Job Posting: Research Scientist II

Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC)

Research Scientist II

$6,645.00 - $8,259.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction and supervision of the Research Supervisor, the Research Scientist (RS) II serves as a highly skilled social and behavioral scientist and key member of the Research and Evaluation Division at the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC). The RS II uses scientific research and analytic skills to study and evaluate mental health policy, programs, and practice, with particular emphasis on using data-driven methods to identify opportunities for innovation in the community-based mental health system.


The RS II will independently and as a team member conduct scientific research studies and evaluation activities for management, the Commission, and committees. The RS II will work with Research Data Specialists and other Research Scientists within the Division to use creative and critical judgment to use information from large databases to develop summary statistics at the statewide and county levels, and for policy research projects. Duties require high-level contact with Commissioners, Legislators, Legislative staff, State agencies, local mental health representatives, advocacy groups, mental health clients and family members, and various stakeholder organizations.

*Effective July 1, 2020, State employees are subject to a 9.23% salary reduction in exchange for up to 16 hours of the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020) per month. For more information, please visit the Bargaining Contracts page on the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) website at

This is a re-advertisement of JC# 228676. If you have already applied for this position through the prior posting there is no need to apply again.
This job posting may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

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

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Research Scientist II
$6,645.00 - $8,259.00
$6,645.00 - $8,259.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
12 Month Limited Term - Full Time

Special Requirements

Limited in-state travel required (10%) including occasional overnight stays. Clearance by a DOJ background check may be requested. 

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. 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:

Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC)
Attn: Human Resources
1325 J Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC)
Human Resources
1325 J Street, Suite 1700
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.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
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.


Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays and other types or leave, comprehensive health, dental, and vision benefits with a variety of choices, and CalPERS retirement options (the nation's largest public pension plan). This link provides a summary of State benefits for this position: 

Benefits summary

General State Employment Benefits and Protections

Click here to view more information about the outstanding benefits offered to State employees.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Human Resources
(916) 445-8696

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:
Norma Pate
(916) 445-8790
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 Instructions

Applications received without the following information will be considered incomplete: 

  • "To" and "From" dates (month, day, year).
  • Hours worked per week. 
  • Civil service classifications or private sector job titles.
  • Supervisor name and phone number. 
  • Duties performed.
  • Applications with "see resume" in place of duties performed are not acceptable.
Electronic applications submitted through your CalCareer Account are highly recommended. Please note, if dropping off your application in person, there are limited staff present in the office, and masks are required to be worn at all times. 

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.