Job Posting: General Counsel

State Treasurer's Office

JC-180175
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General Counsel
C. E. A.

$10,360.00 - $12,341.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/6/2019

Job Description and Duties

The General Counsel functions as the Chief Legal Advisor to the State Treasurer and provides legal and policy advice regarding all aspects of the Treasurer’s Office and the Boards, Commissions, and Authorities for which the Treasurer serves as Chair or Member. Responsibilities include functioning as the legal advisor to the Treasurer and the State Treasurer’s Office on extremely complex and sensitive issues including:

  • The Treasurer’s duties and responsibilities as the agent for sale and trustee on state bonds, as the legal custodian of cash/securities owned by the State, and investor of state funds;
  • The Treasurer’s duties and responsibilities as Chair and Member of numerous State boards and commissions - including various financing authorities, the State retirement systems, and other highly visible state entities;
  • Constitutional, statutory, and regulatory authority for existing programs as well as new initiatives by the Treasurer’s Office and conduit boards/authorities;
  • Compliance with the Political Reform Act;
  • Compliance with miscellaneous government laws, including open meeting and public record laws.

The General Counsel works closely with the Treasurer and his/her Executive staff, and directs and reviews the work of a small legal staff. The General Counsel also works on a day-to-day basis with outside counsel and the Attorney General’s Office. 

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-180175
    Position #(s):
    820-101-7500-001
    Working Title:
    General Counsel
    Classification:
    C. E. A.
    $10,360.00 - $12,341.00 B
    # of Positions:
    1
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    Please click here to view more information about the State Treasurer's Office.

    Special Requirements

    • The position(s) require(s) a Background Investigation be cleared prior to being hired.
    Note: Applicants must have active membership in the State Bar of California before they will be eligible for appointment.

    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: 12/6/2019

    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:

    State Treasurer's Office
    Attn: Applications Unit
    915 Capitol Mall, Room 538
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Applications Unit
    915 Capitol Mall, Room 538
    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 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 - The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is a narrative discussion of how the candidate's education, training, experience, and skills meet the minimum and desirable qualifications for the position. The SOQ serves as documentation of each candidate's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing and should be typed and no more than two pages in length. Resumes or Cover Letters do not take the place of the SOQ.
    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:
    • Extensive knowledge of legal issues related to banking, investments, securities, and municipal bonds.
    • Working knowledge of the priciples and practices of organizations, functions and processes of California Government, fiscal and human resource management, audits, information security, the legislative process, administrative law, and the conduct of proceedings before administrative bodies.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the following areas of California law: State contracting, rule making, open meetings, officeholder ethics, and public records.
    • Ability to assess complex and sensitive legal problems and make recommendations to top management in all areas that affect the State Treasurer.
    • Knowledge of issues involving the Political Reform Act applicability to elected officials and their staff.
    • Demonstrated effective oral, written and interpersonal skills with the ability to present self and ideas effectively and gain the confidence and trust of executive management and staff.
    • Experience working with Boards, Commissions, and advisory bodies.
    • Good judgment and the ability to act with diplomacy and tact when dealing with confidential and controversial issues.
    • Ability to coordinate and oversee litigation with the Attorney General’s Office.

    Examination Information

    The examination will consist of an application screening process conducted by a departmental evaluation committee. The Statement of Qualifications will be used to evaluate your education and experience as it relates to the Desirable Qualifications listed, and may also serve as documentation of each candidate's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing since this is a critical factor to successful job performance. The Statement of Qualifications may be the only basis for your final score and rank on the eligible list. Interviews may be conducted if the evaluation committee or appointing power finds it necessary.

    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:
    Sophie Zhang
    (916) 653-3100

    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) 653-3100
    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.

    Application Methods:
    Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
    By Mail
    Drop-off