Job Posting: Grant Evaluation (Industry Engagement) Specialist

CA Workforce Development Board

Grant Evaluation (Industry Engagement) Specialist

$6,061.00 - $7,587.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 1/31/2023

Job Description and Duties


Under general direction, the Research Data Specialist I (RDS I) independently performs complex data analysis and is responsible for a wide range of research and analytical duties regarding statistical data. This including statistical investigations for use in the resolution of multiple program related issues pertaining to the measurement of grant program outcomes for all grants that fall under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), as well as other grants and programming focused on industry engagement. This includes workforce development projects with labor-management partnerships in economic sectors affected by climate change, but also include grants pertaining to other sector initiatives. Programs include but are not limited to Senate Bill (SB 1), High Road Training Partnership grants, High Road Construction Careers, and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Regional Plan Implementation. The Specialist gathers, develops, implements, and monitors systems and procedures to assemble and structure necessary data, validating the accuracy of structured and unstructured data being reported, identifying relationships and trends in order to forecast grant and related program performance and opportunities to improve grant and related program outcomes.

The Specialist is responsible for a wide range of research and analytical duties, and acts as a highly skilled resource to the State Board responsible for innovative strategic planning regarding grant evaluation and continuous improvement of the aforementioned grant outcomes and related programming.

The Specialist's focus is the data research, performance metrics, and analysis and evaluation of all grants that fall under the GGRF, as well as other grants and programming focused on industry engagement. This includes workforce development projects with labor-management partnerships in economic sectors affected by climate change but also include grants pertaining to other sector initiatives. Programs include but are not limited to SB 1, High Road Training Partnership grants, High Road Construction Careers, and WIOA Regional Plan Implementation.

The Specialist is responsible for understanding, tracking, and reporting on the manner in which quantitative and qualitative program data is utilized by the aforementioned grants and related programming. The Specialist is responsible for analyzing, evaluating, and assessing the success of the aforementioned grants and related programming using administrative and performance data collected in the course of grant administration and program implementation. The Specialist promotes what is learned from these evaluations and assessments by developing data-interpretive expert narratives which may be communicated via analytical reports, graphs and tables, toolkits, stakeholder webinars, policy briefs, and conference presentations for purposes of dissemination to the public and policymakers. These responsibilities include preparing reports summarizing the findings of the data analysis conducted as part of grant evaluation efforts and related programming.

The Specialist must be knowledgeable in workforce development and experienced in guiding discussions on workforce policy and program outcomes. The Specialist will be required to attend meetings or conferences as a representative of the State Board staff and is expected to maintain a high level of professionalism and technical competency.

Special Instructions:

Telework - The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) headquarters is located in Sacramento, CA, however we will consider candidates from nearby areas as remote and/or telework options may be available for this position. Terms of the telework schedule are subject to Branch/Division needs and CWDB policies.

A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) - Is required as part of your application, and your application will not be considered without a properly completed SOQ. Refer to SOQ instructions below.

New to the State - Review the 3 Steps To A State Job webpage and be sure to complete the exam/assessment and state application before applying for this position.

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

Working Conditions

Possible Remote/Telework Options Available
Office - Cubicle

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Grant Evaluation (Industry Engagement) Specialist
$6,061.00 - $7,587.00 A
$6,658.00 - $8,334.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
8:00am – 5:00pm
Work Week:

Department Information

The California Workforce Development Board is the Governor's agent for the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California's workforce investment system and the alignment of the education and workforce investment systems.  The State Board and its staff provide active ongoing policy analysis, technical assistance, and program evaluation to inform and shape state policy on the design of state workforce policies and their coordination with other relevant programs, including education and human service programs. The State Board, in consultation with Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) state plan partners, drafts the State Plan and serves as the broker, convener, facilitator, and matchmaker to bring the disparate elements of the state's workforce, education, human services, and economic development programs into alignment through coordinated partnership.
Department Website:

Special Requirements

It is strongly encouraged to apply through your CalCareer Account at

Please only submit ONE application.  Electronic applications submitted through your CalCareer Account are highly recommended and will be received/processed faster than other methods of filing.

If you are unable to apply electronically through your CalCareer account, please mail a completed and signed State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 and application package to the mailing address provided in the “Application Instructions’ section below and ensure the following:

  • Clearly indicate the Job Code #, Position Number and the Classification Title of this position in the “Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying” section located on Page 3 of your State Examination/Employment STD Form 678.
  • Clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility (list, transfer, reinstatement, etc.) in the “Explanations” section located on Page 3 of your State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678.
  • Remove and do not submit the “Equal Employment Opportunity” questionnaire (Page 10) with your completed State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678.  This page is for examination use only.
  • Do not include your full Social Security Number on your documents and/or do not provide any LEAP information.

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: 1/31/2023

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:

CA Workforce Development Board
Attn: Job Control # 344950
Human Resource Services Division, MIC 54
PO Box 826880
Sacramento, CA 94280-0001

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

CA Workforce Development Board
Attn: Job Control # 344950
EDD/Human Resource Services Division (6th floor solar)
722 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 04:30 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 - A Writing Sample is required and must be included.
    A primary authored research paper. [Note: A primary authored, peer-reviewed journal article is preferred.]
  • Statement of Qualifications -
    A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is Required.

    Please see “Statement of Qualifications Requirements” section for more information about 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:
  • Experience developing and implementing research and data evaluation. 
  • Strong decision-making skills. 
  • Experience with strategic management and implementing action items to ensure achievement of goals. 
  • Ability to effectively research, identify, synthesize, and resolve complex operational and organizational issues and information. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to build successful relationships internally and externally. 
  • Ability to work as a collaborative member of the larger organization. 
  • Ability to manage time and multiple priorities effectively. 
  • Experience and knowledge in managing, overseeing, and executing grants and contracts. 
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments and meet critical deadlines. 
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and pro-actively develop solutions.


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

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Pradeep Kotamraju
(916) 639-9634

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 Officer
(916) 995-0554
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 Requirements

A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is Required. The SOQ serves as documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing.  The SOQ is not a resume or cover letter.  Applications received without an SOQ may not receive further consideration and may be excluded from the hiring process.

The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be typed, single spaced, 12-point font, no more than 2 pages in length, and specifically address each of the questions listed below. Please include your name and indicate the position number and classification for the position you are applying for. Answer each question separately, indicating the corresponding number for each question. Your responses must address the Duty Statement and Desirable Qualifications listed for this job posting. Applicants who do not follow these instructions will not be considered for the interview process. Cover letter and resume do not take the place of the SOQ.

  1. Describe your knowledge and familiarity with managing, overseeing, and executing a grant. What processes, systems, or other capacities must be in place for successful grant management? 
  2. Describe your academic and professional experience in managing research and evaluation projects.
  3. Describe your experience analyzing complex problems, developing and evaluating alternatives, and recommending effective courses of action to management. 
  4. Describe how you handle multiple assignments with competing deadlines, including how you would shift priorities to be able to meet these deadlines. Explain how you would communicate these changes to management, ensuring thorough and timely responses.


Click on the link to complete the Recruitment Survey: Recruitment Survey

Merit System Principles
Information regarding Merit System Principles provided to public employees by the State Civil Service Act can be found on the CalHR website at

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