Job Posting: Equity & Engagement Policy Advisor

Department of Transportation

Equity & Engagement Policy Advisor

$7,563.00 - $9,398.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 1/3/2024

Job Description and Duties

As a member of the Director's Office of Equity, Sustainability and Tribal Affairs (ESTA), under the direction of the Race and Equity Program Manager, the Senior Transportation Planner is responsible for providing leadership and expertise to advance Caltrans’ community engagement efforts, including leadership support for interagency initiatives that advance transportation equity, and the development of a strategic vision for integrating community engagement practices into the Department’s organizational structure. The incumbent will perform a variety of complex duties, including coordination of the interagency Equity Advisory Committee (EAC) which functions to elevate diverse and historically marginalized voices to advise our agencies on how to achieve meaningful outcomes in transportation equity, environmental justice, and equitable economic opportunities; providing technical assistance to enhance Caltrans’ collaboration with other state agencies, external partners, and community-based organizations; and integrating a department-wide community engagement strategy that will develop and strengthen internal and external partnerships and foster collaborative approaches for creating, implementing, and achieving equity goals.


The work of this position requires strong leadership and initiative, community engagement skills, maintaining a network of key partners, and establishing collaboration with internal Caltrans programs, federal, state, local and regional agencies, community-based organizations, and advocacy and advisory groups. The incumbent must have an interest in supporting the Department's strategic goals and vision, and a commitment to advancing equity through all efforts. The desired outcome is providing an accessible multi-modal network of transportation options that enrich all communities.


Using project management skills and principles, the incumbent is accountable for assessing needs, developing work plans, establishing and meeting delivery timeframes, reporting success, elevating challenges, and regularly discussing progress with management. The incumbent must have the ability to work independently and resolve issues while maintaining close attention to detail. The incumbent is expected to produce quality work within requested time frames with minimal supervision. The incumbent should be a self-starter and able to develop policy and practice around equity at large, across varying topics, if provided subject matter direction from the management team. This includes initiating research efforts, compiling information and drafting materials to support the development of equitable policies.

Eligibility for hire may be determined by your score on the Senior Transportation Planner Exam For those who do not have current eligibility (e.g. transfer, permissive reinstatement or voluntary demotions) and/or who will be new to state civil services employment, you must be on the state examination list to be eligible for these positions. The Senior Transportation Planner Exam is located here: CalCareers


This position may be eligible for telework. The amount of telework is at the discretion of the Department and based on Caltrans’s evolving telework policy. Caltrans supports telework, recognizing that in-person attendance may be required based on operational needs. Employees are expected to be able to report to their worksites with minimum notification if an urgent need arises. The selected candidate will be required to commute to the headquartered location as needed to meet operational needs. Business travel may be required and reimbursement considers an employee’s designated headquartered location, primary residence, and may be subject to CalHR regulations or applicable bargaining unit contract provisions. All commute expenses to the headquartered location will be the responsibility of the selected candidate.

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.

PARF# 64-4-024 / JC-398237

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

Working Conditions

Position located in Sacramento, Sacramento County.

New to State candidates will be hired into the minimum salary of the classification or minimum of alternate range when applicable.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Equity & Engagement Policy Advisor
$7,563.00 - $9,398.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
In Office
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
California Department of Transportation

Department Information

Caltrans Mission: Provide a safe and reliable transportation network that serves all people and respects the environment.

Caltrans Vision: A brighter future for all through a world-class transportation network.

The Caltrans workforce is made up of diverse and unique individuals who contribute to our organizational success. Caltrans is about celebrating diversity, valuing one another, and recognizing that Caltrans is strong not in spite of the diverse attributes of our workforce, but because of our diversity. 

Department Website: 

Frequently Asked Questions for an Applicant:   

Director’s EEO Policy:

Director’s EEO Policy Statement:

Special Requirements

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license is required when operating a state owned or leased vehicle.

A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required and must be submitted along with your State application. The SOQ is a discussion of how an applicant’s education and experience meet the evaluation criteria below and qualify them for the position. The SOQ serves as documentation of each applicant's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. You must include specific examples addressing each evaluation criteria listed below. The SOQ must not exceed two (2) pages in length and written in no less than 12-point font. Each question must be addressed separately and in order. 

1.   As the Equity & Engagement Policy Advisor, you will be responsible for building collaborative relationships with partners inside and outside State government to advance equity initiatives.  Provide examples from your work experience that demonstrate your ability to foster collaborative relationships with internal and external partners. Cite practices and processes used and provide examples that demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders to achieve objectives. 

2.  Provide examples from your work experience that demonstrate community engagement experience and ability to forge collaborative working relationships, particularly with community-based organizations and/or community residents in underserved communities, and/or with Black, Indigenous and communities of color—with an emphasis around community and/or transportation planning. 

3.  Describe your knowledge, understanding, and experience working on racial and/or social equity issues related to one or more of the following areas, as evidenced by relevant educational background and professional or personal experience: transportation or community planning, public health, environmental justice, climate change, housing/land use planning and development, air quality, or workforce development. 

4.  Summarize your experience developing or analyzing policies and highlight examples of creative or innovative policy solutions that you’ve contributed to in the areas of racial and/or social equity, environmental justice, multimodal transportation planning, and/or land use planning if possible.

Possession of Minimum Qualifications will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment. If you are meeting Minimum Qualifications with education, you must include your unofficial transcript(s)/diploma for verification. Unofficial, original or official sealed transcripts will be accepted and may be required upon appointment.  Applicants with foreign transcripts/degrees must provide a transcript/degree U.S. equivalency report evaluation that indicates the number of units and degree to which the foreign coursework is equivalent. Here is a list of evaluation agencies: 

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: 1/3/2024

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 Transportation
Attn: Caltrans DHR Contact
Certification Services MS-90
P O Box 168036
Sacramento, CA 95816-8036

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Transportation
Caltrans DHR Contact
Classification and Hiring Unit - ECOS
1727 30th Street, MS 90
Sacramento, CA 95816
Closed on weekends and State holidays.
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 optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Statement of Qualifications -
    • Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required. Please see the Special Requirements section for SOQ instructions.
  • Other -

    If you are basing your eligibility on education, provide your transcripts. Applicants with foreign transcripts must provide a transcript evaluation that indicates the number of units to which the foreign course work is equivalent. Transcripts and evaluations may be unofficial; official transcripts will be required upon appointment. Please redact birthdates and social security numbers. If you are not basing your eligibility on an educational requirement, you may instead use the bypass option (when applying, select Choose/Upload for the required document and then select Bypass File).

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.


Click HERE  to view the Benefits Summary for Civil Service Employees in the State of California.

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:
Thomas Ketchingman
(916) 227-7464
Hiring Unit Contact:
Carolyn Craft Abrams

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:
Caltrans EEO Office
(844) 368-3367
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.

Important Application Instructions:

The State application (STD. 678) is required and each section must be filled out completely and thoroughly. For mailed or hand delivered applications to be considered for this position, the Job Control number (JC-398237), PARF# 64-4-024 and title of the position (Senior Transportation Planner) must be included on the STD. 678 form.


Electronic applications through your CalCareers account are highly recommended and encouraged.


Candidates that meet the minimum qualifications based on possession of EDUCATION, LICENSE, OR CERTIFICATE must include a copy of your DEGREE/TRANSCRIPTS, LICENSE, or CERTIFICATE, along with your State application (STD. 678), to be considered for this position.


NOTE: Do not submit the “Equal Employment Opportunity” questionnaire (page 5) with your completed State application (STD. 678). This page is for examination use only. Do not include any confidential information on any documents you submit for this job vacancy, such as your state application, resume, or educational transcripts.  Confidential information that should be excluded or removed from these documents includes, but is not limited to, your Social Security Number, birth date, driver’s license number, examination results, LEAP status, marital status, and age.  The job application packet checklist is not required to apply for this position.  Failure to follow these instructions may result in your application not being considered for this position.

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