Job Posting: Legislative and Policy Specialist

Department of Public Health

Legislative and Policy Specialist

$6,658.00 - $8,334.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 2/9/2023

Job Description and Duties

This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by acting as the Legislative and Policy Specialist for the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC), as well as, incorporating health equity into all policies.

The incumbent works under the direction of the Staff Services Manager II (SSM II), Operations Section Chief. The Health Program Specialist II (HPS II) is a highly skilled, subject matter expert and technical consultant in the areas of policy analysis, program development, and strategic planning. The HPS II independently reviews and tracks legislative bill analyses for the ten branches and two offices in CHC to create alignment of policies and incorporation of strategic priorities across programs. Independently reviews and interprets complex documents and reports, such as legislative reports, legislative bill analyses and regulations, and makes cross-cutting policy decisions, provides recommendations to the SSM II, the Deputy Director, and Assistant Deputy Directors. Researches health policy and analyzes data for inclusion in legislative proposals and analyses. Provides technical assistance and guidance to legislative staff working in CHC branches and offices and acts as the liaison with the Department’s Office of Legislative and Governmental Affairs. Serves as the audit coordinator for CHC and acts as the liaison with the Office of Compliance. 5% in-state travel may be required, with possible overnight stays.

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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:
Legislative and Policy Specialist
$6,658.00 - $8,334.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

At the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our mission to advance the health and well-being of California’s diverse people and communities. We are genuinely and strongly committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness where we can grow and learn together with a diverse team of employees. In recruiting for team members, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring to us and the work we do.

CDPH is committed to effectively delivering essential public health services directly and/or thorough strong and effective partnership. CDPH is a nationally accredited health department—mobilizing communities and institutions to transform policies and systems towards a culture of equity, antiracism, healing and health for all people and our planet.

CDPH continues to build and strengthen a work culture where all employees are inspired to share their talents and ideas, to become part of a team that works to better serve the needs of California’s diverse communities by delivering innovative solutions and quality resources. We are committed to creating an environment where all employees are included, treated with dignity and respect, and in a position to contribute to protecting the health of all Californians.

This position supports the efforts of the Center for Heathy Communities (CHC). With nearly 40 programs residing within ten branches and three offices, approximately 600 staff and operations based in Sacramento and Richmond, the programmatic impact of CHC can be felt in every corner of California.

Join our diverse support unit within the Center for Healthy Communities!      

Special Requirements

For experience/education to qualify during the application screening process, and to ensure that minimum qualifications can be determined, applicants should include all employment history on the Employment Application (STD 678) and/or Resume, including detailed job descriptions, hours worked per week, and start/end dates (MM/DD/YYYY). Application packages without this information will experience delayed processing times and your eligibility for this position may be impacted.

A completed State application (STD. 678) and any other relevant documents (e.g. unofficial transcript, copy of degree, resume, etc.) should be submitted electronically via your CalCareers Account. Please reference Job Control # (349160) and indicate the basis of your eligibility in the Examination(s) or Job Title(s) section. SROA and surplus candidates should submit a copy of their letter with their application. Please remove any confidential information (i.e. social security number, date of birth) from your documents prior to submission.


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 CalCareers Account at Submitting an electronic application through your CalCareers account is strongly recommended since electronic applications will be received/processed faster than other methods of filing. Please submit only one application.

If you are unable to submit your application electronically through your CalCareers account, please email for assistance and a CDPH Human Resources Division staff member will contact you to assist with the online application process or, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method as explained in the How to Apply section below. When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included.

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: 2/9/2023

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:

Department of Public Health
Attn: Classification & Certification Unit
P.O. Box 997378
MS 1700-1702
Sacramento, CA 95899-7378

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Public Health
Classification & Certification Unit
1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430
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 -

    Please see Statement of Qualifications instructions below at end of posting.  Any applications received that do not provide a written response to the SOQ will not be scored/reviewed.  

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 working within a very fast paced, Executive Level Office, with experience handling multiple competing priorities and shifting expectations.
  • Experience reviewing policy and legislative proposals and analyses.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with experience working within a team-oriented environment, on both small and large teams.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, with the ability to pay attention to details and understand how details play an integral role in the work required.
  • Strong analytical skills, to include detailed problem resolution skills and the ability to make sound recommendations as a result of these actions; approaches a problem using a logical, systematic, and sequential approach.
  • Self-motivated and strong work ethic.


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.

Human Resources Contact:
Human Resources Division
(916) 445-0983
Hiring Unit Contact:
Ukariah Rodriguez
(279) 696-6717

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) 445-0938
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

A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) will be used to pre-screen applicants for the HPS II position within the Center for Healthy Communities. The SOQ is a narrative discussion of the candidate's experience which qualifies them for this position. The SOQ must be no more than two pages in length, using 11- or 12-point Arial font. Candidates are also required to include a resume with their submission; however, please note resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the SOQ.

Describe how your knowledge, skills, education, and experience makes you the best candidate for the job.

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