Health Quality Enforcement Section

  • Sacramento, California
  • Mar 08, 2024
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $11,644.00 - $14,954.00 per Month USD

Job Description

Job Description and Duties

The Health Quality Enforcement Section (HQE) is committed to protecting consumers, and enhancing public safety in its practice of health care law on behalf of the Attorney General and the State of California. HQE's work is sensitive, subject to public scrutiny, and calculated to protect health care consumers. HQE seeks experienced public interest minded litigation attorneys to represent health care oversight state agencies in prosecuting administrative cases against the licenses of dangerously negligent and incompetent medical professionals, including physicians, osteopaths, podiatrists, and psychologists, and in defending our clients' health and safety mandates in state and federal civil litigation.

Day-to-day duties include:
  • Analyzing medical records and medical expert reports in order to recommend charges and causes for license discipline against licensees under the jurisdiction of health care oversight client agencies
  • Representing clients in administrative cases, writs, appeals, and injunctive proceedings in courts, including accusations, statement of issues, requests for bail restrictions and sentencing recommendations in criminal court, and interim suspension petitions against negligent and/or incompetent medical practitioners
  • Defending our health care oversight agency clients, board members and client staff in state and federal litigation
  • Appearing in specialized proceedings, including public board meetings in both open and closed sessions, and enforcing board subpoenas in superior courts
  • Working closely with client agency representatives, sworn and unsworn investigators, medical consultant and independent expert witnesses, and patients to effectuate our clients' mandate to protect the public
  • Advising client agencies in programmatic and public policy issues, including providing training to agency staff, including medical consultants and investigators

Selected deputies serve as liaisons to HQE client agencies and assist the section in programmatic and public policy issues. Deputies are expected to work under time constraints, client and department guidelines, and to abide by ethical and professional standards. Some travel within the state is required.

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Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

  • Job Application Package Checklist
  • Duty Statement

Position Details

Job Code #:


Position #(s):


Working Title:

Health Quality Enforcement Section


$11,644.00 - $14,954.00

Shall Consider:


$12,290.00 - $15,685.00


$7,737.00 - $11,173.00


$10,536.00 - $13,526.00

# of Positions:


Work Location:

Sacramento County



Job Type:

Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Civil Law Division, Health Quality Enforcement Section, and may be filled in Sacramento (JC-417053), San Francisco (JC-417054), Los Angeles (JC-417056), San Diego (JC-417057) or Fresno (JC-417327).

  • The hiring unit has established the following cut-off dates for this job control:

    every Monday. Applications will be reviewed according to the date of submission. If your application is submitted after the most recent cut-off date, it will be applied to the next review period.

  • DAG V - lateral transfers only.

  • For more information about the department please visit the Attorney General’s website at .

  • Please disregard the SROA/Surplus language below, as the Department of Justice requires applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus letter, if that is the basis of their eligibility.

  • If you would like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email

  • Please visit our new webpage: Become a DOJ Deputy Attorney General | State of California - Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General .

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.

  • Individuals who are new to state service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the California Office of the Attorney General. Process is described at .

  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-417053), and the title of this position in the “Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying” section located on the first page of your State Application (STD 678).

  • If you are mailing your application, please contact the HR Consultant listed to confirm your application has been received.

  • P lease note that appointment to the DAG classifications will be made using the following examinations:
    • Attorney exam - less than 5 years of experience : Attorney Examination
    • DAG III exam- at least 5 years of legal experience : DAG III Examination
    • DAG IV exam- at least 6 years of legal experience: DAG IV Examination

  • Travel to Fresno may be required

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 Justice

Attn: Heather Nguyen (JC-417053)

1300 I Street Suite 720

Sacramento , CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Justice

Heather Nguyen (JC-417053)

1300 I Street Suite 720

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.
  • Other - Cover letter
  • Other - Writing sample consisting of a dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appellate brief preferably written in the prior year.

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:

  • Experience in civil, criminal, and/or administrative litigation
  • Experience handling writs and/or appeals
  • Strong legal research skills
  • Good working knowledge of the rules of evidence
  • Good working knowledge of the rules of Civil Procedure
  • Ability to present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form
  • Creativity and resourcefulness when problem-solving
  • Ability to handle a rigorous caseload under tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, while applying excellent legal judgment
  • Proficiency in electronic case management and time keeping
  • Sound judgment and tact when interacting with client staff and the public

We value having a team diverse in viewpoints and life experiences because it enhances the quality of our legal work. Candidates should be well-organized, detailoriented, have a positive attitude, and be team-oriented, as well as have an excellent work ethic and strong skills in interpersonal communication and collaboration.


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

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Human Resources Contact:
Heather Nguyen
(916) 210-6444

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:
EEO Officer
(916) 210-7580

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 Application Filing Information:

Please note, if using the United States Postal Service for delivery, there is no guarantee that your application will be date stamped and will arrive by the final filing date. If your application does not have a postmark or date stamp and arrives after the final filing date, your application will not be accepted. Therefore, to ensure timely delivery of your application, it is recommended that you use either electronic delivery, parcel service, or certified mail. Using one of these options will provide proof of delivery prior to the final filing date. If you are mailing your application, as a courtesy we ask that you contact the HR Consultant listed to confirm your application has been received. This is not required, but highly encouraged so we can ensure the timely submission of your application.

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.

Closing Date/Time: Until Filled

Base Pay


Job Address

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