Job Posting

Department of Justice



Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-89956
Position #(s):
$10,778.00 - $13,847.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: San Francisco County
Job Type: 12 Month Limited Term - Full Time
Work Shift: Day Shift (8 am - 5 pm)
Work Week: Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • The final filing date for this posting has been tentatively set for December 8, 2017. However, this posting is “until filled”; the advertisement may be extended or closed at any point after the initial final filing date.

  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Government Law Section, and may be filled in Sacramento or San Francisco. Please clearly indicate your preferred city in the “Explanations” section of your state application.

  • This position may be filled via an out-of-class assignment, which may become permanent.

  • This is a 12-month limited term position, but it may be extended to a maximum of 24 months and/or may become a permanent position based upon operational needs.

  • 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.

  • For more information about the Department of Justice, please visit the Attorney General’s website at

Job Description and Duties

The California Department of Justice is responsible for protecting and serving the People and interests of California. Among other things, we represent the People of California in civil and criminal matters before trial courts, intermediate appellate courts, and Supreme Courts of California and the United States, and serve as legal counsel to state officers, and most state agencies. Highlighting the importance of these functions are recent changes at the federal level, which have adversely impacted California.

Under the general supervision of the Senior Assistant Attorney General, the Supervising Deputy Attorney General (SDAG) provides legal advice and representation to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Controller, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Department of Finance, and other state agencies and departments on a wide range of complex, sensitive, and difficult legal issues, including, but not limited to, constitutional challenges to state statutes, appointments, government operations, statutory construction, elections and ballot litigation, public finance, budgetary process and authority, state mandates, homeland security, contracts, criminal information, procurement, public contracts, and ethics.  The SDAG appears in state and federal courts throughout California and at both the trial and appellate levels.  The SDAG may also be asked to prepare titles and summaries for ballot measures, or draft proposed state legislation.  SDAGs in the Government Law Section are routinely asked to provide legal advice directly to the Chief Assistant Attorney General, the Chief of the Division of Legal Affairs, the Chief Deputy to the Attorney General, and the Attorney General, as well as other Executive-level management.

In addition to the legal duties listed above, the SDAG directs, monitors, and evaluates the work of a team of Deputy Attorneys General (DAGs).  The SDAG provides substantive support, assistance and training to DAGs handling the most difficult and complex cases, appearing before various state and federal trial and appellate courts, and advising various public officials on legal issues.  The work handled by Government Law Section DAGs is similar to the SDAG work described above.  Additionally, the SDAG supervises, evaluates the performance of, and provides training and substantive input to analysts and paralegals.  The SDAG also handles general administrative matters including participation in the interview and selection process for SDAGs, DAGs, and paralegals. 

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control (Sacramento: JC-83456; or San Francisco: JC-89956) 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 state application.
  • Must be present in the office during regular business hours, at least nine out of every ten working days. On any alternative work day, must be available by telephone to address any departmental emergencies.
  • The incumbent may be required to travel to remote locations within the state, sometimes with little notice.
  • Please do not disclose personal identification information in your application package.

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: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications.

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

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: Sam Brinkley (JC-89956)
Office of the Human Resources
1300 I Street, 7th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Sam Brinkley (JC-89956)
Office of the Human Resources
1300 I Street, 7th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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.
  • Other -
    • A cover letter is required.
    • A writing sample consisting of a dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appellate brief, preferably written in the prior six months, is required.
  • 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 (see the “Desirable Qualifications” section below). In addition, the SOQ serves as documentation of each applicant’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing.
    • In your SOQ, you must address how you possess each Desirable Qualification using specific examples of your education, training, and experience. 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. Cover letters, resumes, and writing samples do not take the place of the SOQ.
  • 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:

Very strong research and writing skills.  Excellent public speaking and communication skills.  The highest level of independent judgment and discretion in handling sensitive matters.  Litigation experience in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and/or prior experience in bonds and public financing.  Experience with state budgets and an understanding of the budget process.  Enthusiasm for the legal subjects routinely handled by the Government Law Section, including governmental powers and processes, constitutional issues and election law.  Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.  Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure.  Ability to work independently and with all levels of staff.  Ability to take direction from senior management.  Ability to maintain good client relations.  Ability to be a creative and resourceful problem solver.  Interest in handling complex, high profile cases of statewide importance.  Computer literacy and research skills. Strong candidates will be detail-oriented, organized, and proactive managers. Strong candidates will also have demonstrated leadership experience and the ability to: supervise, give direction to, train, and mentor others; review and analyze reports and billing; evaluate the performance of others and undertake progressive discipline as necessary; and handle some of the section’s most difficult legal work.

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:
    Samual Brinkley
    (916) 210-7218
  • Hiring Unit Contact:
    Samual Brinkley
    (916) 210-7218 ext: Use email
  • 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.

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):

  • Electronic (through your CalCareer Account)
  • By Mail
  • Drop-off
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Additional Documentation
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)