Job Posting: CEA A, Federal Liaison (Pending CalHR Approval)

Department of Transportation

JC-252805
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CEA A, Federal Liaison (Pending CalHR Approval)
C. E. A.

$7,442.00 - $14,150.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 6/17/2021

Job Description and Duties

In accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20 and, as a result of the COVID-19 rapid out-break, Caltrans will continue its hiring practices as they are deemed necessary to “maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure…,” Candidates who participate in the interview process will be considered essential in promoting this effort and are not in violation of Executive Order N-33-20. Virtual interviews via web portals or phone will be offered as deemed appropriate and feasible by the hiring manager – standard in-person interviews will still be offered if conditions permit. Please speak with the Hiring Unit contact for more information.

Under the direction of the Director/Chief Deputy Director, the Federal Liaison/Policy Advisor is responsible for evaluating and proposing specific federal transportation policy, as well as advising the Director and Chief Deputy Director on the full range of federal issues and state transportation policy matters that either currently or will affect the Department in the future. The Federal Liaison/Policy Advisor will be essential in assuring that current and future policies and legislation in transportation are not only implemented to ensure a safe and sustainable transportation system, but that they do not restrict the operating capability and flexibility of Caltrans. The position will work closely with Caltrans' Executive Management across the state, other agencies, and the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government.

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 #:
    JC-252805
    Position #(s):
    900-085-7500-XXX
    Working Title:
    CEA A, Federal Liaison (Pending CalHR Approval)
    Classification:
    C. E. A.
    $7,442.00 - $14,150.00 A *An appointment salary higher than the maximum range for a CEA A may be supported by the Department.
    # of Positions:
    1
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    Caltrans Mission: Provide a safe, sustainable, integrated, and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability.


    Caltrans Vision:
    A performance-driven, transparent, and accountable organization that values its people, resources and partners, and meets new challenges through leadership, innovation, and teamwork.


    The Caltrans workforce is made up of diverse and unique individuals who contribute to our organizational success. Caltrans is about celebrating diversity, valuing one another, and recognizing that Caltrans is strong not in spite of the diverse attributes of our workforce, but because of our diversity.

    Caltrans Director's EEO Policy and EEO Policy Statement:

    https://dot.ca.gov/programs/equal-employment-opportunity

    Special Requirements

    Statement of Qualifications

    A Statement of Qualifications is required to participate in the examination.

     

    Candidates must provide detailed and specific examples from their professional education, experience, and training that directly answer each of the Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) questions outlined below. In addition to the examples, candidates must also include their overall length of time of their experience as it relates to each SOQ question in the space provided. Each question will be scored individually, therefore, candidates must provide length of time and specific examples to each question.

    Responses to the SOQ must be submitted on the Department of Transportation's CEA Statement of Qualifications Form (PM-0503). Any SOQ responses that are not submitted on the PM-0503 will not be scored. Each box provided on the form for your response has been limited to 2000 characters. Additional documents to supplement the PM-0503 will not be reviewed during the examination scoring. 

    The PM-0503 SOQ Form can be found in the Required Application Package Documents section of this advertisement.

    The Statement of Qualifications must address the applicant’s qualifications relative to the following:

    1. Collaboration and partnership building are fundamental to the successful performance of the Federal Liaison. Please provide specific examples of your previous work experience that demonstrate your ability to foster and maintain positive and collaborative working relationships with internal and external partners, representatives of government and elected officials.

    2. National strategic engagement is a critical component to the success of the Federal Liaison. Please provide specific examples of your previous work experience that demonstrates your ability to engage on a national policy platform, include details on positive professional relationships established within this space.

    3. Please provide specific examples of your previous work experience that demonstrate your ability to interpret, formulate and present major policy recommendations to executive management.

    4. Comprehensive Knowledge and understanding of the public sector transportation industry on a national and global level will be critical to the role of the Caltrans Federal Liaison. In consideration of the proposed American Jobs Plan, please provide specific examples of your previous work experience that demonstrate your ability to represent Caltrans’ interest in climate and clean infrastructure investments to disadvantaged communities.

    To access the American Jobs Plan copy and paste the following URL into your web browser https://www.whitehouse.gov/american-jobs-plan/.

    5. In consideration of the proposed American Jobs Plan, please provide specific examples of your previous work experience that demonstrate your ability to represent Caltrans’ interest in the proposed fixes for highways, to rebuild bridges, and to upgrade ports, airports, and transit systems.

    To access the American Jobs Plan copy and paste the following URL into your web browser https://www.whitehouse.gov/american-jobs-plan/.

    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: 6/17/2021

    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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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 Transportation
    Attn: Ehsan Tahir (21CEA07)
    Career Executive Assignment (CEA) MS-86
    1727 30th Street, 6th Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95816-8036

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Department of Transportation
    Ehsan Tahir (21CEA07)
    Career Executive Assignment (CEA) MS-86
    1727 30th Street, 6th Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95816-8036
    Please date stamp and drop in the correct box for Examination Unit
    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 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.
    • Statement of Qualifications -
      Candidates must provide detailed and specific examples from their professional education, experience, and training that directly answer each of the Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) questions. In addition to the examples, candidates must also include their overall length of time of their experience as it relates to each SOQ question in the space provided. Each question will be scored individually, therefore, candidates must provide length of time and specific examples to each question.

      Responses to the SOQ must be submitted on the Department of Transportation's CEA Statement of Qualifications Form (PM-0503). Any SOQ responses that are not submitted on the PM-0503 will not be scored. Each box provided for your response has been limited to 2000 characters. Additional documents to supplement the PM-0503 will not be reviewed during the examination scoring.

      - PM0503 SOQ Form
    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:

    • 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.

    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:

    • Academic course work at the university level. Training and experience in the area of supervision and management principles.

    • Ability to reason logically and creatively.

    • Ability to develop and maintain a level of professional integrity to ensure that the best interests of Caltrans and the program are served.

    • Ability to work well with partners and clients.

    Examination Information

    The examination will consist of an evaluation of the Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). All interested applicants must submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) using the provided PM-0503 SOQ Form with their State Application. This will be the only tool used to determine your eligibility and ranking for this examination. The SOQ will be evaluated based on the quality of examples provided with each question, as well as the overall length of time candidates indicate related to each question response. Candidates who fail to submit an SOQ on the PM-0503 SOQ Form will be eliminated from the examination.

     

    A passing score of 70% or higher must be obtained to establish eligibility. Hiring interviews will be conducted with the most qualified candidates. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results. The result of this examination will be used only to fill the position of CEA A, Federal Liaison with Caltrans. Applications will be retained for twelve months.  

    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 position or application process.

    Human Resources Contact:
    Ehsan Tahir
    (916) 227-5967
    ehsan.tahir@dot.ca.gov

    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:
    Caltrans EEO Office
    (844) 368-3367
    Ask.eeo@dot.ca.gov
    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.

    Information to be Included on Application

    Please include the CEA Exam Number (21CEA07) and title of the position applying for on the STD. 678 application form.

     


    Additional Information

    Please take this 1-minute Caltrans Recruitment survey to tell us how you found out about this job! 

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HMQ7LDR  

     

    NOTE: Salaries do not reflect reductions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Information for actual reductions is available in the Human Resources Manual, Section 2113, Personal Leave Program (PLP) at

    http://hrmanual.calhr.ca.gov/Home/ManualItem/1/2113

    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
    Drop-off