Job Posting

Department of Human Resources


JC-55627 - CEA Level B - Chief Personnel Management Division

Final Filing Date: 3/29/2017

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Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-55627
Position #(s):
Working Title: CEA Level B - Chief Personnel Management Division
C. E. A.
$9,255.00 - $11,024.00 B
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Sacramento County
Job Type: Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

Department Information

Under the administrative direction of the CalHR Director and Deputy Director, the incumbent manages the statewide administration of personnel management programs, the development and implementation of long-range human resources planning, and the evaluation and responses to departmental and labor relations-related requests. 


The incumbent is a key part of CalHR’s executive team that is responsible for ensuring implementation of the CalHR Strategic Plan, and is a key leader in efforts to streamline state civil service human resource practices.

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Job Description and Duties

• Oversee the development and administration of statewide personnel management programs to ensure appropriate implementation of classifications and compensation standards, policies and procedures.  The incumbent provides leadership in ensuring that the state’s classification plan is streamlined and meets the needs of stakeholders.

• Oversee consultation to departments and agencies on effective personnel management practices, including layoffs and reorganizations, provide technical expertise in resolving complex personnel management issues, and develop innovative concepts designed to proactively address workforce challenges.

• Oversee the administration of the state’s salary, SROA, and leave programs, and ensure consistency with actions accomplished through the collective bargaining and legislative processes.

• Oversee the administration of the state's Exempt and Career Executive Assignment (CEA) pay programs.

• Provide technical expertise and support to the Labor Relations Division.  The incumbent works collaboratively with the Labor Relations Division on all issues related to the terms and conditions of employment.

• Serve as liaison between CalHR staff and the five-member State Personnel Board (SPB) as well as the SPB Executive Officer.

• Oversee the activities of the Personnel Services Branch (PSB), which provides statewide consultation and guidance regarding state pay and leave programs, and the Service and Seniority Unit.

• Represent CalHR and coordinate Personnel Management Division programs with personnel officers, other departmental and agency officials, the Government Operations Agency, the Department of Finance, the State Controller’s Office and other stakeholders. 

• Manage and coordinate special projects for the Executive Office and develop internal and external communications for the Director and Deputy Director.

Special Requirements

In addition to the Standard State Application (STD 678), all interested applicants are required to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ).  Within the responses, be sure to include specific information as to how your professional experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities meet the minimum qualifications and desirable qualifications.  Please limit your SOQ to a maximum of three (3) pages, single-spaced, 12 point ariel font, and address the following:

1. Describe your experience leading change efforts in a continuously evolving environment in order to meet strategic goals and objectives.

2. Describe your experience leading a human resources function where you provided high-level expertise and service.

3. Describe your training and experience that demonstrates knowledge of state civil service laws and rules related to classification, compensation, and labor relations.

4. Describe your experience that demonstrates knowledge of CalHR as well as its major partners, including the State Personnel Board, Department of Finance, and State Controller’s Office, including experience representing your organization to these entities as well as partnering with other departments.

5. Describe your experience establishing a work unit’s mission/vision and effectively leading people toward meeting strategic goals. 

6. Describe your experience establishing an inclusive work environment that fosters and promotes the development of staff, facilitates collaboration and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

7. Describe how you have recruited, selected, developed, and retained high-quality staff in a fast-paced work environment.

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: 3/29/2017

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:

Department of Human Resources
Attn: Sheila Braverman
1515 S Street, North Building, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95811-7258

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Sheila Braverman
1810 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - A Statement of Qualifications is REQUIRED and must be submitted with your application to be considered for this position.  Please see section "Special Requirements" for further information.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
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

This position requires an examination to be appointed. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications for the Position in order to compete in the examination.
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:

• Demonstrated ability to lead and provide a sense of direction and purpose to subordinate managers and staff to provide high-quality customer service to customers in a positive work environment.

• Demonstrated experience applying the principles, practices, and civil service laws and rules related to personnel administration, particularly the management of the state’s classification and compensation systems.

• Experience managing financial and human resources of a unit to maximize effectiveness.  This includes knowledge of the budget change proposal process and a strong ability to recruit, select, retain, and develop talent.

• Knowledge of CalHR and its responsibilities, including related collective bargaining and legislative processes.

• Ability to work and interact effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including the State Personnel Board, Department of Finance, State Controller's Office, departmental  executives, and Labor Relations staff using strong written and verbal communication skills.

• Demonstrated experience proactively developing and leading strategies to address and resolve administrative and organizational problems.

• Demonstrated understanding of a manager’s role in contributing to and achieving equal employment opportunity in the workplace.

Examination Information

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 be 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.

  • Department Website:
  • Human Resources Contact:
    Sheila Braverman
    (916) 324-9408
  • 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) 324-1128
  • 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.
Application Methods

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

  • Electronic (through your CalCareer Account)
  • By Mail
  • Drop-off
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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)

Additional Documentation
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