Associate Legislative Advocate

California State University Office of the Chancellor - Long Beach, CA4.0

Job Title: Associate Legislative Advocate
Job ID: 1013806
Location: Sacramento Advocacy State Rel
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Job Code 3318
Job Grade Range A
Department Advocacy and State Relations

Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Associate Legislative Advocate (Sacramento Office). The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking an Associate Legislative Advocate (Sacramento Office). to take primary responsibility for subject matter expertise, analysis, political strategy and advocacy in assigned issue areas. This position analyzes legislative matters in relation to the overall goals and objectives of the CSU and participates in the development and execution of the system's advocacy efforts. Under the direct supervision of the DSR, this position is responsible for several functions including but not limited to: direct advocacy on CSU-related legislative issues; representing CSU positions on legislation in meetings with legislators, legislative staff and in public hearings; written communications including bill position correspondence, bill fiscal estimate statements and bill summaries; working with Chancellor's Office (CO) staff and the DSR to develop bill strategies and amendments to legislation; preparing CO experts for witness testimony or legislative meetings; developing and maintaining working subject matter knowledge of assigned issue areas; and support for system and campus-based advocacy efforts such as state capitol events and training programs.
Under the direction of the DSR and in collaboration with the Senior Legislative Advocate, the position is also responsible for identifying, and monitoring state legislation that may affect the university and identifying broad policy issues that emerge from the legislature, state government and other external sources, which affect systemwide initiatives, programs and processes.

The ASR team assists the system in meeting its goals and objectives to serve students and California as a whole through effective advocacy and communications within the CO, campuses, legislature, Governor's Office, state agencies, business and community leaders, the general public and others. To achieve overall systemwide budget and advocacy goals, this person works closely with the ASR team members and participates in strategic planning of system advocacy and state relations; assists in the development of the Board of Trustees Legislative Program; attends meetings with legislative and state agency staff; monitors and reports on legislative hearings; and prepares bill letters and assists in preparing subject matter experts for hearing testimony as needed.



Under the overall direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) and the direct supervision of the Director of State Relations (DSR) of Advocacy and State Relations (ASR), the Associate Legislative Advocate (ALA) will:
  • Serve as system advocate and spokesperson in Sacramento. Engage directly with legislative staff and members to advocate on bills consistent with the adopted Board of Trustees Legislative Principles.
  • Analyze state legislation, work with CO experts to assess and understand the impact of proposed legislation, regulations and as needed budget allocations on the CSU.
  • Recommend CSU bill positions to AVC and DSR. Annually participate in presentation of bill position recommendations to the chair and vice chair of the BOT Governmental Relations Committee.
  • Manage bill caseload, including authoring bill position correspondence, providing appropriate background materials to legislative staff and members, and develop appropriate fiscal estimate statements as appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with the legislature, legislative staff and committees, executive branch representatives, CO staff, campus staff and other experts in conducting both policy and political analyses of proposed legislation, potential CSU sponsored legislative program, budget objectives, and statewide initiatives.
  • Draft appropriate content in assigned issue areas to support communications work of ASR team, and assist in and support the development of policy, legislation and advocacy, in coordination with the Campus Relations Manager (CRM).
  • Assist system and campuses in efforts to educate, inform and engage alumni, students, faculty, staff, business and community leaders, parents and families, and others about the value of the CSU and the role they can play in influencing local, state and federal policymakers, voters and the public.

This position requires:
  • A bachelor's degree in political science, government, public policy, education, social science, or related field or equivalent combination of overall education and experience, to include a minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in a legislative or higher education office, and experience in legislative or policy analysis, preferably in a higher education or state government setting.
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills, including the ability to present complex information and issues with brevity, clarity and accuracy.
  • Ability to analyze state and national trends, issues and political developments that could impact the university.
  • Strong analytical skills, including demonstrated ability to develop, assess and synthesize information and recommendations from a wide variety of sources on a wide range of issues.
  • Political acumen with regard to government relations and public policy issues. This also includes knowledge and experience in policy making and/or political arenas.
Knowledge and experience in California politics and/or the California State University.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact collaboratively with diverse staff at a variety of levels both within and outside the university; demonstrated competency in working in teams.
Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes; ability to take a high degree of responsibility and apply individual initiative.

Application Period

Resumes will be accepted until job posting is removed.


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Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.


This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

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