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Director of Legislation, CEA Level C

051-720-7500-006

11,505.00 - $13,063.00 *

Christi van Eyken 916-324-6401
STATE CONTROLLER’S OFFICE
300 Capitol Mall, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95814
Christi van Eyken
916-324-6401

09/30/2019

A minimum rating of 70% must be attained to obtain list eligibility. Hiring interviews may be conducted with the most qualified candidates. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results. The results of this examination will be used only to fill the position of CEA Level C, Director of Legislation with the STATE CONTROLLER’S OFFICE. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

This examination consists of an evaluation of your Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) using pre-determined criteria based on the minimum and desirable qualifications for the position. The SOQ should include detailed and concise information specifically addressing how the candidate's education, training, experience, and competencies relate to each of the items listed.

The SOQ items must be numbered and addressed in the same order as listed; do not consolidate the responses. The SOQ should be no more than three pages in length, single-spaced with one-inch margins and a minimum font and size of Arial and twelve (12).

Applicants who fail to submit the SOQ as instructed and/or fail to submit all the required documents may be eliminated from the examination process.

Your SOQ must provide responses and specific examples for each item listed below to be considered for the position:

  1. Describe your knowledge of the structure and functions of California State Government specifically the Legislature and the Executive Branch.
  2. Describe your experience addressing politically sensitive issues in order to avert negative public perceptions of an entity you have represented.
  3. Describe your knowledge of the principles and practices of fiscal management and the legislative process as they relate to the State Controller’s Office.
  4. Describe your experience in gaining the confidence and support of executive leadership and providing effective advice on a wide range of administrative and operational matters and policies.
  5. Describe your experience in developing a legislative program, negotiating legislative sponsorship, or communicating with a bill’s author to promote the interest of an entity for which you served.  

Following a selection, those individuals remaining on the list may be contacted for subsequent interviews should a vacancy occur in this position within the next twelve (12) months.

  • 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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. 
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Statement of Qualifications - Please see the Examination Information section for instructions.

 Note: Applicants who fail to submit the SOQ as instructed and/or fail to submit all the required documents may be eliminated from the examination process.

Applications must be submitted by the final filing date to:

STATE CONTROLLER’S OFFICE
Human Resources
300 Capitol Mall, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95814
Christi van Eyken
916-324-6401
cvaneyken@sco.ca.gov

If you are an individual that enjoys working in a fast-paced environment, surrounded by enthusiastic, self-motivated co-workers, and functioning in the capacity of a chief, then consider competing in our examination for the Director of Legislation with the State Controller’s Office.  Competitors must understand that the individual appointed to this position will be responsible for overseeing the legislative efforts of the State Controller, including legislative issues raised in the context of the more than seventy (70) boards and commissions on which she is actively involved.

The Director of Legislation is required to exercise independence in daily and long-term planning for program growth and development.  The incumbent must develop and maintain exceptional working relationships with members of both the Assembly and Senate in support of the mission, goals, and objectives of the State Controller.  In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for engaging division chiefs and other senior level executive staff members, facilitating legislative policy development and implementation strategies relative to specific programmatic issues

(Candidates must perform the following functions with or without reasonable accommodations.)

  • Under the general direction and approval of the State Controller and Chief of Staff, set policies using independent judgment related to legislative matters; this may include promoting new programs, or expanding existing programs, or the jurisdictional control of the SCO;
  • Provide oversight of legislative issues and fiscal developments affecting the operations of the SCO; oversee the legislative needs in relationship to the various boards and commissions for which the State Controller is a member;
  • Identify issues of a politically sensitive nature that may require investigative inquires, research, etc.; 
  • Advance the State Controller’s legislative priorities when asked to be the representative at various boards and commissions meetings; 
  • Protect the interests and authorities of the State Controller regarding legislative issues; 
  • Develop and maintain stakeholder groups as issues develop resulting from legislative changes, public policy development related to the mission of the SCO; participate in hearing/meetings with stakeholders and/or other government officials engaged in subject-matter under the jurisdiction of the Controller; 
  • Advocate legislative solutions related to a wide variety of issues, including budget measures; negotiate with legislative entities in support of, or in defense of, the constitutional authorities of the Controller; 
  • Act as a Senior advisor to the Controller and Chief of Staff on issues involving the Legislature and the perception of the SCO; develop ideas and/or concepts designed to promote the public policies of Controller when required; 
  • Travel to and from various locations for offsite meetings, legislative hearings, etc., when required.

With the general direction of the State Controller and Chief of Staff, the incumbent will be responsible for promoting the overall mission of the State Controller’s Office (SCO) through legislation and policy development.  Specific duties will include, but not be limited to the following:

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.

Applicants must also satisfy the minimum qualifications as shown below:

  1. 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:
    1. 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; personnel management techniques;
    2. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multi-disciplinary 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 Legislative and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s Equal Opportunity Office objectives;
  2. 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):
    1. Supervisory/administrative experience in a line or staff activity, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies;
    2. Broad administrative or program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies;
    3. Extensive managerial and program administrative experience which has included substantial responsibility for a combination of management functions such as program planning, policy formulation, organization coordination and control, and fiscal personnel management. Where high technical professional qualifications are of primary importance in performing the duties of a given high-level position, then the above required experience may have been in a staff capacity exercising professional skills to influence and contribute to program, policy, and methods of providing those professional services.
  3. Strong verbal and written communication/advocacy skills.
  4. Well-developed administrative, managerial, and interpersonal skills and abilities.

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.

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:

  1. Understanding of Public Administration as it relates to California;
  2. Degree in Business Administration/Public Policy;
  3. Knowledge of California Legislative processes;
  4. Understanding of the State Controller’s Constitutional Authority.

If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, mark the appropriate box in Part 2 of the "Examination Application." You will be contacted to make specific arrangements.

If you meet the requirements stated in this bulletin, you may take this examination, which is competitive. Possession of the entrance requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination described on this bulletin will be compared with the performance of others who take this test, and all candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores.

The STATE CONTROLLER’S OFFICE 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.

General Qualifications: Candidates must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

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