Job Posting: Chief of Legislative and Government Affairs

California State Auditor's Office

Chief of Legislative and Government Affairs
C. E. A.

$12,500.00 - $15,833.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 2/13/2023

Job Description and Duties

What will you do?

Under the direction of the State Auditor or his designee, the Chief of Legislative and Government Affairs (Chief) is responsible for overseeing the office’s program for all matters involving the state Legislature, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC), and acts as the office’s liaison to the Governor’s Office and senior leadership of state executive branch agencies.

The Chief manages the legislative and governmental affairs program engaging in a variety of confidential and sensitive legislative and policy work, and represents the State Auditor in interactions with the Legislature concerning legislative policy and budget processes affecting the office. The Chief also ensures that the State Auditor maintains productive communications with the Legislature and the Governor’s Office. Furthermore, the Chief develops and implements policies and protocols relating to interactions with federal, state, and local government entities. Specifically, you will:

  • Plan and direct the legislative and governmental affairs program including tracking legislation, liaise between the State Auditor and Members of the Legislature and their staff on proposed amendments and pending legislation, analyze audit proposals and prepare related audit analyses and budget estimates for submission to JLAC, coordinate report briefings and hearings and publish the annual reports relating to legislative matters; supervise professional staff by assigning and reviewing work, and provide on-the-job training and professional development.
  • Represent the State Auditor in meetings and briefings with individual Members, committees, and staff of the Legislature, the Governor’s Office, and with governmental entities at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Advise the State Auditor and executive management on legislative perspectives, strategies, and processes to establish and maintain good relationships as well as preparation strategies for delivering testimony before the Legislature. 
  • Serve as the office’s liaison with the Legislature, JLAC, and the Governor’s Office by establishing and fostering key working relationships with legislative staff, consultants in leadership, fiscal and policy committees, Governor’s Office staff, Department of Finance, and leadership of governmental entities at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Develop and implement policies and protocols for working with federal, state and local governments, including developing and providing training to staff on the legislative process and delivering effective legislative presentations.

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

Working Conditions

  • This position is eligible for participation in the office’s hybrid telework program. Work at the alternate work location must be conducted in a space that is ergonomically sound, private, distraction-free, and has safe working conditions to be eligible to telework.
  • Work performed in the office is in an air-conditioned high-rise building with elevator access and both natural and artificial lighting.
  • Work may require sitting for an extended period of time using a personal computer and the use of standard office equipment, such as phones, copiers or scanners.
  • Work may require periodic non-standard work hours and work during weekends to meet workload needs and demands.


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:
    Chief of Legislative and Government Affairs
    C. E. A.
    $12,500.00 - $15,833.00 A
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The California State Auditor ensures the effective and efficient use and management of public funds and programs. We provide nonpartisan, accurate, and timely assessments of California government’s financial and operational activities. Our work results in truthful, balanced, and unbiased information with recommendations for actions that lead to improving government operations.

    Department Website:

    Special Requirements

    Failure to submit the required documentation may result in disqualification from the hiring process.

    Any applicant receiving a conditional job offer will be subject to a background check, fingerprinting and an inquiry to the California Department of Justice to disclose criminal records prior to appointment.

    State Auditor’s Office employees are excluded from collective bargaining.

    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: 2/13/2023

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    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:

    California State Auditor's Office
    Attn: California State Auditor's Office
    621 Capitol Mall, Ste. 1200
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    California State Auditor's Office
    Human Resources
    621 Capitol Mall, Ste. 1200
    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.
    • Statement of Qualifications - Submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) describing your experience, education, training, knowledge, skills,and abilities as they relate to the desirable qualifications listed in the “Who are you?” section. The SOQ serves as documentation of your ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. The SOQ MUST address, in numerical order, the desirable qualifications listed in the “Who are you?” section. The SOQ MUST be typed and no longer than three pages in length using 11 or 12 point font. Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification.
    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.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    Entrance Qualifications

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    • Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
    • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    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:

    Who are you?

    1. You have extensive experience establishing and maintaining productive and positive working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches to achieve office goals and objectives.
    2. You have the ability to gain the confidence and support of top level executives to effectively advise them on a wide range of issues.
    3. You have experience effectively and efficiently communicating with others as demonstrated by strong written and oral communications skills, including the ability to represent the State Auditor’s office effectively, both internally and externally.
    4. You have experience reviewing and monitoring bills including coordinating and reviewing analyses, identifying fiscal and policy implications of bills, developing bill analysis for proposed amendments, and preparing legislative critiques and summaries.
    5. You have experience performing high-profile legislative activities and policy influencing functions, which includes working effectively under pressure and making decisions in a fast-paced and changing environment.
    6. You have demonstrated experience exercising a high degree of integrity and confidentiality for sensitive issues and use sound judgment in decision making.
    7. You have extensive knowledge of the organization and functions of California state government including the organization and practices of the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches as well as the legislative process and procedures.
    8. You have knowledge of the California State Auditor’s mission, programs and policies.
    9. You possess strong leadership and management skills with demonstrated ability to think strategically and function effectively as a member of a dynamic management team.

    Why should you join us?

    • You want to make a difference for Californians and future generations, and make sure California government is effectively serving its people.
    • You are experienced in establishing and maintaining productive and positive working relationships with executive leadership and government officials.
    • You have experience with and knowledge of California’s legislative processes as well as federal, state and local government systems.
    • You have exceptional leadership skills and a strong work ethic with the ability to thrive when working under pressure.
    • You desire an annual salary within the range of $150,000 - $190,000.

      Examination Information

      If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

      A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

      The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

      Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

      The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

      Special Testing Arrangements

      If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.


      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 position or application process.

      Department Website:
      Human Resources Contact:
      Britani Pavoni
      (916) 445-0255

      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:
      Kristina Gin
      (916) 445-0255 ext: 500
      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.

      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