Department of Justice


$10,778.00 - $13,847.00

Final Filing Date: 4/18/2018

Job Description and Duties

Under the general supervision of the Senior Assistant Attorney General (SAAG), the Chief Assistant Attorney General, the Chief Deputy Attorney General, and the Attorney General, the Supervising Deputy Attorney General (SDAG) directs and monitors the work of a team of Deputy Attorneys General (DAG), may directly supervise paralegals, and directs the work of support staff; evaluates the performance of DAGs and paralegals; provides training to DAGs and paralegals; handles general administrative matters; interviews and selects, or actively participates in the interview and selection process for, DAGs and paralegals; and personally performs the most difficult and complex legal work related to jury trials, bench trials, writs, appeals, and administrative hearings, which requires the highest level of independent judgment. Other duties may include, but are not limited to: often acting as the lead attorney on a trial team assigned to the most difficult and complex cases, including class actions; appearing before various federal and state courts and administrative bodies on the most difficult and sensitive cases, and may appear in the highest levels of the appellate courts; advising various legal jurisdictions, public officials and representatives of public agencies on legal issues; conducting or supervising special investigations of the most sensitive or difficult nature; drafting and analyzing legislative measures and regulations.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$10,778.00 - $13,847.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Employment and Administrative Mandate 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.
  • For more information about the Department please visit the Attorney General’s website at

Special Requirements

  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-99215) 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. Due to operational needs, Employment and Administrative Mandate Supervisors do not have have alternative work schedules.

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: 4/18/2018

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

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: Vicki Culpepper
Office of the Attorney General/Civil Law Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Vicki Culpepper
Office of the Attorney General/Civil Law Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 04:30 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 -
    • Cover letter. 
    • Four Writing Samples: (1) an appellate brief, (2) a brief in support of a motion for summary judgment or adjudication, (3) a settlement evaluation memorandum submitted to a client, and (4) either a trial brief, closing brief submitted to the SPB, or mediation brief. 
    • Statement of Qualifications. A statement not to exceed three double-spaced pages, which (1) describes your philosophy of supervision and what type of supervisor you plan to be, (2) sets forth why you should be selected for the position of SDAG, and (3) concisely explains how your experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities relate to the Desirable Qualifications described above.
  • 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:

Candidates should be able to demonstrate good judgment and tact when interacting with staff and clients, have initiative, be accomplished civil litigators, have strong organizational and editing skills, be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, have the ability to work under pressure and work effectively with all levels of staff, and be creative and resourceful problem solvers. Knowledge of bargaining unit MOUs, civil service laws and rules, and disciplinary process preferable.

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Chris A. Knudsen, SAAG
(619) 738-9525

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

  • SDAGs with the EAM Section 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. 
  • Those who have applied for 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.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail