Department of Water Resources

C. E. A.

$7,442.00 - $17,513.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 4/16/2021

Job Description and Duties

Effective July 1, 2020, State employees are subject to a 9.23% salary reduction, not included in the current salary, in exchange for up to 16 hours of the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020) per month.

The Assistant Deputy Director, Salton Sea Restoration Program, under the general direction of the Deputy Director for Integrated Watershed Management, with direction from the Director and the Natural Resources Agency Assistant Secretary for Salton Sea Policy, this position is responsible for leading DWR’s role in supporting the long-term sustainability of the Salton Sea, a critically important natural, cultural, and economic resource. The Assistant Deputy Director for Salton Sea Restoration will develop and lead the DWR’s Salton Sea team, deliver wetland and dust suppression projects in coordination with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), coordinate across local, State, and federal agencies to support the State’s legal commitments to Salton Sea restoration.

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

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:
    C. E. A.
    $7,442.00 - $17,513.00

    Incumbents shall typically receive a salary rate within the approved CEA level.  
    The approved level for this position is A ($7,442 - $14,803)

    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The California Department of Water Resources, established in 1956 by the California Legislature, plays an important role in sustaining California's economy, environment and quality of life. DWR operates and maintains the California State Water Project (SWP), which provides drinking water and water to our farms.  Other programs work to preserve the natural environment and wildlife, monitor dam safety, manage floodwaters, conserver water use, and provide technical assistance and funding for projects for local water needs. These are among many activities as DWR strives to meet the water needs of today and the future. 

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    Special Requirements

    Financial Disclosure: This position is covered in the Political Reform Act and requires financial disclosure within 30 days of the first and last day physically worked in a covered position and annually by April 1st.

    Additional requirements may be found on the duty statement.

    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: 4/16/2021

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    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 Water Resources
    Attn: Myra Galvez
    P. O. Box 942836
    Sacramento, CA 94236-0001

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Department of Water Resources
    Myra Galvez
    1416 Ninth Street, Room 320
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    08:00 AM - 04:30 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 -

      The “Statement of Qualifications” (SOQ) should describe a candidate’s experience, knowledge, and abilities relative to the desirable qualifications listed within this announcement of the Assistant Deputy Director, Salton Sea Restoration Program position.  Specific examples must be provided. It shall be typed in 12-point font, with one-inch margins and shall not exceed two pages in length. Resumes, cover letters, and/or other attachments will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application or SOQ.  Applicants who fail to submit a State Application (STD. 678) and a SOQ will be eliminated from this examination process.  

    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.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    (1) Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices and the trends of public administration, organization and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; personnel management techniques; and the Department’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program and the processes available to meet program objectives.
    (2)  Ability to plan, organize and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organizational procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislative and Executive Branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the Department’s Equal Employment Opportunity Objectives. 

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    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:

    Please submit a Statement of Qualifications that includes the following information:


    1. Demonstrated extensive leadership ability to plan, organize and direct a natural, cultural, or economic resource program including strategic planning, long-term oversight, and program strategy.
    2. Demonstrated technical knowledge of federal and State laws, regulations and directives related to the long-term sustainability of the Salton Sea, and engineering standards for restoration projects.  
    3. Demonstrated tactical experience to establish goals and objectives, identify metrics to track achievements, and ensure timely and effective reporting.
    4. Demonstrated executive ability to confer with and gain the confidence of top-level officials including the Directorate, control agency representatives, external stakeholders and business partners, and to represent the Department as a subject matter expert on complex and sensitive Salton Sea issues.  
    5. Demonstrated analytical ability to critically evaluate problems, propose alternatives, design and implement innovative solutions, and take effective action.
    6. Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, with proven ability to negotiate and communicate complex issues and policies, both verbally and in writing.

    Examination Information

    The examination process will consist of a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) evaluation conducted by a screening committee.  The SOQ will be the only basis for your final score and rank on the eligible list.

    The minimum and desirable qualifications listed within this announcement will be used as the standard to screen.  The SOQ should describe a candidate’s experience, knowledge, and abilities relative to the desirable qualifications of the Assistant Deputy Director, Salton Sea Restoration Program
    position.  Specific examples must be provided.  The SOQ will also serve as documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing since this is a critical factor to successful job performance. 

    Applicants should take special care in accurately and completely filling out a State Application (STD. 678). 
    The SOQ shall not exceed two pages in length.  It shall be typed in 12-point font with standard 1-inch margins. 

    Resumes, cover letters, and/or other attachments will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application or SOQ.  

    Applicants who fail to submit a State Application (STD. 678) and a SOQ will be eliminated from this examination process.

    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.

    Contact Information

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

    Human Resources Contact:
    Myra Galvez
    (916) 653-8735

    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 Workforce Equality
    (916) 653-6952
    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.

    DWR's Recruitment Survey

    Click here to complete DWR’s Recruitment Survey.

    This survey is for research purposes only and does not affect the application status. 

    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