The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) is the Governor’s agent for the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California’s workforce development system. The CWDB assists the Governor in setting and guiding workforce development policy, developing innovative initiatives through statewide programs, and expanding the High Road vision through its field branch. The workforce development system is comprised of 49 Local Workforce Development Areas (Local Area), each with its own business-led Local Workforce Development Board (Local Board). These Local Boards work together with the state and their local Chief Elected Officials to oversee the delivery of workforce services relevant to their residents and businesses. SB138 and WIOA gives authority to CWDB to carry out the tasks associated with furthering a High Road workforce system. Learn more about the CWDB in the About Us section.

California and the CWDB are committed to a High Road vision for the state’s workforce development system that embodies the principles of job quality, worker voice, equity, and environmental sustainability. Implementing this vision through policy, programs, and other practices will benefit workers, job-seekers, and industry as well as the state’s workforce development system. 

Featured Workforce Initiatives

High Roads Training Partnerships

Addresses questions of income inequality, economic competitiveness, and climate change through regional strategies designed to support economically and environmentally resilient communities across the state.

Breaking Barriers

Supplements existing workforce and education programs by providing services to target populations who are often not eligible for other state and federal programs in an effort to address disparities in the labor market.

High Road Construction Careers

Invests in partnerships and projects that link local building and construction trades councils to workforce boards, community colleges, and community-based organizations to create pathways to quality construction careers.

Regional CA

Work to stimulate economic growth, create jobs and build the talent needed to increase income mobility and regional prosperity through collaboration among multiple workforce systems and bringing workforce leaders together.

Workforce Accelerator Fund

Funds projects that design, develop, and implement programs that accelerate employment and provide access to workforce services and employment opportunities for targeted groups and disadvantaged populations.

 

Prison to Employment

Creates opportunities through collaborative partnerships with state workforce programs and the state corrections systems so that formerly incarcerated and justice-involved individuals can successfully reenter society and the labor force.

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In the Spotlight

SOLANO, CA – A civil service workshop and hiring event for incarcerated individuals was held at the California State Prison, Solano last month. Twenty-three individuals received conditional job offers for employment from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) before returning to their communities.

Representatives from CWDB, CALPIA and CALTRANS with California State Prison, Solano Warden Giselle Matteson.

An inmate takes the civil service exam for the CalTrans Highway Maintenance Worker classification at Solano State Prison in September 2021. The civil service testing event was the result of a pilot initiative by CWDB, CDCR, CalPIA, and CalHR.

Inside Solano State Prison, an inmate interviews for a CalTrans Highway Maintenance Worker position in November 2021. CalTrans supplied three full interview panels, and the panels interviewed nearly 30 soon-to-be-released candidates that day. CalTrans made offers of employment to 23 candidates.

Corrections Workforce Partnership Secured State Jobs for Individuals Leaving Prison

The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) joined the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA), the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Caltrans – District 4, California Government Operations Agency (GovOps), and the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR), in the multi state agency Civil Service Workshop

Joe Flores, the lead representative for the Prison to Employment Initiative and Corrections Workforce Partnership for the California Workforce Development Board, said there are major wins to celebrate.

“Through this coordinated partnership, we can help incarcerated individuals into post-release jobs,” said Flores. “This civil service hiring event leaves a blueprint for other public agencies to follow.”

The November 17, 2021 hiring event was the second to take place at California State Prison, Solano. A total of 34 incarcerated individuals took the entry-level Highway Maintenance Worker or Landscape Maintenance Worker exam with 33 successfully passing one or both exams. Since the first workshop and hiring event in 2019, 33 received conditional job offers from Caltrans.

“Following the completion of their training, Caltrans is proud to offer these Californians jobs in maintaining our highways,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “These jobs can lead to rewarding careers in civil service, and Caltrans is pleased to partner in this effort.”

“This hiring event is successful thanks to multiple state agencies coming together to improve the lives of others,” said CALPIA’s Acting General Manager Bill Davidson. “CALPIA thrives through partnerships, and it is rewarding to see a smooth transition for those individuals who are about to leave prison.”

The $37 million Prison to Employment Initiative, a three-year workforce and reentry services integration across the state’s 14 regions, aims to improve labor market outcomes for the state’s justice-involved and formerly incarcerated populations.

All the men who received job offers will be paroled or released within the next year.

For more information regarding CWDB’s Prison to Employment Initiate & Corrections Statewide Partnership, contact Joe Flores at ReEntry@cwdb.ca.gov.

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS WITH THE CALIFORNIA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD

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Review our available positions below, and visit the CalCareers webpage to learn more about how to apply for a state job.

Are you passionate about ending poverty and inequality? Are you motivated to address the climate crisis and social injustice while working on economic and workforce development? If so, you may be a great fit for one of our open positions at the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB).

The CWDB is recognized nationally as a progressive and experimental state workforce department, charting a path to a High Road economy and approach to workforce development grounded in the principles of social equity, environmental sustainability, and resilience and quality jobs. Over the past decade, the CWDB’s budget, programs, and staff have grown exponentially using federal and state workforce funding to pilot new sector-based workforce initiatives and develop policy solutions that address the quality and accessibility of jobs in addition to training.

Click Below To View Current CWDB Job Opportunities:

EQUITY CLIMATE & JOBS FIELDS TEAM

 

Staff Services Manager I (SSM I) The last day to apply for JC-285110 is 2/2/2022. The Staff Services Manager I (SSM I) directly supervises the Partnership Alignment unit and assists with planning and coordinating the support of regional efforts to develop, expand, and foster partnerships with community colleges to advance the goals of the High Road Training Partnerships (HRTP) and High Road Constructions Careers (HRCC) program throughout the state. High Road is a term that refers to a set of economic and workforce development strategies to achieve economic growth, economic equity, shared prosperity, and a clean environment. As the team leader, the SSM I is responsible for providing supervision and guidance, building collaboration, and ensuring staff meet training needs and professional development goals to effectively implement strategies, assist partners, and expand the infrastructure for increased alignment and integration between education and workforce systems.

POLICY IMPLEMENTATION & ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

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POLICY, RESEARCH AND LEGISLATION TEAM

 

Information Technology Specialist II (ITS II) The last day to apply for JC-286433 is 2/2/2022. The Information Technology Specialist II (ITS II) acts as a Senior level Business Intelligence (BI) Developer for the Cross System Analytics and Assessment for Learning and Skills Attainment (CAAL-Skills) systems and technology for the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB). The incumbent leads the database BI development on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud environment, and works closely with business analysts, data analysts, web developers, researchers and other technical staff from the CWDB, partner organizations and stakeholders. The ITS II is fully responsible for all aspects of data analysis, database design, coding, testing and implementing the database processes on the AWS Cloud including but not necessarily limited to gathering data requirements and creating data specifications for extraction, transformation and loading of the data throughout the Software Development Life Cycle. The incumbent works on technological solutions that are essential for all the database applications in the Data Management and Administration (DMA).

Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) The last day to apply for JC-286784 is 2/12/2022. The Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) provides the full range of associate-level analytical work and is responsible for performing the more responsible, varied, and complex technical work within the State Plan and Policy Development Team. This includes conducting in depth analysis and developing policy guidance related to the state public workforce development system. The AGPA works independently, has very strong written and verbal communication skills, and is adept at building partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION & REGIONAL SUPPORT TEAM

 

Grant/Initiative Analyst The last day to apply for JC-270728 is 1/25/2022. The Grant/Initiative Analyst will be responsible for varied, and complex technical analytical assignments pertaining to the management of multiple workforce programs such as program implementation and oversight, and administrative functions related to the effective administration of funds distributed across California. The incumbent is tasked with ensuring programs across California align with the laws and regulations of the funding source as well as meet the goals and objectives of the California Workforce Development Boards (CWDB) State Plan by acting as a liaison between the grantees and the CWDB providing support and guidance as needed. The ideal candidate should be knowledgeable in workforce development and will work collaboratively with team members, the Employment Development Department (EDD) partners, and the CWDB field staff.

Grant/Initiative Analyst The last day to apply for JC-280896 is 2/3/2022. The Grant/Initiative Analyst will be responsible for varied, and complex technical analytical assignments pertaining to the management of multiple workforce programs such as program implementation and oversight, and administrative functions related to the effective administration of funds distributed across California. The incumbent is tasked with ensuring programs across California align with the laws and regulations of the funding source as well as meet the goals and objectives of the California Workforce Development Boards (CWDB) State Plan by acting as a liaison between the grantees and the CWDB providing support and guidance as needed. The ideal candidate should be knowledgeable in workforce development and will work collaboratively with team members, the Employment Development Department (EDD) partners, and the CWDB field staff.

Grant/Initiative Analyst The last day to apply for JC-288365 is 2/8/2022. The Grant/Initiative Analyst is responsible for varied, and complex technical analytical assignments pertaining to the management of multiple workforce programs such as program implementation and oversight, and administrative functions related to the effective administration of funds distributed across California. The incumbent is tasked with ensuring programs across California align with the laws and regulations of the funding source as well as meet the goals and objectives of the California Workforce Development Boards (CWDB) State Plan by acting as a liaison between the grantees and the CWDB providing support and guidance as needed.

Staff Services Manager II The last day to apply for JC-287789 is 2/10/2022. The Staff Services Manager II (SSM II) directly supervises the Staff Services Manager I (SSM I) staff and assists the Deputy Director in advancing the Program Implementation & Regional Support vision of the branch and the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB). The SSM II is responsible for high level oversight of various initiatives pertaining to providing education and employment support for barriered populations, regional leadership, industry sector work, good quality jobs, equity, income mobility, upward mobility and alignment of services and resources.  The SSM II takes a lead role in implementing strategic branch coordination and external partner coordination, resolves complex issues related to grant and contract management, has working knowledge of rules and regulations, provides high level oversight on budgets, expenditures, outcomes and deliverables, acts in a lead role for the design and development of initiatives and oversees the SSM I and staff for the implementation, and coordination of programs.

Grant/Initiative Analyst The last day to apply for JC-276747 is 2/20/2022. The Grant/Initiative Analyst is responsible for varied, and complex technical analytical assignments pertaining to the management of multiple workforce programs such as program implementation and oversight, and administrative functions related to the effective administration of funds distributed across California. The Grant/Initiative Analyst is tasked with ensuring programs across California align with the laws and regulations of the funding source as well as meet the goals and objectives of the CWDB State Plan by acting as a liaison between the grantees and the CWDB providing support and guidance as needed.

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