Job Posting: Psychologist

Department of Human Resources


$8,085.00 - $10,946.00 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:

Under the general direction of the Chief Psychologist in the Psychological Screening Program (PSP) in the Pre-Employment Division of CalHR, the incumbent applies psychological knowledge in a multi-step process to assess the psychological suitability of peace officer and non-peace officer candidates during the selection process. Incumbent may review written assessment data, background investigation data, psychological history data, and medical and psychological treatment records for factors pertinent to candidate suitability; conduct primary and re-evaluation interviews of candidates; review and discuss reports/recommendations made by contracted psychologists; upon appeal of a decision to the State Personnel Board (SPB), prepare and present expert testimony at hearings held before an Administrative Law Judge; conduct research and participate in related project work and perform other duties as assigned.

COVID-19 Impacts to Working at CalHR

CalHR has temporarily adopted telework for employees who can perform their essential work functions remotely.

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

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Position #(s):
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$8,085.00 - $10,946.00 L
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Work Location:
Los Angeles County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) is responsible for issues related to employee salaries and benefits, job classifications, civil rights, training, exams, recruitment and retention. For most employees, many of these matters are determined through the collective bargaining process managed by CalHR.

Our Vision: To be the premier leader and trusted partner in innovative human resources management.

Our Mission: To provide exceptional human resources leadership and services with integrity, respect and accountability to state departments and all current and prospective employees.

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Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a Psychologist License. You will be required to provide a copy of your license prior to being hired.

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 three (3) pages, single-spaced, twelve-point Arial font.

  1. Please describe how your knowledge, skills and abilities (in a workplace or educational setting) meet the desirable qualifications listed below.  

  2. Explain specifically what interests you about the work conducting psychological evaluations of peace officers.  

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:

Department of Human Resources
Attn: Nicole Vigil
1515 S Street, North Building, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95811-7258

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Human Resources
Nicole Vigil
1810 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811-7258
Please contact the Human Resources contact listed below to schedule a drop off time.
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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - A STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS IS REQUIRED. Please see the Special Requirements section for instructions.
  • Other - Work Sample: Please provide a psychological evaluation report (redacted copy), including psychological test interpretation.
  • 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).
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:

Knowledge of:

  • Assessing written psychological tests to measure psychopathology and personality traits and suitability for peace officer work
  • Principles of  effectively conducting clinical and structured psychological interviews
  • Test construction and validation procedures
  • Concepts, problems, and research criterion validation in employment screening
  • Application of screening methodology and procedures to specialized law enforcement populations
  • The psychology of implicit bias 

Ability to:

  • Prepare, review, and edit written reports
  • Review and incorporate information from collateral sources
  • Present ideas and information clearly, logically, and persuasively, both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
  • Manage time and prioritize workload independently
  • Meet deadlines
  • Conduct research to maintain current knowledge of relevant information related to the practice of peace officer selection and related psychological concepts

Special Personal Characteristics:

  • Integrity, conscientiousness and dependability
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Emotional stability
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Patience
  • Keenness of observation
  • Ability to develop rapport with diverse individuals


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!

Does this opportunity seem right for you?

If so, we encourage you to join us. All CalHR employees are excluded from bargaining. At CalHR, you will be part of a diverse workforce where your experience, expertise and opinion are valued. We offer convenient transportation options, including light-rail, pre-tax parking, on-site ATM, shopping, a variety of nearby restaurants and a Farmers market during spring and summer. In addition, we offer ongoing learning and development opportunities in our Statewide Training program which is onsite.

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

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Nicole Vigil
(916) 323-2756
Hiring Unit Contact:
Rebecca Kessler

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

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 be complete and 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

Applications will be reviewed/screened on the 12th and the 26th of each month, and selections can be made. However, the Job Control will remain open until this vacancy is filled.

Examination Information

To obtain list eligibility for the Psychologist position(s), you must first take the online Psychologist 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