Job Posting

Department of Justice



Final Filing Date: 11/30/2017

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-75282
Position #(s):
$10,778.00 - $13,847.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Sacramento County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift: Day
Work Week: Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Health Quality Enforcement Section.
  • Please disregard the Training and Development Assignment language below, as the Department of Justice will not be considering this type of appointment for this position.
  • 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.

Job Description and Duties

The Health Quality Enforcement Section (HQE) handles a broad range of administrative matters on behalf of over a dozen state licensing agencies in disciplinary actions filed against licensed health care professionals, including physicians, surgeons and psychologists. Supervising Deputy Attorneys General in HQE must have the ability and capability to handle the most complex, varied and difficult types of license applications, disciplinary actions, probation modification and termination cases, and petitions for reinstatement of revoked licensees, and to supervise staff handling all HQE Section duties.

HQE Section duties include, but are not limited to, the following: 

1. Handling injunctive proceedings against physicians, psychologists, podiatrists and other allied health providers.

2. Handling civil judicial review arising out of administrative litigation, civil subpoena enforcement actions, and interlocutory writs and appeals.

3. Representation of state licensing agencies and/or their members or investigative staff in civil litigation matters which challenge the constitutionality of specific state statutes.

4. Directing investigators responsible for obtaining evidence required to permit the Attorney General to advise client agencies on legal matters such as whether disciplinary charges should be filed, whether complaints should be closed for lack of evidence, or other appropriate action should be taken.

5. Rendering legal advice on an ongoing basis to client agencies and to the Attorney General.

6. Handling administrative cases involving license discipline.

Under the general supervision of the Senior Assistant Attorney General, the Chief Assistant Attorney General, the Chief Deputy Attorney General, and the Attorney General, the Supervising Deputy Attorney General directs, monitors and supervises a legal team of Deputy Attorneys General and paralegals, and works collaboratively and professionally with the members of the Section’s management team. The SDAG also interacts with representatives of administrative agencies; evaluates the performance of subordinate attorneys and paralegals; provides training to subordinate attorneys and paralegals; handles general administrative matters; ensures maintenance of case information in ProLaw, including correspondence, reports, pleadings, decisions and significant emails; ensures that ProLaw milestones are up-to-date; interviews and selects, or actively participates in the interview and selection process for, subordinate attorneys and paralegals; handles projects delegated by the Senior Assistant; ensures that management directives are followed by their assigned legal team; and personally performs the most difficult and complex legal work related to trials, writs, appeals, and administrative hearings, which requires the highest level of independent judgment.

Special Requirements

  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-75282) 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.
  • Clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility in the “Explanations” section located on the first page of your STD 678 State Application. LEAP eligibility should not be disclosed.
  • Must be present in the office, during regular business hours. Whenever out of the office for any reason, must be available by telephone to address any departmental emergencies. 
  • Must be willing and able to work a full-time schedule which may exceed a 40-hour week when operational needs require.
  • Must be willing and able to travel and may be required to travel to remote locations within the State, sometimes with little notice and sometimes for lengthy periods of time. 

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received 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: 11/30/2017

Who May Apply

Internal candidates are encouraged to apply as selection is limited to internal candidates initially. Individuals with eligibility who are not internal candidates may only be considered in the event no internal candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

How To Apply

Completed Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. A completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included, when submitting your application in hard copy.

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Justice
Attn: Connie Lemus
Office of the Attorney General/Civil Law Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

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. 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.
  • Other -
    • Cover letter explaining why you are qualified to lead a team of deputy attorneys general in the HQE Section. 
    • Writing sample.

  • Resume is required and must be included.
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:
Civil or criminal litigation experience in a court of law within the prior six months. Ability to work under tight deadlines, public scrutiny, and pressure to produce high quality work in short timeframes. A demonstrated ability and experience in developing litigation plans, and in managing large case loads. Excellent research and writing skills (exhibited by recent and frequent drafting of motions, complaints, petitions for injunction, dispositive motions, and/or appellate briefs), as well as skill in oral advocacy and negotiations (exhibited by recent and frequent appearances in trial and appellate courts, and participation in mediations or settlement conferences). Well-organized and detail-oriented, a positive attitude, be team players, excellent work ethic and strong skills in interpersonal communication and collaboration. Highly motivated to work in the area of consumer protection, public safety and health care law on behalf of the Attorney General and the State. A demonstrated ability and experience in exercising excellent judgment.

A health care law background and knowledge of the administrative adjudication process pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, Government Code section 11400 et. seq are highly desirable. Experience in medical malpractice litigation, health care fraud, and/or criminal law is highly desirable. Excellent academic credentials are highly desirable.

Ability to demonstrate excellent judgment and tact when interacting with clients, the public, opposing counsel and judges; show strong initiative in improving the work of the office; have strong organizational skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; effective work habits under pressure and scrutiny; an ability to work effectively with all levels of Attorney General staff; and creativity and resourcefulness in solving problems.

Knowledge of bargaining unit MOUs, civil service laws and rules, and disciplinary process highly desirable.

The ability to manage and resolve conflicts, and relate well with members of the Section, the public and representatives of administrative agencies.

Demonstrated leadership ability.

Contact Information

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

  • Hiring Unit Contact:
    Gloria L. Castro, SAAG
    (213) 897-6804
  • 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

Those who have taken the SDAG exam are eligible to apply, but cannot be appointed unless they are reachable on the SDAG eligibility list.

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.


You can apply for this job via the following method(s):

  • By Mail
Additional Documentation
Class Specification(s):
Alternate Application Process

While we recommend that you utilize your CalCareer Account to take advantage of all the tools available, you may choose to apply for this job without using your account. In this case, print and complete the Job Application Package Checklist and include it if you submit a hard copy application.

Job Application Package Checklist

Blank Application Form (STD 678)