We’re Hiring: Help us achieve our vision of a healthy California for all

By: Marko Mijic

We have open positions in CalHHS departments and offices. Join our team, roll up your sleeves, and help us build a healthy California for everyone!

Over the past two years, we have expanded access to services, funded new programs, and retooled old programs, all with the idea that we can recover stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic and better serve those most vulnerable among us. As Secretary Mark Ghaly is fond of reminding us, COVID-19 has not only been the greatest exposure of injustice, it has also been the greatest catalyst for change.

Who are we at CalHHS?

We consist of 12 state ministries and 5 offices. We have over 30,000 employees from five different generations. We account for approximately one-third of the total state budget and run programs designed to support the most vulnerable in our communities.

Our work focuses on all aspects of the lifespan, from childcare to long-term care and everything in between. Our mission is to work with counties, cities and communities, and our public, private, faith and education partners to make California a healthy, vibrant and inclusive place to live, play, work and learn.

Find out more about our departments and offices.

What are our priorities at CalHHS?

We have taken great strides to lay the foundations needed to transform our healthcare systems and our social support systems. In recent years we have started to construct the building blocks that are layered on top of each other to create meaningful effect. Taken together, our work expands access to health insurance coverage, improves the affordability of health services, and enhances the quality and value of the health care delivered. At the same time, we not only talked about bridging gaps in health care, but also focused on the social drivers of health.

We have made significant changes to address issues such as access to food, housing and other support services, with a conscious focus on those in our justice system, our child welfare system and people affected by homelessness. We know that social and economic factors are powerful drivers and predictors of health outcomes and disease burden throughout an individual’s life. This means that the broader conditions in which people are born, grow up and live can have a powerful impact on their health and well-being. To counteract this, we have prioritized the integration of social services with healthcare to deliver services that are more client-centric, efficient, effective and tailored.

Learn more about our guiding principles and strategic priorities.

What is a healthy California for everyone?

Our vision of a healthy California for all aims to simultaneously create effective, culturally competent, and efficient safety net programs that address the holistic needs of at-risk Californians, while creating policies and practices that support the creation of inclusive communities from which all Californians come diverse backgrounds and with diverse resources and opportunities can be healthy and thrive.

A healthy California for all is a place where all of our children can play and learn, and where we are confident that we have done everything in our power to leave them a state to lead into the future . It is a place where older Californians or people with disabilities can live a meaningful and dignified life, and where they are supported and valued.

It is a place where we see equity, inclusion and diversity as a strength and where we share the responsibility to care for one another. It’s a place where we constantly strive for social and racial justice by lifting all boats, but especially the boats that need more lifting. It is a place with no barriers for necessities such as housing, childcare, and access to physical and behavioral health services. Where we see the whole person and where programs and services address the social, cultural and linguistic needs of the people they serve.

Why should you work at CalHHS?

At CalHHS, we believe that transforming our state into a healthy California is a team sport—each of us must play our part. It requires breaking down—breaking down—stubborn silos between health programs on the one hand and social service programs on the other. It requires authentic engagement with communities of all types, in all parts of the state and in all languages ​​across the state. It requires us to be person-centric, justice-centric, and data-driven. If you want to make a difference and ensure we leave a better legacy for the next generation, then CalHHS is the place for you.

At CalHHS, we are focused on increasing representation from all groups, which requires us to approach our recruiting, selection, hiring and retention activities in new ways. This involves a shift from a department-centric view to looking at our people as the agency’s needs and assets. It also includes a focus on non-traditional candidate pools, including candidates with lived experience, including those with visible and invisible disabilities, as well as those who have currently or officially benefited from our safety net programs and services. In doing so, we can not only help address our hiring challenges and enrich our workforce, but more importantly, create ladders of opportunity for the most vulnerable among us.

Why should you work for the state of California?

The state of California offers a variety of careers and jobs ranging from accounting to zoology. The services our employees provide are truly essential to the people of California. As a public servant, you spend every day doing work that is critical to your country and community. In addition, the State of California offers generous benefits to its employees, including retirement and savings plans, health and dental insurance, and access to long-term disability and long-term care insurance. You’ll also get vacation and sick leave, and may be able to create a flexible schedule to suit the demands of your life. After all, we want to help you build a career from the ground up. The state offers on-the-job training and career development, and many positions do not require prior experience or a degree. Opportunities for advancement are open to you and you retain your benefits if you change jobs or departments.

How do you search for jobs at CalHHS?

There are four simple steps you can take now to find and apply for a job at CalHHS.

  • Step 1. Visit calcareers.ca.gov
  • Step 2. Search

    • If you are new to working for the state, click the Get a State Job icon where you can browse career fields and see the jobs available. Or you can search by keyword, job title, or department. For example, enter “Department of Public Health” and all department positions will be displayed.
    • If you currently work for the state, click the State Employees icon to begin searching.
    • If you are a veteran, person with a disability, or a retired government employee, you should click the appropriate icon to learn more about specific programs for these groups before selecting one of the two search options above.
  • Step 3. Evaluation

    • Once you’ve found the job you want, we need to know more about you. We evaluate your education, experience, skills and knowledge through an assessment. The assessment process can take many forms, including an interview or an exam, depending on the position.
    • Read the job bulletin to see the required qualifications. It also explains what the job is like, notes the salary range and gives you an overview of the evaluation process.
  • Step 4: Apply

    • You only need to fill out one application and can apply for multiple positions using the same form. Or you can create two or three applications and tailor them to different jobs. You can also upload other attachments if needed, e.g. B. CVs and writing samples.

We have a number of helpful video tutorials that you may find helpful.

What if you apply but don’t get a call?

Do not be discouraged. We have many vacancies and the right position is here for you. You may have to apply for multiple jobs. Also remember that it may take us some time to review and process the applications, so be patient with us.

We hope you will consider a career in public service and with us at CalHHS. Join us in our quest to create programs and services that are people-centric, equity-focused, and data-driven.


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