Job Posting: Chief, Financial Audits Branch (CEA A)

Department of Health Care Services

Chief, Financial Audits Branch (CEA A)
C. E. A.

$7,190.00 - $10,334.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 7/29/2019

Job Description and Duties

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is looking for a highly skilled, exceptionally motivated individual to lead the Department's Financial Audits Branch (FAB) within the Audits and Investigations (A&I) Division. If you are interested in working with a team who is dedicated to preserve and improve the overall health and well-being of all Californians, this Department and job opportunity may be for you. 

Under the general direction of the Deputy Director, A&I, the Chief, FAB, is responsible for the leadership of FAB, and for sustaining a culture of integrity, collaboration, accountability, and transparency.

The Chief, FAB, is responsible for policy formation and decision-making to ensure the effective operations of the Branch. FAB conducts over 3,800 financial audits annually to ensure the institutional Medi-Cal provider claims for services are accurate, appropriate, and in compliance with federal and state Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal) program laws and regulations. DHCS programs also utilize audited cost data to set provider rates and achieve other programmatic objectives.

The Chief, FAB, also functions as the Department's financial audit program policy and reimbursement expert. In this role, the Chief, FAB, and branch staff must work collaboratively with program partners on cross-cutting issues that impact program policy, reimbursements to providers, and the delivery of services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

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, Financial Audits Branch (CEA A)
    C. E. A.
    $7,190.00 - $10,334.00 A
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Application Instructions

    Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. 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: 7/29/2019

    Who May Apply

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

    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 Health Care Services
    Attn: Leslie Hill
    MS 1300
    P.O. Box 997411
    Sacramento, CA 95899-7411

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Leslie Hill
    1501 Capitol Avenue, Suite 71.1501
    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.
    • Supplemental Application - Responses to the four supplemental application items.
    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 Executive Branches; 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; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the EEO Program.

    (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 Legislature and Executive Branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’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:
    • Experience in managing a large and complex audit operation.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
    • Management and policy experience in financial audits.
    • Knowledge of professional auditing standards.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of program integrity principles, auditing techniques and procedures, due process, and confidentiality.
    • Knowledge of health programs administered by the California Department of Health Care Services.
    • Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing the Medi-Cal program.
    • Professional audit or accounting certification, such as a Certified Public Accountant.

    Examination Information

    The examination process will consist of a Supplemental Application. Applicants are required to respond to the four supplemental items. These supplemental items are designed to identify job achievement in specific areas that demonstrate the ability to successfully perform at the CEA A level. Responses to the supplemental items will be assessed based on pre-determined job-related rating criteria. In appraising the relative qualifications of candidates, consideration will be given to the extent and type of pertinent experience and education over and above that which is required under the minimum qualifications.

    Each applicant for this examination must complete and submit his/her responses to all four supplemental items that follow. Supplemental responses and application must be postmarked, personally delivered, or received via interoffice mail. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED WITHOUT RESPONSES TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL ITEMS WILL BE REJECTED.

    When responding to the supplemental items, applicants must follow these guidelines:

    • Responses must be typewritten or generated by word processing on 8 1/2" x 11" paper, using no smaller than a 12 point font.
    • Responses to the four supplemental application items must be limited to a total of three pages, single-sided. Therefore, the supplemental application document must not exceed a total of three pages.
    • Identify each page with his/her full name.
    • Responses are to be complete, specific, clear, and concise.
    • Answer each numbered item separately indicating the corresponding item number for each response.
    1. Describe your leadership ability, including techniques for organizing and motivating large groups and/or employees.
    2. Describe your ability to effectively communicate complex and sensitive issues to high-level management. This includes presentation of critical audit issues and associated recommendations for resolution.
    3. Describe your experience in managing a large and/or complex audit operation, including the development of financial audit policies and programs.
    4. Describe your knowledge of, and experience with, applying professional auditing standards in connection with independent financial audits.

    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.

    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.

    Human Resources Contact:
    Leslie Hill
    (916) 345-7235
    Hiring Unit Contact:
    Tiffany Davis
    (916) 345-8537

    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) 440-7370
    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.


    Creativity and Innovation - Applies new ways of thinking. Has the ability to solve problems, create new ideas, and develop new approaches to achieve the Department's mission.

    Vision - Understands the context and mission of the Department both internal and external. Has an awareness of the Department's critical issues, anticipates and influences the future. Has the ability to organize for success; understands how to facilitate functional needs and structure to achieve strategic plans.

    Credibility and Integrity - Understands internal and external customers and has a true desire to build credibility. Has a personal compass composed of clear principles and the flexibility to balance between literal adherence to rules and the use of  policy as a guide. Has the ability to make decisions and be accountable for those decisions.

    Teamwork - Cooperates to achieve the Department's mission, goals, values, and encourages diversity of opinions. Has the ability to enhance his/her own ability and the ability of others to contribute.

    Communication - Has a clear expression of ideas, thoughts and expectations, and is an active and empathic listener. Understands that people process information differently; takes initiative to build relationships; understands cultural differences.

    Staff Development - Recognizes that people are the Department's most valuable resource. Can identify and define needs of the Department, attract appropriate candidates, evaluate, and select the most qualified. Takes the time to develop and encourage staff to achieve their true potential.

    In addition, to best serve both our internal and external customers, it is important that our management team understands and is sensitive to the diversity of the people we serve. The composition of our management team should also reflect diversity.

    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.

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