Job Posting: Attorney

State Personnel Board


$5,756.00 - $10,028.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 3/10/2021

Job Description and Duties

The attorney is expected to possess excellent analytical and writing skills with a background in litigation. The attorney will be representing the SPB in administrative and civil proceedings before different administrative agencies and state and federal courts. In addition, the attorney will be drafting decisions on behalf of the Board and the Executive Officer concerning proposals and litigated matters within the SPB’s jurisdiction. Please see duty statement for further details of the job. 

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:
$5,756.00 - $10,028.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Division Description:
The Legal Office provides legal advice and direction to the constitutionally-appointed members of the State Personnel Board (SPB), the Executive Officer, other divisions within the SPB, and where appropriate, legislators, stakeholders, and members of the public. Advice and direction provided generally pertains to civil service laws, rules, regulations, policies, and practices, public employment issues, and employment and constitutional law.

Team Description:
The Legal Office is led by the Chief Counsel and has a team of between three and four attorneys. The modest size of the Legal Office provides for a collegial, professional, and tight-knit environment, which lends itself to a positive and rewarding work atmosphere.

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a Licensed Attorney License. You will be required to provide a copy of your license prior to being hired.
In addition to your application, you must also submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for the hiring manager's review. Your SOQ response must be no longer than two pages, single spaced, 12 pt and address the following:
  • Please describe your litigation experience, if any, in detail. Your description may include the types of litigation you have handled, the compllexity of the cases, the work you performed in the litigated matters, motion work that you have personally drafted and argued, and any adversarial proceedings you have personally appeared and handled.

  • Please describe your experience representing or working on behalf of a board or public agency including the nature of the work performed and the subject matter of your representation or work. If you do not have any experience representing or working on for a board or public agency, please describe how your overall experience makes you an ideal candidate for an attorney position with the California State Personnel Board.

  • Please describe why you want to work as an attorney for the California State Personnel Board.

Please note: Application packets received without an SOQ will not be considered.

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: 3/10/2021

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:

State Personnel Board
Attn: Catherine Rude
1515 S Street, North Building Ste. 500
Sacramento, CA 95811

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

State Personnel Board
Catherine Rude
1810 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
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 - In addition to your application, you must also submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for the hiring manager's review.
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:
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of initiative
  • Knowledge of the civil service laws
  • Ability to work with multiple levels of staff & management
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

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:
Catherine Rude
(916) 322-2300
Hiring Unit Contact:
Alvin Gittisriboongul
(916) 653-3539

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:
Sylvia Johnson
(916) 322-3741
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.

Additional Information

COVID-19 Impacts
Telework has been temporarily adopted for employees who can perform their essential work functions remotely. In addition, employees are subject to the provisions of the State of California’s Personal Leave Program 2020, receiving additional paid leave in exchange for a 9.23% reduction in base salary.

Multiple positions may be filled from this recruitment

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