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Job Posting: Senior Counsel

Department of Financial Protection and Innovation

Senior Counsel

$9,976.00 - $12,798.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 10/27/2021

Job Description and Duties

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation is recruiting for one Permanent, Full-time Attorney III position within the Legal Division. This position is to be located in the Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego offices. This recruitment may be used to fill subsequent vacancies of these positions within the next 180 days.

Under the general direction of the Assistant Chief Counsel of the Legal Division, the Attorney III is responsible for providing legal and policy analysis, services, and advice through the promulgation of regulations, legal opinions, and related work for the Legal Division. The incumbent will promulgate regulations to implement newly enacted legislation and update current laws pursuant to the Office of Administrative Law rulemaking process. The incumbent will draft complex and time-sensitive regulations to implement the laws under the jurisdiction of the Department; complete all documents necessary to comply with the Office of Administrative Law rulemaking process; schedule and lead public hearings regarding proposed rulemaking; confer with Office of Administrative Law and advise the Commissioner on interpretive issues under the Administrative Procedure Act. The incumbent will analyze current legal developments and industry practices for purposes of drafting regulations; initiate or lead projects that involve analysis of legal, economic, regulatory, and social trends that may result in changes in the policies and interpretations of the Commissioner, or which lead to proposed rulemaking; initiate or lead special projects to implement Department laws and policies; consult with industry and public interest representatives and other state, local, and national agencies in order to formulate new regulations; and work with third-party vendors to perform studies to justify rulemaking decisions. The incumbent will lead or participate in internal task forces formed to implement new laws and serve as a subject matter expert and main point of contact and liaison to other state and federal agencies.

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

Working Conditions

Sacramento Location: The Sacramento office is located in north Natomas and offers FREE PARKING, is easily accessible from INTERSTATES 5 and 80, and is also close to various dining and shopping choices in the Natomas area. 

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

Los Angeles Location: The Los Angeles office is located in the heart of the downtown financial district within walking distance to restaurants, transit, multiple parking options.

San Diego Location:
The San Diego office is located in the heart of Mission Valley, within walking distance to many shops and restaurants.

The incumbent must be willing to exercise flexibility and agility as well as be willing to telework (remote work) from home as needed. Telework is subject to DFPI’s Telework Program Policy.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Senior Counsel
$9,976.00 - $12,798.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

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.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

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.

Additional Filing Instructions:

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: 10/27/2021

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: Kathryn Cifelli
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
Attn: Kathryn Cifelli
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.
  • Supplemental Application -

    A Supplemental Application is required for this position.  Applications received without a Supplemental Application completed as specified may be rejected. Please review the section below titled 'Supplemental Application Instructions' for detailed completion 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:
  • Ability to research law and policy issues under short deadlines.
  • Ability to write clearly, concisely, and persuasively.
  • Ability to professionally communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Possession of excellent analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of the financial industry and trends.
  • Experience related to implementation of a program.
  • Ability to serve as a high-level advisor to management.
  • Ability to provide leadership and assistance in developing and implementing new policies and procedures and the ability to adjust to shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to organize and establish simultaneous workload priorities and work under pressure.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of initiative and confidentiality.
  • Ability to reason well and exercise good judgment.
  • Dependable, punctual, and responsive to inquiries, with a history of excellent attendance.



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

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Kathryn Cifelli
(916) 576-3176

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.

Supplemental Application Instructions

Supplemental Application: In order to be considered for this position, applicants must submit a Supplemental Application. The Supplemental Application must be no more than three pages in length, must include your first and last name, and must be titled Supplemental Application. Application packages received without a Supplemental Application may not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, and statement of qualifications do not take the place of the Supplemental Application.

Please respond to the following:

1. Legal Analysis and Decision Making:

Discuss your experience in analyzing complex facts and laws and determining appropriate courses of action.

2. Legal Practice and Procedure:

Describe your experience performing legal work as an attorney in all areas since being licensed to practice law.

3. DFPI Jurisdictional Legal Experience:

The DFPI regulates and enforces specific laws related to the financial industry. Discuss your familiarity with these laws and these industries generally. 

4. Rulemaking:

Discuss your familiarity with the California Administrative Procedure Act and your experience with rulemaking under the Administrative Procedure Act.

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