Job Posting: Chief Psychologist

Department of Human Resources

Chief Psychologist

$11,042.00 - $13,987.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under administrative direction of the Chief of the Medical and Psychological Screening Division (MPSD), the Chief Psychologist is responsible for the operation of the Psychological Screening Program (PSP) and maintaining standards governing determinations of psychological suitability of peace officer and non-peace officer candidates under the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) regulations. The incumbent will mentor, coach and supervise a team of Staff Psychologists and oversee the work of independent psychologists working under contract to perform psychological screenings of peace officer and non-peace officer candidates subject to POST requirements. The Chief Psychologist will act as the final arbiter in reaching a determination of suitability during the dispute resolution process. In the event a decision is appealed to the State Personnel Board (SPB), the incumbent, acting as the state’s expert authority on all matters related to psychological suitability under POST regulations, will prepare and present expert testimony at an informal hearing held before a Staff Hearing Officer.

The Chief Psychologist may also review written assessment data, background investigation data, psychological history data, and medical and psychological treatment records for factors pertinent to candidate suitability; confer with representatives of state agencies to better understand their hiring needs and provide guidance on the significance of thorough background investigations to inform the psychological suitability evaluation process; conduct interviews of candidates; conduct research, oversee related project work and perform other duties as necessary and appropriate.

The incumbent must maintain the highest ethical standards and demonstrate a commitment to fairness in process to serve the needs of both state agencies and the public; appropriately safeguard confidential medical information; apply innovative solutions to support organizational improvements; create a work environment that encourages collaboration, creative thinking and innovation; and demonstrate leadership to support diversity in the PSP selection process and the workplace.

This position provides telework opportunities, including the ability to work fully remote.

This advertisement is posted as until filled. Applications will be reviewed on the 25th and 10th of each month, and selections can be made. However, the Job Control will remain open until the vacancy is filled.   

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:
Chief Psychologist
$11,042.00 - $13,987.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) is responsible for issues related to employee salaries and benefits, job classifications, civil rights, training, exams, recruitment and retention. For most employees, many of these matters are determined through the collective bargaining process managed by CalHR.

Our Vision: To be the premier leader and trusted partner in innovative human resources management.

Our Mission: To provide exceptional human resources leadership and services with integrity, respect and accountability to state departments and all current and prospective employees.

DEI Statement: At CalHR we believe in the power of diversity. Diversity fuels the creativity and innovation necessary to serve our customers well. We are building a culture that values difference and fosters belonging. We strive to sustain a workforce reflective of the state we serve, and an environment that is safe and inclusive for all individuals. We welcome everyone to contribute their talent, life experience, and expertise to drive CalHR forward.
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Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a(n) Psychologist License. You will be required to provide a copy of your license prior to being hired.
All interested applicants are required to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). You must provide direct responses to each of the numbered items listed below. Each individual response must be numbered and include the full text of the numbered items prior to your response. Please include specific examples of your education, training, and/or experience. Limit your SOQ to a maximum of four (4) pages, single-spaced, twelve-point Arial font.

1. Describe a time when you developed and implemented a policy, process, or procedure. What was your objective? What steps did you take to ensure objectives and goals were met timely and how did you build buy-in among stakeholders?

2. Describe your experience motivating staff or peers, promoting engagement, and fostering accountability in a constantly changing work environment. Provide specific examples.

3. Some believe that a commitment to diversity may conflict with a commitment to excellence (i.e. lowering standards or desirable qualifications to achieve diversity). Explain the relationship between diversity and excellence. Describe actions you have taken in a professional, educational or personal setting that demonstrate a commitment to diversity.

4. Describe your experience presenting expert advice or testimony to a formal or informal hearing (i.e. administrative hearing, court hearing, or panel review). Provide specific examples.

Note: Applicants who do not follow these instructions may be disqualified from the selection process. Cover letters and resumes do not take the place of the SOQ.

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:

Department of Human Resources
Attn: Personnel Office - Catherine Rude
1515 S Street, North Building, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95811-7258

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Human Resources
Personnel Office - Catherine Rude
1810 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811-7258
08:00 AM - 04:00 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 - A STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS IS REQUIRED. Please see the Special Requirements section for 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.

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:
  • Experience applying screening methodology and procedures to specialized law enforcement populations
  • Experience presenting ideas and information clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Experience developing, reviewing, and editing written reports
  • Experience planning, organizing, training, and directing the work of staff
  • Ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships across all levels of an organization
  • Ability to effectively promote equal opportunity in employment and maintain a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment
  • Excellent interpersonal and observational skills
  • Knowledge of assessment techniques for written psychological tests, including their use in employment screening
  • Knowledge of the principles of effectively conducting clinical psychological interviews
  • Knowledge of the State Employer/Employee Relations Act


There are numerous benefits to joining our team! The State of California offers a competitive and comprehensive employee benefits package. Click here to view the benefits available to State of California employees!

Does this opportunity seem right for you?

If so, we encourage you to join us. At CalHR, you will be part of a diverse workforce where your experience, expertise and opinion are valued. We offer convenient transportation options, including light-rail, pre-tax parking, on-site ATM, shopping, a variety of nearby restaurants and a Farmers market during spring and summer. In addition, we offer ongoing learning and development opportunities in our Statewide Training program which is onsite.

All CalHR employees are excluded from bargaining and are eligible to receive enhanced benefits, such as CoBen benefit allowance, employer paid life insurance, additional vacation/annual leave, and are not subject to State Disability Insurance payroll withholding.

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.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Catherine Rude
(916) 322-2300
Hiring Unit Contact:
Estelle Champlain
(916) 879-4924

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:
RA Coordinators
(916) 324-3235
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 Information

Using the online application system as specified in this announcement is the preferred method of applying for civil service job opportunities; however, applicants may instead apply by way of U.S. mail, parcel deliver or courier service, or in person, as set forth in this announcement.

Applications must be complete and include a description of the duties performed for each position held; reference to a resume (“See Resume”) in place of a description of the duties performed will not be accepted.

Additional positions may be filled from this recruitment.

Examination Information

To obtain list eligibility for the Chief Psychologist position(s), you must first take the Chief Psychologist exam.

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.