Job Posting: Special Assistant to the Director

Governor's Office of Planning and Research

Special Assistant to the Director

$4,141.00 - $5,384.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 4/29/2021

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of the Director of the Office of Planning and Research (OPR), the Special Assistant will serve as lead support for the Director, performing a variety of analytical and administrative support duties; consistently exercise a high level of initiative, independence, and originality in performing assigned tasks including research of facts on which decisions or recommendations may be based.  The assignments are routinely sensitive and typically specialized.  

Please see attached duty statement for additional information.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Work will be done in a climate-controlled office under artificial lighting.  Telework is available during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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:
    Special Assistant to the Director
    $4,141.00 - $5,384.00
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Exempt Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time
    Work Shift:
    regular business hours
    Work Week:
    Monday - Friday

    Department Information

    The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) serves the Governor and his Cabinet as staff for long-range planning and research and constitutes the comprehensive state planning agency. OPR operates a variety of programs and initiatives, hosts tools and clearinghouses, and leads a range of activities related to land use and community planning/development, climate adaptation and resilience, sustainable economic development, military affairs and coordination, and other activities that support long-range planning and research across the state. For more information about OPR’s roles and responsibilities, see

    OPR is a fast-paced, creative work environment. Assignments may involve high-visibility and politically sensitive subjects that are of critical importance to the Governor of California and to the State. As such, this position requires a high degree of independent judgement, strong collaboration and communication skills, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor.

    This position is designated under the Conflict of Interest Code. The position is responsible for making, or participating in the making, of governmental decisions that may potentially have a material effect on personal financial interests. The appointee is required to complete form 700 within 30 days of appointment and annually thereafter. Failure to comply with the Conflict of Interest Code requirements may void the appointment.

    Department Website:

    Special Requirements

    Minimum Qualifications:  A Bachelor's Degree or an Associates and 2 years work experience.

    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: 4/29/2021

    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:

    Governor's Office of Planning and Research
    Attn: Human Resources
    1400 10th Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Governor's Office of Planning and Research
    1400 10th Street
    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.
    • Other - Please submit a cover letter outlining why you are a good candidate for the position.  
    • Other - Please submit a Writing Sample of no more than five (5) pages.  The writing sample should illustrate applicant’s independent writing and research abilities. Please include only independent work (not collaborative projects). If the writing sample is part of a broader project, please clearly indicate which portion is the applicant’s own independent work. Anything more than five pages will not be looked at and could exclude the applicant from consideration.  
    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:

    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:

    • A demonstrated ability to take charge of projects, overcome obstacles, and move them to completion with minimal supervision.
    • Execellent organizational skills, including a demostrated abilty to proioritze a varitety of tasks and work on multiple tasks simultaneosly, while timely meeting deadlines and keeping materials organized.  
    • Demostrated ability to work flexibly in a fast-paced enviroment where priorities often shift. 
    • Experience in and ability to write business correspondence.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Acrobat. 
    • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skills, flexibity and problem-solving skills.
    • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:  Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.


    The State of California benefit package may include:


    • Retirement contributions into the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.
    • Vacation and Sick Leave or Annual Leave
    • Professional Development Day – two days per fiscal year
    • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
    • Life insurance basic coverage of $50,000 for managers and $25,000 for supervisors, confidential, and excluded employees.
    • Voluntary enrollment into a deferred compensation program Long-term Disability Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, Group Term Life Insurance, and a Legal Service Plan.
    • Flexible work hours with prior agreement of supervisor.
    • This position is exempt from Civil Service.

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        Contact Information

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

        Department Website:
        Human Resources Contact:
        Joanna Sledge
        (916) 324-9736

        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) 324-9736
        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.

        How to apply

        Submit the following materials:

        • CalHR Application
        • Resume
        • Cover Letter: No more than (1) page total.
        • Writing Sample:  No more than (5) pages total.  

        Information about this position

        Please note, this position will receive a 9.23% salary reduction starting July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022.

        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