Job Description and Duties

The Governor’s Office of Planning & Research (OPR) seeks to fill a Permanent/Full Time Attorney III position in the Legal & Legislative Affairs Program.

Under the general direction of OPR’s Chief Counsel, the Senior Staff Counsel demonstrates expertise in the performance of difficult, complex, sensitive, and specialized legal work in all areas of responsibility of OPR, with a focus on providing counsel and advice to the Office of Community Partnerships and Strategic Communications (OCPSC) with minimal supervision. The Senior Staff Counsel is responsible for providing research and analytical legal services needed to advise OPR and OCPSC leadership in the legal implications of OCPSC’s activities. Senior Staff Counsel works independently on assignments. Senior Staff Counsel is assigned the more difficult, sensitive, and complex litigation/legal work of the OCPSC and OPR and works on these matters with broad discretion and independence. Senior Staff Counsel will support, review, and coordinate OCPSC’s agreements with agency partners and contractors, and, as needed, engage in litigation in coordination with the Attorney General and OPR’s Chief Counsel.

NOTE: Training & Development (T&D) assignments will not be considered for this recruitment.

This position is designated under the Conflict of Interest Code. The position is responsible for making or participating in the making of governmental decisions that may potentially have a material effect on personal financial interests. The appointee is required to complete Form 700 within 30 days of appointment and once per year. Failure to comply with the Conflict of Interest Code requirements may void the appointment.

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

Working Conditions

Located in an office setting in downtown Sacramento, directly across from the State Capitol. Various coffee shops and restaurants conveniently located within walking distance. Available street parking and State-owned parking garages nearby for convenience. Telework may be available in accordance with OPR’s Telework Policy.

All OPR employees must reside in California upon appointment.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. 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: 2/19/2024

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:

Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Attn: HR
1400 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
1400 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Monday through Friday (except holidays)
08:00 AM05:00 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 – Please see Statement of Qualification

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:
  • Ability to conduct legal research and writing, sometimes under short deadlines.
  • Experience drafting, reviewing, and revising legal documents such as contracts, letters, memos, and legislation.
  • Familiarity with the Public Contract Code, State Contracting Manual and State Administrative Manual.
  • Ability to represent the OPR and OCPSC in dealings with other government agencies and private entities in a way that reflects well on the agency.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, program staff and management, staff of other state and federal agencies, and client advocacy organizations, while working independently and as part of a team.
  • Superior analytical and communication skills, both verbal and written, superior interpersonal skills, and tact.
  • Superior research skills and work habits and the ability to complete work under deadlines.
  • Experience working in and with under-resourced communities including disadvantaged communities (DAC), Tribal communities, rural communities, immigrant communities, low-income communities, and/or communities of color.


Benefit information can be found on the California Department of Human Resources website,, and the California Public Employees Retirement System website,

Information on benefits afforded by membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System Benefit can be found on the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) website at

Information on the benefits and protections provided to public employees by the State Civil Service Act can be found on the CalHR website at

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