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Special Assistant Attorneys General

Special Assistant Attorneys General (Attorney)
Special Assistants To The Attorney General

(Several Positions Available)
Salary commensurate with experience

(Subject to CalHR approval)

About the Organization

Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the state’s chief law enforcement officer, responsible for ensuring that state laws are uniformly and adequately enforced. The department includes approximately 4,500 employees who provide legal and law enforcement services to the state, including representing the People of California in civil and criminal matters before trial courts, appellate courts and the supreme courts of California and the United States, and law enforcement activities such as criminal investigations, apprehending criminals, and exchanging criminal intelligence using state-of-the-art technology. More information is available at Attorney General site.

About the Position

The Special Assistant Attorneys General serve as principal legal and policy advisors to the Attorney General that preferably specialize in one of the following areas: immigration, civil rights, environmental law, health care, consumer protection (Dodd-Frank Act), cyber security and privacy. They assist in the development and execution of the Attorney General’s policy initiatives and manage certain cross-divisional policy and legal work within the office.

The Special Assistant Attorneys General work closely with the senior managers of the legal divisions, the executive office, and the Division of Law Enforcement. They also serve as liaisons between the Attorney General’s Office and individuals and interest groups in their areas of expertise.

While under the direct supervision of the Chief Deputy Attorney General, the Special Assistant Attorneys General work closely with the Attorney General and serve as one of the office’s most senior managers.

Frequently, the Special Assistant Attorneys General will represent the Attorney General as a liaison to several local, state, and federal agencies, associations, and advocacy groups.

Minimum Qualifications

We are seeking both qualified lawyers and/or candidates with advanced graduate degrees. All applicants should have excellent academic credentials and public policy experience. A minimum of 5 to 7 years experience performing legal duties (i.e., practicing law), including at least 5 years’ experience in policy, legislative and/or government affairs. Must have some established relationships with policy leaders at the state and national level and demonstrated success in developing and managing policy initiatives. Strategic thinker with ability to identify, prioritize and execute policy objectives.

Desirable Qualifications

Ability to manage priorities judiciously and can motivate in a team-oriented, collaborative environment; intellectually curious, confident, and have excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated leadership ability, highly organized and effective manager of own and others’ work; ability to interact positively and effectively with client representatives, subordinates and other members of the Attorney General’s Office at all levels; strong written and oral communication skills (e.g., policy issue briefs/summaries and presentations on key issues); an understanding of the state and federal political environment and the impact on policy strategies and goals; and sharp attention to details as well as an appreciation for the big picture.

Apply Now

To apply, please submit a state application form STD 678 and resume to Becerraresumes@doj.ca.gov


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Department of Justice
1300 I Street, 17th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attn: Victoria Sawyer, Special Assistant to the Chief Deputy Attorney General

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