Job Posting: Executive Director, Research Advisory Panel of California (Pharmacist)

Department of Justice

Executive Director, Research Advisory Panel of California (Pharmacist)

$6,842.00 - $9,424.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

This full-time position is currently being recruited for on a temporary basis. However, it may become a permanent full time career position once an examination is available.  

The Executive Director manages the Research Advisory Panel of California (RAPC), a review board that meets bimonthly and is required to review all Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substance research proposals in California. The Executive Director works closely with and at the direction of the Panel Chair.  The Executive Director organizes and attends meetings of the Panel; handles administrative and executive matters in connection with such meetings; executes the actions of the Panel; handles extensive written correspondence between the Panel and researchers; maintains a database containing records of all Panel approved studies in California; confers with the representatives of Institutional Review Boards and the Drug Enforcement Agency and maintains liaison with these agencies regarding research protocols reviewed by the Panel; evaluates reports prepared by agencies, organizations, universities, or individual researches engaged in drug research programs or clinical trials; prepares, edits, publishes and arranges printing and distribution of the Panel's annual report to the Governor and the Legislature; directs the administration and business activities of the Panel; conducts onsite inspections of drug research programs and checks for compliance of such programs with the criteria and safeguards established by the Panel.  

The Department will consider a Temporary Authorization Utilization (TAU) appointment for this position – TAU appointments may be made regardless of eligibility; however, applicants must still meet the minimum qualifications of the classification in order to be appointed. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications but do not currently have eligibility on an employment certification list may apply as a TAU.  

TAU appointments are limited to a duration of 9 months within a 12 consecutive month period. In order to become permanent in the position, the selected applicant must take and pass the examination for the classification and be eligible on a certification list prior to the TAU expiring. However, the individual will not be required to reapply or re-compete in order to be appointed permanently to the position.


Please refer to the Job Requirements and Job Related Information section below to view the minimum qualifications for the Executive Secretary, RAPC classification.

Please see the Examination Information section below for details regarding the anticipated Executive Secretary, RAPC examination date later this year.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Executive Director, Research Advisory Panel of California (Pharmacist)
$6,842.00 - $9,424.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Francisco County
Job Type:
Permanent Intermittent - 1500 Hours
Work Shift:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Criminal Law, Research Advisory Panel.
  • 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.  
  • This position may be filled in either San Francisco (JC-202603) or Sacramento (JC-202917). Please clearly indicate your preferred city or cities and the corresponding JC code in the "Explanations" section of your State application.

  • 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 (JC-202603) and the title of this position in the "Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Applying" section.
  • Applicants may be sent questions related to the position prior to the interivew and may be required to respond within an established time frame. 

  • Individuals who are new to state service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the California Office of the Attorney General. The process is described at
  • If you are using education to meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must submit a copy of your transcript or diploma. Unofficial school transcripts may be accepted during the application process; however, submission of official transcripts or your diploma is required prior to appointment.

  • Location:  Daily presence at Panel office in San Francisco (subject to modification under certain circumstances)

  • Travel: Occasional travel within California may be required. 

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 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: Jennifer Nuesca (JC-202603)
Office of the Attorney General/Criminal 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:

Jennifer Nuesca (JC-202603)
Office of the Attorney General/Criminal Law Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 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.
  • Degree/Diploma
  • Other - Writing Sample 
  • Other -

    Click on the following link to complete the California Department of Justice Recruitment Survey:

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:

Computer skills: Proficiency in use of Windows-based systems and software;

Communication skills: Ability to write and communicate clearly;

Technical Proficiency:  Familiarity with medical and pharmaceutical terminology; Ability to read and comprehend scientific research protocols;

Time/Management Skills: Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as needed to perform day-to-day Panel tasks with limited supervision and no secretarial assistance; Ability to manage the Panel calendar and website, and organize Panel operations.

The following sets forth other job-related skills and preferred experience for this job:

Background in academic, medical, or pharmaceutical research field; ability to communicate panel review findings to M.D.s, Ph.D.s and pharmaceutical companies by letter and email written clearly and concisely.

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Teresa Low
(916) 210-7302

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.

Job Requirements and Job Related Information

The following sets forth the minimum experience and education requirements for this job:
  1. License: Possession of a valid certificate of registration on a licentiate in pharmacy issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy.Possession of a valid (i.e., possession of a valid, active, and current license in pharmacy issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy); and

  2. Experience: Five years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of pharmacy or in a research, teaching, or consulting at field related to pharmacy, two years of which must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity including or supplemented by experience in the design, execution or analysis of laboratory and clinical drug research. (Experience in the California state service applied toward this requirement must include two years in a class at a level of responsibility at least equivalent to Consulting Pharmacist II, Department of Health.); and

  3. Education: Equivalent to graduation from college. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

If you are using education to meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must submit a copy of your transcript or diploma. Unofficial school transcripts may be accepted during the application process; however, submission of official transcripts or your diploma is required prior to appointment.

Eligible employees may be entitled to an additional $2,000 per pay period, per Pay Differential 269 (Pharmaceutical Consultant Pay – Bargaining Unit 19 and Excluded Employees). This Pay Differential will be applied upon appointment through payroll for candidates that meet the minimum qualifications.

Examination Information

The Executive Secretary, Research Advisory Panel of California examination is anticipated to be available in the Fall of 2020. Individuals who apply to this position must have list eligibility in order to gain permanent employment to this classification with the Office of the Attorney General.

Please continue to check the following websites
for more information and to ensure you are aware of the RAPC examination release date:

OAG Assessments

CalCareers Exam/Assessment Search

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.