Job Posting: Deputy Director of Legislative and External Affairs

Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC)

Deputy Director of Legislative and External Affairs
C. E. A.

$10,831.00 - $12,903.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Deputy Director for Legislation, Policy, and External Affairs is responsible for the legislation and interagency activities. On behalf of the Commission, the Deputy Director advises the Legislature and the administration regarding their priorities, elevates the Commission’s priorities and perspectives in policymaking venues, and seeks to improve the overall effectiveness of state policies. The Deputy Director also coordinates the Commission’s activities with other departments and with interagency work groups focused on timely issues. The Deputy Director provides executive leadership over the Commission’s policy development projects, including research, public engagement, and discernment. The Deputy Director provides executive leadership for the public communications strategy and the Commission’s portfolio of education, outreach, and stigma reduction activities. The Deputy Director provides executive guidance and ensures excellence in the community engagement activities embedded in virtually all Commission activities

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

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:
    Deputy Director of Legislative and External Affairs
    C. E. A.
    $10,831.00 - $12,903.00 B
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Special Requirements

    Statement of Qualifications

    A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required and serves as the examination for this CEA recruitment and must be included with your application.

    You must provide responses including specific examples for EACH of the qualification factors outlined below. It must not exceed six pages in length, must not have font smaller than 11 point font and 1 inch margins. Each response must be numbered and answered listing all relevant experience, education and training.  Failure to follow this format and Application Instructions may result in disqualification. The following should be addressed in the statement of qualifications demonstrating experience:

    1. Planning, organizing, managing, and directing staff activities in the legislative program to include writing, proposing, negotiating, promoting, and securing legislation that could impact programs.

    2. Implementing and applying laws and other applicable state and federal laws. Include experience in analyzing complex issues that involve interpreting statutes and regulations.

    3. Reviewing and monitoring bills including coordinating and reviewing analyses, identifying fiscal and policy implications of a bill, developing bill analysis for technical amendments, and preparing legislative critiques and summaries.

    4. Performing high-level legislative activities and policy influencing functions, which include working effectively under pressure and making high-level decisions in a fast-paced and changing environment.

    5. Establishing productive and positive working relationships with department staff and executive leadership, Governor’s Office, Legislature, and other state departments to achieve department goals and objectives.

    6. Building rapport with media, community thought leaders, and employees to advance the department’s mission and vision.

    MHSOAC Disclosure Requirements
    The selected candidate may be subject to rules imposed by a Conflict of Interest Code that apply to MHSOAC employees, which may require filling a Statement of Economic Interest (FORM 700)

    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 eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    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
    1812 9th Street
    Sacramento, CA 95811

    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
    1812 9th Street
    Sacramento, CA 95811
    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 -
      See Special Requirements

    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.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    Minimum Qualifications

    CEA examinations are open to all applicants who possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements as described in the examination bulletin. Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in civil service.

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    • Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
    • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    Examination Information

    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.


    Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

    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:

    Additionally, the ideal candidate is a highly effective and proven leader with:
    • Five or more years working in mental health, health or health care or human services.
    • Knowledge of mental health/behavioral health, substance use policy issues.
    • Knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to substance abuse and mental health services.
    • Excellent presentation oral, and written communication skills.
    • Ability to conduct legislative research and write concisely and persuasively under short deadlines:
    o Experience drafting legislative documents, including regulations.
    o Experience in legislation and/or policy making.
    o Exceptional understanding of the legislative process and the ability to effectively engage with the advocates and policymakers on politically sensitive issues.
    • Ability to advise the Executive Director on a wide range of public affairs issues and formulate strategies to solve challenges.
    • Ability to provide leadership and work cooperatively with other executives, managers, and the staff in implementing new policies and procedures.
    • Ability to organize and manage teams working on multiple high profile priorities under deadlines.
    • Ability to exercise a high degree of initiative, independence, and flexibility.
    • Proven commitment to creating a work environment that celebrates diverse backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences.
    • Ability to establish productive and positive working relationships with the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, other state and county partners to achieve the Commission’s goals and objectives.
    • Demonstrated ability to build rapport with interest group leaders, community thought leaders and the media to advance the department’s mission and vision.
    • Broad public relations experience including strategic communications planning, media and community relations, public affairs, and digital and social media.

    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.