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External & Legislative Affairs Director

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CaliforniaVolunteers
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Sacramento, CA
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Published 7 days ago

California Volunteers, Office of the Governor is the state office tasked with engaging Californians in service, volunteering, and civic action.

Since 2020, California Volunteers has launched several historic initiatives including Governor Newsom’s California Climate Action Corps, the country’s first statewide climate corps program; the #CaliforniansForAll service initiative launched in response to COVID-19 to establish a volunteer corps to support the state’s response to emergencies and disasters; and Operation Feed California, a volunteer program created to stabilize California food bank operations. As part of Governor Newsom’s California Comeback Plan, California Volunteers received a nearly $400 million investment in service to expand and create new programs.

Led by the state’s Chief Service Officer, Josh Fryday, California Volunteers is supported by a bipartisan 25-member Commission and a team of experts driven by a mission to empower and mobilize all Californians to volunteer and serve in their communities.

Position Description:

Under the general direction of the Director of Strategic Communications and External Affairs, the External & Legislative Affairs Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and managing the major functions of external, legislative relations, and stakeholder outreach and education. This unit is growing and there may be staff to supervise. A high-paced office responsible for responding to disasters.

Duties:

External Affairs Strategy

·      Lead, plan, organize, and coordinate the department’s external affairs activities to effectively and efficiently communicate key information to the public, legislature, local municipalities and various stakeholders; direct outreach functions to engage stakeholders and ensure they are fully informed of the relevant initiatives and programs.

·      Manage all aspects of the creation and implementation of an effective outreach program, with attention to the inclusivity of the key stakeholders interested in the future of Service. 

·      Build and foster relationships with Mayors, key elected officials, nonprofit partners, state agency partners, and community leaders to obtain their support of the program.

·      Strong strategic communications skills: confidence, credibility and ability to work as a peer with partners on developing objectives, content themes, strategy and execution plans.

·      Will assess partnership opportunities and initiate and/or further discussions with stakeholders. Working closely with partner’s managing targeted community events that showcase the organization’s excellence and partnership opportunities.

·      Design an external affairs strategy for new initiatives, including the #CaliforniansForAll College Program which aims to create debt-free pathways for low-income students to tackle our greatest challenges, inspire a new generation to serve, and unite our communities.

·      Serve as a representative of California Volunteers at public forums and meetings. Act as a liaison and provide feedback and follow up.

·      Maintain exceptionally high brand standards in all activities and communication, especially as it relates to stakeholder engagement on behalf of the organization.

Legislative Strategy

·      Build partnerships with community stakeholders to further shared advocacy goals.

·      Lead internal and external teams to implement statewide marketing and education campaigns and emergency response communications.

·      Coordinate with counterparts at other agencies and organizations including the Governor’s office, legislators’ offices, local government, community organizations, and other external stakeholders.

Events

·      Plan, strategize and execute all special events with the support of the external affairs staff. 

·      Manage the development of site visits, preparing briefing materials, and preparing follow-up materials.

Supervision

·      Manage the external affairs staff and any temporary staff supporting the department’s external affairs department.


KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of: the organization and functions of Federal, Local and California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; personnel management techniques; the department's or agency's equal employment opportunity objectives; and a manager's role in the equal employment opportunity program.

Ability to: plan, organize and design procedures, and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislative and Executive Branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; prepare and review legislative briefings and reports.


Desired Qualifications

·      Experience managing legislative agenda, including setting up meetings with legislators and staff, tracking legislation, developing issue papers and briefing materials, determining strategy for funding requests, managing visits, and preparing follow-up materials.

·      Experience preparing reports, correspondence, and briefing materials on behalf of the Chief Service Officer relating to local, state and federal issues.

·      Experience developing relationships with state and local stakeholders.

·      Outstanding interpersonal and public speaking skills to represent the organization with both internal and external audiences. Ability to work effectively in a dedicated, mission and team-oriented office environment.

·      Mission-driven, highly organized, creative, and self-motivated with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously while being able to work under short deadlines, and deliver in a rapidly changing, fast-paced office environment.

·      Ability to learn and apply new skills

·      Ability to provide feedback and follow up on tasks

·      Knows when to act independently and when to consult for advice on decision-making.

·      Ability to work extended hours

·      Bachelor’s Degree

Location and Travel

·      Position is currently partly remote but will eventually be located in the Sacramento area.

·      Some travel required. For local/regional travel, valid California Class C Driver license and valid automobile insurance needed or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

California Volunteers, Office of the Governor is the state office tasked with engaging Californians in service, volunteering, and civic action.

Since 2020, California Volunteers has launched several historic initiatives including…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 13, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    October 8, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Salary

Salary is commensurate based on experience.

Benefits

Visit https://www.calhr.ca.gov/employees/Pages/main.aspx for more detailed information.

Visit https://www.calhr.ca.gov/employees/Pages/main.aspx for more detailed information.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Sacramento, CA
Associated Location
Sacramento, CA, USA

How to Apply

Candidates with the most desirable qualifications will be invited to interview. Interviews will be held virtually. This position serves at the pleasure of the Governor and is an “Exempt” position, therefore appointment to this position and the final salary are subject to executive approval.


How to Apply: Please send a cover letter referencing the “Job Title” applying for, along with resume, by clicking “Send Email”. It will automatically be routed to Joanna Sledge, OPR Personnel Officer.

Candidates with the most desirable qualifications will be invited to interview. Interviews will be held virtually. This position serves at the pleasure of the Governor and is an…

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