Job Posting

Department of Justice



Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-87391
Position #(s):
$10,778.00 - $13,847.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: San Diego County
Job Type: 12 Month Limited Term - Full Time
Work Shift: Day Shift (8 am - 5 pm)
Work Week: Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • The final filing date for this posting has been tentatively set for November 16, 2017. However, this posting is “until filled”; the advertisement may be extended or closed at any point after the initial final filing date.

  • This position may be filled in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, or San Francisco, and travel is required.

  • This position is based within the Civil Rights Enforcement Section of the Public Rights Division.

  • This is a 12-month limited term position, but it may be extended to a maximum of 24 months and/or may become a permanent position based upon operational needs.

  • This position may be filled via an out-of-class assignment, which may become permanent.

  • Please disregard the Training and Development Assignment language below, as the Department of Justice will not be considering this type of appointment for this position.

  • Please disregard the SROA/Surplus language below, as the Department of Justice requires applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus Letter if that is the basis of their eligibility.

  • For more information about the Department, please visit the Attorney General’s website at

Job Description and Duties

The California Department of Justice is responsible for protecting and serving the people and interests of California. Among other things, we represent the People of California in civil and criminal matters before trial courts, intermediate appellate courts, and supreme courts of California and the United States, and serve as legal counsel to state officers, and most state agencies, boards, and commissions. Highlighting the importance of these functions are recent changes at the federal level, which have adversely impacted California.

The Civil Rights Enforcement Section investigates and litigates matters to enforce state and federal civil rights laws in California, and engages in appellate work in both state and federal court. Subject areas include California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, civil rights provisions of the California and United States Constitutions, police practices, voting rights, reproductive rights, fair housing laws, discrimination in employment, state and federal disability rights, state laws that provide civil remedies to redress hate violence and LGBT rights. Immigrant rights issues are also a core subject area of our Section, including recently-enacted legislation to conduct reviews of the condition of immigration detention facilities in the State of California, laws and policies related to federal immigration activities, and the defense of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). In addition to engaging in legal work on behalf of the Attorney General in his independent capacity, the Section represents state agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Native American Heritage Commission. Many of the assignments will involve complex, high profile, and cutting-edge legal issues.

The Civil Rights Enforcement Section seeks a Supervising Deputy Attorney General to oversee deputy attorneys general, paralegals, and other staff who are working on projects involving an extensive range of civil rights areas, including, but not limited to, new federal immigration enforcement initiatives and actions regarding so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions,” large-scale investigations, both with respect to immigration – in the detention facilities review – and with respect to law enforcement in our Section’s pattern and practice work, and matters involving additional criminal justice issues as well as reproductive and LGBT rights. 

The Supervising Deputy Attorney General hired into this position will handle general administrative and managerial matters, and will supervise and personally perform the most difficult and complex legal work, which requires the highest level of independent judgment, related to research and analysis of complex statutory and constitutional issues, multi-faceted investigations, high-impact litigation, and appellate work involving cutting- edge civil rights issues. The Supervising Deputy Attorney General will also ensure that management directives are followed by their assigned legal team and may also coordinate and facilitate communications with other state Attorney General’s Offices and other federal and state government agencies working on similar issues.

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control (Los Angeles: JC-87381; Oakland: JC-87389; Sacramento: JC-87390; San Diego: JC-87391; or San Francisco: JC-87392) and the title of the position in the "Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying" section located on the first page of your state application.
  • The incumbent may be required to travel to remote locations within the state, sometimes with little notice.
  • Please do not disclose personal identification information in your application package.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received 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: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

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 Justice
Attn: Sam Brinkley (JC-87391)
Office of the Human Resources
1300 I Street, 7th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • 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.
  • Other -
    • A cover letter is required.
    • A writing sample demonstrating the applicant’s ability to analyze an issue of law is required.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
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.

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:

Strong applicants will have complex investigatory and/or civil litigation experience, excellent analytical, research, writing, and communication skills, and a strong motivation to work on subject areas highlighted above, including immigrant rights, the rights of LGBT individuals, reproductive rights, and police practices. Experience working on matters involving those subject areas is desirable and a demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines, develop investigatory and/or litigation plans, and manage a varied caseload, are critical. Strong applicants will also demonstrate that they have strong organizational and leadership skills, and that they will exercise good judgment when handling projects and interacting with staff, clients, other governmental agencies, members of the public, and opposing counsel. Strong applicants will have a positive attitude, initiative, an intellectual curiosity for the law, and a strong work ethic.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

  • Hiring Unit Contact:
    Samual Brinkley
    (916) 210-7218 ext: Use email
  • 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) 210-7580
  • 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.

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.


You can apply for this job via the following method(s):

  • Electronic (through your CalCareer Account)
  • By Mail
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Additional Documentation
Alternate Application Process

While we recommend that you utilize your CalCareer Account to take advantage of all the tools available, you may choose to apply for this job without using your account. In this case, print and complete the Job Application Package Checklist and include it if you submit a hard copy application.

Job Application Package Checklist

Blank Application Form (STD 678)