Job Posting: Full Stack Developer

Office of Digital Innovation

Full Stack Developer

$7,365.00 - $9,869.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Effective July 1, 2020, in response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020) was implemented. The salary on this job posting may not reflect the reduction in pay resulting from PLP 2020. Please follow the link for more information:

California’s Office of Digital Innovation (ODI) works to put Californians’ needs at the heart of state services and program delivery. Whether it’s the response to COVID-19, homelessness, housing, or any one of the serious issues facing California, ODI partners with innovators across the state to deliver radically better services, in shorter cycles. 

ODI is like a start-up within the Government Operations Agency. We’ll work collaboratively with state agencies, departments and offices to improve digital services for Californians. Our work brings a human-centered, agile and product-focused mindset to technology, design and procurement. It includes early-stage research and prototyping for new projects as well as independent counsel and advice on existing large projects.

Our Mission is to deliver better government services to the people of California through technology and design. ODI builds on lessons learned around digital innovation in our state and worldwide and brings them to scale in California. We use design, engineering, data, product management, and behavioral insights. We bring tools and practices to bear on new projects and provide independent counsel and advice on existing large projects.

What you’ll do
Under the general direction of the Product Manager, the Information Technology Specialist II will iterate on applications based on user research, ensuring high performance and accessibility and coding using modern web standards. They will write, code, test, and analyze software programs and applications, application programming interfaces (APIs), and designs. The Information Technology Specialist II will also research, document, and modify software specifications throughout the software delivery life cycle. The incumbent will work on technological solutions that are essential to the mission of state organizations and affect large numbers of users on a long-term or continuing basis. The incumbent will employ initiative and resourcefulness in deviating from traditional methods and researching emerging technologies to develop new methods, criteria, and/or new policies, contributing to ODI’s focus on improving government services for all Californians using the power of technology and design.

What we hope you’ll bring: We are looking for developers who are inspired to combine the art of design with the art of programming and have passion for the mission. You’ve seen a lot, you’ve learned a lot, and want to make government more accessible and intuitive for the people it serves. You’re a strong communicator who employs an inclusive, collaborative, consultative approach.

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:
Full Stack Developer
$7,365.00 - $9,869.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Our Mission – What We’re Building
Too often, government services do not actually meet the needs of the people who use them. The Office of Digital Innovation (ODI) will work to change that by putting residents’ needs at the heart of state services. Whether it’s homelessness, COVID-19, housing, wildfires, or any of the serious issues facing Californians, ODI will partner with innovators across the state to deliver radically better services.

Drawing on lessons learned from similar efforts across the United States and globally, ODI partners with California state agencies to bring a human-centered, agile, and product focused mindset to technology design, delivery, and procurement.

ODI will work collaboratively with state agencies to improve digital services for Californians. Our work will include early stage research and prototyping for new projects as well as independent counsel and advice on existing large projects.
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Special Requirements

All interested applicants are required to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). You must provide direct responses to each of the numbered items listed below. Each individual response must be numbered and include the full text of the numbered items prior to your response. Please include specific examples of your education, training, and/or experience. Limit your SOQ to a maximum of two (2) pages, single-spaced, twelve-point Arial font.

  1. List, in bullet point format, your project experience/role in:
    1. Frontend development (design systems, web performance, accessibility) and/or
    2. Backend development (scaling applications, API & database design).
For each project describe your contribution. Were you the sole author or part of a larger team of contributors? What architectural decisions were you responsible for?

  1. List, in bullet point format, your prior experience participating in interviewing or engaging end-users for insight on functionality, interface, problems, and/or usability issues. Include project examples and contributions to those projects for each year of experience. Were you responding to bug reports, making improvements based on user feedback filtered through product managers?

  2. List, in bullet point format, your hands-on experience developing test cases and test plans. Include your contribution and dates for each project. Include project examples and contributions to those projects for each year of experience. How did you ensure software quality?
    1. If you have not developed test cases or test plans, indicate this and include any tests you have run that were written by others.

Note: Applicants who do not follow these instructions may be disqualified from the selection process. Cover letters and resumes do not take the place of the SOQ.

Application Instructions

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: Until Filled

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:

Office of Digital Innovation
Attn: CalHR Personnel Office - Lyla de la Sota
1515 S Street
North Building, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95811

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Office of Digital Innovation
CalHR Personnel Office - Lyla de la Sota
1810 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Please contact the Human Resources contact listed below to schedule a drop off.
08:00 AM - 04:00 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 - If you are basing your eligibility on education, provide your transcripts. Applicants with foreign transcripts must provide a transcript evaluation that indicates the number of units to which the foreign course work is equivalent. Transcripts and evaluations may be unofficial; official transcripts will be required upon appointment. Please redact birthdates and social security numbers. If you are not basing your eligibility on an educational requirement, you may instead use the bypass option (when applying, select Choose/Upload for the required document and then select Bypass File).
  • Statement of Qualifications - A STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS IS REQUIRED. Please see the Special Requirements section for instructions.
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:
  • Excellent understanding of coding methods and best practices
  • Experience with JavaScript, HTML & CSS with deep knowledge of either front or backend or both:
  • frontend: design systems, web performance, accessibility
  • backend: scaling applications, API & database design
  • Prior experience participating in interviewing or engaging end-users for insight on functionality, interface, problems, and/or usability issues
  • Hands-on experience developing test cases and test plans
  • Knowledge of applicable data privacy practices
  • Ability to communicate effectively with non-technical staff and with members of interdisciplinary teams
  • Flexible and adaptable in regards to learning and understanding new technologies 
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to conduct research into software-related issues and products 
  • Highly self-motivated and directed 
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment 
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment


There are numerous benefits to joining our team! The State of California offers a competitive and comprehensive employee benefits package. Click here to view the benefits available to State of California employees!

Additional Benefits that ODI Offers:

  • Flexible work hours
  • Telework opportunities: Ability to work fully remote

General State Employment Benefits and Protections

Click here to view more information about the outstanding benefits offered to State employees.

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Lyla de la Sota
(916) 324-9408

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:
RA Coordinators
(916) 324-3235
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 Application Information

If you are new to the State recruitment process, please review the CalCareers 3 Steps to a State Job page.

Using the online application system as specified in this announcement is the preferred method of applying for civil service job opportunities; however, applicants may instead apply by way of U.S. mail, parcel deliver or courier service, or in person, as set forth in this announcement.

Applications must include a description of the duties performed for each position held; reference to a resume (“See Resume”) in place of a description of the duties performed will not be accepted.

Additional positions may be filled from this recruitment.

The first cut off date for this posting will be May 21st, 2021. Thereafter, cut off dates will be the 21st of each month.

Examination Information

To obtain list eligibility for the Information Technology Specialist II position(s), you must first take the online Information Technology Specialist II 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