Chief, Legislative Affairs Division

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $115,500.00
Maximum: $137,580.00
Details: CalPERS offers a performance award program with the ability to earn an award up to 15% of base pay.



Application Deadline:



400 Q Street
United States


The Legislative Affairs Division (LAD) advocates for CalPERS members and stakeholders. LAD provides information and in-depth policy analysis to state and federal governmental entities, educates CalPERS about relevant changes in state and federal laws, and works with members and stakeholders to ensure the integrity of the CalPERS trust.

Under the direction of the Deputy Executive Officer of Communications & Stakeholder Relations (CSR), this position is responsible for the overall administration of the Legislative Affairs Division for CalPERS, the statewide, multi-billion-dollar pension fund responsible for providing retirement and health benefits to all State, school and contracting public agency employees and beneficiaries. The position provides strategic policy direction on legislative matters, at both the state and federal level, on a broad spectrum of retirement, health and investment issues central to CalPERS' mission. The position also plays a pivotal role in the implementation of the CalPERS Strategic and Business Plans. The position is responsible in consultation with the Executive Staff for developing legislative proposals and recommended positions on legislation for the Board's consideration. In addition, the position is directly responsible for all state and federal legislative issues which impact all CalPERS programs, including oversight of a Federal Representative.


CalPERS employees are eligible for a number of benefits. Health benefits and leave programs are available for most permanent, full-time employees and some permanent, part-time employees. Benefit eligibility may depend on length of service and may be subject to collective bargaining agreements, which are contracts negotiated between the State of California and employee organizations that define employees' wages, hours, and conditions of employment. Some added benefits CalPERS offers include:

• Alternate Work Schedules

• Flexible Work Hours

• Child Care


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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All applicants are required to submit a STD. 678 state application and complete a Statement of Qualifications.

A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required and it serves as the examination for this CEA recruitment. An examination list will be established and notification of results will be sent to candidates. If your qualifications are competitive, you may be invited to come for an on-site interview.

The required SOQ must be submitted with your application. The SOQ must specifically address, in numerical order, the qualifications listed below. Please indicate years of experience for EACH SOQ. The SOQ must not exceed two pages, single-sided and single-spaced. Failure to follow this format and the application instructions will result in disqualification. Your SOQ must address the following:

1. Strong leadership and management skills with demonstrated ability to think strategically and function effectively as a member of a dynamic management team. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with cross-functional groups to accomplish individual and organizational goals.

2. Experience in a managerial or executive capacity in the area of policy and program direction related to investment, pension and/or health programs.

3. Demonstrated communication skills and experience presenting sensitive and complex issues to a wide range of stakeholders including the legislature, a governing board or similar body.

4. Extensive knowledge of the legislative process at both the Federal and California State government levels, and the ability to represent CalPERS interests with various constituencies and stakeholder groups, including direct meetings with members of the Legislature and their staffs.

5. Demonstrated experience evaluating and responding to legislative proposals and activities and providing interpretation, consultation, and recommendations to an executive team and/or governing board for possible actions.

6. Demonstrated ability to effectively engage with diverse groups to develop workable solutions.