Job Posting: Senior Counsel

Department of Financial Protection and Innovation

Senior Counsel

$10,536.00 - $13,526.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 10/13/2023

Job Description and Duties

This Job Control is a re-advertisement of JC-384988. If you have previously applied, your application is being considered and you do not need to re-apply.

The Final Filing Date has been extended to 10/13/2023.

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation is recruiting for six permanent, full-time, Attorney III positions within the Enforcement Division. Positions to be located in the Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego office. This recruitment may be used to fill subsequent vacancies of these positions within the next 180 days.

Under the general direction of the Attorney, Assistant Chief Counsel of the Enforcement Division, the Attorney III performs with close supervision the investigation and prosecution of more complicated and sensitive litigation under all the laws under DFPI jurisdiction, consisting mostly of administrative matters and will include research, drafting of pleadings, preparation and argument of motions, discovery, settlement negotiations and conferences, hearings and trials, post-trial proceedings, and appellate level briefs and hearings relating to the administrative matters.

Cases will include the issuance of Orders for violations of the law, actions to bar, suspend, revoke, censure and deny companies and individuals that are applying for or have licenses, actions to void loan transactions and to levy administrative penalties and obtain restitution for consumers and investors that have lost funds. Will issue subpoenas to banks and companies to obtain information necessary in the investigation of a case, preparing writs of mandamus and appellate pleadings.


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

Working Conditions

Sacramento Location: The Sacramento office is located in north Natomas. The Natomas office offers FREE PARKING, is easily accessible from INTERSTATES 5 and 80, and is also close to various dining and shopping choices in the Natomas area.


San Francisco Location: The San Francisco office is located in the heart of the financial district within walking distance to BART and restaurants.


Los Angeles Location: The Los Angeles office is located in the heart of the downtown financial district within walking distance to restaurants, transit, multiple parking options.


San Diego Location: The San Diego office is located in the heart of Mission Valley, within walking distance to many shops and restaurants.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Senior Counsel
$10,536.00 - $13,526.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) protects consumers and oversees financial service providers and products. The DFPI supervises the operations of state-licensed financial institutions, including banks, credit unions and money transmitters. Additionally, the DFPI licenses and regulates a variety of financial service providers, including securities brokers and dealers, investment advisers, payday lenders and other consumer finance lenders. The DFPI offers benefit packages, competitive salary, a robust training program and opportunities for advancement.  

Department Website:

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a(n) California State Bar License. You will be required to provide a copy of your license prior to being hired.


This position is subject to Title 10, § 250.30 of the California Code of Regulations, the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation’s Conflict of Interest Regulations, the incumbent is required to submit a Statements of Economic Interests (Form 700) within 30 days of assuming office, annually by April 1st and within 30 days of leaving office.

Application (Std. 678) must be completed in detail to demonstrate the quality and breadth of work experience necessary to meet the minimum qualifications for this classification.

Please see the attached Class Specification. All applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for the classification they are applying for. Minimum qualifications (MQ's) will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment. If it is determined an applicant does not meet the MQ's of the classification, the applicant will not be considered and may be withheld from the eligible list.

Additional Filing Instructions:

  • You are encouraged to apply electronically through your CalCareers account.
  • If applying with a hard copy application, please reference “JC-390929/RPA# ENF 23-046” in the Job Title section of your State application in order to be considered for this vacancy.
  • Hard copy applications not received or postmarked by 5:00 pm on the final filing date will not be accepted.
  • Emailed and faxed applications will not be accepted.
  • Do not provide any personal identifying information on the documents (Social Security Number, Date of Birth, etc.) you submit with your application. Additionally, do not complete or submit the Equal Employment Opportunity, page 10 of the Std. 678 with your application page. The EEO page is for examination use only. Furthermore, do not provide any LEAP information with your application package.

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: 10/13/2023

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 Financial Protection and Innovation
Attn: Leslie Pease
Human Resources Office
2101 Arena Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95834

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Financial Protection and Innovation
Leslie Pease
Human Resources Office
2101 Arena Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95834
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.
  • Supplemental Application -

    A Supplemental Application is required for this job vacancy. See the “Supplemental Application Instructions” below for specific instructions regarding your response. Resumes, cover letters, and/or other documents do not take the place of this requirement.

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:


1. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

2. Demonstrated capacity to work cooperatively with a team and work independently to complete work assignments.

3. Experience analyzing facts to law and determining and recommending appropriate action (e.g. large restitution awards, large penalty awards, extensive injunctive relief, receiverships, temporary restraining orders, other ancillary relief, license revocation, bar, prison) in civil, administrative or criminal prosecutions.

4. Has a working knowledge of the laws under the jurisdiction of the DFPI, and Rules of Evidence.

5. Applicants ability to analyze a case file e.g. investigative reports, discovery materials, administrative record) to determine appropriate action.

6. Ability to manage an active caseload.


State employees may be eligible for health, dental, vision and leave benefits, as well as retirement programs and other benefits. Benefit eligibility may depend on length of service and may be subject to collective bargaining agreements, which are contracts negotiated between the State of California and employee organizations that define employees’ wages, hours and conditions of employment. Other possible benefits include:

  • Alternate Work Schedules
  • Telework
  • Reimbursement Accounts

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:
Leslie Pease
(916) 938-4062

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:
Angelina Endsley
(916) 576-4938
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.

Supplemental Application Instructions

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must submit a Supplemental Application. The Supplemental Application must be no more than two pages in length, must include your first and last name, and must be titled Supplemental Application. Application packages received without a Supplemental Application may not be considered. Resumes and/or cover letters, do not take the place of the Supplemental Application.


Please respond to the following:

1. Legal Analysis and Decision Making: Discuss your experience in analyzing complex facts and laws subject to the DFPI’s jurisdiction and determining appropriate courses of action. [Additional instructions: Discuss in your answer number of hearings, and frequency of hearings, number of pleading and type of pleadings and frequency of filing pleadings; number of briefs and frequency of filing briefs, any experience including frequency and number of instances, you have in reviewing complaints, referrals from outside agencies, reviewing recommending legislation, and experience in recommending appropriate action in all areas of law subject to the DFPI’s jurisdiction including criminal, civil and administrative.]


2. Legal Practice and Procedure: Describe your experience performing legal work as an attorney in all areas since being licensed to practice law. Include in your response experience and accomplishments and favorable results in preparing and presenting legal arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form; discuss any expertise you have in a specific area of law; experience negotiating and resolving disputes in litigation, conducting hearings.


3. DFPI Jurisdictional Legal Experience: The DFPI regulates and enforces specific laws related to the financial industry. This position requires greater familiarity with the laws subject to the DFPI’s jurisdiction. Therefore, discuss your familiarity with these laws and these industries generally. Include specific details of your legal experience while working with the laws subject to DFPI jurisdiction.

Examination Information

Applicants will need to take and pass the online Attorney III exam/assessment to be eligible to apply for vacant Attorney III positions. Please visit:

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