Job Posting: Assistant Director, Legislation

Department of State Hospitals

Assistant Director, Legislation
Assistant Director, Legislation

$10,316.00 - $11,489.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/4/2023

Job Description and Duties

This position was originally advertised with a final filing date of April 7, 2023. If you applied previously, you do not need to reapply.

nder the administrative direction of the Chief Deputy Director, Operations, the Assistant Director of Legislation plans, organizes, and coordinates the department’s legislative program; develops, and implements polices; sustains a culture of collaboration and transparency; and takes actions required to implement the mission, vision and values of the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) as well as the key priorities of the Administration. The incumbent represents the department with Legislators, legislative committees, the California Health and Human Services Agency, and the Governor’s Office; advises the Director on legislative matters; and serves as a member of the department’s Executive Team.

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

Working Conditions

Consistent with DSH Policy Directive 5338, Telework may be considered with prior approval from management. If approved, incumbent is expected to provide in-office coverage on a rotational basis, and attend a variety of face to face meetings, and/or may travel throughout California as needed, with prior notice.

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:
    Assistant Director, Legislation
    Assistant Director, Legislation
    $10,316.00 - $11,489.00 * Note: This position may be paid up to $12,500 monthly.
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Exempt Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The Department of State Hospitals (DSH) manages the California state hospital system, to provide evaluation and treatment in a safe and responsible manner, by leading innovation and excellence across a continuum of care and settings.

    DSH oversees five state hospitals - Atascadero, Coalinga, Metropolitan (in Los Angeles County), Napa and Patton.

    In July 2021, DSH moved into a new modern, sustainable and innovative office building located at 1215 "O" Street, Sacramento, California.  Some of the amenities of the new building are:
    • First-floor retail space (separate access from 12th Street)
    • Cafe with multiple vendors available to the public
    • Outdoor seating with pedestrian walkways
    • Large shared conference room on the first floor with a maximum capacity of 162 individuals
    • An employee fitness center with a yoga studio, cardio equipment and weights
    • Plaza area with kitchenette on each floor
    • Lactation rooms
    • More conference rooms and collaborative working spaces available throughout the building - small, medium and large
    • Shared Terrace space on the 10th floor with indoor/outdoor seating and views of the Capitol
    • Mobile computer equipment, cloud-based technology and Wi-Fi for all staff
    Department Website:

    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: 12/4/2023

    Who May Apply

    This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs. Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Exempt Position by the State of California.

    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 State Hospitals
    Attn: Executive Recruitment Unit
    Human Resources Office
    1215 O Street, MS 17
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Department of State Hospitals
    Executive Recruitment Unit
    Human Resources Office
    1215 O Street, MS 17
    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 the Statement of Qualifications section below for details.
    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. Experience, education, and training which relates to a legislative program, and managing the Legislative program for a medium to large department.
    2. Knowledge of and experience with the organization of the California State Legislature’s functions, and its administrative processes.
    3. Knowledge of and experience working and communicating with collective bargaining organizations.
    4. Knowledge and experience of the Department of State Hospitals’ organization and functions, and its organizations statutory and legal authority within State government.
    5. Experience representing a large Department or organization both orally and in writing, with the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, Agency or Cabinet staff, Department of Finance, executive management, program staff, and other State agencies.
    6. Experience in collaborating and developing professional and productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders to present information, gather feedback, and make recommendations to organizational leadership.
    7. Knowledge and experience in leading, managing, and supervising a team.


    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:
    Executive Recruitment
    (916) 654-2351

    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 Human Rights
    (916) 573-2727
    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) is a written response to the applicant's qualifications for the position and ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. Specifically, the SOQ should include detailed and concise information on how the candidate's education, training, experience, and competencies meet the minimum and desirable qualifications.

    In your SOQ, describe your experience, knowledge, and competencies as they relate to each "Desirable Qualifications" factors listed under the "Desirable Qualifications" section of this bulletin. The Desirable Qualifications factors must be addressed and numbered in the same order as listed; do not consolidate responses. The SOQ should not exceed three pages in length, with one-inch margins, single spaced and a minimum font size of Arial 12. Applicants who fail to submit or complete the SOQ as instructed and/or fail to submit all the required documents may be eliminated from the examination process.

    Filing Instructions

    Interested applicant(s) must submit the following required application documents (Standard State Application STD. 678, resume, and Statement of Qualifications).  All required application documents personally delivered must be received by the Department of State Hospitals by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date.  Application documents via U.S. Postal Service must be postmarked by the final filing date in order to be considered for the examination.

    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