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Executive Secretary I Examination


Thank you for your interest in the Executive Secretary I examination. The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) Selection Division staff is available to assist you from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (866) 844-8671. CalHR also provides services to the public at our Job Center located at 1810 16th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811. (Please Note: the Jobs Center is currently not open due to Covid-19) For additional information, visit the State Jobs Center webpage.


About this Classification

This is the advanced journeyperson level. Under direction of the administrator of a major subdivision of a large State agency or a comparable level executive, incumbents perform difficult and responsible secretarial work and relieve the administrator of a variety of administrative and office details.


Positions at this level typically exist in major subdivisions or large field installations of large State agencies. The secretary's supervisor must have complex program responsibility requiring careful coordination of activities supervised, a considerable amount of responsible policy determination and a substantial amount of demanding personal contact with citizen groups and officials of other governmental agencies.


Positions are allocated to this level where the administrator who is the secretary's supervisor has delegated a substantial amount of administrative detail and nonroutine work to the secretary. The potential for the level of delegated duties is directly related to the importance and responsibility of the position of the administrator, the nature and scope of the functions for which the administrator is responsible, and the level of public contacts.

Some Helpful Links

  1. ​To create a new account, go here: Create a Profile. 
  2. Examination Bulletin. Search for and read the official examination bulletin for information on the Executive Secretary I examination.
  3. Minimum Qualifications. Be prepared to answer questions on your education and work experience.
  4. Class Specification. View the classification specification for a description of the duties and requirements. Click here for classification specification.

Additional Information

Read the exam bulletin carefully for more detailed information on the exams. Visit the State jobs website to find other exams and job vacancies. If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-866-844-8671.​


  Updated: 12/21/2020
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