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Legislative Director

December 13, 2022 Job Listing

Legislative Director
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Based in Sacramento, CA

Exempt, Full-time position

Applications are due by January 6, 2023

The Opportunity

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (ALC) seeks a full-time legislative director to lead its legislative, budget and administrative advocacy on progressive, social justice issues impacting the Asian and Pacific Islander including AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian) communities. The Legislative Director is responsible for the development and execution of ALC’s statewide legislative priorities, and plays an integral role in developing, implementing and coordinating state government affairs strategies, initiatives and engagement to advance our advocacy agenda. She/he/they will work closely with internal and external leaders, including elected leaders, policymakers, and coalition partners to advance ALC’s priorities, campaigns and organizational goals.

ALC is undergoing a strategic planning process, and the successful candidate will play a leading role in shaping the continued success and growth of the program and the organization. The Legislative Director should bring a leadership style that is grounded in principles of equity and inclusion and can partner with ALC’s leadership and staff to build connectivity and cohesion across the organization. They will report directly to the Policy Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as a key strategic member of the policy team and work with ALC’s senior directors and program teams to develop a legislative program, including legislative, administrative and budget priorities and implement strategies, to promote ALC’s advocacy priorities in Sacramento
  • Lead coordinated lobbying efforts, including meetings lobby visits, the development of materials and messaging
  • Identify opportunities to advance ALC’s priorities and implement strategies to generate support for ALC’s positions on proposed legislation or regulation
  • Respond to inquiries on proposed legislation and regulation, and represent ALC before state legislative and regulatory bodies
  • Identify, monitor, analyze and influence legislation, administrative policy, and budgetary proposals and processes related to ALC’s policy goals
  • Build and maintain effective relationships state legislative offices and agencies
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key allies, advocates and coalition partners
  • Monitor legislative and budget hearings and make policy recommendations to the Policy Director and ALC’s leadership
  • Prepare and deliver testimony at legislative and administrative hearings
  • Provide guidance and analysis and work with staff to develop policy reports, fact sheets, action alerts, and briefing papers to support advocacy priorities
  • Draft letters advancing the position of ALC on legislation, administrative policies, and budgetary proposals
  • Coordinate legislative and community policy briefings on legislative, administrative, and budgetary issues

Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in Government Affairs, Public Policy, or related field, preferably on civil rights, economic justice or immigrant rights issues
  • Experience in the policymaking and the legislative/political process
  • Knowledge of current issues impacting low-income API & AMEMSA communities, including key organizations, elected offices, and agencies
  • Commitment to advancing racial, social and economic justice and demonstrated commitment to building power for and with grassroots communities
  • A proven track recording of producing positive outcomes in a complex political environment
  • Strong analytical and research skills and ability to think strategically about public policy agendas
  • Ability to work well both independently and in collaboration with diverse staff, organizational leaders, and community allies
  • A trusted colleague who works effectively within a nonprofit management team towards organizational goals and objectives
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, writing, facilitation, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours and respond promptly to urgent requests and fast-moving developments in legislative advocacy
  • Ability and willingness to travel to occasional meetings, including in San Francisco
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher

Compensation and Benefits

This is a regular, full-time, exempt position. The annual compensation depends on years of relevant experience; the range, for 7-10 years of experience, is $128,750-149,527.

ALC’s comprehensive benefits package includes the following: generous vacation and paid holidays; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage (ALC pays 100% of premiums for employees and 75% for qualified dependents); a flexible spending account (FSA); and 401K retirement plan with employer non-elective contribution and match.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following by January 6, 2023:

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  2. Resume
  3. Legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages)
  4. Three professional references

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Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.