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Job Posting: Writer/Social Media Specialist

Financial Information System for California

Writer/Social Media Specialist

$6,403.00 - $7,954.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under the direction of the Staff Services Manager (SSM) II, Communications Unit Manager, the Staff Services Manager I will serve as the department’s communications and marketing manager. This position will also be responsible for writing content for FI$Cal’s newsletter, and develop written and visual elements such as graphics and photographs for use on the department’s social media platforms (LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook). Through social media channels the incumbent tracks coverage and trends related to FI$Cal and its mission; assists in development of and participation in outreach efforts at public events, news conferences, and department meetings and workshops; and assists in development of website content. The incumbent will be responsible for overseeing the preparation of high-level communications, including departmental memos, letters to stakeholders, newsletter content, and legislative reports. The incumbent will also be responsible for preparing the Director and Chief Deputy Director, and will assist the Staff Services Manager III (SSM III) and Information Officer (IO I) with preparing executive staff for legislative hearings, media interviews, user forums, and other high-level internal and external meetings. The incumbent may act as spokesperson, and represent the department at high-level meetings/events.

Telework Opportunity

Position is located at 2000 Evergreen Street, Sacramento, CA

Positions at FI$Cal are eligible for part-time or full-time telework

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

Working Conditions

The incumbent may need to be on-site to carry out their duties.  This position requires the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and may require excess hours to be worked.  The incumbent should be available to travel as needed and is expected to perform functions and duties under the guidance of the Department of FISCal’s core values. The incumbent provides back-up, as necessary, to ensure continuity of departmental activities.


This position requires prolonged sitting in an office-setting environment with the use of a telephone and personal computer.  This position requires daily use of a copier, telephone, computer and general office equipment, as needed. This position may require the use of a hand-cart to transport documents and/or equipment over 20 pounds (i.e., laptop, computer, projector, reference manuals, solicitation documents, etc.). The incumbent must demonstrate a commitment to maintain a working environment free from discrimination and sexual harassment. The incumbent must maintain regular, consistent, predictable attendance, maintain good working habits and adhere to all policies and procedures.


Candidates who reside outside of the State of California may be admitted to the job interview, but they must show proof of residence in California prior to being eligible for appointment.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Writer/Social Media Specialist
$6,403.00 - $7,954.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

Department Information

The Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) is a historic partnership of the Department of Finance, the State Treasurer's Office, the State Controller's Office, and the Department of General Services — to transform the existing budgeting, accounting, procurement, and cash management systems to optimize the financial business management of the state. FI$Cal will allow the state to operate as a single enterprise for the first time in history.


The Department of FISCal values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. FI$Cal believes the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission. Join FI$Cal and help us work together towards common goals through knowledge sharing and learning!

Department Website:

Special Requirements

The incumbent will use tact and interpersonal skills to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, e.g., stakeholders, customers, management, peers, etc., to facilitate communication to improve the work environment and increase productivity. Fingerprinting and background check will be required.

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

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:

Financial Information System for California
Attn: Human Resources Office
2000 Evergreen Street
Suite 120
Sacramento, CA 95815

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Financial Information System for California
Human Resources Office
2000 Evergreen Street
Suite 120
Sacramento, CA 95815
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 - Unofficial Transcripts are required for submission. You may bypass this requirement: 1: If you meet the minimum qualifications with experience only; or 2. If you are currently working the classification. 
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is a narrative discussion regarding how the applicant's education, training, experience, and skills meet the Desirable Qualifications for the position. In addition, the SOQ serves as documentation of each applicant's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. Please refer to the mandatory instructions for completing the SOQ.

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:
  • Strong writing ability and background.
  • Ability to reason logically and creatively and utilize a variety of analytical techniques to resolve complex governmental and managerial problems
  • Ability to act independently and with open-mindedness, flexibility, and tact
  • Published written work.
  • Knowledge of principles and strategies for effective external and internal communications, media relations, marketing, and branding and event planning
  • Knowledge of communications role within the context of public policy development
  • Knowledge of risk communication principles
  • Ability to quickly synthesize new information, determine information gaps, and conduct research to address information gaps
  • Ability to adjust to evolving priorities and challenges
  • Ability to use initiative and independent judgment in resolving issues
  • Ability to analyze information from multiple sources and make effective recommendations for action


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

Free Parking/Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.


This position is eligible for telework but the incumbent must be available for occasional mandatory onsite duties.

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
FI$Cal - Human Resources Office
(916) 576-5240

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:
Teresa Bunuel
(916) 576-5240
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.

Special Instructions

In order for experience to be considered, applications must be completed fully, including “to” and “from” employment dates (m/d/y), hours per week and prior employer contact information including contact number. In addition applications submitted via mail or drop-off must include the JC number listed on this recruitment, and indicate the basis of your eligibility in the “Examinations or Job Title” section on your application (i.e. Training and Development, List Eligibility, Lateral Transfer, etc.). Applications without this information may be rejected. Please do not include the Equal Employment Opportunity questionnaire of the state application.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications review cut off dates will be the following:

October 21, 2021
November 11, 2021
December 2, 2021

When submitting supporting documents, PDF file format is preferred.

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), birth date, student identification number, driver’s license number (unless required), basis of eligibility, examination results, LEAP status, marital status, and age. Confidential information on the first page of applications submitted electronically online (i.e. SSN, examination related information, and driver’s license number) will automatically be redacted upon submission.

Possession of minimum qualifications will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment. Applications received that do not clearly reflect how the candidate meets the minimum qualifications, and/or if the candidate does not possess list or transfer eligibility for the classification may be rejected.

If you are meeting minimum qualifications with education, you must include your unofficial transcripts for verification. Official transcripts may be required upon appointment. If it is determined a candidate does not meet the minimum qualifications, the candidate will be withheld from the eligibility list, rendering them inactive and ineligible to be hired for the position. Candidates who have been withheld may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board.

SOQ Mandatory Instructions

When completing the Statement of Qualifications, you are required to follow these guidelines:

  • The evaluation criteria on the Statement of Qualifications MUST be addressed and numbered in the same order as is listed below.
  • The information you provide must be complete and presented in a clear and concise manner using proper grammar.
  • The Statement of Qualifications should be no longer than three (3) pages and no less than two (2), in size 12 Arial font, single-spaced.

A notation or reference to other materials such as resumes or the application will not be considered. Incomplete or missing responses to the information requested may negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications.

Statement of Qualifications Questions

Question 1 : Describe your experience coordinating information with subject matter experts to develop/write content for external newsletters and scripts for external webcasts.

Question 2  : Describe your experience building and executing a social media strategy through research, messaging and audience identification.

Question 3  : Describe in detail your work experience and how it relates to the duty statement.

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