Department of Justice


$11,517.00 - $14,797.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under the general supervision of the Senior Assistant Attorney General (SAAG), the Chief Assistant Attorney General (CAAG), the Chief of the Division of Legal Affairs, the Chief Deputy to the Attorney General, and the Attorney General, the Supervising Deputy Attorney General (SDAG) assigns, directs, monitors, and supervises the work of a legal team of Deputy Attorneys General (DAG) and paralegals; directs the work of support staff; evaluates the performance of DAGs and paralegals; provides training for subordinate legal staff; resolves problems among and implements improvement measures for subordinate legal staff; handles general administrative matters; actively participates in the interview and selection process for hiring DAGs and paralegals; develops and maintains good client relations with client agencies and ensures staff service levels are designed to timely meet the objectives and priorities of these clients; has the ability to personally perform and will guide the most difficult and complex legal work in cannabis licensing litigation requiring the highest level of independent judgment in administrative hearings, and state and federal court civil litigation, trials, review proceedings, and appeals. Other duties may include, but are not limited to: acting as the lead attorney or supervising a trial team assigned to the most difficult and complex cases; appearing before various federal and state courts and administrative bodies on the most difficult and sensitive cases, and may appear in the highest levels of the appellate courts; advising various legal jurisdictions, public officials, and representatives of public agencies on legal issues; conducting or supervising special investigations of the most sensitive or difficult nature; and drafting and analyzing legislative measures and regulations.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

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$11,517.00 - $14,797.00
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Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Cannabis Control Section in Sacramento (JC-231286) or San Diego (JC-232463)
  • 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 would like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check may be required. 
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-231286) and the title of this position in the “Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying” section located on the first page of your State Application. 
  • Is required to travel out of town, sometimes with overnight travel. 
  • Must be present in the office during regular business hours and must be available by telephone to address any departmental emergencies when out of the office during working hours.
  • Due to operational needs, alternate work schedules are not permitted for Supervising Deputy Attorneys General in the Cannabis Control Section.

Application Instructions

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: Until Filled

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: Marija Dokic (JC-231286)
1300 I Street 720
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
Attn: Marija Dokic (JC-231286)
1300 I Street 720
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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) - narrative description regarding how your education, training, experience and skill set meet the Desirable Qualifications for the position. Desirable Qualifications are listed below in the section titled "Desirable Qualifications." In addition, SOQ serves as documentation of each applicant's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. Please address how you possess each "Desirable Qualification" using specific examples of your education, training, and experience.

    SOQ must be typed, single spaced, 12-point font, and no more than two pages in length. Applicants who do not follow these requirements may be disqualified. Cover letter, resume and/or a writing sample do not take the place of the SOQ.

  • Other - Resume is required, and must be submitted
  • Other - Writing sample of a recent brief is preferred. Please submit a file sample or excerpt that is no more than twenty five pages in length. 
  • Other -

    Click on the following link to complete the California Department of Justice Recruitment Survey:

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:
  • The incumbent should be able to demonstrate good judgment and tact when interacting with staff and clients, have initiative, strong case management and organizational skills, be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, have the ability to work under pressure and work effectively with all levels of staff, and be creative and resourceful problem solvers. 
  • The incumbent should be able to demonstrate experience or ability to provide, organized, detail-oriented, hands-on leadership, supervision, direction, training, and mentorship to a team of legal professionals that includes deputies and that may include paralegals; assist and monitor subordinate attorneys, paralegals, and support staff in planning for and carrying out the most complex and difficult work; review all work product to ensure that it is substantively and stylistically accurate and appropriate; plan and coordinate the distribution of work; assist and strategize with deputies to develop case plans; and ensure that deputies are appropriately, productively, and efficiently handling their cases. 
  • The incumbent should be able to demonstrate experience or ability to review and analyze the monthly ProLaw and management reports; ensure that deputies’ ProLaw case management and calendaring are accurate, appropriate, and up-to-date; and review deputies’ and paralegals’ ProLaw timekeeping entries to ensure appropriate and accurate billing and working efficiency. Handle a variety of general administrative and employee matters; evaluate the performance of deputies, paralegals, and support staff in probation reports and annual performance appraisals; provide positive recognition; and where appropriate, undertake progressive disciplinary action against subordinates; identify areas of growth for deputies and paralegals and work collaboratively with human resources staff to obtain the necessary training and instruction to address those areas of growth; and recruit, interview, and select, or actively participate in the interview and selection process for deputies and paralegals. Work cooperatively and strategically with other Supervising Deputies to ensure proper and consistent management of teams and overall efficient deployment of resources. Maintain knowledge of and, where necessary, apply bargaining unit MOU rules, department rules, civil service laws, and regulations. Undertake special projects assigned by the Senior Assistant. 
  • The incumbent should be able to demonstrate experience or ability to perform the most difficult cannabis-related legal work—often as the lead attorney—requiring the highest level of independent judgment; personally handle cannabis licensing litigation, writs, and appeals; administrative law knowledge and experience, and civil litigation experience; appear before various federal and state courts and administrative bodies on the most difficult and sensitive cannabis-related cases, and the highest levels of the appellate courts.  Advise various legal jurisdictions, public officials, and representatives of public agencies on cannabis legal issues; conduct or supervise special investigations of the most sensitive or difficult nature; and draft and analyze legislative measures and regulations.


Benefits packages for all positions include medical, dental, vision, defined-benefit pension, 401K and 457:  

General State Employment Benefits and Protections

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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:
Marija Dokic
(916) 210-7157
Hiring Unit Contact:
Harinder Kapur
(619) 738-9407

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 Job Related Information:

Personal Leave Program: Effective July 1, 2020, state employees are subject to wage reductions in exchange for Personal Leave Program (PLP) accruals. The specific rate and hours earned were negotiated and agreed upon by each bargaining unit. More information regarding PLP can be found here:  

Additional Application Filing Information:

Please note, if using the United 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 not 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.


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.