Effective July 1, 2020, in response to the economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Furlough Program 2020 is being implemented.
Section 1711. Furlough Program

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:
AGPA - Office of Public Affairs
$5,149.00 - $6,446.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.

These disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers. The regional centers serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

The DDS Headquarters is currently located at 1600 9th Street, in Sacramento, California.  In 2021, the DDS is scheduled to move into a modern, sustainable and innovative office building currently under construction and located at 1215 “O” Street, Sacramento, California.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be numbered in the same order as the following areas, typed in 12-point Arial font, single spaced, and be no more than two pages in length. Applicants who fail to answer the questions or submit an SOQ may not be considered.

  1. Provide an example of how you have worked with a variety of stakeholders on a project and 3 key items that made the project successful.
  2. Describe your experience creating and maintaining database(s) and your preferred database management tools.
  3. Share the top 3 types of events you enjoy organizing and executing and a brief summary of why (1-2 sentences each).

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: 11/30/2020

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:

Department of Developmental Services - Headquarters
Attn: Claudia Lutz #472-541-5393-003
Cert Unit
1600 9th Street-MS-Q
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Claudia Lutz #472-541-5393-003
Cert Unit
1600 9th Street-MS-Q
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.
  • Degree/Diploma
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required and is a narrative discussion of how the candidate's education, training, experience, and skills meet the minimum and desirable qualifications and qualify them for the position. The SOQ serves as a documentation of each candidate's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing.  SEE “SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS” ABOVE FOR INSTRUCTIONS.

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:
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Access and Adobe Creative Suite.

  • Ability to think clearly, analyze problems and take effective actions.

  • Knowledge of departmental programs, policies and initiatives.

  • Experience working with high-level managers, executives, legislative staff, stakeholders, and media.

  • Ability to consistently demonstrate professionalism, tact and good judgement.

  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately.

  • Work effectively with others.


As a state employee working for the Department of Developmental Services, you and your family will have access to excellent medical, dental and vision insurance benefits in addition to retirement benefits . 


Benefit eligibility may be based on job classification, bargaining unit, time base and length of appointment. Additional benefits may also be outlined for specific bargaining units in employee collective bargaining contracts. For more information, please visit the links below:


California State Employee Benefits Summary


CalPERS Health Benefit Summary 2020.pdf

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Claudia Lutz
(916) 322-7784

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:
Office of Human Rights and Advocacy
(916) 654-1888
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.

Remove all Confidential Information from documents

Do NOT include ANY confidential information on any documents you submit for a job vacancy, such as your State application, resume, or educational transcripts.

Confidential information that should be excluded or removed from these documents includes, but is not limited to, your Social Security Number (SSN), birthdate, student identification number, driver’s license number (unless required), basis of eligibility, examination results, LEAP status, marital status, and age. Confidential information on the first page of applications submitted electronically online, such as Easy ID number, SSN, examination related information, and driver’s license number will automatically be redacted upon submission.

NOTE: Electronic application submission is highly encouraged.

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