Job Posting: Government Affairs Assistant

Department of Public Health

Government Affairs Assistant

$5,149.00 - $6,446.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 6/29/2021

Job Description and Duties

The AGPA/ SSA works under the direction/ supervision of the Assistant Deputy Director (ADD). The incumbent performs technical analytical staff services assignments for the Office of Legislative and Governmental Affairs (LGA). The AGPA/ SSA is and responsible for interacting with legislators, legislative staff, lobbyists, stakeholders and others to resolve issues related to the Califonia Department of Public Health (CDPH) programs. The incumbent will receive information, solve problems with Department programs and effectively communicate outcomes with legislative staff. The incumbent is responsible for reviewing legislative reports related to departmental programs  and providing feedback and recommendations to the Deputy Director (DD) and/or the ADD. The AGPA/ SSA is responsible for reviewing new legislation determining its effect on the Department and assign to appropriate division or program responding to high level assignments received from California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) and scheduling meetings between LGA staff, department staff, outside stakeholders and legislative staff or members. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for information gathering, research, tracking, and analysis related to legislative issues as needed by the DD, Chief Deputies and the Director. This position also serves as the Personnel Liaison for the unit and is also responsible for various complex administrative functions.  

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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:
Government Affairs Assistant
$5,149.00 - $6,446.00 A
$3,298.00 - $4,132.00 A
$3,571.00 - $4,469.00 B
$4,281.00 - $5,360.00 C
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

CDPH programs and services, implemented in collaboration with local health departments and state, federal and private partners, touch the lives of every Californian and visitor to the state 24-hours a day, 7-days a week through infectious disease control/prevention, food safety, environmental health, patient safety, family health and emergency preparedness. CDPHs Office of Legislative and Governmental Affairs is located in the heart of Sacramento in the East End Complex (1615 Capitol Avenue). LGA works closely with the Director’s office, Health and Human Services Agency, the Governor’s Office, Legislators and their staff as well as public health stakeholders. LGA is dedicated to being a resource for the development and enactment of legislation to protect and promote public health on behalf of all Californians, including vulnerable and underserved communities. LGA is a team of eight who are passionate about our work and values creativity and innovation.

Special Requirements

Statement of Qualifications

The SOQ serves as documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing and should be typed and no more than two (2) pages (8 ½ x 11), 1 inch margins, single-sided and 12-point Arial font.

Please add the questions or make sure to number and answer in the order presented.

  1. Describe your knowledge and/or experience in reviewing new and amended legislation for impact on a department, office of stakeholder group.
  2. Describe your knowledge and/or experience in working with a computerized tracking system (such as Capitol Track) to process information on legisatlive activities.
  3. Describe your knowledge and/or experience in responding to inquiries from legislators and external stakeholders regarding departmental policies including any research necessary to provide the response.
  4. Explain how your organizational skills, analytical skills, and ability to meet deadlines, make you a good candidate for this position.

PLEASE NOTE: Resumes, letters, Supplemental Questionnaire, transcripts, degrees, your state application, cover letters and other materials will not take the place of the Statement of Qualifications.  Simply copying and pasting your resume will also not be accepted. Responses must be numbered and with the questions submitted in the same order. Applications received without an SOQ may be rejected.

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: 6/29/2021

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 Public Health
Attn: Classification & Certification Unit
P.O. Box 997378
MS 1700-1702
Sacramento, CA 95899-7378

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Public Health
Classification & Certification Unit
1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430
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 optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    Please see Statement of Qualifications instructions above in Special Requirements.  Any applications received that do not provide a written response to the SOQ above may not be scored/reviewed.  

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 written and oral communications
  • Demonstrated organization and superior analytical skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and to organize/prioritize work to meet deadlines
  • Ability to follow detailed directions, multi-task, think analytically, and to perform completed staff work
  • Enjoy working in a team setting
  • Ability to collaborate with all levels of staff and executive management
  • Experience in responding to legislators, staff, stakeholders and lobbyists regarding sensitive topics


NOTE:  Salaries do not reflect recent changes necessitated by the unanticipated budget shortfalls arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Information for actual reductions of salaries is available at

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.

Human Resources Contact:
Human Resources Division
(916) 445-0983
Hiring Unit Contact:
Charlet Archuleta
(916) 440-7502

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) 445-0938
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.

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