Job Description and Duties:
Join the A Free Service from The State of California team!

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual with strong legal and leadership skills to join our team as Deputy Director, Assistant Chief Counsel of Office of Legal Affairs. If you are interested in supporting a high-functioning team of legal professionals in a creative and collaborative environment, we encourage you to apply.

As a Deputy Director, you will:
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the Office of Legal Affairs, including assisting on policy matters and supporting administrative functions.
  • Provide effective leadership to ensure quality of work, accuracy, and timeliness.
  • Build and maintain positive and effective relationships with staff, leadership, and external partners and exhibit a high degree of professionalism and interpersonal skills, exercising open-mindedness, diplomacy, flexibility, tact, and sound judgment.
  • Direct policy and oversee contract administration, outside counsel vendor management, and assist in the development and management of the divisional budget.
  • Advise and direct the work of attorneys and divisional staff on a wide variety of legal work.

A Free Service from The State of California values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. A Free Service from The State of California believes the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission.

At A Free Service from The State of California, we recognize our employees are our most valuable asset. We have a variety of career fields that help make a difference in the lives of Californians, and we're looking for talented and enthusiastic individuals to join our team! Learn more about why you should join Office of Legal Affairs (

This position's office headquarters location is designated in Sacramento. Travel expenses associated with commuting to the employee's office headquarters location are not reimbursable, other than authorized transit subsidies.

Note: To be considered for this job opportunity, applicants must be reachable on an employment list, have transfer eligibility, or have reinstatement eligibility. If you are new to California State service and you do not have list eligibility, you must take the exam for this classification. To gain employment list eligibility, please click here ( to access the exam bulletin.

Note: Possession of minimum qualifications will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment. If it is determined an applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications, the applicant's name may be removed from the eligibility list.

Until Filled:
1st cutoff date: 04/30/2024

2nd cutoff date: 05/14/2024

3rd cutoff date: 05/29/2024

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

Special Requirements:
Statement of Qualifications (soq) Instructions: A Soq Is Required to Apply. the Soq Will Be Used as A Pre-Interview Screening Tool. Applicants Who Do Not Follow the Soq Instructions And/or Do Not Answer the Prompt as Stated Below Will Not Be Considered.

The Statement of Qualifications (soq) Must Be a Narrative Discussion of How Your Education, Experience, Skills, and Training Meet the Minimum and Desirable Qualifications to Qualify You for The Position. It Also Serves as Documentation of Your Ability to Present Information Clearly and Concisely in Writing. Your Soq Must Be Typed, Arial 12 Pt. Font, and No More than Three Pages in Length.

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:
  • Ability to Act as A Legal Advisor to Management and Executive Leadership, Including the Ability to Formulate Legal Policy and Initiate and Recommend Strategic Changes Impacting Programs and The Organization to Meet Objectives and Further the Mission.
  • Strong Leadership Skills and Experience Running a Team of Attorneys and Professional Legal Staff Including Experience in And Knowledge of Management Principles, Personnel and Equal Employment Opportunity Policies, Budget Administration, and Contract Oversight.
  • Breadth and Variety of Experience as An Attorney in Areas of State and Federal Law Applicable to A Free Service from The State of California as A Public Entity and State-Based Marketplace Under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Excellent Analytical, Research, and Written and Oral Communication Skills, as Well as A Demonstrated Ability to Prioritize Workload and Manage Multiple Projects with Short-Term Deadlines.