Job Posting: Legislative Coordinator

Department of Public Health

Legislative Coordinator

$6,124.00 - $7,608.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 11/30/2020

Job Description and Duties

The SSMI Specialist (Legislative Coordinator) will work under general direction of the Assistant Deputy Director. The incumbent may be assigned any combination of program areas including AIDS, Drinking Water, Health Risk, Environmental and Occupational Disease Control/Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Laboratories, Licensing and Certification, and other public health programs.  Assignments are based on the expertise of the incumbent and the critical nature of legislative issues in the areas of legislative priority for the Department during a legislative session.

Lobby CDPH-sponsored bills, appear at all legislative committee hearings with the author to respond to questions, and prepare author’s statements. Responsible for all activities necessary to secure passage of Department-sponsored legislation. Represent the Department at legislative committee hearings by testifying on and defending highly sensitive and potentially volatile positions on bills. Respond to questions and proposed amendments. Coordinate development of Department testimony at legislative interim “fact-finding” hearings and advises Directorate on appropriate Department posture from the political perspective. Represent the Department at meetings with individual legislators, legislative staff and representatives of various advocacy groups. Negotiate amendments to bills and/or resolutions to issues. Advise Department executive staff of political implications of adopting positions recommended by program staff and make alternative recommendations as appropriate. Prepare written and oral status reports for management on legislation of interest to CDPH. Advise Department management regarding legislative perspectives/processes/protocols/strategies/tactics. Act as a liaison between the Department and the Health and Human Services Agency, the Governor’s Office, the Department of Finance, Members of the Legislature and committee staff, and various organizations/advocacy groups.

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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:
Legislative Coordinator
$6,124.00 - $7,608.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

CDPH programs and services, implemented in collaboration with local health departments and state, federal and private partners, touch the lives of every Californian and visitor to the state 24-hours a day, 7-days a week through infectious disease control/prevention, food safety, environmental health, patient safety, family health and emergency preparedness. CDPHs Office of Legislative and Governmental Affairs (LGA) is located in the heart of Sacramento in the East End Complex (1615 Capitol Avenue). LGA works closely with the Director’s office, Health and Human Services Agency, the Governor’s Office, Legislators and their staff as well as public health stakeholders. LGA is dedicated to being a resource for the development and enactment of legislation to protect and promote public health on behalf of all Californians, including vulnerable and underserved communities. LGA is a team of eight who are passionate about our work and values creativity and innovation.

Special Requirements

Your Statement of Qualifications must address your experience with the following:


1) Testifying at legislative committee hearings and discussing at a high level highly sensitive and potentially volatile positions on bills and responding to legislators, staff, stakeholders and lobbyists on complex questions and proposed amendments.  

2) Coordinating development of Department testimony at legislative interim “fact-finding” hearings and advising the Deputy Director and Assistant Deputy Director on appropriate Department posture from the political perspective.

3) Coordinating the development of a Department’s annual legislative program, including advising the Deputy Director, Assistant Deputy Director, and program management on the political feasibility, risks, and strategy related to individual proposals.  

4) Continuous monitoring, research and analysis of pending legislation necessary to estimate the strategic and operational impacts on a department.

Your questionnaire should be typed in 12-point Arial font and, when completed, no longer than two (2) pages in length single spaced. Candidates must include the Statement of Qualifications. Applications received without a Statement of Qualifications will not be considered for the position.

PLEASE NOTE: Resumes, letters, Supplemental Questionnaire, transcripts, degrees, your state application, cover letters and other materials will not take the place of the Statement of Qualifications.  Simply copying and pasting your resume will also not be accepted. Responses must be numbered and submitted in the same order. Applications received without an SOQ may be rejected.

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. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

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 Public Health
Attn: Classification & Certification Unit
P.O. Box 997378
MS 1700-1702
Sacramento, CA 95899-7378

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Classification & Certification Unit
1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430
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 optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    Please see Statement of Qualifications instructions above in Special Requirements.  Any applications received that do not provide a written response to the SOQ may not be scored/reviewed.  

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:
  • Legislative knowledge and experience are essential skills to success in this position along with demonstrated ability to interpret regulations, statutes and rules.
  • Excellent organizational, research and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate effectively at all levels using excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to adapt to changing assignments and priorities and work effectively under pressure with time constraints.
  • Strong attention to detail, work both independently and as part of a team, perform work accurately and thoroughly to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to handle work assignments with tact and diplomacy.


For information regarding available employee benefits, please visit the California State Civil Service Employee Benefits Summary page on the California Department of Human Resources’ website at:


NOTE:  Salaries do not reflect recent changes necessitated by the unanticipated budget shortfalls arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Information for actual reductions of salaries is available at  

Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact:
Human Resources Division
(916) 445-0983
Hiring Unit Contact:
Charlet Archuleta
(916) 445-2105

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:
EEO Office
(916) 445-0938
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.

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