Job Posting: Senior Adverse Action Consultant

Department of Justice

Senior Adverse Action Consultant

$6,124.00 - $7,608.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/8/2020

Job Description and Duties

Are you passionate about public service and do you desire a career in human resources? Do you want to work for an organization that encourages creative thinking and celebrates shared values and diversity? Do you believe in employing fairness and balance with respect to employee discipline? If so, we invite you to join the Department of Justice (DOJ) as a Staff Services Manager (SSM) I (Specialist).

Under the general direction of the SSM I (Supervisor), the SSM I (Specialist) serves as a highly-skilled, independent discipline consultant, project leader, team lead, and trainer for the Office of Human Resources, Adverse Action Team. The SSM I (Specialist) acts as a subject matter expert regarding complex, formal disciplinary action functions, which includes consulting with partners, stakeholders, and investigators on developing disciplinary cases; reviewing and analyzing performance, attendance, and investigatory documentation; drafting adverse actions and rejections during probation; assisting legal counsel with the defense of such actions during the appeal process; and representing the interests of the DOJ before the State Personnel Board. The SSM I (Specialist) also serves as a project leader, which involves conducting research and analyses on a variety of topics, developing and/or refining policies and procedures, and developing tools and resources for use throughout the DOJ. The SSM I (Specialist) also serves as a team lead and trainer; this includes training new analysts on the Adverse Action Team, providing guidance and support to team members regarding their cases, and providing training to others throughout the DOJ regarding the disciplinary process.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Senior Adverse Action Consultant
$6,124.00 - $7,608.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Operations; Office of Human Resources; Classification, Performance, and Labor Unit.
  • 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

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: 12/8/2020

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. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

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: Yvonne Salas (JC-219705)
Office of Human Resources
1300 I Street, Suite 720
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Yvonne Salas (JC-219705)
Office of Human Resources
1300 I Street, Suite 720
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 - Writing Exercise: In two pages or less with one-inch margins, please respond to the scenario outlined in the “Additional Job Required Information” section below. Please ensure that your answers to each question are clearly identified
  • 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:

Ability to maintain professional and collaborative working relationships with customers, colleagues, union representatives, and all levels of management; mentor, guide, and train team members; be open minded, approachable, and supportive; exercise initiative, flexibility, and adaptability, especially with respect to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment; concisely analyze and summarize laws, rules, regulations, court decisions, performance material, and administrative investigations; be a creative and resourceful problem solver; organize and establish workload priorities and work under pressure; be an effective communicator; be dependable and punctual with an excellent attendance record; and be honest and credible. Knowledge of and experience with State of California, California Department of Human Resources, and SPB laws, rules, regulations, acts, policies, procedures, and precedential decisions; the interpretation and enforcement of labor agreements, settlement agreements, and PRA requests; a structured performance management process, especially adverse actions; and providing excellent consultation services. Strong analytical, verbal, and written communication skills.

Strong candidates will have at least 2 years of experience with drafting formal actions, and will have drafted upwards of 12 formal actions within the last 2 years.


Benefit Information - 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:
Yvonne Salas
(916) 210-7200

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 Job Required Information

Writing Exercise Scenario:

Imagine you are a Senior Adverse Action Consultant. A newly-hired Consultant approached you for assistance with determining what penalty is appropriate in a Notice of Adverse Action for a Program Technician II they were recently assigned. The Consultant has obtained a detailed chronology outlining performance issues over the last two years. Additionally, they obtained two counseling memoranda, a corrective memorandum, and a number of workload reports. All of the documentation concerns the employee’s failure to meet production rates, error rates, and to retain training. The employee’s work involves entering criminal history information into statewide databases. There is a high consequence of error; for example, errors have the potential to affect how law enforcement approaches potential suspects. The employee has been with the Department for approximately five years and has been in their current position for approximately two years. The employee generally displays a good attitude and wants to do well. What steps should the Consultant take to develop an appropriate penalty recommendation? Please describe how you would approach guiding the Consultant through those steps. What factors should the Consultant consider, and how do such factors affect the penalty recommendation? Based on the information provided, what penalty would you recommend?

Additional Information

The Department of Justice, Human Resources Office is located in the heart of vibrant downtown Sacramento, within easy walking distance of many restaurants and Caesar Chavez Park. For those employees who take public transit, we offer the convenience of a nearby light rail station. For those employees who commute, employee-paid parking is available close to the building.

Personal Leave Program: 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