Job Posting: Precision Medicine Science Officer

Governor's Office of Planning and Research

Precision Medicine Science Officer

$7,413.00 - $9,977.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/1/2022

Job Description and Duties

Under the supervision of the Office of Planning and Research (OPR) Co-Directors of Precision Medicine, the Science Officer will manage the development and implementation of a diversity of projects related to the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine. This work will support goals established by the OPR Director that improve public health and promote equity in health care throughout California.


This is a professional classification characterized by the responsibility for performing complex project management functions including planning, execution, communication, integration of feedback, analysis, organization, prioritization, coordination, problem solving, and evaluation.


Incumbents are required to have academic training and professional experience in scientific disciplines and knowledge of and experience with scientific methods and precision health and medicine and are expected to possess an understanding of political processes around state-funded research programs.


Please see attached duty statement for additional information.

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

Working Conditions

This position is headquarted in Sacramento, California.  However telework is available therefore we will accept candidates throughout California. 

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.

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Precision Medicine Science Officer
    $7,413.00 - $9,977.00
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Exempt Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time
    Work Shift:
    Regular Business Hours
    Work Week:
    Monday - Friday

    Department Information


    The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) serves the Governor and his Cabinet as staff for long-range planning and research and constitutes the comprehensive state planning agency. OPR operates a variety of programs and initiatives, hosts tools and clearinghouses, and leads a range of activities related to land use and community planning/development, climate adaptation and resilience, sustainable economic development, military affairs and coordination, and other activities that support long-range planning and research across the state. For more information about OPR’s roles and responsibilities, see

    The California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) was launched in 2015 to support collaborative research and foster partnerships between the state, researchers, patients, communities, and industry to further the aims of this new approach to health and medicine.  The initative supports patient-focused research demonstration projects and connects health and medicine stakeholders from across California.  CIAPM stimulates cross-sector collaborations among the state's scientists, clinicians, entrepreneurs, and patient participants, enabling them to translate available large data sets and technical innovation into better health outcomes. 

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    Special Requirements

    • Collaboration: Track record of successfully collaborating with diverse teams and fostering positive working relationships with colleagues and partners. Passionate about providing high quality stakeholder and partner engagement.  
    • Organization and Personal Accountability: Ability to prioritize assignments, manage multiple simultaneous projects, ask for assistance when needed, and provide regular progress updates to collaborators, supervisors, and colleagues.  
    • Communication skills: Excellent written and oral communications, especially the ability to write succinctly and clearly. (See Writing Sample requirements below) 
    • Analysis: Ability to research and analyze quantitative and qualitative information and prepare and present results orally and in writing. 
    • Independent Judgement: Ability to understand and effectively respond to cultural and political context. Ability to implement sound professional judgement and critical thinking.  
    • Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
    • Travel: Ability to travel occasionally as needed. (The State of California reimburses employees for qualifying travel-related expenses.) 

      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: 12/1/2022

      Who May Apply

      This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs. Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Exempt Position by the State of California.

      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:

      Governor's Office of Planning and Research
      Attn: Human Resources
      1400 10th Street
      Sacramento, CA 95814

      Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

      Governor's Office of Planning and Research
      1400 10th Street
      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 required and must be included.
      • Other - Cover Letter - Please submit a cover letter of no more than two (2) pages explaining why you want this position and why you are a good fit.
      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:
      • Minimum Requirements

      • Bachelor of Arts or Science degree with at least 2 years of relevant experience; OR, equivalent combined work experience.

      • The incumbent must be detail oriented and organized, and be proficient with programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat.



            Compensation and Benefits:

            The State of California benefit package may include:

            • Retirement contributions into the California Public Employees’ Retirement System
            • Vacation and Sick Leave or Annual Leave
            • Flexible work hours with prior agreement from Supervisor.
            • Professional Development Days – two day per fiscal year
            • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
            • Life insurance basic coverage of $50,000 for managers and $25,000 for supervisors, confidential, and excluded employees
            • Voluntary enrollment into a deferred compensation program for Long-term Disability Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, Group Term Life Insurance, and a Legal Service Plan
            • This position is exempt from Civil Service.

                  Contact Information

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

                  Department Website:
                  Human Resources Contact:
                  Joanna Sledge
                  (916) 324-9736

                  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:
                  EEO Office
                  (916) 324-9736
                  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.

                  Selection Process

                  Review and Selection Process:

                  Candidates with the most desirable qualifications will be invited for interviews. Initial interviews may be held by phone, with final candidates interviewed via videoconference.

                  This position serves at the pleasure of the Governor and is an “Exempt” position; therefore, appointment to this position and salary are subject to executive approval.

                  Information about this position

                  See attached duty statement for additional information.

                  Submit the following materials:

                  • CalHR Application
                  • Resume
                  • Cover Letter: No more than two-page total.

                  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