Job Posting: SFIE

Department of Financial Protection and Innovation


$7,176.00 - $9,432.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 7/28/2021

Job Description and Duties

This is a re-advertisement.

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation is recruiting for one permanent, full-time Senior Financial Institutions Examiner position in the Division of Financial Institutions, Banks Office. Position to be located in the San Francisco office. This recruitment may be used to fill subsequent vacancies of these positions within the next 180 days.

Under the general direction of the Financial Institutions Manager (“Manager”, “FIM”), the Senior Financial Institutions Examiner (“Senior”, “SFIE”) is the advanced journey or expert level of the series. The SFIE Conducts examinations of the departments, divisions or units of a licensee and/or affiliates, including the most complex or conducts examinations of the largest and most complex operations of a licensee. Prepares examination reports that accurately communicates examination findings and the financial condition of the licensee. Writes comments and edits and coordinates the report comments of other examiners. Evaluates and determines compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

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

Working Conditions

The San Francisco office is located in the heart of the financial district within walking distance to BART and restaurants.

Regular overnight travel is required for this position. Travel is done primarily by automobile, which could generally be up to an average of a 100-mile radius from the employee’s San Francisco headquartered office. However, on occasion travel to another region of the state could be required and air transportation and rental vehicle would be necessary. In very rare instances, out of town travel can be up to 8 weeks, returning home for weekends with 3 weeks considered average length of time to conduct onsite examinations.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

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$7,176.00 - $9,432.00
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San Francisco County
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Permanent, Full Time
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Department Information

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) (formerly Department of Business Oversight) protects consumers and oversees financial service providers and products. The DFPI supervises the operations of state-licensed financial institutions, including banks, credit unions and money transmitters. Additionally, the DFPI licenses and regulates a variety of financial service providers, including securities brokers and dealers, investment advisers, payday lenders and other consumer finance lenders. The DFPI offers benefit packages, competitive salary, a robust training program and opportunities for advancement.
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Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a Background Investigation be cleared prior to being hired.
A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required for this recruitment.

Applications that do not include a SOQ response or responses that do not directly answer all of the questions below, will be rejected. Resumes do not take the place of a SOQ. The SOQ must be no more than two pages in length, single-spaced, Arial 12-point font, and must include the applicant’s first and last name at the top of each page.

1. Describe your education, experience, training, and skills to meet the criteria in the duty statement that makes you the best candidate for this position. Please use examples.

Resumes and cover letters do not take the place of a SOQ.

Application (Std. 678) must be completed in detail to demonstrate the quality and breadth of work experience necessary to meet the minimum qualifications for this classification. If education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications, please submit a copy of your college transcripts that contain the following information: name of institutions, completion date of degree conferred, and semester or quarter credits earned.

• You are encouraged to apply electronically through your CalCareers account.
• If applying with a hard copy application, please reference “JC-258440/RPA# 20-BAN0020” in the Job Title section of your State application in order to be considered for this vacancy.
• A Resume and a Statement of Qualifications is required.
• Hard copy applications not received or postmarked by 5:00 pm on the final filing date will not be accepted.
• Emailed and faxed applications will not be accepted.

The position requires incumbents pass a Background Investigation prior to being hired. The Background Investigation may include Criminal Background, Fingerprinting, and a review of any governmental records. In addition, other available sources of background information may be reviewed prior to appointment.

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: 7/28/2021

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 Financial Protection and Innovation
Attn: Alisha Dillon
Human Resources Office
2101 Arena Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95834

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Financial Protection and Innovation
Alisha Dillon
Human Resources Office
2101 Arena Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95834
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 required and must be included.
  • Statement of Qualifications - A Statement of Qualifications must be submitted along with your application in order to be considered for this position. Please see the "Special Requirements" section for the Statement of Qualifications 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:
  • Training: Completed core training requirements for an FIE or the equivalent.
  • Work Experience: Experience completing field audits or examinations.
  • Related Skills: Work Experience at a state or federal level examining Financial Institutions. Including experience in the role of examiner-in-charge and or team lead.
  • Communication Skills: Experience working with external and internal customers, organizing meetings: including minutes, agencda, etc., composing letters, preparing reports and delivering oral presentations.


State employees may be eligible for health, dental, vision and leave benefits, as well as retirement programs and other benefits. Benefit eligibility may depend on length of service and may be subject to collective bargaining agreements, which are contracts negotiated between the State of California and employee organizations that define employees’ wages, hours and conditions of employment. Other possible benefits include:

• Alternate Work Schedules
• Telework
• Reimbursement Accounts

General State Employment Benefits and Protections

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Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Alisha Dillon
(916) 576-3181

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:
Kevin Morrison
(916) 576-4938
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.

SFIE Eligibility

Applicants will need to take and pass the online SFIE exam/assessment to be eligible to apply for vacant SFIE positions. To be admitted into the SFIE exam/assessment, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications of 1.) One year of experience in California state service performing the duties of a class at a level of responsibility equivalent to that of a Financial Institutions Examiner, Range C or 2.) Four years of increasingly responsible experience in professional auditing or examination of financial institutions, business firms, or services. (Experience in California state service applied toward this requirement must include two years performing the duties of a class at a level of responsibility equivalent to that of a Financial Institutions Examiner, Range C); And Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with a specialization in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, or a related business/management specialization.

The SFIE exam/assessment can be found on the CalCareers website at: Once passing the online SFIE exam/assessment, applicants will be eligible to apply for vacant SFIE positions posted on the CalCareers website at: on the DFPI’s website at:  Current or former state civil service employees may have lateral transfer eligibility to apply for vacant SFIE positions and for questions regarding your employment history consult with your department’s Human Resources Office.

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