Under the general direction of the Chief Deputy Director, DOR, the Deputy Director is responsible for oversight and direction of the Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Division (VRED), a division of approximately twelve hundred (1200) staff including an Assistant Deputy Director and two (2) Staff Services Manager III. VRED provides direct services to individuals with disabilities for employment, maximizing their potential. The CEA is at level B because the Deputy Director is responsible for extensive managerial and program administration and substantially participates in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

The Deputy Director’s headquarters is located in downtown Sacramento. Travel is required in order to build and maintain relationships with DOR staff, including managers, within the division as well as with community partners. Our Central Office location on Capitol Mall is within walking distance of the new Golden 1 Center, the State Capitol and a variety of restaurants and shops in downtown Sacramento. We offer a great work environment, fitness center, changing room and showers, bicycle storage, and convenient public transportation.

The Deputy Director of VRED is a member of DOR’s executive leadership who leads a team of staff, including managers, and works closely with the Deputy Director for Vocational Resources and Policy Development Division (VRPRD) and Deputy Director of Specialized Services in developing approaches, including new public policy to increase employment of people with disabilities.

The ideal candidate’s current staff and managers would describe the candidate as having excellent communication skills, collaborative, responsive, innovative, inspirational and open to different opinions. The ideal candidate has a history of critically examining practices and policies, identifying new ways of conducting business through outreach to staff and stakeholders, including advisory bodies, and maximizes limited resources. The ideal candidate recognizes that processes, while valuable for efficiency, transparency and accountability, must support sound public policy by allowing flexibility and judgement.

As a member of the executive leadership team, the Deputy Director must share core values of DOR: quality, respect, integrity, openness and accountability and must be committed to equality, independence and employment for individuals with disabilities. The Deputy Director participates in the development of the DOR’s strategic plan and efforts to advance the DOR’s mission, priority projects and succession plan including increasing the average wage of individuals with disabilities and assisting more individuals with disabilities to obtain employment. The DOR State Plan and Strategic Plan are available at:

Required Education and Experience
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 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.

Qualification Requirements
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. Committed to equality for individuals with disabilities including right to employment and independence;
2. Excellence in all facets of human resource management including: coaching, staff development, recruitment, performance management, retention and succession planning;
3. Innovative, creative;
4. Collaborates with staff, other managers and stakeholders;
5. Knowledgeable of the barriers that individuals with disabilities encounter in becoming and staying employed;
6. Experienced in managing a budget;
7. Knowledgeable of the functions of California State Government including the budget process and creation of law;
8. Understands DOR programs and generally, the federal and state laws that apply.

These desirable qualifications will be considered along with the examination score and state application, for inviting candidates who are eligible based upon the examination, to interview for the position and therefore should be addressed in the three-page Statement of Qualifications.

Other Information

Examination Information

This examination will consist of a Statement of Qualifications evaluation weighted 100%. In addition to evaluating each candidate’s relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the Statement of Qualifications will be used to evaluate the candidate’s education, training, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the qualifications identified below, using predetermined evaluation criteria. The Statement of Qualifications serves as documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing and should be no more than three (3) pages in length in Arial 12 point font size. Applications received without the Statement of Qualifications will be rejected and candidates will be eliminated from this examination.

The Statement of Qualifications must address the following four (4) knowledge, skills and abilities:

1. Management experience, providing direction to supervisors and above, in a vocational rehabilitation or similar program or organization that prepares individuals with disabilities for employment;

2. Knowledge, skills, and abilities to develop partnerships with other public entities such as local education agencies and counties providing mental health services, with private non-profit entities and with individuals providing services to individuals with disabilities, and to work collaboratively with other Deputy Directors in providing services;

3. Experience developing as well as implementing public policy working with a variety of stakeholders including staff, advisory bodies, and other interested parties; and

4. Demonstrated leadership, including communication, skills to effectively lead and support a division of managers, supervisors and multi-disciplinary staff within an organization.

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 be 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.

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.

How to Apply
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:
Victoria Medina-Perez
(916) 558-5575

Hiring Unit Contact:
Lynne Barile
(916) 558-5508

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:
Office of Civil Rights
(916) 558-5850

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.


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