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About Career Executive Assignments

Career Executive Assignments (CEAs) are state employees in high-level managerial positions primarily responsible for policy implementation and extensive participation in policy evolvement.  These positions have continuous, direct interface with department directors and in their respective departments are considered the Director’s top management team.


Reference Source:  Government Code (GC) section 18547 


CEA Eligibility

CEA examinations are open to all applicants who possess the knowledge, abilities, and any other requirements as described in the examination bulletin.  Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent civil service status.


Reference Source:  GC sections 18546, 19889.3


How to Apply

If you are interested in gaining employment as a CEA, you can locate CEA position announcements at:  You can use your CalCareer account to sign up to receive email notifications of new CEA job postings.


CEA Selection Process

CEA exam bulletins are posted online for a minimum of ten working.  Departments are required to conduct a competitive examination as described in California Code of Regulations, title 2, section 548.40.  The examinations may include, but are not limited to, an assessment of the candidates' education and experience, a written or oral exam, a review of applications, use of supplemental applications, and appraisals of performance.


Once the exam has been administered, the department divides the successful candidates into six ranks based upon their scores.  If at least five candidates make the top three ranks, the department can appoint anyone in the top three ranks.  If less than five candidates make the top three ranks, the department can appoint anyone in however many ranks necessary to have at least five candidates.  Hiring interviews for the position may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.


Reference Source:  California Code of Regulations, title 2, section 548.40, GC section 19889.3

  Updated: 9/7/2017
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