Senior Legislative Advocate


SALARY RANGE: $76,487 – $102,500 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 Senior Legislative Advocate is part of the legislative unit for Disability Rights California (DRC) and is responsible for legislative advocacy activities. The Senior Legislative Advocate identifies, monitors, and advocates legislative activities that affect Californians with disabilities; has expert substantive knowledge in two to four disability rights areas; and, a working knowledge of all areas covered by Disability Rights California.


  • Independently identify and develop one to three sponsored bill ideas.
  • Draft and advocate on a combination of two to eight 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 legislative process including other disability rights organizations.
  • Analyze and develop policy recommendations on 40 to 80 bills and two to three budget proposals per legislative year with minimal support from legal and advocacy staff.
  • Draft position letters and amendments on 30 to 60 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 grassroots constituencies to understand and respond to state and national issues and legislation.
  • Represent Disability Rights California in the media on areas of expertise and work with Communications Director to identify legislative matters for the media, assist with developing press releases, and other press related materials.


  • D. or advanced degree in related fields such as political science, public administration or other subjects that provide foundation for legal analysis, lobbying and drafting of legislation for people with disabilities.
  • Three years of experience in legislative advocacy, legislative staffing, or public policy development.
  • Two years of additional experience in any of the following areas: 1) legislative advocacy/legislative staffing; 3) community organizing; or 4) advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Experience and ability to work effectively 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.
  • Demonstrated understanding of legislative process and protocols and public policy issues regarding rights of and services for persons with disabilities, and other public interest areas.
  • Experience reviewing, analyzing and lobbying with the state budget process.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently analyze complex legislative and draft organizational posture statements regarding proposed legislation.
  • Knowledge of public policy developments and laws at the state and federal levels regarding rights of and services for people with disabilities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other DRC staff, community organizations, agencies and the legislature.
  • Demonstrated ability to draft sponsored bill language, budget trailer bill language and bill amendments.
  • 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.
  • Contacts with disability organizations or within disability communities.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a legislative or public policy coalition.
  • 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

Senior Legislative Advocate
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