Job Posting: Senior Assistant Attorney General, Worker Rights and Fair Labor Section (C.E.A. B)

Department of Justice

Senior Assistant Attorney General, Worker Rights and Fair Labor Section (C.E.A. B)
C. E. A.

$15,650.00 - $15,650.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/4/2020

Job Description and Duties

Under the administrative direction of the Chief Deputy to the Attorney General, and the administrative and legal direction of the Chief of Legal Affairs and the Chief Assistant Attorney General, Public Rights Division (PRD), the Senior Assistant Attorney General (SAAG) plans, organizes, and directs the statewide work of the Worker Rights and Fair Labor Section (WRFL) within the PRD of the Department of Justice (Department). The WRFL section brings civil and criminal actions on behalf of the Attorney General and the State of California to uphold workplace standards to protect the State's most vulnerable workers, and preserve a level playing field for legitimate competition in the labor market.


The WRFL SAAG initiates investigations into worker rights, health, and safety issues, especially those that have arisen as a result of the current public health crisis, including in the agricultural, meat processing, and warehousing industries. The SAAG coordinates with senior staff at other state agencies, and others, in focusing efforts on seeking out and stopping wage theft and other activity in the underground economy that poses a sharp risk to workers and law-abiding businesses in California. The SAAG oversees the Section’s litigation and investigations enforcing California's 2019 AB 5, charging the Attorney General with enforcing the rights of workers who have been misclassified as independent contractors, rather than employees, especially in the expansion of the gig economy.  Working directly with the Labor Commissioner and other state agencies and representatives, the SAAG also advances the State's position in courts of appeal on the subject matter of federal preemption of state labor laws.


In addition to the supervision of the Section’s litigation and advice functions, the SAAG serves as a technical expert and primary legal advisor to the Attorney General, Chief Deputy to the Attorney General, the Chief of Legal Affairs, the Chief Assistant Attorney General, client state agencies, and the Governor's Office on complex legal issues impacting worker rights and the People of California. The SAAG develops, recommends, and implements decisions on a variety of significant worker and labor policy issues, including issues that will be decided in litigation before the state and federal Supreme Courts. The SAAG consults with the Chief Assistant Attorney General in the development and formulation of litigation, policy and program objectives, personnel management, and employee utilization; has principal responsibility for personnel management and employee utilization within the Section, and provides direction and guidance to subordinates through the supervising deputy structure. The SAAG may personally assist subordinates in complex litigation, reviews annual budget requests, and performs ongoing programmatic monitoring and reporting functions.

While the position’s location is specified as Sacramento County, the candidate selected will not be required to be headquartered in Sacramento, but will be expected to travel regularly to all of the Department’s main offices.

Please note: this position supervises attorneys and therefore it is critical that the selected candidate have active status in the California State Bar.

Please carefully read the following sections to apply for this position:
  • Required Application Documents
  • Desirable Qualifications
For more information on how to create your Statement of Qualifications, please click here.

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:
    Senior Assistant Attorney General, Worker Rights and Fair Labor Section (C.E.A. B)
    C. E. A.
    $15,650.00 - $15,650.00 B
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    • This position is located in the Department of Justice, Public Rights Division.
    • Please visit the Attorney General's website for more information at

    Special Requirements

    A fingerprint check will be required.

    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: 12/4/2020

    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 Justice
    Attn: Mickey Griffith
    Office of Human Resources/Testing & Selection Unit
    P.O. BOX 944255
    Sacramento, CA 94244-2550

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Department of Justice
    Office of Human Resources/Testing & Selection Unit
    1300 I Street, Main Lobby
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Attn: Mickey Griffith, 7th Floor Receptionist
    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 -
      A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is a narrative discussion regarding how the applicant’s education, training, experience, and skills meet the Desirable Qualifications for the position. In addition, the SOQ serves as documentation of each applicant’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing.
      In your SOQ, please address how you possess each Desirable Qualification using specific examples of your education, training, and experience. This will be the only tool used for determining your final score and rank on the eligibility list for this position. Please address and number the Desirable Qualifications in the same order as listed on this bulletin under the Desirable Qualifications section. The SOQ must be typed, single spaced, 12 point font, and no more than 2 pages in length. Applicants who do not follow these requirements may be disqualified from the examination. Cover letters and resumes do not take the place of SOQs.
    • 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.

    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.

    Minimum Qualifications

    CEA examinations are open to all applicants who possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements as described in the examination bulletin. Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in 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:
    1. Broad and extensive experience in the investigation, prosecution, and litagation of worker rights issues up to the appellate level.
    2. Demonstrated ability to direct legal work in various areas of worker rights and fair labor issues.
    3. Demonstrated ability to provide assistance and advice to the Attorney General, Chief Deputy to the Attorney General, and Chief of Legal Affairs, as well as Chief Assistants and Senior Assistant Attorneys General, on policy development, and to direct the implementation of such policies in relation to worker rights and fair labor practices.
    4. Strong communication and interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to interact with multi-disciplinary professionals (e.g., department heads, court officials, and others) and maintain good relations with the public, the press, and various civic organizations.
    5. Demonstrated leadership ability, planning, and supervisory skills.
    6. Knowledge of policies and operating practices of the Attorney General's Office.

    Examination Information

    The exam will consist of the Standard State Application (STD 678) and Statement of Qualifications screening process and possible interviews. A departmental evaluation committee will screen applications and Statements of Qualifications based on the identified minimum qualifications, the desirable qualifications for the position, and the competitive nature of each candidate’s relevant knowledge, skills, and experience.

    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.


    Please access this link for information on benefits afforded to employees who work for the State of California - 


    Contact Information

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

    Human Resources Contact:
    Mickey Griffith
    (916) 210-7226

    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

    Personal Leave Program (PLP):

    Effective July 1, 2020, state employees are subject to temporary wage reductions in exchange for Personal Leave Program (PLP) accruals. The specific rate and hours earned were negotiated and agreed upon by each bargaining unit. More information regarding PLP can be found here -

    Additional Application Filing Information:

    Please note, if using the United States Postal Service for delivery, there is no guarantee that your application will be date stamped and will arrive by the final filing date. If your application does not have a postmark or date stamp and arrives after the final filing date, your application will not be accepted. Therefore, to ensure timely delivery of your application, it is recommended that you use either electronic delivery, parcel service, or certified mail. Using one of these options will provide proof of delivery prior to the final filing date.

    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