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Job Posting: ATTORNEY

Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control


$9,976.00 - $12,798.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 7/12/2022

Job Description and Duties

Under general direction of the Chief Counsel and Assistant Chief Counsel, incumbents in the Attorney III Classification represent the Department in litigation, negotiation, and hearings, including the most complex and sensitive matters. Incumbents respond orally and in written format to Department personnel, outside agencies, licensees, and members of the public regarding licensing and enforcement matters. Additionally, incumbents advise Divisions, District offices, and other Department personnel on pending administrative disciplinary, licensing and protest matters, as well as assist in drafting accusations and other legal documents in such cases. Duties also include providing advice to Department regarding legal matters. Incumbents are expected to work with broad discretion and independence and to be expert in the complex area of law within the Department’s legal program.

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:
$9,976.00 - $12,798.00 A
$6,979.00 - $7,259.00 A
$6,987.00 - $7,976.00 B
$7,323.00 - $9,209.00 C
$8,242.00 - $10,572.00 D
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The position will be located in either Sacramento or Cerritos based on the most qualified candidate selected for the position. 
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: 7/12/2022

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 Alcoholic Beverage Control
Attn: Kendahl Smallwood
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Kendahl Smallwood
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - Candidates are REQUIRED to complete a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) in addition to completing a standard State application (Examination/Employment Application STD 678).  Only those candidates who submit all required documents by the final filing date will be considered. Resumes DO NOT take the place of the Statement of Qualifications. Please see the SOQ instructions below for content and formatting information.
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.


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

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:
Kendahl Smallwood
(916) 419-2557
Hiring Unit Contact:
Premila Carleson

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:
Angela Shaffer
(916) 285-8519
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.

Statement of Qualifications


The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) gathers information regarding your experience and interest in relation to this position. Please respond to all of the SOQ questions listed below. The completed SOQ shall be composed using Arial 12-point font and be no more than three (3) pages in length. The responses in your SOQ must be organized and numbered as reflected below, but you do not need to restate the SOQ questions in full. Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be considered as responses to the SOQ questions.


1.  The ABC Office of Legal Services (OLS) attorneys present the Department's case at administrative hearings of varying complexity, including multi-day hearings involving multiple witnesses. Department hearings may be held via videoconference or in person at various locations throughout the state. Describe your relevant background, training, and experience: (a) preparing cases for evidentiary hearing or trial, (b) conducting evidentiary hearings or trials, (c) managing a case load which involves presenting evidentiary hearings at different locations across the state, and (d) utilizing videoconference technology for case preparation and presentation.

2.  OLS attorneys work closely with the Department's investigative staff to help develop cases during the investigative stage. The attorneys also respond to legal questions from various Department staff members and may be called upon to provide occasional legal trainings. Describe your relevant background, training, and experience: (a) working closely with investigative staff, (b) responding to legal questions and other inquiries from investigators and executive staff, and (c) providing legal training to investigative staff.

3.  OLS attorneys represent the Department before the ABC Appeals Board when Department decisions are appealed. This requires reviewing the record of a hearing, writing responsive briefs, and presenting oral argument before the ABC Appeals Board. Describe your relevant background, training, and experience that would allow you to successfully perform these duties.

4.   OLS attorneys review the reports of Department and external agency investigations to determine if an administrative action should be brought and what violations should be alleged. Describe your relevant background, training, and experience that would allow you to successfully perform these duties.

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