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POSITION TITLE: Assistant Secretary for Waste and Cleanup Programs FINAL FILING DATE: Until Filled
SALARY RANGE: $ 6,173.00 - $ 7,838.00 / Month BULLETIN ID: 12062010_1

Under the general direction of the Deputy Secretary for Policy and Legislation, the Assistant Secretary for Waste and Cleanup Programs, advises the Secretary, Undersecretary, and senior agency staff on the development and implementation of multi-media policies, programs, and practices governing solid and hazardous wastes, waste reduction and recycling, special wastes, green chemistry and cleanup and reuse of contaminated lands and brownfields.

Applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:

Either I
Must be a State civil service employee with permanent civil service status or who previously had permanent status in the State civil service.

Must be a current or former employee of the Legislature, with two or more consecutive years as defined in Government code § 18990.

Must be a current or former non-elected exempt employee of the Executive Branch with two or more consecutive years (excluding those positions for which salaries are set by statute) as defined in Government Code § 18992.

Must be a person retired from the United States military, honorably discharged from active military duty with a service-connected disability, or honorably discharged from active duty as defined in Government Code Section 18991.

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:
(1) 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.

(2) 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 1. Supervisory/administrative experience in a line or staff activity, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

CEA Levels 2 and 3. Broad administrative or program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

CEA Levels 4 and 5. Extensive managerial and program administrative experience which has included substantial responsibility for a combination of management functions such as program planning; policy formulation; organization coordination and control; and fiscal and personnel management. Where high technical professional qualifications are of primary importance in performing the duties of a given CEA position, then the above required experience may have been in a staff capacity exercising professional skills to influence and contribute to program, policy, and methods of providing those professional services. Primary examples are medical doctors and attorneys.

1. Managerial experience that has demonstrated leadership, creativity, and sound judgment in directing a complex program involving numerous stakeholders;

2. General knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental policies and programs;

3. Specific knowledge of the legislative, budget, and rulemaking processes;

4. General knowledge of the federal economic stimulus (ARRA) and the Green Chemistry initiative;

5. Specific understanding of the state’s solid and hazardous waste regulatory system, permitting requirements, compliance programs, and waste reduction and recycling programs;

6. Specific understanding of policies, programs, and processes governing hazardous substances, waste cleanup, and special wastes;

7. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state and local officials, citizen groups, stakeholders and advocacy groups;

8. Well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively; and

9. Ability to formulate and implement sound policy recommendations.

A minimum rating of 70% must be attained to obtain list eligibility. Hiring interviews may be conducted with the most qualified candidates. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results. The result of this examination will be used only to fill the position of Assistant Secretary for Waste and Cleanup Programs, with the CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

The Results of this examination will be used only to fill this position and may be used to fill subsequent vacancies for this position for a period of up to twelve months.

The application form submitted MUST be accompanied by a Statement of Qualifications detailing the experience, knowledge, ability or potential to meet the Desirable Qualifications. The Statement of Qualifications should be no longer than two pages. (Resumes do not take the place of the Statement of Qualifications.)

A Career Executive Assignment (CEA) Review Panel will screen all qualified job-related education and experience in relation to other qualified applicants. Should the review panel find it necessary, interviews of the most qualified candidates may be conducted. The review panel will then provide its evaluation of the competitive group to the Secretary who will make the final selection.

Each candidate will be assigned a rating and will be notified in writing of their final score. In order to be successful in this examination, a minimum rating of 70.00% must be attained. The results of this examination will be used solely to fill the position identified on this examination announcement.

All interested applicants should submit a completed standard State Application (Std. 678), and a “Statement of Qualifications” detailing how the candidate’s education, training, experience, and skills meet the Minimum Requirements and Desirable Qualifications for the position to the California Air Resources Board, Human Resources Branch, 1001 “I” Street/P.O. Box 2815, Sacramento, CA 95812, Attention: Kimberly Russell by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Questions concerning this position should be directed to Kimberly Russell at (916) 327-3515 or by e-mail at

Interested applicants must submit:

Applications must be submitted by the final filing date to:

CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, Administrative Services Division/Human Resources Branch
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 2815, Sacramento, CA 95812
Kimberly Russell | 916-327-3515 |

If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, mark the appropriate box in Part 2 of the "Examination Application." You will be contacted to make specific arrangements.

If you meet the requirements stated in this bulletin, you may take this examination, which is competitive. Possession of the entrance requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination described on this bulletin will be compared with the performance of others who take this test, and all candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores.

The CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 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.

General Qualifications: Candidates must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

California Relay (Telephone) Service for the Deaf or Hearing Impaired: From TDD phones: (800) 735-2929, from voice phones: (800) 735-2922

Class specs:  CEA and Exempt Appointees