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Job Posting: Director of Regulatory Affairs

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission

Director of Regulatory Affairs
C. E. A.

$7,781.00 - $18,310.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 11/3/2021

Job Description and Duties

"Career executive assignment" means an appointment to a high administrative and policy influencing position within the state civil service in which the incumbent's primary responsibility is the managing of a major function or the rendering of management advice to top-level administrative authority. Such a position can be established only in the top managerial levels of state service and is typified by broad responsibility for policy implementation and extensive participation in policy evolvement. Assignment by appointment to such a position does not confer any rights or status in the position other than provided in Article 9 (commencing with Section 19889) of Chapter 2.5 of Part 2.6.

CEAs are to be limited to only the highest, most critical positions that have continuous, direct interface with department directors and constitute the executive management team. CEAs must have a decisive role in their department's policy-making, and should have regular involvement in department-wide policy and program management. The influence of the position should be comparable to other CEA positions within the department or other similar departments. Significant policy creation and program management responsibility are a mandatory aspect of CEA positions. CEA positions must possess the authority to directly influence policies or manage programs pertaining to the departmental mission. CEAs must serve as the chief policy-maker within their respective program area.

Under the general direction of the Executive Director and the Chief Deputy Director, the Regulatory Director provides executive level leadership for BCDC and BCDC’s regulatory programs. Those programs must both conserve and develop the Bay’s many resources, and balance the ecological, economic, and societal interests associated with the Bay and its shoreline communities. To accomplish this, the Regulatory Director must lead, be a problem solver, and partner/collaborate/coordinate on regulatory programs such as permitting, enforcement, and sediment management, as well as on resilience planning programs, projects, and initiatives throughout the Bay Area with a focus on adapting to rising sea levels, and ensure that the requirements of the Bay Plan and special area plans can be implemented successfully through the regulatory process, are up to date, and address emerging issues, including the impacts of rising sea level.

Working Conditions

This is a full-time position in an office in downtown San Francisco.

Telework may be available for this position in accordance with BCDC Telework Policy and Procedures.

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

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    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Director of Regulatory Affairs
    C. E. A.
    $7,781.00 - $18,310.00 A C.E.A. - Level A:  7,781.00 - $11,183.00 per month
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    San Francisco County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The award-winning San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a State of California government agency located in the City of San Francisco with regulatory and planning responsibilities over San Francisco Bay, the Suisun Marsh, salt ponds, and along the Bay Area’s nine-county shoreline. BCDC is guided in its actions by state and federal laws, policies, and regulations including: the McAteer-Petris Act, Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, San Francisco Bay Plan, Suisun Marsh Protection Plan and various special area plans around the Bay. Our 50+ staff takes pride in our high level of professionalism. Our department includes environmental planners, scientists, engineers, attorneys, administrative and information technology staff.

    Department Website:

    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: 11/3/2021

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    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:

    San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
    Attn: California Coastal Commission
    455 Market St. Suite 228
    San Francisco, CA 94105

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
    California Coastal Commission
    455 Market St. Suite 228
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    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.
    • Degree and/or School Transcripts
    • Statement of Qualifications -

      The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is designed to elicit information regarding leadership experience, regulatory experience and education specifically related to the work of the Commission.

      NOTE: Failure to submit a Statement of Qualifications will result in the competitor being eliminated from further participation in the examination/hiring process.

    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.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    Entrance Qualifications

    All applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for this examination by Friday, October 15, 2021, the final filing date.

    Minimum Qualifications

    CEA examinations are open to all applicants who possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements as described in the examination bulletin. Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in civil service.

    All applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for this examination by Friday, October 15, 2021, the final filing date. Qualifying experience may be combined on a proportionate basis if the requirements stated below include more than one pattern and are distinguished as “Either” I “or” II”.  For example, candidates possessing qualifying experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern I, and additional experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern II, may be admitted to an examination as meeting 100% of the overall experience requirements.

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    Emphasis in evaluating the candidates will be placed on the competitor’s education and experience that has prepared the competitor to participate as a member of a vibrant senior staff group that is leading a small state agency into an age of uncertainty due to increased Bay Area population growth, growing pressures to develop Bay resources, and projected rising sea levels caused by climate change. In addition to evaluating the competitor’s relative abilities as demonstrated by the quality and breadth of experience, emphasis in the examination will be on measuring competitively, relative to job demands, each competitor’s:

    Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; personnel management techniques; the department's or agency's equal employment opportunity objectives; and a manager's role in the equal employment opportunity program.

    Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures, and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislative and Executive Branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department's or agency's equal employment opportunity objectives.

    Personal Characteristics:  Acts in a professional manner and demonstrates a high degree of integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior; demonstrates openness and trust; establishes and builds rapport by modeling values-based behaviors; strong interpersonal and mentoring skills; promotes teamwork and cross-functional collaboration and communication in support of BCDC’s strategic goals; and promotes a high-performance culture where employees are encouraged and enabled to perform to their greatest potential.

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    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:

    • Successful experience leading or managing regulatory programs in the field(s) of resource management, land use, transportation, and infrastructure planning; general familiarity with engineering, architecture, and landscape architecture practices; and knowledge of emerging issues that affect the San Francisco Bay and their scientific bases, including rising sea level adaptation planning programs and projects; 
    • Knowledge of federal and California environmental, land use, and administrative laws (including BCDC’s statutes and regulations, the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, and CEQA), and principles and practices of policy formulation and development consistent with such laws;
    • Successful experience leading, managing, training, and guiding diverse managers, supervisors, and individual contributors within a team to ensure that all those individuals and the team they comprise are positively motivated and supported, and can use existing appropriate resources to perform difficult, high-quality work;
    • Successful experience negotiating with stakeholders to complete diverse and complex projects collaboratively within applicable laws and policies;
    • Successful experience collaborating within and across organizations to build and implement policies; and an effective history of navigating, negotiating, and building consensus among diverse organizations in a wide region on a broad spectrum of issues;
    • Successful experience working with project proponents, members of the public, diverse stakeholders, aggrieved parties, and the staffs of public agencies to achieve assigned objectives quickly, smoothly, and efficiently;
    • Successful experience in designing and implementing collaborative, stakeholder-driven policy processes, designing and performing stakeholder outreach, and facilitating group discussions that effectively provide feedback and guidance, and build consensus, on projects and policy development efforts;
    • Successful experience implementing and successfully fulfilling grants and contracts, developing, managing, and aligning budgets that use multiple sources of funding, and developing detailed staffing plans to ensure that project and program deliverables are met and achieve agency objectives; and
    • Successful experience representing an effective organization before public agencies and the general public.

    Examination Information

    The C.E.A. examination will consist of an Education & Experience Evaluation of a CA State Application (std678), a Current Resume, and a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). Depending upon the number of applications received by the final filing date, the examination may also consist of a qualifications appraisal interview in San Francisco, jointly administered by the California Coastal Commission and the San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission. In order to obtain a position on the C.E.A. eligible list, a minimum rating of 70% must be obtained.


    Neither Veterans’ Preference nor Career Credits will be granted in this examination since it does not qualify as an open entrance examination under the law.

    All candidates will be notified in writing of the examination results. The results of this examination will be used to fill this position and may be used to refill the position should a vacancy occur within the next year. If a vacancy occurs, a decision will be made whether to retest in order to consider new applicants, as well as those previously considered.

    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.


    Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

    Benefits include paid vacation/sick leave or annual leave; public transit subsidy; 11 paid holidays each calendar year; health, dental, and vision benefits; and deferred compensation and retirement benefit programs.

    For a list of benefits, go to

    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:
    Corinne Young
    (415) 904-9446
    Hiring Unit Contact:
    Peggy Atwell
    (415) 352-3638

    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:
    Peggy Atwell
    (415) 352-3638
    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.

    Applying for the Exam/Position

    The CA State Application (std678), a current resume, your college transcript(s) or a copy of your diploma, and a statement of qualifications (SOQ) must be postmarked or received by 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, the final filing date. Application materials received after the deadline will not be accepted for any reason. The CA State Application and Supplemental Application may be filed by fax at (415) 904-5482, by email at, or in-person or by mail at the following address:

    Human Resources Office
    California Coastal Commission
    455 Market Street, Suite 200, Room 228
    San Francisco, CA  94105-2421

    Identify the position in the Examination/Job Title section of the CA State Application (std678) and Statement of Qualifications: C.E.A.  

    Submit your application materials for the C.E.A. examination/job announcement only to the address above. Do not mail, fax or email applications to the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR), the California State Personnel Board (SPB), or any State agency other than the California Coastal Commission or the San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission.

    If you have a disability and/or need specific arrangements for interviews, please mark the box in Item 2 of the Job Application. We will contact you to make specific arrangements. Assistance for the hearing impaired on job-related matters is available by phone (711).

    C.E.A Eligible List

    C.E.A. eligibility list will be established for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. The list will be abolished 12 months after it is established unless the needs of the service and/or conditions of the list warrant a change in this period.

    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