Job Posting: Branch Chief

Department of Food & Agriculture

Branch Chief

$12,465.00 - $14,154.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

Under broad administrative direction of the Animal Health and Food Safety Services Director, the Research Scientist Manager (Veterinary Science) (RSM) is responsible for providing leadership in the planning, organizing, directing, and coordination of the duties and functions of AHB, and is responsible for administering the provisions of the Food and Agricultural Code related to administrative, animal health, food safety, emergency management, and other special programs and functions.

During events, such as a food borne illness or zoonotic disease outbreak, the incumbent must be capable of working within high levels of uncertainty and be capable of balancing potentially extreme and intense conflicts of interest.

As a leader in State government, the incumbent is responsible to develop and inspire their workforce and deliver great results for Californians and CDFA. The incumbent must set a clear vision to achieve productive results by developing plans to meet goals, leverage staff skills, and solve problems; build collaborative relationships and foster an inclusive environment for consensus-building and decision-making; coach, guide, train, instruct, and develop team members; empower staff through a sense of shared ownership and decision-making; create an open and transparent environment for the exchange of information; foster a team environment through the support and recognition of team members; promote customer service and accountability; motivate loyalty to the Department’s mission and commitment to drive continuous improvement for better results.

• Provide management guidance on scientific research, investigations, and surveillance projects that contribute to the understanding, prevention, and elimination of emerging and on-going animal health diseases.

• Advise the Division Director, Deputy Secretary, Undersecretary, and Secretary of the Department on scientific determinations and recommendations regarding current issues related to public and animal health, emergency management, and food safety.

• Direct and oversee the creation of methods to be used for scientific research, investigations, and surveillance projects.

• Plan, organize, and direct activities of the Branch to administer the provisions of Food and Agricultural Code and associated regulations, policies, and procedures related to animal health, emergency management, food safety, special programs, and administrative functions.

• Organize and align Branch programs in collaboration with the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, federal/state/county agencies, private veterinarians, and the livestock and poultry industry to ensure proper communication in the event of a disease outbreak.

• Approve and review all information compiled, including laboratory analyses and statistical data obtained from research, investigation, and surveillance projects, and approve written conclusions based on sound scientific data.

• Plan, allocate, and monitor the Branch budget.

• Manage the development of budget change proposals and review forecasted future revenues and expenditures.

• Represent the Department in various meetings with representatives from local, State, and Federal entities, university officials, industry stakeholders, national associations and the public.

• Attend and present findings of statewide scientific research, investigations or surveillance at local, state, federal, and national professional meetings, conferences and seminars.

• Serve as back up to the Division Director in his/her absence as needed.

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

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

Working Conditions

The duties of this position are mostly conducted indoors, however incumbent may occasionally be required to work outside and under difficult conditions. Travel (including nights, weekends and holidays) for extensive periods may be required during an emergency response. During emergency response periods, duties may require working long shifts at hours other than the normal work hours.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Branch Chief
$12,465.00 - $14,154.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Animal Health Branch (AHB) is the State’s organized, professional veterinary medical unit that protects California’s public health, animal agriculture, and economy from catastrophic animal diseases and other health or agricultural problems. The Branch addresses diseases and other problems that require statewide coordinated resources, implements programs that protect California’s public health and animal agriculture, and ensures the availability, affordability, and wholesomeness of food.

Special Requirements

Incumbents must possess a valid license issued by a state Board of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine to practice as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a valid California Driver License

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 Food & Agriculture
Attn: Human Resources Branch JC-346380
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Food & Agriculture
Human Resources Branch JC-346380
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-346380
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.
  • Degree/Diploma
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 Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Kimberly McCarthy
(916) 900-5000

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:
Office of Civil Rights
(916) 654-1005
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.

Hard Copy Applications:

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 12/2021 version.

Additional Information:

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, salary or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Upon hire you may be required to provide official sealed transcripts or an original degree or certificate.

Applicants with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.

This position may require a medical clearance.

Alternate Classifications and Training and Development assignments may be considered.

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