Legislative Advocate 2
Legislative & Communications – Legislative Unit
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materials please e-mail DRCHR@disabilityrightsca.org.
DEADLINE: Open until filled. Applications should be received by October 21, 2019, to be considered for the first round of interviews.
SALARY RANGE (Depending on Experience): $57,585 - $77,169 annually
Location: Sacramento, CA
WHO WE ARE
Disability Rights California (DRC) is a statewide, non-profit legal 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.
PURPOSE OF THE JOB
The Legislative Advocate 2 is part of the legislative unit for Disability Rights California (DRC) and is responsible for legislative advocacy activities. The Legislative Advocate 2 identifies, monitors, and advocates legislative activities that affect Californians with disabilities.
Legislative Advocate 2 essential functions:
Legislative Advocacy – 100%
- Draft and advocate on a combination of two to four 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.
- Analyze and develop policy recommendations on 30 to 60 bills and two to three budget proposals per legislative year, collaborating with other legal and advocacy staff as determined by the Legislative Director.
- Draft position letters and amendments on 20 to 40 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 grass roots constituencies to understand and respond to state and national issues and legislation.
- Work with Communications Director to identify legislative matters for the media, assist with developing press releases, and other press related materials.
- Participate in outreach activities with diverse and underserved communities and populations, as assigned.
- Limited travel, as assigned.
- Perform other duties, as assigned.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Ability to travel occasionally for activities such as out-of-town meetings, training, or outreach activities up to 25% of the time.
Education and Experience
- A BA or BS degree in a relevant field plus at least one year of experience as a legislative staffer or advocate.
- One year additional experience in any of the following areas: 1) legislative advocacy or legislative staffing; 3) community organizing; or 4) advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.
- Experience reviewing, analyzing and lobbying with the state budget process.
- Experience working 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- J.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.
- Expertise in one or more areas of public policy affecting people with disabilities.
- Bilingual: Spanish, American Sign Language or an Asian language.
- Experience working with civil rights groups or legal services programs.
- Experience as staff working with board of directors and/or similar task forces and committees.
- Experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons with disabilities and/or experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons from multi-ethnic communities.
- Life experience as a person with a disability or direct experience as a caregiver of a family member with a disability.
- Experience with State Net or other legislative tracking platform.
CORE COMPETENCY SKILL LEVELS
The competencies below represent the knowledge, skills, behaviors and/or abilities required to be successful at DRC, with or without disability related reasonable accommodations.
Ability to represent clients in formal hearings or proceedings. Ability to objectively conduct fact-intensive investigations, evaluate cases based upon legal, regulatory, and policy requirements, and then make appropriate findings and recommendations. Ability to apply law, facts, and analysis in a coherent and effective way. Ability to develop communication strategies to reduce stigma and improve and enhance the public’s perception of disabilities.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common legal documents/terminology, laws, financial reports, medical records, or technical journals. Ability to conduct interviews and obtain relevant information. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from clients, regulatory or government agencies. Ability to write legal arguments, draft legislative correspondence and/or position letters. Ability to write articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to governmental entities, facility leadership, public groups/officials, and/or boards of directors.
Ability to solve problems while factoring in a number of variables, using sound and logical reasoning, and the proper level of authority. Ability to utilize available information, past experience, and sound judgment to select the best approach in a timely manner despite ambiguity, and determine when deviations are appropriate.
Diversity & Inclusion
Advocates for deep understanding and respect for the diversity of disabilities, cultures, values, perspectives and beliefs. Works to understand the perspectives of others and encourages them to provide their perspectives. Leverages diverse perspectives in group processes and decision-making. Anticipates and recognizes the concerns of others, even if those concerns are not openly expressed.
Ability to take proactive steps to reach out to clients, community partners, facilities and/or community agencies in more direct, relevant, and personal ways. Addresses issues in an open, constructive, professional manner, and persuades others to approach issues in the same manner.Seeksto resolve confrontations and disagreements constructively. Focuses on the situation, issues, or behaviors, rather than the people.Supports the good ideas of others
The following describes general working conditions and requirements of the job, which can be performed with or without disability related reasonable accommodations. Duties are generally performed in an office environment and also in the State Capitol, in legislative offices and public hearing rooms.
Work areas are often noisy. Duties frequently require sitting, standing, talking and/or listening and possibly stooping, kneeling, and crouching. Weights to be lifted and/or moved up to 10 pounds are occasionally encountered. Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meeting, centers, etc.
If you are interested in becoming a part of DRC, please submit the following:
1. Online Disability Rights California Application Form
2. Your resume
3. Detailed cover letter.
At Disability Rights California, we value diversity among our employees because unique perspectives allow us to effectively serve Californians with disabilities from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (over 40), Disability (mental and physical), sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.
Disability Rights California endorses and supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.