Legislative Advocate 2


SALARY RANGE: $57,585-$77,169 DOE

Applications should be received by December 31, 2018


Disability Rights California (DRC) is a well-established and innovative non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of Californians with disabilities. DRC works to achieve fairness and justice for people with disabilities through individual and impact litigation, state and federal policy and regulatory advocacy, and community education and training.


The Legislative Advocate 2 is part of the legislative unit for Disability Rights California (DRC) and is responsible for legislative advocacy activities. The Legislative Advocate 2 identifies, monitors, and advocates legislative activities that affect Californians with disabilities.



  • Draft and advocate on a combination of two to four priority bills and/or budget items, including DRC-sponsored legislation.
  • Represent DRC through the legislative process: advocate, consult, and negotiate with legislators and their staff, committee consultants, administrative department heads, and their staff and other stakeholders involved in the.
  • Analyze and develop policy recommendations on 30 to 60 bills and two to three budget proposals per legislative year, collaborating with other legal and advocacy staff as determined by the Legislative Director.
  • Draft position letters and amendments on 20 to 40 complex bills and two to three budget items per legislative year. Testify as appropriate at legislative committee hearings.
  • Work with DRC staff and Board of Directors to develop guiding principles applicable to legislation and state budget items relevant to people with disabilities and DRC.
  • Engage in advocacy activities at the Capitol and within the disability community on issues of importance to the disability community.
  • Act as a liaison and representative of DRC with selected agencies, task forces, committees, coalitions and community-based organizations related to areas of responsibility.
  • Act as a liaison to Disability Rights California legal practice groups and provide legislative support and backup for the groups.
  • Organize, train, and develop easy to understand materials on complex legislative matters for California grass roots constituencies to understand and respond to state and national issues and legislation.
  • Work with Communications Director to identify legislative matters for the media, assist with developing press releases, and other press related materials.


  • A BA or BS degree in a relevant field plus at least one year of experience as a legislative staffer or advocate.
  • One year additional experience in any of the following areas: 1) legislative advocacy or legislative staffing; 3) community organizing; or 4) advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Experience reviewing, analyzing and lobbying with the state budget process.
  • Experience working with a variety of organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives, the public, elected and appointed officials, people with disabilities, and governmental agencies, especially at the state and local levels.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems, develop solutions, and explain legislation so it is easily understood by people at the legislature and the general public.
  • Experience in using word processing systems.

Licenses / Certificates

  • Must be a registered lobbyist or become registered within 60 days of employment.
  • Must attend Lobbyist Ethics Course.

Working at DRC is more than just a job – it is a rare opportunity to do what you are good at while making a difference! DRC offers competitive salaries and a generous benefit package. To view the detailed job description and complete the application process visit http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/Jobs/index.htm

Legislative Advocate
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