Department of Justice


$9,210.00 - $13,062.00

Final Filing Date: 3/25/2019

Job Description and Duties

The Health Quality Enforcement Section (HQE) handles a broad range of administrative, civil and general legal matters on behalf of a number of state licensing agencies in actions involving licensed health care professionals, including physicians and surgeons, psychologists, respiratory care practitioners, and others.  This is a fast-paced section, and Deputies handle a rigorous caseload. 

HQE Deputies handle administrative licensing discipline cases before state licensing boards, including initial case assessment, drafting of accusations and other pleadings, case settlements, and administrative hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings. Deputies handle writs of mandate in the superior courts, as well as occasional appeals in the courts of appeal and emergency injunctive proceedings involving dangerous physicians, psychologists, podiatrists, and other health care providers.  HQE Deputies enforce investigative subpoenas in the superior courts, and represent client agencies and employees in civil litigation involving constitutional and other issues in state and federal courts. Deputies work with investigators who are responsible for obtaining required evidence which permits the Attorney General to advise client agencies on legal matters such as whether disciplinary charges should be filed, whether complaints should be closed, or other appropriate action should be taken.  HQE Deputies also perform legislative analyses on behalf of the Attorney General and client agencies.  Deputies are responsible for maintaining up-to-date case information in the ProLaw case management system.  Travel within the State is required.  

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$9,210.00 - $11,815.00
$10,173.00 - $13,062.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Fresno County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
8 AM - 5 PM
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Health Quality Enforcement Section.
  • DAG IV consideration - lateral transfers only.
  • These positions may be filled in either Sacramento (JC-141031) or Fresno (JC-145884). Please clearly indicate your preferred city in the "Explanations" section of your State application.
  • 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

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • Individuals who are new to state service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the California Office of the Attorney General. Process is described at  
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-145884), city and the title of this position in the “Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying” section located on the first page of your State Application (STD 678). 

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: 3/25/2019

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

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 Justice
Attn: Vicki Culpepper
Office of the Attorney General/Civil Law Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Vicki Culpepper (JC-96546)
Office of the Attorney General/Civil Law Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
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 required and must be included.
  • Other -
    • Cover letter explaining why you are qualified to be a deputy attorney general in the HQE Section.
    • Two writing samples written within the past three years.

  • Other -

    Click on the following link to complete the California Department of Justice Recruitment Survey:

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:
Candidates with a strong and demonstrated commitment to public service; who have recent and sound experience in civil, criminal or administrative litigation; a good working knowledge of the rules of evidence; and experience handling writs or appeals are encouraged to apply. Additional qualifications include strong legal research skills; the ability to present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; a demonstrated ability to handle a heavy caseload under tight deadlines and public scrutiny; and the ability to produce high quality work in short timeframes.  Deputies work hard and are expected to manage multiple important matters simultaneously, and must be willing to work long hours and weekends when necessary to effectively meet their professional obligations. Candidates should be well-organized, computer literate, detail oriented, have a positive attitude and desire to work as part of a team, as well as have an excellent work ethic and strong skills in interpersonal communication and collaboration.  A commitment to consumer protection, public safety and health care law on behalf of the Attorney General and the State is critical. Background in health care law, administrative law, medical malpractice, health care fraud, and/or criminal law is desirable.  Excellent academic credentials are highly desirable. Candidates should be able to demonstrate sound judgment and tact when interacting with client staff and the public, have initiative, and be creative and resourceful problem solvers.  

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Steven Muni
(916) 210-7249

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.

Additional Information

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