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Job Posting: Chief, Reproductive Toxicology and Epidemiology Section

Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Office

Chief, Reproductive Toxicology and Epidemiology Section

$11,646.00 - $14,478.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties


The Reproductive Toxicology and Epidemiology Section (RTES) within the Reproductive and Cancer Hazard Assessment Branch (RCHAB) provides technical support for the implementation of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65). The Section identifies chemicals for listing as causing reproductive toxicity under Proposition 65; conducts dose response and exposure assessments; develops reproductive/developmental risk methodology and guidance; and provides technical assistance to other programs in the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), the Attorney General’s Office, and other California governmental entities.

Under general direction of the Supervising Toxicologist (Managerial), Chief, RCHAB, the Senior Toxicologist serves as the chief of RTES to supervise the activities of the personnel in the Section and provides expert scientific oversight and supervision of Section projects by coordinating, as appropriate, with other parts of the Department. This direct supervision includes granting time off, coordinating various projects within other parts of the department, and direct review of projects. In the absence of the Chief, RCHAB, the Senior Toxicologist may be designated to represent the Branch at various administrative and programmatic meetings and hearings. Duties include the supervision of staff who will be working as a multidisciplinary team. The Senior Toxicologist will review the work of staff and will be responsible for the most sensitive documents prepared by the Section.

This position may be located either at 1515 Clay Street, 16th Floor, in Oakland, or at 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA.

NOTE:  A job bulletin for this position has been established for each location.  Please refer to Job Code (JC) 256322 for Sacramento.

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List eligibility is established through an examination process in which one must apply and successfully pass the examination for the classification. If you have not established list eligibility for the Senior Toxicologist, please click on the link to the examination bulletin for more information -

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

Working Conditions

Various time-critical assignments are part of the workload. Prolonged sitting while reviewing scientific articles, reports and generating scientific documents and reports is required. Repetitive motion in using office equipment occurs. Off-site meetings and teleconferences sometimes take place. Willingness to travel as needed. May be required to travel to other OEHHA locations for business related needs as necessary.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Chief, Reproductive Toxicology and Epidemiology Section
$11,646.00 - $14,478.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Alameda County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) values diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization. We foster an environment where employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees is essential to inspiring innovative solutions. Together we further our mission to protect and enhance the health of Californians and our state’s environment through scientific evaluations that inform, support and guide regulatory and other actions.

Join OEHHA to improve the lives of all Californians. OEHHA is a small agency that will provide lots of varied experience. OEHHA is responsible for developing and providing risk managers in state and local government agencies with toxicological and medical information relevant to decisions involving public health.

Department Website:

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

SROA and Surplus candidates are encouraged to apply as selection is limited to SROA and Surplus candidates initially. Individuals with eligibility other than SROA or Surplus status may only be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

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:

Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Office
Attn: Peggy Tang - JC-256323
P.O. Box 67
1001 I Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95812-0067

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Office
Peggy Tang - JC-256323
P.O. Box 67
1001 I Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95812-0067
10:00 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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - Read below Statement of Qualifications Requirement 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:


Knowledge and proficiency in general principles of toxicology, with an emphasis in the areas of reproductive and developmental biology/toxicology. An understanding of the general principles of public health and risk assessment. Ability to critically review and evaluate highly complex scientific studies and other information relevant to reproductive/developmental risk assessment. Knowledge of principles and techniques of effective supervision and the department’s Equal Employment Opportunity program. Ability to produce high quality work products that clearly and concisely convey scientific findings and concepts.


Ability to function effectively and work cooperatively in a team.
Ability to communicate complex technical matters effectively in person and in writing.
Ability to analyze situations accurately and take effective action in a timely manner.
Ability to produce high quality written reports.
Knowledge of statistical and dose-response modeling software.
Contribute to the continuing effectiveness and improvement of the Environmental Management System.


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:
Peggy Tang
(916) 445-9376
Hiring Unit Contact:
Brian Brown
(510) 622-3193

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 Officer
(916) 324-2234
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.


All applicable fields on the State Application Form (STD. 678) must be filled out completely.  Clearly indicate on the Form STD. 678 in the field titled “Examination(s) or Job Titles for Which You Are Applying” the position as Senior Toxicologist Job Code (JC)-256323 as indicated on this job announcement and your basis of eligibility (*list eligibility, lateral transfer, reinstatement, etc.).  Employment history on your application must be complete with dates, description of duties and responsibilities for each position held, contact names and phone numbers of supervisors.  Applicants who do not submit all of the required documentation (incomplete application package) may be eliminated from the selection process.

NOTE:  For security purposes, your full social security number is not required on the application. 

For any inquiries about the position sent to, the e-mail should have the Job Code number and position title on the subject line.

Applications for this position may be hand-delivered to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's Human Resources Branch located at 1001 I Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814.  The office hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) serves as documentation of your ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. The SOQ is a narrative discussion, not a bulleted summary. Please answer each of the following questions for the SOQ. Identify each response with the number of the SOQ question, single-spaced, and using Arial 12 point font. The SOQ should be no more than three (3) pages in length.

1. Describe how your education, experience, and other skills qualify you to effectively direct a multidisciplinary team of scientists to conduct scientifically rigorous, accurate, and complete evaluations and analyses of scientific studies that provide evidence relevant to the evaluation of reproductive and developmental hazards and risks of specific chemicals and chemical substances.

2. Discuss your role and contributions to a project that involved the evaluation and analysis of a complex set of toxicological issues and data related to assessing reproductive and developmental hazards and/or risks of specific chemicals and chemical substances. Include a brief description of the methods applied, the analyses conducted, and the key outcomes of the project.

3. Describe your experience giving oral presentations on issues related to reproductive and developmental hazards and risks of specific chemicals or chemical substances at scientific conferences, meetings of expert panels, or other public meetings.

The SOQ must be included with your completed application (Form STD. 678). Cover letters and resumes are optional to include with the application; they do not take the place of the SOQ. Applicants who fail to provide a SOQ or who provide an incomplete SOQ will not be considered.

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