Job Posting: Commander

Department of Developmental Services - Headquarters


$8,746.00 - $11,392.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is recruiting to fill a Supervising Special Investigator II (SSI II) position within the Office of Protective Services (OPS), located in Cathedral City, CA.


Under the direction of the Chief, and the Southern Regional Commander of the Office of Protective Services (OPS). The Supervising Special Investigator II hereinafter referred to as “Commander”, oversees the daily operation and supervision of the protective services division at the designated Developmental Center and/or Community Facility (DC/CF).  


The Commander oversees all OPS employee functions and may be required to perform and/or participate in complex investigations and sensitive staff functions related to field investigations and public safety while establishing a strong liaison with DC/CF management. Ensures all consumer-related protection issues are identified and managed accordingly, provides technical assistance and consultation with the Quality Assurance Departments (QA), and Internal Audits (IA) function.

This position may be eligible to participate in DDS’ hybrid telework schedule. Participation in telework is subject to DDS’ guidelines.

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

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$8,746.00 - $11,392.00
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Work Location:
Riverside County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.


These disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers. The regional centers serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.


Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a Background Investigation be cleared prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) Medical Clearance prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) Psychological Evaluation clearance prior to being hired.

The Office of Protective Services (OPS) is a Law Enforcement Agency.  After the background check clears, the applicant will be appointed to the position. This background check includes interviews of employment and personal references; and FBI, California DOJ fingerprint clearances and DMV clearance(s). The selected applicant must complete a notarized waiver for access to their personal records.


Completion of the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Basic Academy or Specialized Investigators Basic Course is required (Please attach certificate to application). And current California driver’s licenses are required. This is a sworn Peace Officer position pursuant to California Penal Code section 830.3(v). The successful candidate will undergo a complete background investigation, in accordance with the Commission on POST requirements. All appointments are subject to pre-employment physical and fingerprint clearance.

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.

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 Developmental Services - Headquarters
Attn: Araceli Strawmier
Cert Unit
1215 O Street, MS 10-40
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Developmental Services - Headquarters
Araceli Strawmier
Cert Unit
1215 O Street, MS 10-40
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.
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:
  • Knowledge of investigation techniques and procedures
  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, and rules.
  • Knowledge of POBOR and Internal Affairs Investigations
  • Skill in planning, organizing, and directing investigation staff
  • Ability to analyze, think and act quickly in emergencies and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Ability to interpret and apply the provisions of laws and rules to specific cases, and prepare appropriate statewide management statistical reports for the agency.
  • Knowledge of various types of developmental disabilities and have knowledge of specific commitments that allow admission to the Developmental Centers/Community Facility.


As a state employee working for the Department of Developmental Services, you and your family will have access to excellent medical, dental and vision insurance benefits in addition to retirement benefits. 


Benefit eligibility may be based on job classification, bargaining unit, time base and length of appointment. Additional benefits may also be outlined for specific bargaining units in employee collective bargaining contracts. For more information, please visit the links below:


California State Employee Benefits Summary

CalPERS Health Benefits Summary 2022

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


If you have not taken an examination you must take and pass the Supervising Special Investigator II examination located at:

The next cut-off date for this job posting is 5/1/2023. 

Electronic application submission is highly encouraged.

Multiple positions may be filled from this recruitment.

This recruitment may be utilized to fill future vacancies that may occur during the life of the certification list.

Possession of Minimum Qualifications will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment. If you are meeting Minimum Qualifications with education, you must include your unofficial transcripts/diploma for verification. Official transcripts may be required upon appointment. If it is determined an applicant does not meet the Minimum Qualifications, the candidate may 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 California Department of Human Resources.

Remove Confidential Information

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, 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, such as Easy ID number, SSN, examination related information, and driver’s license number will automatically be redacted upon submission.

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