Job Posting: Executive Director

CA Horse Racing Board

Executive Director

$10,822.00 - $12,056.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 2/6/2020

Job Description and Duties


This position is for the Executive Director of the California Horse Racing Board. Under the general direction of the seven-member Board, the Executive Director plans, organizes and directs the operations of the department; advises, consults, and implements the policies of the Board; oversees the enforcement and licensing activities of the department; oversees and assigns stewards; directs and implements the equine drug testing program; and provides general supervision of the regulation of racing activities throughout California.

The Executive Director is appointed by the Board; the position is exempt from state civil service and reports to and is supervised and evaluated by the Board.

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 #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Executive Director
    $10,822.00 - $12,056.00
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Exempt Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The mission of the California Horse Racing Board to ensure the integrity, viability, and safety of the California horse racing industry by regulating pari-mutuel wagering for the protection of the public, promoting horse racing, breeding, and wagering opportunities, and fostering safe racing through the development and enforcement of track safety standards and regulations for the health and welfare of all participants.


    California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) is located near Cal Expo, and walking distance to many restaurants and retail businesses. CHRB Headquarters is near the Bushy Lake - Cal Expo section of the American River walking path.


    Department Website:

    Special Requirements

    • The position(s) require(s) a Background Investigation be cleared prior to being hired.
    • The Background Investigation may include a psychological and/or medical examination.

    It is the policy of the CHRB that no person may be hired as an employee if that person has been convicted of a felony or any gambling-related offense, therefore all employees are subject to a background check.

    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: 2/6/2020

    Who May Apply

    This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs. Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Exempt Position by the State of California.

    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:

    CA Horse Racing Board
    Attn: Sara Hostetter
    1010 Hurley Way, Suite 300
    Sacramento, CA 95825

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    CA Horse Racing Board - Sara Hostetter
    1010 Hurley Way, Suite 300
    Sacramento, CA 95825
    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.
    • Statement of Qualifications - Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) -  is required, see below for specific SOQ requirements.
    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:
    • Experience at the managerial or supervisory level in the development and implementation of policies relating to specific departmental programs.


    • Experience in dealing with a variety of internal and/or external groups on issues of a high profile and/or politically sensitive nature.


    • Experience presenting issues before the legislature, local government, State Boards or Commissions, various control agencies, other State agencies, stakeholders and/or the public.


    • Understanding of the background and mission of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB).


    • Familiarity with CHRB’s critical issues and ability to anticipate and influence the future.


    • Experience interacting with the leadership in the horse racing industry.


    • Experience in planning, organizing, and directing the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff.


    • Knowledge and/or experience with the California legislative and budgetary processes, and other governmental entities that are necessary for effective program implementation.


    Benefit information may be obtained by going to the California Department of Human Resources website at and to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System website at for Health Benefits.

    Contact Information

    The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

    Department Website:
    Human Resources Contact:
    Sara Hostetter
    (916) 263-6045

    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:
    Sara Hostetter
    (916) 263-6045
    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.

    Statement of Qualifications

    The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) serves as documentation of your ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. Applications without a SOQ, or a SOQ that is not responsive of the following questions will not be considered. Notation or references to other materials such as resumes, applications, or cover letters will not be considered and will not substitute for the SOQ. The SOQ should be no more than three pages in length and must be numbered and addressed in the following order.

    1. Describe your experience interacting with the leadership in the horse racing industry.
    2. Describe an experience that demonstrates your ability to analyze complex and sensitive horse racing related problems and recommend effective courses of action.
    3. Describe your knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, organization, and management. Include in your response experience in developing and/or implementing programs that serve the horse racing industry.
    4. Describe your leadership ability including techniques of organizing and motivating groups and/or employees, and your ability to deal effectively with a variety of individuals, organizations, state agencies, and local governments.
    5. Describe your ability and experience in planning, organizing, and directing the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff.
    6. Describe your knowledge of and experience with the California legislative and budgetary processes, and other governmental entities that are necessary for effective program implementation.

    Selection Information

    A selection committee will review and screen all applications submitted. The selection committee comprised of the Board members may interview candidates with the most competitive experience and background. Final candidates may be interviewed by the full Board.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Experience consisting of high-level administrative and policy-influencing responsibility, such as serving as a top-level administrator in a governmental agency or equivalent level in the private sector.


    • Knowledge in the horse racing industry with responsibility to develop and/or enforce horse racing laws, rules, and regulations and policies.


    • Knowledge of the horse racing industry, its organizations, and related laws, rules, and regulations.


    • Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government, including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles and trends of public administration, organization and management; and the department’s equal employment opportunity objectives.


    • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of professional and administrative staff; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, the Legislature and Executive branches; and solve complex problems and recommend effective courses of action to the Board.

    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