Director, Indigent Defense Improvement Division

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Job location
700 L street
Suite 1000
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Office of the State Public Defender
Street address: 
700 L street, Suite 1000
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

Job Description and Duties

The Indigent Defense Improvement Division (IDID) of the Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD) provides training and support to public defender offices and to other counsel appointed to represent indigent defendants and juveniles. It also provides technical assistance and capacity building related to indigent defense to counties and engages in efforts for the purpose of the improvement of indigent defense. (Gov. Code, § 15420).

Under the general direction of, and in consultation with, the State Public Defender (SPD), the Director of IDID is independently responsible for supervising the training and capacity building divisions of IDID. The training division plans and implements high quality webinars, in person events, and on demand trainings for defense teams across the state, partnering with state and national training organizations. The capacity building team works with county policymakers and indigent defense leaders to improve local indigent defense systems and support statewide solutions. The Director shall formulate, plan, and implement other OSPD efforts to improve indigent defense in California including overseeing data collection policies, policy recommendations and external communications. As a member of executive management, the Director of IDID has agency-wide management responsibilities.

Please take the short recruitment survey linked below:

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

Working Conditions
OSPD has two regional offices located in Oakland and Sacramento. The Oakland office is located downtown in a modern high rise building near the 12th Street BART station, not to mention a variety of delicious restaurants. The Sacramento office is located downtown in a modern high-rise building near SacRT Light Rail stations, Downtown Commons, and plenty of shopping.

OSPD permits full-time telework in accordance with government code 14200 for eligible applicants residing in California.

Travel will be required 5% of the time.

Business travel reimbursements consider an employee’s designated Headquarters Location and primary residence. The policy may be subject to change by the California Department of Human Resources. All commute expenses to the headquartered location will be the responsibility of the selected candidate.

Minimum Requirements
This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

Knowledge and Abilities
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

1. Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.

2.Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

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:

Knowledge of how California provides indigent defense services across the state and best practices for the provision of indigent defense services.
Knowledge of the national and statewide groups working on indigent defense issues.
Knowledge and experience in training methods and materials, including knowledge and experience in implementing innovative models of providing public defense.
Knowledge of data collection and analysis practices for evaluating the provision of indigent defense services.
Substantial experience in the provision of indigent defense services at the trial level or a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense.
Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with policymakers, agency staff, and other stakeholders.
Excellent oral and written communication skills for a broad set of audiences, with the ability to understand and implement effective written communications.
Experience in systems-thinking.
Demonstrated ability to exercise sound political judgment and utmost discretion.
Experience in recruiting and hiring diverse staff.
Experience in managing attorney and support staff.
Experience with policy development and advocacy at the county and/or state level.
Experience developing and implementing budgets.
Ability to maintain favorable public relations.
Exceptional leadership skills.
Effectively promote equal opportunity employment and maintain a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.
Proficient in Microsoft Office 365, Excel, and Teams.


Special Requirements
The position requires a Licenses/Bar Membership License and the incumbent must be an active member of The State Bar of California. You will be required to provide a copy of your license prior to being hired.

Examination Qualification Requirements
All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

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

General Qualifications
State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

Examination Information
A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is a narrative addressing specific statements, of which are aligned with the desirable qualifications of the position, that demonstrate the candidate’s education, training, experience, and skills. The SOQ also serves as documentation of each candidates' ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing.

Statement of Qualifications Instructions:
All interested applicants must submit a completed SOQ with their application package.

The SOQ must not be more than (3) pages in length, should be single-spaced and typed in 12-point Arial font.
The SOQ must be numbered and restated in the same order as the statements below and your responses should provide detailed examples of your experience.

1. Identify an issue in indigent defense in California you would like to address as Director of IDID and describe how you would use your knowledge and experience to approach the issue.
2. The Indigent Defense Improvement Division works with a broad array of stakeholders and audiences. Please describe what experiences you would bring to the role of Director and how those experiences would serve you in the role.
3. Describe a specific example where you led an effort to implement new practices, policies or system changes within a team of multidisciplinary staff.

If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

Special Testing Arrangements
If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.

To apply: 

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: 2/23/2024

Who May Apply
Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

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:
Office of the State Public Defender
Attn: Human Resources, LD Gutierrez
770 L Street, Suite 1000
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages
You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:
Office of the State Public Defender
Human Resources, LD Gutierrez
770 L Street, Suite 1000
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 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 - Is required and must be included. Please see Examination Information instructions section for more specific details.

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.

Contact Information
The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.
Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
LD Gutierrez
(916) 324-0632
[email protected]
Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Denise Armendariz
(916) 322-2676
[email protected]
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal OpEqual Opportunity Employer The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation. It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.
Salary range: 
$11,435.00 - $16,498.00 B
Submission deadline: 
Friday, February 23, 2024