California DDS / Senior Psychologist

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Senior Psychologist
California Department of Developmental Services – Headquarters
JC-330885 – Senior Psychologist
$9,958.00 – $11,651.00 per Month
Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail

Job Description and Duties
RE-ADVERTISEMENT: If you previously applied to this position, it is not necessary to submit a new application.
The Senior Psychologist works along the Senior Psychologist Supervisor to provide clinical leadership for the Clinical Services Branch, which is a multidisciplinary professional team within the Office of Statewide Clinical Services (OSCS). The Senior Psychologist provides a clinical perspective for community-based services and specialists to influence and guide state services and supports, including working with regional centers (RC) and state operated facilities on best practices and providing technical assistance, clinical expertise and consultation. This position serves as a department-wide expert and psychology consultant for services supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.
This position is eligible to participate in DDS’ hybrid telework schedule. Participation in telework is subject to DDS’ guidelines.
You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements
You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details
Job Code #: JC-330885
Position #(s):
Working Title: Senior Psychologist
$9,958.00 – $11,651.00 U
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Sacramento County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Department Information
The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.

These disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers. The regional centers serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

The DDS is located in a modern, sustainable and innovative office building at 1215 “O” Street, Sacramento, California. Some amenities of the building include:

  • First floor retail space (separate access from 12th Street)
  • Café with multiple vendors
  • Outdoor seating for meal breaks
  • Employee fitness center which includes a yoga studio, cardio equipment and weights
  • Plaza area with kitchenette on each floor
  • Lactation rooms

Department Website:

Special Requirements
Possession of a valid license as a Psychologist issued by the California Board of Psychology and possession of an earned Doctorate Degree in Psychology from an educational institution meeting the criteria of Section 2914 of the Medical Board of California’s Business and Professions Code.

Application Instructions
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: Until Filled
Who May Apply
Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

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:
Department of Developmental Services – Headquarters
Attn: Huyen Nguyen
Cert Unit
1215 O Street, MS 10-40
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages
You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:
Department of Developmental Services – Headquarters
Huyen Nguyen
Cert Unit
1215 O Street, MS 10-40
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 optional. It may be included, but is not required.

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.

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: Principles, techniques, and trends in psychology with particular reference to social aspects of mental and developmental disabilities; program evaluation; institutional and social process; group dynamics; functions of psychologists in various mental health services; current trends in the field of mental health; professional training; and community organization and allied professional services. Ways in which individuals are assessed and identified for Early Start and Lanterman services. Culturally competent provision of service to a diverse population of persons served. Awareness of clinical issues facing individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan.

Ability to: Provide clinical leadership to a multidisciplinary team and professional consultation. Teach and participate in professional training. Work independently but in close cooperation with team members. Demonstrate critical thinking skills and clinical problem-solving capability. Recognize situations requiring the creative application of technical skills; develop and evaluate creative approaches to the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of mental and developmental disabilities, and to the development and direction of a psychology program. Plan, organize, and conduct research, data analysis and program evaluation. Analyze situations accurately and take effective action and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

As a state employee working for the Department of Developmental Services, you and your family will have access to excellent medical, dental and vision insurance benefits in addition to retirement benefits.

Benefit eligibility may be based on job classification, bargaining unit, time base and length of appointment. Additional benefits may also be outlined for specific bargaining units in employee collective bargaining contracts. For more information, please visit the links below:

California State Employee Benefits Summary
CalPERS Health Benefits Summary 2022

Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information
The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Huyen Nguyen
(916) 322-7742
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:
Office of Human Rights and Advocacy
(916) 654-1888
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.

Additional Information
The first cut-off date for this job posting is 10/11/2022.
Electronic application submission is highly encouraged.
Multiple positions may be filled from this recruitment.
This recruitment may be utilized to fill future vacancies that may occur during the life of the certification list.

Possession of Minimum Qualifications will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment. If you are meeting Minimum Qualifications with education, you must include your unofficial transcripts/diploma for verification. Official transcripts may be required upon appointment. If it is determined an applicant does not meet the Minimum Qualifications, the candidate may be withheld from the eligibility list, rendering them inactive and ineligible to be hired for the position. Candidates who have been withheld may file an appeal with the California Department of Human Resources.

Remove Confidential Information
Do NOT include ANY confidential information on any documents you submit for a job vacancy, such as your State application, resume, or educational transcripts.

Confidential information that should be excluded or removed from these documents includes, but is not limited to, your Social Security Number (SSN), birthdate, student identification number, driver’s license number (unless required), basis of eligibility, examination results, LEAP status, marital status, and age. Confidential information on the first page of applications submitted electronically online, such as Easy ID number, SSN, examination related information, and driver’s license number will automatically be redacted upon submission.

Equal 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.

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