Closing Date: 6th December, 2023


Job Description and Duties:
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Office of Legal Services (OLS) is seeking an attorney to support and represent the Department's programs on a variety of matters. This is a Permanent, Full-Time Attorney III position on the Public Health Program (PHP) house counsel team, located in Sacramento. We support CDPH and its programs in working to protect and improve the health of Californians.

This Attorney III will advise public health programs within CDPH on complex legal issues involving public health laws, matters of Departmental and programmatic authority, compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements for the conduct of state business, including those for contracting, information management, public records disclosure, open meeting laws, privacy laws, administrative hearing processes, litigation support and such other legal issues as may arise. The Attorney III will also research, develop, and draft legislative language, regulations, and transactional documents.

The incumbent must be capable of functioning reliably and independently with broad discretion, under great pressure in politically sensitive situations, and be able to complete the work required within strict time requirements, or on an expedited basis, with minimum supervision.

The attached duty statement indicates whether this position is eligible for telework. All employees who telework are required to be California residents in accordance with Government Code 14200, and may be required to report to a CDPH office, when needed. Candidates who reside outside of the state of California may be interviewed; however, the selected candidate must have a primary residency in the state of California prior to appointment (and continue to maintain California residency) as a condition of employment. Failure to meet this requirement may result in the job offer being rescinded.

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Minimum Requirements:
You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.
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Additional Documents
  • Job Application Package Checklist (
  • Duty Statement (

Department Information:
At the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our mission to advance the health and well-being of California's diverse people and communities. We are genuinely and strongly committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness where we can grow and learn together with a diverse team of employees. In recruiting for team members, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring to us and the work we do.

The Office of Legal Services (OLS) provides comprehensive legal support and services to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) programs and leadership to advance CDPH's mission to optimize the health and safety of all Californians. OLS is comprised of five legal teams: the Administrative Litigation team; the Public Health Programs (PHP) team; the Center for Healthcare Quality (CHCQ) team; the Regulations, Privacy and Special Projects team; and the COVID Projects Response (CPR) team. This position is for the PHP team, which provides in-house legal advice and representation to a wide variety of CDPH's programs.

CDPH operates over 200 public health programs spanning multiple subject areas, including such topics as infectious disease surveillance and control, chronic disease and injury prevention, food, drug, and radiation safety, genetic disease screening, the Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program, and the licensing of numerous health facilities, from clinics to general acute care hospitals. These programs work on cutting edge health-related issues, including COVID-19 pandemic response, measles, food safety warnings, and illegal tobacco sales to children. The programs the PHP Team supports include most of CDPH's 200 programs (the programs we support range from Alzheimer's to Zika, literally from "A to Z"). The variety of programs makes the legal work interesting and stimulating. By supporting CDPH's efforts to protect and improve the health of Californians you will be part of the team that makes a positive difference in the health of everyone in California.

Special Requirements:
For experience/education to qualify during the application screening process, and to ensure that minimum qualifications can be determined, applicants should include all employment history on the Employment Application (STD 678) and/or Resume, including detailed job descriptions, hours worked per week, and start/end dates (MM/DD/YYYY). Application packages without this information will experience delayed processing times and your eligibility for this position may be impacted.

A completed State application (STD. 678) and any other relevant documents (e.g., unofficial transcript, copy of degree, resume, etc.) should be submitted electronically via your CalCareers Account. Please reference Job Control # 404062 and indicate the basis of your eligibility in the Examination(s) or Job Title(s) section. SROA and surplus candidates should submit a copy of their letter with their application. Please remove any confidential information (e.g., social security number, date of birth, etc.) from your documents prior to submission.

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 CalCareers Account at Submitting an electronic application through your CalCareers account is strongly recommended since electronic applications will be received/processed faster than other methods of filing. Please submit only one application.

If you are unable to submit your application electronically through your CalCareers account, please email for assistance and a CDPH Human Resources Division staff member will contact you to assist with the online application process or, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method as explained in the How to Apply section below. When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included.

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:
  • Excellent analytical, research, and communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize workload and manage multiple projects with short term deadlines
  • Practical problem-solving approach
  • Willingness to consider different ideas and find solutions
  • Knowledge of California's privacy laws, state contracting and administrative laws, and Public Records Act
  • Ability to perform difficult legal work, draft legal opinions, analyze proposed legislation and regulations, negotiate effectively, and present legal opinions/recommendations clearly and logically in both verbal and written form

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.

Human Resources Contact:
Human Resources Division
(916) 445-0983
Hiring Unit Contact:
Dorene Salter
(916) 445-9628

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 Office
(916) 445-0938

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.