The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is committed to the recruitment of leaders who can carry out the mission of the Department and promote its strategic vision. Executive-level positions can be obtained through Exempt appointments, which are appointments by the Governor, and through Career Executive Assignments (CEA).
A CEA is an appointment to a high administrative and policy influencing position within the state civil service in which the incumbent's primary responsibility is the managing of a major function or the rendering of management advice to top-level administrative authority.
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 permanent status in civil service.
Qualified persons must complete a STD. 678 State Employment Application and submit any other documentation requested in the CEA job announcement bulletin. The STD. 678 State Employment Application may be obtained through https://jobs.ca.gov
CEA examinations are typically administered utilizing a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ), which is a written document prepared by the candidate to illustrate how he/she is qualified for the position. Specifically, a SOQ is a narrative of the candidate's experience, knowledge, and abilities related to the "Desirable Qualifications" cited on the Examination Bulletin. Each candidate's SOQ is reviewed and rated by an executive screening committee. In order to be successful in this type of examination, a candidate must attain a minimum score of 70 percent.
To assist qualified candidates in preparing a SOQ, the Executive Appointments Unit has developed some helpful tips:
An “Exempt” appointment is one that is made by the Governor of California. These positions are not covered by civil service laws and rules and therefore are not subject to civil service requirements. An exempt employee serves at the pleasure of the Governor.
Qualified persons must complete and file an appointment application from the Office of the Governor. When an exempt recruitment announcement is issued by CDCR, candidates are instructed to submit a resume of qualifications and experience and three (3) professional references to CDCR, as instructed in the announcement. Additionally, qualified persons must complete and file an appointment application with the Office of the Governor and may be obtained through the Governor's Office.