Job Posting: Director of Communication

State Treasurer's Office

Director of Communication
C. E. A.

$7,781.00 - $11,183.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Are you a seasoned communications professional with a passion for protecting and enhancing California’s strong financial reputation, building economic vitality for forty million Californians, and ensuring the highest possible value for every tax dollar? If so, then consider joining the executive leadership team of the State Treasurer’s Office—the banking, investment, and capital-raising agency for California’s state government.

The California State Treasurer seeks a highly qualified candidate to become the department’s next Communications Director. The Communications Director will work closely with the State Treasurer and the Treasurer’s Chief of Staff and two deputy treasurers to promote and reinforce the Treasurer’s role as the state’s primary banker. 

The Communications Director will be expected to employ a variety of strategies to develop and build relationships with media influencers and members of the print and electronic media to generate positive coverage of the numerous contributions of the programs and activities of the State Treasurer.

The ideal candidate will possess a variety of communications skills as well as multiple years of experience working in domains such as public relations, marketing, media relations, or advertising.

Primary responsibilities include:

  1. Development of communications plans with clearly defined objectives, key performance indicators, targeted audiences, and timetables.
  2. Drafting and reviewing written deliverables such as press releases, newsletters, op-ed pieces, and talking points.
  3. Developing agencywide overall messaging; themes; press, social and digital media strategies.
  4. Collaborating with subordinates and other personnel across the communications department on all media matters, including print, electronic, and social media outlets.
  5. Executive level responsibility for managing the State Treasurer’s official website and social media presence.
  6. Coordinating rapid-response crisis communications, when applicable.
  7. Planning events such as press conferences, media availability events, and meetings with editorial boards relating to official duties.
  8. Handling media relations, such as fielding media questions and scheduling public interviews with the Treasurer or executive level personnel within the State Treasurer’s Office.
  9. Developing relationships with journalists, media, and stakeholders.

This CEA Exam will be advertised until filled with the following cut off dates: 1st and 15th of every month starting May 15, 2022.

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:
    Director of Communication
    C. E. A.
    $7,781.00 - $11,183.00 A
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    This is a reposting from 02/16/2021. Applicants who have already applied will be considered and do not need to reapply.

    California is the fifth-largest economy in the world, and the State Treasurer’s Office is among the largest governmental treasury functions in the nation. The communications director will create and manage communications strategies for the State Treasurer’s Office and more than a dozen boards, commissions, and authorities that the Treasurer chairs. This dynamic environment offers the right candidate the opportunity to become part of the “voice” of one of the state’s eight constitutional offices.

    The State Treasurer’s Office has a staff of more than 400 employees committed to promoting and maintaining public trust and confidence through consistent, responsible financial practices; quality customer service; and a commitment to continually improving agency efficiency and productivity.

    Special Requirements

    • The position(s) require(s) a Background Investigation be cleared prior to being hired.

    The incumbent must:

    1. Have a demonstrated ability to write well and to communicate clearly and concisely.
    2. Have experience in project management and editing written material such:  as correspondence, reports, and collateral materials.   
    3. Have a strong work ethic and the ability and temperament to work collaboratively and in teams.
    4. Exercise a high degree of initiative with the ability to work under pressure.
    5. Be capable of prioritizing and managing multiple projects simultaneously, coupled with effective follow-through on issues in a timely manner.
    6. Maintain regular, consistent, and predictable attendance.  

    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:

    State Treasurer's Office
    Attn: Applications Unit
    915 Capitol Mall, Room 538
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    State Treasurer's Office
    Applications Unit
    915 Capitol Mall, Room 538
    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 optional. It may be included, but is not required.
    • Statement of Qualifications - Please submit a State of Qualifications addressing the knowledge, skills, abilities, and desirable qualifcations for this position.
    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.

    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:

    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 in 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 of the Department’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program and the processes available to meet EEO objectives.
    2. 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 Legislative and Executive Branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the Department’s EEO 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.

    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:
    1. Possess the ability to organize and direct a statewide program of public information and education.
    2. Possess knowledge and techniques in the preparation, production, and dissemination of information, utilizing all major forms of media communication.
    3. Possess knowledge of principles and techniques of establishing and maintaining good public relations.
    4. Possess the ability to develop agency-wide objectives and policies.
    5. Possess knowledge of principles of public administration and effective supervision.
    6. Possess knowledge of and proficiency in all digital and social media platforms.

    Examination Information

    The examination will consist of an application screening process conducted by a departmental evaluation committee. The Statement of Qualifications will be used to evaluate your education and experience as it relates to the Desirable Qualifications listed, and may also serve as documentation of each candidate's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing since this is a critical factor to successful job performance. The Statement of Qualifications may be the only basis for your final score and rank on the eligible list. Interviews may be conducted if the evaluation committee or appointing power finds it necessary.

    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.


    For information on CEA benefits, please click here.

    Contact Information

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

    Human Resources Contact:
    Charles Jewell
    (916) 653-3100

    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) 653-3100
    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.


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    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.

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    Application Methods:
    Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
    By Mail