Job Posting: Public Records Act Unit - Deputy Attorney General

Department of Justice

Public Records Act Unit - Deputy Attorney General

$7,737.00 - $11,173.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/6/2023

Job Description and Duties

The Office of General Counsel is a new division within the Department of Justice that is primarily responsible for providing legal advice across the Department.  The Office of General Counsel will oversee many Department-wide functions, including risk management, compliance, legal advice, and the development of policies and procedures.

The Public Records Act Unit within the Office of General Counsel has primary responsibility for providing legal advice and representation to the Attorney General, other state constitutional officers, every division within the Department of Justice, and various other state agencies and departments concerning the California Public Records Act (PRA). Attorneys often analyze unique and complicated issues that may impact access to public records in light of evolving technology and relevant constitutional and statutory privacy considerations.

Under the administrative and legal direction of the General Counsel, Senior Assistant Attorney General, and a Supervising Deputy Attorney General, attorneys collaborate with all levels of staff regarding the Department’s search for responsive records and draft or review responses to PRA requests. Attorneys provide consultation to the Department’s programs and develop resources and training to ensure consistent practices concerning the handling of PRA requests. Attorneys communicate with Executive-level management and the Department’s external communications office regarding time-sensitive and high-profile PRA matters. Attorneys in the unit may also defend the Department of Justice, the Attorney General, and state agencies in lawsuits brought to enforce the Public Records Act. Attorneys have opportunities to appear in courts throughout California at both the trial and appellate levels in PRA matters that result in litigation.  

Attorneys may also engage in other aspects of the Office of General Counsel's legal practice concerning record preservation, data security, protection of personally identifiable information and other confidential data, various matters related to the Department's non-legal programs (such as the Division of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Information Services, Communications, and Operations), contracting, ethics issues, and promulgation of regulations.

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

Working Conditions

This position is eligible for telework. The amount of telework is at the discretion of the Department and based on DOJ's current telework policy. While DOJ supports telework, in-person attendance may sometimes be required based on operational needs. Employees are expected to be able to report to their worksite with minimal notification if an urgent need arises.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Public Records Act Unit - Deputy Attorney General
$7,737.00 - $9,730.00 A
$8,708.00 - $11,173.00 B
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

  • These positions are located in the Office of General Counsel, Public Records Act Unit and will be filled in either Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego or San Francisco.  Please clearly indicate which city you prefer in your cover letter.
  • Please disregard the SROA/Surplus language below, as the Department of Justice requires applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus Letter if that is the basis of their eligibility. 
  • For more information about the department please visit the Attorney General’s website at
  • If you are interested in speaking with a Recruiter before submitting your application, please email

Special Requirements

  •  A fingerprint check will be required.

  • JC-401952 must be clearly stated in the "Examination or Job Title for which you are Appying" section located on page one of your state application.

  • Individuals who are new to state service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the California Office of the Attorney General. The process is described at  

  • Please note that appointment to the DAG classifications will be made using the following examinations:

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: 12/6/2023

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.

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 Justice
Attn: Danielle Newman (JC-401952)
1300 I Street, 7th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Justice
Danielle Newman (JC-401952)
1300 I Street, 7th floor
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.
  • Other - Cover letter is required and must be included.
  • Other - Writing sample preferably no more than 20 pages, reflecting your legal work and consisting of a recent dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appellate brief written within the last year.
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:
Knowledge about the Public Records Act. Knowledge about legal issues related to information technology. Excellent research, analytical, writing, and oral-communication skills. Judgment and discretion in handling sensitive matters. Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines. Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure. Ability to work independently and as a team member. Ability to maintain good client relations. Ability to self-educate when confronted by complex and multi-dimensional problems.  Demonstrated aptitude for, or strong interest in handling litigation when it arises, potentially on an abbreviated schedule and in complex, high profile matters. Strong computer literacy and research skills are encouraged.  Attorneys should possess exceptional organizational skills and the ability to work independently and collaboratively under strict time constraints.


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.

Human Resources Contact:
Danielle Newman
(916) 210-6197

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 Officer
(916) 210-7580
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.

Additional Application Filing Information

Please note, if using the Unites States Postal Service for delivery, there is no guarantee that your application will be date stamped and will arrive by the final filing date.  If your application does not have a postmark or date stamp and arrives after the final filing date, your application will note be accepted.  Therefore, to ensure timely delivery of your application it is recommended that you use either electronic delivery, parcel service, or certified mail.  Using one of these options will provide proof of delivery prior to the final filing date. 

If you are mailing your application, as a courtesy we ask that you contact the HR Consultant listed to confirm your application has been received.  This is not required, but highly encouraged so we can ensure the timely submission of your application.

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