Job Posting

Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board


JC-69524 - Chief Counsel, CUIAB (CEA C)

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Equal Opportunity Employer

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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.

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-69524
Position #(s):
Working Title: Chief Counsel, CUIAB (CEA C)
C. E. A.
$10,227.00 - $15,129.00 C

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Generally appointees will start at the bottom of the salary range, or 5% above the salary of their current position within the CEA C salary range. 

# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Sacramento County
Job Type: Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

Department Information

The California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board is a quasi-judicial agency whose primary purpose is to conduct impartial hearings and issue prompt decisions to resolve disputed unemployment and disability determinations, and EDD tax liability assessments. The Appeals Board consists of five members, three of which are appointed by the Governor and one each by the Senate Rules Committee and the Speaker of the Assembly.

The Appeals Board reviews appeals from the decisions rendered by field judges in the state's regional offices. In addition, the Appeals Board may designate its decisions as precedent decisions, which constitute the foundations of the various benefit programs that fall within the Appeals Board's jurisdiction. 

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Job Description and Duties

Under administrative general direction of the Executive Director, the Chief Counsel serves as the chief legal consultant and legal advisor to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (Board), the Executive Director, and Management Staff; plans, organizes, directs, and manages staff activities in the Legal Office.

Chief Counsel responsibilities include advising Board members with regard to their responsibilities under the Bagley-Keen Open Meeting Act, the Hatch Act, the Political Reform Act and Code of Judicial Ethics; review and advice on all administrative and court litigation; coordinate representation by Attorney General in court matters; represent the Board before administrative agencies; and provide legal counsel on matters arising under Federal and State laws and regulations to management and professional staff.

This is a reposting. All candidates that had applied previously will be considered and need not reapply. 

Special Requirements

Membership in the State Bar of California. (Applicants must have active membership in the State Bar before they will be eligible for appointment.) 

Application Instructions

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: Until Filled

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:

Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
Attn: Parm Dhoot
P.O. Box 826880
Sacramento, CA 94280-0001

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • 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.
  • 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 and qualify them for the position. The SOQ serves as a documentation of each candidate's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. The SOQ should be numbered in the same order as the desirable qualifications and should address each of the desirables. The SOQ should be typed, in a minimum of 12 point font, single spaced, on standard sized paper (8.5" x 11"), and no more than three pages in length. Failure to follow these instructions may disqualify you from this examination.  
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
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

This position requires an examination to be appointed. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications for the Position in order to compete in the examination.
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

Membership in the State Bar of California. (Applicants must have active membership in the State Bar before they will be eligible for appointment.) 

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:
The Statement of Qualifications must specifically address the desirable qualifications listed below. It should be numbered in the same order as listed below, provide specific examples, be no more than three pages in length, and be no smaller than 12 point font. Failure to follow these instructions may disqualify you from this examination. 

1. Demonstrated understanding of the role as chief legal advisor to a policy-making body and knowledge of the workings, structure, and culture of Boards or Commissions.

2. Knowledge of the provisions of the California Unemployment Insurance Code, related provisions of the Federal Social Security Act and other related rules, regulations, and statutes. 

3. Demonstrated knowledge of the provisions of the ADA, EEOC, and FEHA.

4. Knowledge of the leading State and federal court decisions and decisions of the CUIAB in the areas of unemployment, disability, and payroll taxes. 

5. Demonstrated knowledge the rules of evidence and practice before the State Personnel Board and the California Department of Human Resources..

6. Demonstrated capacity to work cooperatively, promote partnerships, and gain support and confidence of Board members and administration officials. 

7. Demonstrated knowledge of the provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act, the Code of Judicial Ethics, the Hatch Act, and the Political Reform Act.

Examination Information

This examination will consist of a review of the candidates' Statement of Qualifications that describes their education, training, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the desirable qualifications identified in the bulletin, using predetermined evaluation criteria. The Statement of Qualifications serves as documentation of each candidate's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. Candidates will have their Statement of Qualifications rated and successful candidates will be placed on an eligible list. SUBMISSION OF THE STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS IS MANDATORY. Candidates who do not submit a completed Statement of Qualifications will be eliminated from this examination.  

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 be 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.

  • Department Website:
  • Human Resources Contact:
    Paramveer Dhoot
    (916) 653-8456
  • 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
    (619) 521-3346
  • 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.

For mail in applicants:

Applications may be submitted by the final filing date to:


PO Box 826880, MIC 54, Sacramento, CA 94280-0001

Paramveer (Parm) Dhoot | Office: (916) 653-8456 |


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Job Application Package Checklist

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