Job Posting: Senior Policy Specialist

California Correctional Health Care Services

Senior Policy Specialist

$6,213.00 - $7,777.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

CCHCS seeks to fill a permanent, full-time Health Program Specialist II position within the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health program. 

Under the general direction of the Staff Services Manager II, the Health Program Specialist II functions as an independent, highly-skilled, subject matter expert on research and policy analysis to inform strategic planning and policy recommendations for the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH). Provides leadership to identify data-driven best practices and policy approaches to address the needs of individuals with behavioral health challenges who interact with the criminal justice system and to support adoption of best practices in community services and supervision.

Applicants should review California Correctional Health Care Services' Health Program Specialist II examination bulletin and apply for the exam here:

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

Working Conditions

About the location – HQ (Elk Grove)


Located less than 30 minutes from Sacramento and Lodi, the progressive city of Elk Grove has a great mix of newly developed housing, business projects, and recreational opportunities.  You will truly enjoy working at our campus-style office complex (FREE PARKING), and perhaps even call Elk Grove home.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Senior Policy Specialist
$6,213.00 - $7,777.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

Department Information


We enhance public safety and promote successful community reintegration through education, treatment and active participation in rehabilitative and restorative justice programs.



To facilitate the successful reintegration of the individuals in our care back to their communities equipped with the tools to be drug-free, healthy, and employable members of society by providing education, treatment, rehabilitative, and restorative justice programs, all in a safe and humane environment.

This position is within the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH). CCJBH's mission is to achieve a true shift in the paradigm between criminal justice and behavioral health to embody an effective jail diversion system that fosters an ongoing and successful exchange of information among courts, criminal justice agencies, mental health professionals, government and non-government organizations to achieve a substantial positive change in the way individuals with mental illness are treated in our communities.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

Applying online is highly recommended.

When submitting supporting documents, PDF file format is preferred.


*Please do NOT include any confidential information on any documents you submit for a job vacancy, such as your State application, resume or educational transcripts.


Confidential information that should be excluded or removed from these documents includes, but is not limited to, your Social Security Number (SSN), birthdate, student identification number, driver’s license (unless required), basis of eligibility, examination results, LEAP status, marital status and age.


Confidential information on the first page of applications submitted electronically online via the Examination and Certification Online System, such as Easy ID number, SSN, examination related information, and driver’s license number will automatically be redacted upon submission.


All types of appointments may be considered to fill this position, and applicants must meet the minimum qualifications (MQs) of the classification.

Please note: A Training and Development (T&D) assignment will not be considered at this time.

This advertisement may be used for other vacancies that occur during the life of this recruitment.


Background Check
Candidates new to CCHCS/DHCS are required to submit to a background investigation process, including but not limited to Live Scan fingerprinting to obtain Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation clearances.


Tuberculosis (TB) Testing

All CCHCS employees will be evaluated/tested for Tuberculosis prior to appointment, and will adhere to departmental annual Tuberculosis testing/evaluation thereafter.



CCHCS utilizes E-Verify to confirm candidate’s identity and employment authorization. For more information about E-verify, you may visit:

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:

California Correctional Health Care Services
Attn: A. McIntyre
Classification and Pay
P.O. Box 588500, D-1, Personnel
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

A. McIntyre
8280 Longleaf Drive, Bldg. D-1, Suite 101
Elk Grove, CA 95758
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 -

    A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is REQUIRED and must be submitted with your application to be considered for this position. Please see below for further details.

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:

Knowledge of:
  Strong leadership, project management, strategic planning, analytical, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; as well as expertise in research techniques.  Mental health and/or public health as well as criminal justice is preferred.  Extensive knowledge and understanding of research methods, program evaluation, state and national legislative processes, bill analysis, and policy analysis. 


Ability to: Exercise a high degree of initiative, independence of action and originality; demonstrate tact and exercise sound judgment that recognizes the best interests of CCJBH; develop and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships; adapt easily to changing priorities; and maintain project workload to meet demands in the performance of his or her specific functions. Maintain consistent and regular attendance; communicate effectively, orally and in writing; develop and maintain knowledge and skills related to specific tasks, methodologies, materials and equipment; complete assignments in a timely and efficient manner; and adhere to departmental policies and procedures regarding attendance, leave and conduct.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website,, and the CalPERS website,

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:
When sending email include: JC-203940 and position 065-934-8336-001
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Hiring Unit Contact:
Monica Campos
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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 Coordinator
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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.

Statement of Qualifications

Interested applicants must submit a "Statement of Qualifications" (SOQ) along with a completed Standard State Application (Form 678). The SOQ is a narrative discussion of how the candidate's education, training, experience, and skills meet the minimum and desirable qualifications and qualify them for the position.


Statement of Qualifications


Please note: The SOQ should by typed, no more than two pages in length, and you must restate the questions. Please make sure your response specifically relate to and answer each question. If a SOQ is not submitted or the questions below not addressed, then candidate will not be considered for an interview.


Detail your experience, including length of time, program and organization/agency performing the following responsibilities:

1. What is your experience with researching and evaluating health and justice policies and programs using both qualitative and quantitative methods?  Please provide an example.

2. What is your experience analyzing legislation, regulations and other proposed policy changes? Describe your experience with writing policy recommendations, issue papers, and reports. Please provide an example.

3. Describe your experience leading projects and project management skills. Have you ever lead a research or evaluation project? Describe how your approach influenced project outcomes.

4. What is your experience developing strategic professional relationships? Have you led workgroups or committees at the state and/or local level? Please provide an example, including the outcomes achieved.

Applicants who fail to submit an SOQ will be eliminated.  Resumes and/or cover letters do not take the place of the SOQ. 

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.