Job Posting: Student Assistant

Office of Digital Innovation

Student Assistant

$15.00 - $20.22 per Hour

Final Filing Date: 6/25/2021

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 close supervision of the Chief of Administration, the Student Assistant will serve as support for the Administrative division of the California Office of Digital Innovation, contributing to ODI’s focus on improving government services for all Californians using the power of technology and design. In a learner capacity, the incumbent performs detailed analytical work and is generalist in function. The Student Assistant will be responsible for learning and performing job tasks in Accounting, Procurement, Facilities and Information Technology. Additionally, the Student Assistant will receive mentoring to achieve their career goals.

The office location for this position is in Sacramento, CA. The incumbent will be expected to be present at the work location, but may also telework at the discretion of the Chief of Administration.

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:
Student Assistant
$15.00 - $20.22 per hour
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Student Assistant

Department Information

The Office of Digital Innovation (ODI) uses people-centered design and technology to reimagine and deliver more equitable, effective services to Californians. We focus on creating and delivering lasting change, not just quick fixes. Our approach starts by understanding what Californians need and how those needs are being met. We work with state agencies and departments to rethink and redesign the processes, policies, and technology systems that problems are rooted in. ODI hires and develops cross-discipline staff with blended backgrounds in tech, design, data, policy, strategy, and research. Our team comes from within the public and private sector. We understand the intricacies of government services and programs. We bring empathy, curiosity, data, technology, and a host of other tools to identifying and solving problems. If you’re interested in building solutions to help solve problems like COVID-19 vaccine distribution, homelessness, or any of the many issues facing California today, then apply!
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Special Requirements

All interested applicants are required to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). You must provide a direct response to the numbered item listed below. Your response must be numbered and include the full text of the item prior to your response. Please include specific examples of your education, training, and/or experience. Limit your SOQ to a maximum of one (1) page, single-spaced, twelve-point Arial font.

1. Please describe how your coursework or work experience relates to the duties listed in the job duty statement.

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

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: 6/25/2021

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 who are, or have been, a dependent child in foster care, a homeless youth, or a formerly incarcerated youth as defined by Government Code section 18220 are encouraged to apply and will be given priority. If you are applying under this eligibility status, please note on your application your eligibility by stating “preference under Government Code section 18220”. Please note that prior to appointment, individuals claiming preference under one of these categories will be required to furnish documentation establishing their eligibility.

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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - A STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS IS REQUIRED. Please see the Special Requirements section for instructions.
  • Other - Proof of enrollment.
  • Other - College 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.
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:
  • Manage multiple priorities by utilizing effective time management skills
  • Proficiency with a personal computer, Google drive, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Analytical skills and experience resolving problems or issues
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, relatively flat, transparent and collaborative environment with open-mindedness, flexibility and tact
  • Ability to work independently, maintain schedules, and bring projects to a timely closure
  • Ability to write comprehensively and effectively, demonstrating ability to communicate with all levels of management, peers, and external customers
  • Entrepreneurial nature and willingness to think creatively about new ways to solve problems
  • Coursework or experience in Accounting or Business Administration, or in a field of study requiring strong analytical writing skills (English, Communications, Political Science, Economics, History, Philosophy, etc.)


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!

General State Employment Benefits and Protections

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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:
Lyla de la Sota
(916) 324-9408
Hiring Unit Contact:
Debra Waltman
(916) 562-4893

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 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.

Examination Information

This is a non-testing classification; no exam is needed.

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