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Job Posting: PC 4060

Department of Education

PC 4060

$3,717.00 - $4,888.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 9/17/2021

Job Description and Duties

This is a reposting. If you previously submitted an application for this position, you do not need to reapply.

Under the general supervision of the Staff Services Manager I, the Legal Secretary shall provide a variety of legal secretarial support and high-level administrative support to Attorneys in the Legal Division and Legal and Audits Branch. The function of the Legal and Audits Branch is to advise and represent the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the California Department of Education, and the State Board of Education, and its members, on legal matters.

Legal Secretarial Support: Preparation of the most complex and confidential legal correspondence and documents as assigned by five or more Attorneys. Assignments will include preparation, filing and service of pleadings in multiple jurisdictions, including federal, state, and appellate courts and/or Administrative Hearings; copy and assemble exhibits and discovery documents; generation of tables of authorities; citation and quoted text verification. Ensure all documents are prepared and formatted using the appropriate style guidelines.

Office Procedures: Independently develop and maintain confidential and administrative files of assigned Attorneys and other staff as requested. Coordinate and schedule court-related activities including scheduling status conferences, scheduling witnesses and depositions, and making arrangements for court reporters as necessary. Track progress of court proceedings; responsible for filing necessary documents in accordance with court timelines; responsible for maintaining thorough working knowledge of legal processes and procedures, research materials and resources; maintain confidential and administrative files of assigned attorneys and other office staff. Make travel arrangements and prepare travel reimbursement claims; set up meetings; prepare and calendar progress of court proceedings, being responsible for filing necessary documents in a timely manner ensuring that deadlines are met; interact with courts, administrative agencies, governmental entities, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and/or witnesses.

Public Contact: Receive and screen visitors and telephone calls; based on knowledge of the department, independently direct questions to the appropriate person or office; answer general or routine questions regarding the Education Code and/or the California Code of Regulations.

Other Responsibilities: Serve as a back-up resource for other administrative staff and other duties as assigned.

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:
PC 4060
$3,717.00 - $4,654.00 A
$3,903.00 - $4,888.00 B
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Legal Branch

Department Information

The California Department of Education (CDE) oversees the state's diverse and dynamic public school system, which is responsible for the education of more than six million children and young adults in more than 10,000 schools with 295,000 teachers. The CDE and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction are responsible for enforcing education law and regulations; and for continuing to reform and improve public elementary school programs, secondary school programs, adult education, some preschool programs, and child care programs. The CDE's mission is to provide a world-class education for all students, from early childhood to adulthood. The CDE serves our state by innovating and collaborating with educators, schools, parents, and community partners, preparing students to live, work, and thrive in a highly connected world.

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: 9/17/2021

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 Education
Attn: C&P PC 4060/JC259773
1430 N Street, Ste. 1802
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Education
Attn: C&P PC 4060/JC259773
1430 N Street (Lobby Drop-Off Box)
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.
  • Other - A current typing certificate (issued within the past four years) verifying typing speed of a minimum of 45 wpm is required for this position.
  • Statement of Qualifications - Interested individuals MUST submit an SOQ with their application. The SOQ should have a title of “Statement of Qualifications, Your Name,” be no more than 2 pages, no smaller than 12 point font, no bullet list and address the following:
    1. Discuss how your experience would make you a good candidate for this job. Include your experience in formatting (including the style guidelines you have used), filing, and serving legal documents in various courts and the Office of Administrative Hearings, scheduling legal services, and maintaining calendars for attorneys.
    2. Describe how you support attorneys in your current job. Include the number of attorneys you support and their positions in the organization, such as partner or staff attorney.
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:
Experience working in state and/or federal court systems
• Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal skills
• Ability to be reliable and punctual
• Ability to perform duties as a team member
• Knowledge of legal resource materials
• Excellent computer skills with Microsoft Office Word 2013, Outlook and Excel programs
• Excellent organization skills


Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Holly Madeiros
(916) 319-0860

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:
Randi Thompson, EEO Officer
(916) 445-9174
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

  • Submitting an electronic application through your CalCareer Account is highly recommended.

  • Important: Make sure your contact information, i.e., address, phone number(s), etc., is current in your CalCareer Account.

  • Do NOT include ANY confidential information on any documents you submit for a job vacancy, such as your State Application, resume, or educational transcripts. Confidential information that should be excluded or removed from these documents includes, but is not limited to, your Social Security Number (SSN), birthdate, age, student identification number, driver license (unless required), examination results, LEAP status, and marital status.

  • Incomplete or late application packages will NOT be considered.

  • If you choose to not submit electronically and are mailing or dropping off your hard copy State Application (STD-678), please use the revised 07/2019 version.

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