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The Selection Division (SD) is committed to building trusted partnerships by providing open communication through collaboration and transparency to create a shared vision for a successful selection process. This can be achieved through various methods to include allowing stakeholders to play an active role in focus groups, incorporating their comments and feedback, and using their expertise to improve current processes and procedures. As a service-oriented organization, the SD’s goals include:
To create and administer civil service exams to recruit high quality candidates in a fair and open process and ensure the administration of examinations are processed in accordance with the laws and rules of the state civil service merit system as referenced in the California Constitution.
To promote merit, diversity, and equity in civil service employment, consistent with California state and federal laws.
CalHR's Selection Division is comprised of the following teams:
Using a broad rage of advance research methodologies, statistical techniques, and principles, the Departmental Exams Team (DET) provides expert examination services and consultation, technical assistance, guidance and interpretation of minimum qualifications, SPB selections laws, rules, and regulations to state department selection staff and state HR personnel. DET is responsible for administering departmental exam services requests which includes job analysis, test validation, test construction and scoring, 511B development, exam administration, user acceptance testing (UAT) and exam consultation on a fee-for-service basis. Additional DET is accountable for the cost proposal process for which departments use to request exam services. This program is also responsible for managing the MQ Assistance and SD proposals inboxes.
The Merit System Services (MSS) Program ensures that counties receiving federal funds for Social Services and Child Support Services programs use a merit personnel system for program employees that meets the following six merit principles:
The Selection Division's Policy Program is responsible for a variety of policy-related duties. The Policy Program team serves as principal policy advisors regarding the State of California's selection procedures. They develop and implement statewide selection policy and provide guidance to departments' human resources staff. The Policy Program assists with interpretation of new or changed selection statutes (Government Code) and State Personnel Board (SPB) rules (Code of Regulations) and statewide selection policies. The team responds to SPB examination appeals of statewide examinations. They process and adjudicate examination appeals from persons who take certain Merit System Services county examinations. The Policy Program provides oversight remediation to departments who have had their selection delegation removed by the SPB. Lastly, the team disseminates, tracks and processes the annual Selection Delegation Agreement process.
The overall goal of the Policy Program team is to ensure that the state's selection (examination) processes are fair and merit-based and result in the hiring of diverse and qualified individuals for our great state.
Email the Policy Program
2022 Selection Delegation Agreement
The ECOS Consultation & Support Team provides assistance and technical training to state departments' human resource (HR) staff on utilizing the ECOS and Legacy systems to administer and process their selection programs. Each state department is assigned to an ECOS Consultant. If your HR department has questions or concerns, please contact your ECOS Consultant for assistant.
The CalCareer Service Team are the first points of contact for the general public handling phone calls, email inquiries, and one-on-one assistance with the public in the CalHR Job Center regarding civil service employment within the State of California. Additionally, the CalCareer Services Team is responsible for processing Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) and Veteran Preference documentation.
The CalHR Selection Analyst Training Certification Cohort offers a project based comprehensive curriculum for the development of selection professionals. The training classes offered provide essential content and selection techniques to ensure competency upon program completion. The curriculum is designed to facilitate deeper learning and retention of competencies. The curriculum is practical and closely corresponds to actual work generally performed on the job. The CalHR Selection Analyst Training Cohort coursework provides state selection professionals with fundamentally sound, legally defensible, innovative means of performing selection-related work in addition to in-depth instruction on a variety of selection-related topics. The Selection Analyst Training Cohort consists of 11 comprehensive courses in which participants will gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to become effective selection analysts. Upon successful program completion, participants will receive a Selection Analyst Training Certificate acknowledging completion of the certification's requirements. This cohort is now managed and facilitated by CalHR's Statewide Training Unit, but its curriculum and content is housed with the Selection Division. For information on the CalHR Selection Analyst Training Cohort, and to register for courses please visit our Selection Analyst Training Cohort webpage.