Job Posting: Senior Personnel Specialist

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

Senior Personnel Specialist

$4,606.00 - $5,770.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 11/19/2020

Job Description and Duties

This position may be allowed to telework partially during COVID-19.

Under the general direction of the Staff Services Manager II, and functional guidance of the Staff Services Manager I (Specialist) in the Human Resources Unit (HR), the incumbent acts as the sole Personnel Specialist and independently performs all aspects of personnel transactions for Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) including payroll, benefits, time reporting, disability and pay. The Sr. Personnel Specialist is required to have the ability to appropriately apply laws, regulations and bargaining unit contract provisions concerning personnel transactions.  Consistent with good customer service practices, the incumbent is expected to be courteous, provide timely responses to internal/external customers, and follow through on commitments.  The Sr. Personnel specialist is the sole person at the HR Reception desk and answers the main HR line, checks messages left on the main line, Greets and assists the general public and GO-Biz employees who come to the counter and  answers general inquiries and directs employees to appropriate HR staff for assistance. Regular and consistent attendance is critical to the successful performance of this position due to the heavy workload and time-sensitive nature of the work. The incumbent routinely works with and is exposed to sensitive and confidential issues and/or materials and is always expected to maintain confidentiality. The hours for this position are 8:00am to 5:00pm.

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 Personnel Specialist
$4,606.00 - $5,770.00 A
$3,278.00 - $4,102.00 A
$3,768.00 - $4,723.00 B
$3,903.00 - $4,886.00 C
$4,215.00 - $5,277.00 D
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
8 am - 5 pm
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

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:

Special Requirements

Employment Application - Interested applicants must fill out the "Employment History" section of the State Application (STD 678) with all relevant experience to be considered for this position. GO-Biz will not review attached resumes in lieu of the Employment History section of the State Application (STD 678). Failure to fill out the Employment History section of the State Application (STD 678) will result in disqualification. 

Statement of Qualifications - Interested applicants must submit a Statement of Qualifications of no more than two pages along with your State Application (STD 678) describing your experience as it relates to the position.

Applications submitted without the Statement of Qualifications will not receive further consideration for this position. Resumes and Cover Letters will not be accepted in lieu 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: 11/19/2020

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.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    Statement of Qualifications - Interested applicants must submit a Statement of Qualifications of no more than two pages along with your State Application (STD 678) describing your experience as it relates to the position.

    Applications submitted without the Statement of Qualifications will not receive further consideration for this position. Resumes and Cover Letters will not be accepted in lieu of the Statement of Qualifications. 

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:

    • Current office methods, procedures, equipment, and basic math principals
    • Laws, rules, regulations and bargaining contract provisions affecting personnel record keeping, personnel transactions, payroll, and certification processes used in state departments

     Ability to:

    • Think logically, multitask, and apply laws, rules and regulations and bargaining contract provisions concerning personnel transactions; independently interpret and use reference material
    • Give and follow directions; gather data; design and prepare tables, spreadsheets, and charts
    • Advise employees of their rights and options
    • Communicate effectively
    • Operate a computer keyboard/terminal
    • Establish and maintain cooperative working relations with internal and external customers
    • Organize and prioritize work; create/draft correspondence, and maintain personnel records


    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: Sr. Personnel Specialist/Personnel Specialist 
    Bargaining Unit: R-01
    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.

    Personal Leave Program 2020

    NOTE: Salaries do not reflect reductions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Information for actual reductions is available in the Human Resources Manual, Section 2113, Personal Leave Program (PLP) at  
    Please refer to the section for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – Bargaining Units 1, 3, 4, 11, 14, 15, 17, 20 and 21. 

    Education Documentation and Exam Links

    If you are using educational requirements as your basis of meeting the minimum qualifications, you must proivde school transcripts.

    Sr. Personnel Specialist Exam:

    Personnel Specialist Exam:

    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