The non-profit Consumer Federation of California is a leading advocate for consumer rights. CFC has enacted laws that protect millions of Californians from abusive corporate behavior and has enforced regulations that have saved consumers hundreds of millions of dollars. The CFC sponsors the Consumer Federation of California Foundation, which is an education, research and advocacy charitable non-profit organization.
The CFC and the CFC Foundation are seeking a Sacramento-based Deputy Director to help lead our legislative campaigns in Sacramento and assist the Executive Director in overall management of both organizations.
Reporting to the Executive Director and collaborating with the CFC’s Legislative Director, the Deputy Director would participate in all phases of our legislative advocacy. Duties include:
- Reviewing, analyzing and tracking bills at the state capitol on consumer topics.
- Researching current laws, past legislative history, relevant court decisions and recent developments in the news affecting various bills.
- Preparing support or opposition letters on bills.
- Meeting with legislators and legislative staff.
- Responding to requests for support from other organizations and lawmakers.
- Coalition building to seek support from other organizations for CFC’s positions on bills.
- Meeting with advocates that support or oppose CFC’s position on bills.
- Presenting testimony and preparing testimony for other CFC advocates to present at legislative committee hearings.
- Drafting articles, press releases, and website and social media posts.
- Responding to inquiries from news media.
- Preparing legislative updates for CFC Board.
- Registering as a lobbyist, tracking hours and preparing lobbying activity reports required under California law.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will become responsible for the overall programmatic and fiscal management, oversight, planning, and supervision of staff to assure accurate execution of various functions of both non-profit organizations. Duties include:
- Developing and managing budgets.
- Overseeing and collaborating with professional contractors.
- Working with Officers and Board members to keep them informed of activities and progress in achieving project goals and seeking their advice and approval as necessary.
- Maintaining and developing memberships and other funding sources, including grant proposals.
- Ensuring that bookkeeping, correspondence and other office functions are executed properly.
- Preparing and presenting reports to Board.
- Researching various issues and keeping on top of developments in consumer issues.
- Drafting articles for website and other publications.
- Participating in developing social media and other visibility campaigns.
- Monitoring legal compliance with employment, accounting and lobbying requirements.
- Working with allies to build coalitions around campaigns.
- Developing the CFC’s consumer complaint processing functions.
- Attending meetings and conferences.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Minimum requirement of Bachelor’s Degree. Law Degree or Master’s Degree in public policy or related field preferred. Minimum of 4 years of legislative advocacy, non-profit management, political or community organizing campaign management or comparable experience.
- Knowledge of California legislative process. Knowledge of consumer laws and regulations is desirable.
- Successful record of directing advocacy campaigns.
- Progressive values and demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice.
- Exceptional verbal and written communications skills.
- Comfortable with public speaking and interacting with elected officials, agency executives, news reporters, community leaders and members of the public.
- Ability to meet deadlines while managing multiple tasks and projects.
- Experience working with governing boards.
- Mature judgment, tact, diplomacy, discretion, and keen understanding of confidentiality.
- Confidence and perseverance in adversarial proceedings.
- Accuracy in maintaining complete records and documentation.
- Proficiency with office technology including word processing, Excel, email, social media and other online platforms.
- Skilled in building coalitions and partnerships.
- Commitment to advancing diversity in workplace and working with diverse alliances.
- Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Mandarin is desirable.
The Deputy Director will report directly to the Executive Director. The position is based in Sacramento. Occasional travel is required.