LEGISLATIVE COORDINATOR (SACRAMENTO)

For nearly 50 years, Public Advocates Inc., has been at the forefront of social justice movements in California as a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination.  We strengthen community voices in public policy and achieve victories that advance education, housing, transportation equity and climate justice.  The team at Public Advocates is committed, smart and compassionate and we are seeking a likewise committed, smart and compassionate colleague w/a penchant for organization and attention to detail to join our Sacramento office as a Legislative Coordinator.

The Legislative Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the legislative and policy advocacy staff in our Sacramento office w/tracking bills as they make their way through the legislative process and enabling our staff to successfully engage in advocacy on those bills.

Responsibilities

The Legislative Coordinator’s essential duties will include:

  • Legislative/agency/budget advocacy support:
    • Identifying and tracking progress of all relevant policy and budget bills, keeping attorneys/advocacy staff appropriately informed, supporting attorney/advocacy staff to respond to these bills through oral and written advocacy
    • Scheduling all relevant hearing dates, letter submission deadlines on appropriate staff calendars
    • Providing logistical support for advocacy coalition meetings and retreats (e.g., scheduling, note-taking) and schedule lobbying and research meetings
    • Updating appropriate staff on amendments or bill status changes as they occur and identify those changes
    • Obtaining all fact sheets, template position letters, committee analyses, hearing agendas, budget bill summaries and related handouts
    • Assisting w/production and submission of position letters and coalition sign-on letters, fact sheets, floor alerts, etc.; gather signatures/logos, prepare and proofread templates/drafts
    • Monitoring hearings, provide “me, too” (generic support) testimony, report back on hearing outcomes to attorney/advocacy staff
    • Maintaining electronic file organization and management of legislative/agency/budget advocacy materials
  • Other support:
    • Providing research, analytical and writing support as needed, including preparing internal and community partner-oriented materials summarizing key budget and policy updates (e.g., slide decks, 1-pagers, infographics, etc.)
    • Summarizing our legislative and budget priorities, positions and outcomes
    • Special projects as identified by attorney/advocacy staff

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • At least 3 years of experience working in a similar role
  • Knowledge of the organization, functions and processes of the Legislative Branch of the California State Government
  • Experience working w/Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office suite, in particular Outlook, Word (proficiency w/formatting skills is required), Excel, PowerPoint; familiarity w/Google Apps; openness to learning how to use new technology/software
  • The following are highly desired characteristics and traits:
    • A genuine desire to increase the effectiveness and capacity of our advocacy team and advance Public Advocates’ mission by providing high-quality legislative coordination support
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Ability to “manage up” – ask questions upon assignment, consult w/supervisor when prioritizing workload, communicate proactively when potential issues or conflicts arise
    • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities – often w/competing or tight deadlines – quickly, accurately and w/poise
    • Reliable, responsive and proactive communicator, both orally and in writing
    • Ability to exercise good judgment
    • High degree of self-motivation and a demonstrated willingness to take initiative
    • Experience using CapitolTrack or other legislation-tracking systems/software
    • Adaptability and flexibility to changing circumstances or priorities
    • Spanish fluency, written and oral

Qualities expected of all Public Advocates staff include integrity, high professional standards, commitment to progressive social change and working successfully with diverse colleagues, clients and community partners.  This includes active participation in promoting healthy workplace culture through our organizational diversity and inclusion initiative – an ongoing and intensive process of communication, trust building and learning about our individual and organizational areas for growth.  We strive to build a culture of cooperation and mutual support and value flexibility, resilience, optimism, curiosity and a sense of humor.

Compensation & Work Setting

The position is full-time (37.5 hours/week) and exempt.  The starting salary range for this role is $51,000-$55,000 depending on experience.  Benefits include full health and dental insurance for employee and eligible family members; life and long-term disability insurance; generous vacation and paid holidays; 403(b) retirement plan; and paid sabbatical after 7 years.  Our downtown Sacramento office is located a few blocks from the Capitol, convenient to public transportation (we offer access to tax-advantaged commuter benefits).

*At the time of this posting all our staff continue to work from home but we anticipate a return to the office on March 1, 2022.  We are in the process of designing a return to the office that meets the needs of both the organization as well as the staff.

Please note that we have recently adopted a vaccination policy that will require all employees to, by December 1, 2021, either establish that they have been fully vaccinated or obtain an approved exemption as an accommodation.

Application Instructions

Applications welcome immediately; position open until filled.  To be considered, applications must include: 1) a letter that a) explains your interest in performing this legislative support role at Public Advocates and b) provides descriptive examples of your qualifications for this position; 2) a resume; and 3) names of three references, at least two of whom have directly supervised your work.  Submit your application (and/or questions) by email to LegCoordinator@publicadvocates.org.

Public Advocates reflects the rich diversity of California.  Two-thirds of our employees and 60% of our Board members are people of color.  Our senior leadership team also reflects our commitment to diversity.  Four of seven members — including our President & CEO — are people of color, and three of seven members are women.

Public Advocates seeks to fill this position with someone who shares our values, including our organizational commitment to diversity.  We encourage all interested individuals to apply — especially people of color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or anyone belonging to any other federal or state protected category.  Read our Organizational Diversity Vision Statement here.

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