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ABOLISHED 04/16/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-13 - Special Assistant Attorney General, Policy and Planning, CEA (5973)

ABOLISHED 04/16/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-13 - Special Assistant Attorney General, Policy and Planning, CEA

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: OC15
  • Class Code: 5973
  • Established: 10/04/1983
  • Revised: 01/19/1994
  • Title Changed: 01/19/1994


Under the direction of the Attorney General, the Special Assistant is responsible for policy development and program Planning for the Attorney General's Office; in a leadership capacity consults with and reviews the planning efforts of all organizational units within the Attorney General's Office; represents the Attorney General before public, professional and private organizations on a variety of subjects; develops policy positions for the Attorney General, serves in an advisory capacity to the Attorney General on current issues that impact the Attorney General and/or Department of Justice programs; and does other related work.

Typical Tasks

Directs the work of interdivisional committees within the Attorney General's Office which review and develop new program policy directions; chairs various committees composed of public and private sector representatives to review and develop new policy areas; advises the Attorney General on policies, budget strategies, and legal opinions; participates as a member of Executive Staff, as the policy and program planning representative; directs interdivisional groups with the intent to ensure communication and cohesive policy development and operations; acts as liaison with Federal, State and local appointed and elected officials regarding client programs, development of policy positions, and rendering policy and legal advice; and meets with representatives of the private sector on issues of mutual interest.

Minimum Qualifications

Active membership in The State Bar of California. and Either I Four years of experience performing legal duties* at a level of responsibility equivalent to that obtained in the class of Deputy Attorney General III.



Broad and extensive experience (more than five years) in the private practice of law*, or in a legal capacity in the Federal service, or in the service of a California city or county.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Organization, functions, and processes of the State's criminal justice system, statutes and constitutional provisions governing the organization, duties, powers and conduct of the work of the Attorney General's Office and the Department of Justice; legal principles and their application; principles of administrative and constitutional law; rules of evidence and conduct of proceedings in trial and appellate courts in California and the United States; program planning theory and methods; legal research methods; the Attorney General's Office Affirmative Action Program objectives; the supervisor's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives; and personnel management techniques.


Ability to: Assume leadership and provide creativity in the development and coordination of the Attorney General's Office program planning activities; develop a system and procedures for program planning and control; consult with and advise departmental management and other officials on program planning; plan and coordinate the work of special ad hoc and task force committees; establish and maintain effective communications with other branches of government, professional law enforcement organizations, and other local, State and Federal agencies, and the Attorney General's Office; secure the confidence of local law enforcement and criminal justice personnel; perform research; analyze difficult and complex legal and organizational problems; apply legal principles and precedents to particular sets of facts; present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically; prepare and direct the preparation of policy recommendations, and supervise subordinates.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Broad and extensive experience (more than three years) working in or with the State's criminal justice system.


*Experience in the "practice of law" or "performing legal duties" or "legal experience" is defined as only that legal experience acquired after admission to The Bar.

  Updated: 10/12/2017
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