Job Posting: Deputy Director of Planning & Regional Office Operations

State Council On Developmental Disabilities

Deputy Director of Planning & Regional Office Operations
C. E. A.

$7,442.00 - $10,696.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 6/24/2020

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the Deputy Director of Planning and Regional Office Operations is the lead position fulfilling the Council's federal and state mission for systems change and capacity building.  The Deputy Director provides executive-level leadership, policy formulation and implementation, and assures quality management for the Council’s twelve regional offices.  The Deputy Director promotes the systemic identification and removal of barriers that keep people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) from living integrated lives in the community; advises the Executive Director on strategic visioning for the Council and in carrying out that vision through the development and implementation of the State Plan; directs and has charge of the regional office work plans, goals, and objectives for Regional Managers and other direct reports; and represents SCDD externally to build partnerships and advance the work and mission of the Council.


The incumbent is expected to consistently exercise a high degree of confidentiality, initiative, organization, responsibility, and independence in the performance of the assigned tasks 20% travel may be required.  You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

This position is currently located in Northern California.  Will consider Southern California for recruitment purposes.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Deputy Director of Planning & Regional Office Operations
    C. E. A.
    $7,442.00 - $10,696.00 A
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is an independent state agency mandated by federal and state law to pursue systemic change, capacity-building, and advocacy, to promote a person-centered and consumer and family-based system of services and supports for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). The goal of the federal law is to enable people with I/DD to maximize their self-determination, independence, productivity, and community integration and inclusion. The State Council (Council) consists of 31 voting members, all of whom are appointed by the Governor. The incumbent, as part of SCDD’s Headquarters (HQ) team, helps the Council fulfill its specific statutory mandates under the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (Title 42, USC §15001, et seq.)  and the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Act (Welfare and Institutions Code §4500, et. seq.). 

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    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: 6/24/2020

    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:

    State Council On Developmental Disabilities
    Attn: Gloria Lopez
    3831 N. Freeway Blvd., Suite 125
    Sacramento, CA 95834

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Gloria Lopez
    3831 N. Freeway Blvd., Suite 125
    Sacramento, CA 95834
    Due to Covid 19 SCDD will not be excepting drop-off applications
    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.
    • Statement of Qualifications -   

    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

    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

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California

    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:
    1. Knowledge of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, The State Council on Developmental Disabilities and Department of Developmental Services, including their programs, the needs of the citizens they serve, and the Regional Center systems, or a significantly related human services program.

    2. Experience with persons with developmental disabilities and/or other populations with disabilities and the administration of services and supports.

    3. Experience in an executive or high-level managerial capacity with responsibility for program administration and policy development.

    4. Ability to lead and manage a professional multidisciplinary team and facilitate functional needs and structure to achieve strategic plans.

    5. Ability to effectively manage Council priorities and operations, as well as the ability to respond to changing priorities. 

    6. General understanding of state human resources and performance management functions, processes, and expectations.

    7. Strong leadership and management skills in policy and program direction, establishing goals and expectations, motivating a team, working collaboratively encouraging initiative and facilitating independent staff work, using sound judgment in leading a staff, and the demonstrated ability to successfully resolve issues.

    8. Ability to communicate and interact effectively, orally and in writing, with the external partners, which may include U.S. Administration on Community Living, State agencies, the Legislature, and other stakeholders.

    Examination Information

    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 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.


    In addition to a compelling vision for California, SCDD offers competitive pay, benefits, and features for its workforce. To review the pay and benefits offered to California civil service staff, please review CalHR's website at:

    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.

    Department Website:
    Human Resources Contact:
    Gloria Lopez
    (916) 263-8120
    Hiring Unit Contact:
    Aaron Carruthers
    (916) 263-8183

    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) 263-7919
    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.

    Special Personal Characteristics

    Creativity and Innovation –  Applies new ways of thinking. Has the ability to solve problems, create new ideas, and develop new approaches to achieve the Council’s mission.

    Vision – Understands the context and mission of the Council both internal and external. Has an awareness of the Council’s critical issues, anticipates and influences the future.  Has the ability to organize for success; understands how to facilitate functional needs and structure to achieve strategic plans.

    Credibility and Integrity – Understands internal and external customers and has a true desire to build credibility.  Has a personal compass composed of clear principles and the flexibility to balance between literal adherence to rules and the use of policy as a guide.  Has the ability to make decisions and be accountable for those decisions.

    Teamwork – Cooperates to achieve the Council’s mission, goals, and values and encourages diversity of opinions.  Has the ability to enhance his/her own ability and the ability of others to contribute.

    Communication – Has a clear expression of ideas, thoughts, expectations, and is an active and empathic listener.  Understands that people process information differently; takes initiative to build relationships; understands cultural differences.

    Statement of Qualifications Instructions

    Each application shall provide a narrative discussion as a Statement of Qualifications that shall include specific information and/or examples as to how your professional experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities meet the position requirements and desirable qualifications of this position. The SOQ serves as documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly in writing.


    SOQ’s must be no more than four (4) pages in length, typed using no less than 12-point Arial font, single sided, with 1” margins, with the applicants name in the top right-hand corner. The SOQ must be free of typographical errors.


    Each response must include the number of years of experience you have and must include specific examples to support your response. When you complete your SOQ, do not provide a single, narrative response. Each Desirable Qualification (DQ) listed in 1 – 8 above must be addressed one at a time (i.e., first provide a complete and independent response to DQ #1, then a complete and independent response to DQ#2, etc.) for consideration.  Additionally, each response must be numbered and include full text of the DQ being answered prior to each individual response, to clearly indicate which DQ you are responding to.


    Evaluation of each candidate will be based on the content of the answers and written communication skills demonstrated in the SOQ.  The SOQ will be the only basis for your final score and rank on the eligible list. Resumes/cover letters do not take the place of the SOQ. Candidates who fail to follow these requirements or who do not provide responses to the specific DQ’s, in the order listed, will be disqualified from the examination and selection process.

    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.