Department of Justice


$11,517.00 - $14,797.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 1/25/2021

Job Description and Duties

The Supervising Deputy Attorney General (SDAG) directly supervises  a team of Deputy Attorneys General (DAG), and may also supervise paralegals. The SDAG is responsible for insuring that their team members are providing effective, efficient, and high-quality legal representation for our clients; communicating, collaborating and maintaining productive working relationships with peers, section management, and other members of the office, clients, other counsel, and court officials; and conducting themselves in accordance with professional and government ethics requirements. The SDAG receives client referrals and assigns cases, works with DAGs to prepare and update litigation plans, consults as necessary on case strategy, meets with clients as necessary, reviews all substantive written work of their team members, helps DAGs prepare for hearing and argument; evaluates their performance; recommends training and other types of professional advancement opportunities; handles administrative matters and assists DAGs with administrative matters; interviews and selects, or actively participates in the interview and selection process for SDAGs and DAGs.  May conduct or supervise sensitive special investigations, review client settlement decisions, draft or analyze legislative measures, and personally perform the most difficult and complex legal work related to jury trials, bench trials, writs, appeals, administrative hearings, and advice work that requires the highest level of independent judgment. Matters are often statutory or constitutional challenges to government decisions in civil litigation, writs, and appeals in state and federal courts, including federal bankruptcy courts, and some advice work. 

Primary clients include state taxing agencies (including the Franchise Tax Board, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, State Board of Equalization, and Employment Development Department), the California Department of Insurance, Department of Real Estate, and Department of Financial Protection and Innovation. Clients also include the State Controller, State Treasurer, the Department of General Services, and other state agencies and officials. Candidates should have substantial litigation and appellate experience, excellent writing and editing skills; strong leadership, communication, and diplomatic skills; an interest in the professional development of others; and an interest in learning new areas of law. Subject matter expertise in tax, insurance, real estate, and the like is not required.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

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$11,517.00 - $14,797.00
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Work Location:
San Francisco County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Business and Tax Section.
  • 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. 
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-226005) 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 STD 678 State Application.
  • Will supervise staff in Oakland and San Francisco, requiring regular visits to the Oakland office.
  • Must be able to travel.

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: 1/25/2021

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: Marija Dokic (JC-226005)
1300 I Street 720
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Justice
Attn: Marija Dokic (226005)
1300 I Street 720
Sacramento, CA 95814
07:00 AM - 04:00 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
  • Other -
    • Writing Sample
  • Other -
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 substantial appellate experience are desirable. Candidates should be able to demonstrate good judgment and tact when interacting with staff and clients, have initiative, have strong organizational skills, be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, have the ability to work effectively under pressure and with all levels of staff, and be creative and resourceful problem solvers. Knowledge of legal division guidelines, bargaining unit MOUs, civil service laws and rules, and disciplinary process is helpful.



General State Employment Benefits and Protections

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Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact:
Marija Dokic
(916) 210-7157
Hiring Unit Contact:
Tamar Pachter
(415) 510-3840

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 Related Information

Personal Leave Program:

Effective July 1, 2020, state employees are subject to 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